Read More Books With These Reading Hacks–Link-up #24

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During my college days, there were times I planted myself on the couch of the local coffee shop, and read for hours. I also worked a number of jobs that allowed me to bring a book, and read during the down time. Today, with four energetic daughters at home, and a job with ever increasing responsibility responsibilities, finding time to read is…

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Coffee Shop Inspirations: Get Energized to Lead Well!

Coffee Shop Inspirations, will take you from burned-out, to inspired, refreshed, and energized! These five foundational skills will help you tackle life’s challenges, and lead with confidence! Hi, I’m Jed. I wrote  for anyone feeling stuck or discouraged. The story of why I wrote this book, goes back ten years. I was facing many roadblocks myself. As a follower of Jesus…

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Tweetable Teamwork Quotes, with Link-Up #3

tweetable teamwork quotes

Teamwork is God’s idea, and people simply don’t function well in isolation. The need for others is a theme that runs throughout Scripture: God creates Eve, so that Adam won’t be alone. Jesus handpicks His disciples. And the Apostle Paul, encourages believers to not forsake their fellowship. But teaming up isn’t always easy. People are…

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A Year of Teamwork–Our 2016 Theme and Goal (With Link-Up)


Clang… Click…  The steel-barred door was firmly shut and locked. The five of us were secured inside a cell that would have been a cozy fit for two. None of us had been arrested before, and we weren’t sure what to do next. Someone began examining the gibberish–scrawled in permanent  marker–on the cement wall. I fumbled with a combination lock, that…

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Leaving Church? Discover Why Some Are and How We Can Fix This

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Are you considering leaving church? I hope not. Yet, many people are. According to a survey by LifeWay, “Seven in 10 Protestants ages 18 to 30 — both evangelical and mainline — who went to church regularly in high school said they quit attending by age 23.” A few months ago, I participated in an…

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Jump-Starting Life: What to Do, When Life Gets Messy

jump-starting life

Today, as I sit down to write, a line from my friend Erik’s book, The Best Advice So Far, is fresh on my mind. “You have to start from where you are, not from where you wish you were.” This morning, I have plenty of wishes: I wish I were further ahead in my writing.…

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Succeed in Leadership and Life, With This One Thing!

The one thing needed to succeed in leadership and life

What if the movie City Slickers was right? What if the secret of life–the way to succeed in leadership, relationship, and life–comes down to only one thing? If you don’t recall this well-known scene, here is a quick refresher. In the movie City Slickers, Bill Crystal’s character, Mitch, is alone with a rough-and-tumble cowboy named Curly. As the two…

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Is Your Inner Chatterbox Holding You Back?

inner chatterbox

Just over fourteen months ago, I published my first blog post. I vividly remember sitting at the kitchen table, with my laptop in front of me. My finger hovered over the “submit” button. Had a snapshot been taken of that moment, you would notice I was deep in though. From the contemplative look on my face, you…

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How to Make Your Life a Drama-Free Zone

Drama Free Zone

Drama kings and queens are everywhere. These men and women thrive in chaos. And there is a reason for this. Drama has many secondary gains. Drama provides high-energy excitement. Drama brings active engagement. Drama is an interesting topic for conversation. Although drama can be painful, drama kings and queens may view drama as a positive in…

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Four Types of Family Fun You and Your Family Need

Having fun

What do you imagine when you hear the word, “fun?” Do you picture yourself relaxing, in a hammock, on the beach? Or, perhaps you see yourself rocking-out at a loud party? Fun, comes in many forms and can mean different things to different people. Family fun, is one of the most important family ingredients. Family Fun Why Having Fun Isn’t Easy…

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