Christian Living


5 Things Running a Half-Marathon Taught Me About Life

On February 5th, I did the impossible, the inconceivable, the extraordinary. I completed my first half-marathon race. Until a few months ago, never have I ran more than 3 miles in my life. Running this 13.1-mile race with over 15,000 people at Huntington Beach was truly an exhilarating experience! I spent most the day tied to bed. Nobody told me that my entire lower body would feel like it's paralyzed after completing the half-marathon. My legs are in so much pain I literally can't walk. This gave me ample time to reflect over my marathon experience. Here are ...

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If Jesus Took a Personality Test, This Would Be His Myers-Briggs Personality Type

Imagine that Jesus had the chance to take a modern personality inventory. What would the results look like? It's a fascinating question. In fact, I always wondered what would be the personality of Jesus Christ? I mean, what was he really like as a son, neighbor, friend, and teacher? As Christmas is almost just around the corner, I am reminded of the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. After all, He's the reason for the season. The four Gospels show us a clear picture of how he acted and reacted in a number of different situations. As a MBTI aficio...

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How Should a Christian Define Success?

There is a television commercial that shows a man in his 60’s walking from the first class cabin in an airplane to take a seat next to a younger version of himself who is working away in a coach seat. The older man gives financial advice to himself as a younger person. Then he returns to his first class seat, either because he can now afford it or perhaps he just needs to be closer to the bathroom. This is a bit of intriguing fantasy. What would we say if we could go back in time and give ourselves one piece of advice, if we had just one shot to influence our lives ...

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What John Maxwell Taught Me About Building Relationships

In John Maxwell's "Winning with People," he says good relationships are the foundation for achievement. Relationships are more than just the icing on the cake in life: They are the cake - the very substance we need to live successful and fulfilling lives. One of the key skills leaders need to learn is how to build trust. Maxwell shares five key principles that will help you improve your trust-ability with your direct reports, colleagues, and bosses. The Bedrock Principle Developing trust is like constructing a building. It takes time, and it must be done one piece at ...

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10 Guiding Principles for Inspiring a Culture of Appreciation

In “O Great One!,” David Novak, co-founder of YUM! Brands shares ten guiding principles for inspiring a culture of recognition. If you're a leader, you need remind yourself these principles every single day. His short read illustrates powerful ways every leader can harness the power of recognition. Recognition, or showing genuine gratitude, is the greatest form of encouragement and inspiration. Following these key principles will help you motivate the people around you, drive real results, and feed your soul and theirs. Principle #1: People won’t care about ...

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30 Surprising Life Lessons I Learned by Age 30

I never believed this day would come so fast. I turned 30 years old today. I can't help but ponder the significance of age 30. In the Bible, the number 30 can symbolize dedication to a particular task or calling. In Old Testament, priests were dedicated to serve at 30, in part because it was the age when a person reached both physical and mental maturity and could therefore handle major responsibilities. John the Baptist was age 30 when he came out from the wilderness to pave the way for the Messiah. Jesus officially began his public ministry at 30. So, here's my 30 ...

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5 Things to Ask Before Getting a Masters, Doctorate or Ph.D

This is guest post by Daniel Im. Daniel serves as the Director of Church Multiplication for New Churches and LifeWay Christian Resources. He is a Teaching Pastor at The Fellowship, a multi-site church in Nashville. He's the co-author of Planting Missional Churches: Your Guide to Starting Churches that Multiply with Ed Stetzer. Daniel has a M.A. in Global Leadership and have served and pastored in church plants and multisite churches ranging from 100 people to 50,000 people in Vancouver, Ottawa, Montreal, Korea, Edmonton, and Nashville. You can connect with him at www.d...

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Catalyst LIVE Notes // Brian Houston, Senior Pastor of Hillsong Church

I’m live blogging from Catalyst Conference. Catalyst is a next-generation conference that embolden leaders from all over the world. The theme of Catalyst for 2016 is “Uncommon Fellowship.” Brian Houston is a senior pastor of Hillsong Church. I want to talk about ceilings and floors. How would you define success in life? What would I consider? If I can build a platform that sets up the generation to win, that's what I would call success. We tend to hold onto the past. Past teachers. Past traditions, and past ways of doing things. I get so excited to ...

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What Dying to Self Taught Me About Leadership

This is a guest post by Elisa Watson. Elisa is a mother to four smart, funny, kind and amazingly chill boys, and she is the other half to Showit CEO and Owner Todd Watson. She loves good storytelling of all sorts, from books to blogs to television to movies to music, and writing is her favorite way to process all that is hard and wonderful and absurd in life. Learn more at showit.co and elisajoyful.com My husband has asked me to wear less makeup, maybe even none. I don't wear a lot, but my life is very full and I sleep very little and I'm very tired, and I wear makeup ...

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50 Daily Affirmations for Every Christian Leader

Carol Dweck, the world’s leading psychologist, is right: The view you adopt for yourself profoundly affects the way you lead your life. The need for daily affirmations for a leader is much like the need for daily vitamin intake. What is an affirmation? The act of affirming or the state of being affirmed; assertion. Something declared to be true; a positive statement or judgment. There are some things that I do that I “feel” like I do an okay job with – but sometimes to be confident of your talents and abilities, you just need to hear it from ...

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