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4 Practical Thoughts On Being Efficient

I'm convinced we don't really understand how much time we waste.
Everyone tracks their money (at least they should), but very few track their time. We reconcile our bank account on a regular basis, but few reconcile their calendars to assure they made the best use of their time.

It's interesting. Money comes and goes, but if you lose your time you can't get it back. This is partly why I recently challenged my staff to be more efficient. It's something hard to address because most people don't see themselves as being inefficient. That said, I think all of us can be encouraged in this way.

It is not infrequent for someone to ask me something like, "How do you manage to do so many things?" I'm always growing in this area of my life, but trying to be efficient is one thing I have put a lot of thought into.

Cutting out distraction is the first step. So, these may or may not be helpful thoughts for you, but here are four daily things that tend to limit…
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Well, as most of you know we have an international strategy for our church. At Colossae we are focused on 4 cities and specifically focused on church planting in these cities. This is why I am in Amsterdam.

Before I get more into that, a little fun cultural insight for Amsterdam...

This is true for Europe in many cases as well, but words don't mean the same thing here. For instance, Even though I'm here I still have had a bunch of work to do for our ministry at home, so my plan has been to go to different coffee shops during my time here and work from those places. However, "coffee shops" here are not the same as home. Here, they happen to be where you can purchase hash, marijuana and alcohol. In fact, most sell coffee but some don't.

So, the question is: why do they call them "coffee shops"?

I'm not sure exactly but here is my only conclusion because nobody here seems to know: Coffee is a drug. In our culture we don't think of it that way, but …

Pharisee In A Millennial Body

I dedicated an entire chapter in Better Off wihtout Jesusto the idea that there is a Pharisee within every one of us. It looks different from Jesus' day and we hate it, but it is true.

For Boomer generations and possibly some Gen-Xers the Pharisee comes out in self-focus. Rather than looking at gifts as a means of God's grace expressed toward the life of others (Ephesians 4:11-16), we tend to think of it as something we are good at or skilled in. This small tweak causes it to be about us rather than God ministering to others through us.

Small tweaks, but one's that send us on a different trajectory of perspective. Now, I'm sure it reveals itself in a number of different ways for each generation, but there is one way I see the Pharisee subversively surfacing in Millennials.

It shows up under the umbrella of "gifts." Let me explain.

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It's not that we are denying the fact that God created heaven and earth. It's actually about making a much more specific point.

It's really about how we think of and define God in our own minds.


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14 Thoughts: SCOTUS Decision

I wrote these thoughts out a few weeks ago for the people part of Colossae Church. I thought I would also post it here. Hope you find it helpful.  Here is the post:
I feel like I need to say a few things for our church regarding the recent SCOTUS decision.

This cannot be anything but controversial, so I will just offer a list of thoughts. Regardless where people fall on the pendulum swing of opinions/convictions/beliefs on this issue, everyone has deep feelings and even fears attached to all that is happening. So, my hope is that these thoughts will not only clearly state our position as a church, but hopefully bring some internal rest to some of us who are trying to think deeper about how we live out our faith right now.

The list is in no particular order. I only ask that you read all the way through this post. So, if you do not have time to do so at this point...please set this aside and come back to this post when you have ample time.

First, I must say that I have been so proud to …