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When Everyone Else Has a Better Sunday Than You

Posted  September 9, 2013  by  Tony McCollum

Some Sundays are outstanding.  Everything just seems to click and everyone leaves happy and refreshed…even the pastor. Then there are other Sundays which aren’t as fun.  The Sundays when there are technical problems, the sermon falls flat, the offering is down, and long-time church member, brother Judas, grabs you in the lobby to let you […]

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Lose Some Weight

Posted  September 5, 2013  by  Tony McCollum

Pastors, you were never designed or called to carry the entire weight of the church on your shoulders. A church is far too complex, with too many moving parts, for one man to bear the responsibility of it all.  No man, not even a great man, can carry the weight of a church by himself. […]

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Lows and Highs

Posted  September 4, 2013  by  Tony McCollum

After God told Elijah to publicly call for a drought, He commanded him to “hide” himself in the Cherith ravine.  Cherith (of Kerith) means cut or gorge.  God basically told him to go and hide in a deep valley. This must have seemed like some sort of punishment for a man of action like Elijah […]

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Done > Perfect

Posted  September 3, 2013  by  Tony McCollum

As pastors, we all want to bring our best to the Lord.  We understand that He deserves our best and it’s only rightful that we give it to Him. The problem is we often confuse our best with perfection and in the process we slowly slip over into a perfectionism that is both destructive and […]

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The Success Lesson Disney Kept in His Hat

Posted  February 7, 2013  by  Tony McCollum

Early in his career, Walt Disney released a short film called The Three Little Pigs.  It was a phenomenal hit.  The catchy song from the short skyrocketed up the charts and together the song and the cartoon captured the imagination of the nation. In fact, the short was so popular that it was held over […]

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First Who

Jim Collins in his book, Good to Great, has a chapter on the principle of “First Who”.   If you haven’t read that book, stop what you’re doing right now and run to your nearest library or bookstore and steal a copy. A...
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How to Be a Smashing Success

It only takes three simple things to become a smashing success. They are...
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More than Sunday

A church is more than just Sunday morning. Ed Young has famously said that “it’s about the service stupid” and I understand and agree with that sentiment.  The Sunday service steers the ship and you need to m...
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14.5 Direct Mail Mojo Tips (Part 1)

For our first five years, we met in a movie theater inside a huge mall. We were not allowed to put out any signage whatsoever. We also launched using the SWAT team method which meant that we didn’t know many folks in the ...
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When Facing Raging Rivers

I was reading in Joshua about the Israelites crossing the Jordan river.  I was struck again by the fact that God asked them to cross the river while it was “overflowing it’s banks” because it was “harvest season.” It...
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Moses’ Assumption

Moses assumed his fellow Israelites would realize that God had sent him to rescue them, but they didn’t.  Acts 7:25 (NLT) Moses thought that since he wanted to help his people that the people would respond gladly but, sadly,...
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It Doesn’t Matter

It doesn’t matter what they say about you. It doesn’t matter what they think. It doesn’t matter if they’ve discounted you or written you off. It doesn’t matter if they believe in you or the dream t...
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Disney, Star Wars, & Leaving a Legacy

As you've no doubt already heard, Disney is buying Lucasfilms for an enormous sum of money. (If you haven't heard this news please voluntarily return your geek club membership card.) What's interesting about this move is the ...
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