Thursday, February 27, 2014

Free on Kindle: Flesh by Hugh Halter

My friend +Hugh Halter's new book is free on Kindle today (!

Watch this video about the book.

Hugh writes in the introduction:
Here's the deal. People are not looking for doctrine. They're looking for a God with skin on, a God they can know, speak with, learn from, struggle with, be honest with, get straight answers from, and connect their lives to...

This is why I'm writing this book. People need to know what the incarnation of God is. This one "doctrine" must become central because it not only tells you exactly what God is like but also shows you how big a life you get to live. As you understand the incarnation of Jesus, all the false notions about what Christianity is will become clear.
I ordered this book a few weeks ago and have just read a little bit so far -- but I think you'll find it to be helpful. And besides that, it's FREE on Kindle -

Today's Missional Challenge: Learn to be human like Jesus. Practice being Jesus to everyone everywhere! 

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Sunday, February 23, 2014

How Far Will You Go to Break a Habit?

Today I watched this video and it totally captivated me.

First - I loved the simplicity of the solution that it presents.

Second - I am often tempted myself when faced with this problem. Yet I'm hesitant to take a step like the one offered in the video.

Which makes me think:
How far will I go to break a habit? 

And what is it about this video that makes me think I'd not go this far? 

Watch it yourself and let me know what you think...

Today's Missional Challenge: Consider what habits in your life need to be broken. Take steps now to break them.

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Monday, February 17, 2014

Don't Give Up (Seattle Seahawks - World Champions)

I loved watching the Seattle Seahawks win the Super Bowl. I loved watching the parade through the streets of Seattle a few days later.

At that time, I had wanted to post something really meaningful about the win. Unfortunately, I didn't feel that I had anything to say to add to the conversation.

Today I watched this video and began to consider how there is always opposition in life.

Whatever it is that you may be pursuing, there are those who will stand in your way. There are those who will tear you down.

No matter how good you are at what you do, you will hear voices of those who say you are not good enough. It's going to happen.

I want to say - Don't lose heart! Don't give up! Don't get discouraged!

I'm reminded of the apostle Paul's words to those who followed Jesus in Galatia -
And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.     Galatians 6:9

Today's Missional Challenge: Don't give up as you follow Jesus!

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Sunday, February 16, 2014

Pray for Los Angeles

Pray for Los Angeles!

Watch City Lights as you pray!

City Lights on Vimeo

I was born in north LA county. I grew up loving Los Angeles.

As I watched this video today, I lifted a prayer for this city. Every twinkling light reminded me of the people in this city who need to know and follow Jesus.

Please pray for disciplemaking movements multiplying among all the peoples of Los Angeles.

Today's Missional Challenge: Pray for disciplemaking movements in Los Angeles and beyond! 

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Powerful Question: What Leaves the Room When You Do?

A few years ago when I attended the Lifeworkx ( training developed by Steve Aldrich, I learned a lot about myself and who God had made me to be. It was a wonderful five-week learning experience and I'm so grateful for Steve's commitment to creative learning techniques and interactive training. I'm also very grateful for Dave and Debbie who mentored my wife and I through the entire process.

One of Steve's skills that I appreciated so much was asking powerful questions. It didn't matter if we were sitting in the dinging hall or participating in a session, Steve had an amazing knack for asking just the right question to make you think before you would be able to answer.

What Makes a Question Powerful?

Think about this for a moment. Not every question is a powerful question. And while many people will tell you there are no stupid questions, most of us would admit that there are lots of questions that really aren't helpful.

1. Powerful questions are always helpful.

2. Powerful questions require thoughtful reflection. 

3. Powerful questions may require a pause before answering. 

4. Powerful questions raise your awareness. 

5. Powerful questions uncover possibilities and options. 

6. Powerful questions evoke discovery.

7. Powerful questions challenge a person's cognitive frame.

8. Powerful questions bring forth thoughts and ideas that have not yet been considered or spoken.

9. Powerful questions move you forward in amazing ways!

10. Powerful questions are subjective - may not be powerful for everyone everywhere

Here's a powerful question that Steve asked me that summer:

What leaves the room when you do?

This question is powerful because it requires thoughtful reflection. It raises your awareness about yourself. It certainly evokes discovery. And the answer to this question may move you forward in amazing ways.

Whether you are coaching, discipling, or mentoring others, asking powerful questions is a great skill to develop. I've found that as I coach, I need to slow down and not be in such a hurry to ask another question. When I do this, the questions I ask are often more thoughtful and also more powerful.

I'd encourage you to invest some time in developing better questions. The result of asking better (more powerful) questions will be seen as the person answering has deeper awareness and greater insight as they reflect on the answer.

Why not take a moment and answer this question in the comments below - What leaves the room when you do? And please share one of your powerful questions for others to ponder.

Today's Missional Challenge: Take the time to ask powerful questions! You'll be amazed at the impact a well-formed question can have. 

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Also, I'm developing a book series called 99 Powerful Questions. If you'd like to write a book of "powerful" questions, please check out

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