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The Power of Being Present

Posted by matt on August 25, 2017 in Matt, Uncategorized |

When I’m walking through my morning routine each day, one discipline I practice is to write down “Daily Virtues”. Daily Virtues are the attributes or qualities I want to see become more manifest in my life. (more on that in another post). I divide these virtues into three categories, Be. Live. And Do. The first […]

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Being the people we are raising our kids to be-Trying New Things

Posted by matt on May 23, 2017 in Family, Matt, Parenting, Uncategorized |

I love my daughter. I love all 3 of my daughters. I love my son too, just in case he’s reading this, (he’s not…he’s five). Our oldest daughter is 7 and she is smart, determined, and loves to read. She takes leadership of many things, siblings included, and she is a perfectionist, which is a […]

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You wont be seven forever

Posted by matt on May 15, 2017 in Matt, Parenting, Uncategorized |

I took you out last night, Daddy Daughter Date. You were so excited. You looked so pretty. When your brother looked at you in your blue dress, midnight, the color I remember half moon lake where I grew up, he said, “You look like a women!” his cheeks blushing. The necklace was made with your […]

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Sweet Spots

Posted by Jessica on May 14, 2017 in Jessica, Motherhood, Parenting, Uncategorized |

Yes… I do post lots of pictures of the best moments of my day. Why? Because I think we need that reminder sometime. Real life in my house is always messy, lots of sibling fights, short remarks I make to my husband after a long day with the kids. Real life is me trying to […]

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Leadership failures in Church Planting (part 2)

Posted by matt on May 10, 2017 in Matt, Missional, Uncategorized |

Earlier this week I posted the first of two parts in Leadership Failures in Planting. You can read that post here. Today I want to continue by giving you the other six reasons our plant failed from a leadership perspective. I launched us without enough preparation While our core group had been meeting for several months […]

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The Move

Posted by matt on June 3, 2016 in Jessica, Matt, Missional, Parenting, Uncategorized, Update |

We live in a great house; Midcentury modern, open floor plan, wood floors, lots of light, plenty of space. We live in a great house in a great neighborhood; brick paved streets, awesome neighbors, short walk to amazing coffee and Allen Fieldhouse, (Rock Chalk), and close to the highway. We live in a great house, […]

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Richard Foster

Posted by matt on May 6, 2013 in Matt, Missional, Uncategorized |

“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but where are those who think of changing themselves? People may genuinely want to be good, but seldom are they prepared to do what it takes to produce the inward life of goodness that can form the soul. Personal formation into the likeness of Christ is arduous and lifelong”

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Less is More

Posted by matt on August 16, 2012 @ 3:59 pm
in Matt, Uncategorized |

While perusing lifehacker the other day I came across this great piece by Greg McKeown on how our unrelenting desire for success is often the very thing that fuels our failure. For McKeown the process looks something like this.

Clarity of Purpose—>Success–>Options & Opportunities–>Diffused Efforts–>Undermining of Clarity.

We are a society and a people addicted to activity; to the pursuit and acquisition of more. While this is easily seen in the accumulation of material goods,it has now filtered into our energy and efforts as well. Instead of focusing in on what we are most passionate about, well equipped, gifted and enabled for and making a dogged commitment to those few things; we have instead become a culture and people obsessed with diversification, becoming jacks of all trades and masters of none.

Think of this as it relates to areas of personal growth and church life?  How easily do we allow competing vision, value and activity to undermine or sidetrack our original direction?

How often do we agree to take on a new project or opportunity without considering the potential cost to other areas of focus?

With a little focused effort we can begin to recover the clarity of purpose that led to our initial success. McKeown offers some questions to help guide our thinking.

…ask three questions: “What am I deeply passionate about?” and “What taps my talent?” and “What meets a significant need in the world?”…We aren’t looking for a plethora of good things to do. We are looking for our absolute highest point of contribution.

 

Read the whole thing here.

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Astronaut Pen

Posted by matt on June 8, 2012 in Fun, Matt, Uncategorized, Videos |

My good friend Bob Mills gave me this pen from his desk the other day. But I have to admit, the way it happened reminded me a little bit of this…

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Crafting Good Questions

Posted by matt on May 25, 2012 in Links, Matt, Uncategorized |

One of the things I most enjoy, and sadly seem to run out of time for, is blog reading. Among many of the benefits of the internet is the opportunity to learn from and engage with many others, across several disciplines, for the purpose of mutual edification, promoting of understanding and sheer fun. Regardless of […]

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