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I’m not a preacher, but…

“Are you a preacher, sir?” the voice at the end of the aisle asked me. “Uh, no.” was the best response I could give on such short notice. I can see where the mistake could be made. After all, I was in a Christian book store. I was wearing a shirt and tie. I was mumbling to myself – (OK, that last part...

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5 Days Without My iPhone – and I Survived

Last Friday, something terrible — even catastrophic — happened. In a moment of shear stupidity, I jumped into the air and my iPhone 6 jumped out of my pocket. Before me, on the floor was a shattered mess. Granted, it was just the screen, but my heart dropped nonetheless. Luckily, I was at Gorilla Tech & Repair in Minden (shameless plug for my...

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Being Intentional Is Not As Easy As It Sounds [Blog]

At one time, I had the privilege of hosting a church life group in our home. During one of our meetings, we discussed “meditating on God’s word.” Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the...

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No. You Can’t Say That On Facebook

The other day, I witnessed something on Facebook that really ticked me off (Big surprise, huh?). This wasn’t the first time something like this had happened, which is sad. An inspirational word picture was shared via a timeline. In it, there was a grammatical error. Being a quote, I wasn’t sure if the error was intentional or not. However, the message was quite...

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Thinking Outside The (Newspaper) Box

Recently, my team and I were brainstorming ideas on how to increase sales in our newspaper machines. Several years ago we made the conscious decision to move away from the “it bleeds, it leads,” mentality. While that approach has been the staple of newspapers for years, we felt it didn’t line up with our core values as a company. Taking that option off...

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Thinking Differently Is Not Just For Apple

I am at odds with my own industry — and they don’t even know it. At a time when many newspapers are seeing declining revenues and circulation, one might think the end is near for the “fish wrapper.” In my “informed” opinion, that is hogwash. (For non-southerners, hogwash is a euphemism for a falsehood. For southerners, a euphemism is substituting one word or...

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Gideon: A Reluctant Leader

Gideon didn’t think to highly of himself. As the leader of the smallest clan in the land, Gideon was picked by God to lead an uprising against the Midianites. Read Judges 6: 11-18 for part of the story. Gideon was in a situation where his “natural eyes” didn’t see that God could bring a victory through his leadership. The angel of the Lord called...

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There Is No Substitute for “Live”

There is nothing quite like a live event. From concerts to football games, the feeling of being “in the moment,” cannot be replicated. Some of my greatest (and most impactful) memories involve being in the crowd of a live event. In March of 2014, two members of my team and I traveled to Dallas for Dave Ramsey’s EntreLeadership one-day event. We had read...

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