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    I’m a Fake

    I remember reading an article by Sam Luce. In this article Sam talked about how we should work to build a ministry and not our own fame. At the end of the article he listed five things for a young leader to remember. Here are the five points: 1. Build the church not a following 2. Deflect praise and Give Glory to God for everything 3. Ask more questions than you answer 4. Don’t build a platform build the Kingdom 5. Preach the Gospel no matter the cost. Recently I have been struck by the fact that I may just be guilty of some of these things. Through the internet I have built…

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    Friday Favorites: Cruisin’

    As this posts publishes I am on a cruise ship somewhere in the Atlantic ocean. So, it only seems appropraite that today’s Friday Favorites be about cruising. This will be my 7th or 8th cruise so, even I can write this ahead of time (I used to make a lot more money before being called into minsitry so there was a lot more money for vacations. No regrets, just stating facts.) Anyways, so here are a few of my favorite things: Food: For many crusie lines there is no additional charge for food. So, see something on the menu that you have never tried before order it along with something that you know…

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    Orange Conference Registration Opens Today

    Well, today’s the day. Registration for the Orange Conference starts today. You can check out all the available details HERE. Do what you can to attend, you will not be disappointed. You can check out some of my own experiences from this years Conference in these posts. Friday Favorites Orange Edition 5 Catalysts of Spiritual Growth – Orange Conference 2012 Orange Conference 2012 – Doug Fields  Highlights from Orange 2012 Register today, start raising money and meet me in Atlanta in April. When you get there, send me a message via Twitter and I’ll get you a cup of coffee and let’s talk. Matt Norman Thanks for reading this post.…

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    Why I Came Back

    Yesterday I posted about the much talked about exodus that happens from the church after people graduate from high school. There are many different numbers tossed around and many theories as to why this happens. I went on to share some of my story of how I fell away from the church as a young adult myself. I also promised to share why I believe I came back. Jesus was once asked what the greatest commandment was. The person asking the question was trying to trip Jesus up but he, unknowingly, gave Jesus an opportunity to simply life for all those that would choose to follow Him. Jesus replied, “Love…

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    Post High School Exodus

    Everywhere you look there articles, blog posts and research reports talking about the number of kids that leave the church after graduating high school. Depending on where you I have seen this number be anywhere from 20% – 30% to as high as 85%. This is a pretty high disparity in numbers. Well, let me start by saying that being concerned with this is admirable. However, we can become so distracted by what a kid MIGHT  do in the future that we fail to minister to them NOW. When we do this we, in essence, are creating exactly what we so desire to avoid. So, what do the numbers really me?…