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I Love This Job

Understanding God’s Purpose in Your Employment I love this job has become a popular cliché in today’s culture.  As a matter of fact you’ll find it pasted on billboards, TV commercials, and magazines just for starters. However, according to recent polls, most Americans really don’t feel this way about their jobs.  Instead, many feel trapped […]

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Stretched to the Limit

Almost Half of All Doctors Visits Are Stress Related Twenty first century living can be stressful to say the least. Regrettably, very few seem to escape the difficulty and challenges of life. Over the years I’ve come to believe that a great key to surviving stress is not merely escaping it, but rather managing it. […]

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Who me – take time off?

Ever Found Yourself Feeling Guilty For Taking Time Off? Vacation time rolls around every year, however, many never take advantage of it.  Surprisingly, relaxation is not a natural for countless leaders. Preconditioned mindsets and unrelenting pressure to succeed produces a drive in leaders that doesn’t equate with relaxation.   Ironically, the scripture reveals that Jesus never condemned […]

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Feedback- The Breakfast of Champions

Effective coaches understand that life-giving feedback is essential for transformational change. Effective leaders and coaches know that in order to lead with clarity and precision, good feedback is a must. Someone has said, “Feedback is the art of collecting wise insight from those around you and factoring it into your personal leadership equation. Leadership guru […]

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Discovering Life Purpose – II: Understanding Your Spiritual DNA

“What am I living for and what am I dying for are the same question.” -Margret Atwood Since you and I have a unique spiritual DNA stored in our heart, it would stand to reason that it must be mined, brought forth, and developed. It is important to understand that this process takes much more […]

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Walking the Road to Destiny – In Search of Our God-given Purpose

“Destiny is usually just around the corner. But what destiny does not do is home visits. You have to go for it.” -Carlos Ruiz Zafon Destiny is often seen by people as some sort of spooky, mystical experience designed for just a few of God’s chosen people. We view it as something most of us […]

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But I Don’t Know You That Well – The Power of Connection With Others

“In the past a leader was a boss. Today’s leaders must be partners with their people… they no longer can lead solely based on positional power.” – Ken Blanchard Potential is realized frequently through the power of meaningful relationships. It is often called forth and nurtured by those around us. If that is the case, […]

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The “Columbo” Factor

“The Starting Point is a Question” – Albert Manguel The late Peter Falk starred in “Columbo,” a long-running detective series in the ‘80s. Falk, as Columbo, gained notoriety for his twist on solving crimes. Robed in a rumpled old over- coat and with a cigar stub clinched between his lips, he often asked what appeared […]

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Questioning the Process

Socrates told us, ‘The unexamined life is not worth living.’ I think he’s calling for curiosity, more than knowledge. In every human society at all times and at all levels, the curious are at the leading edge.” –Roger Ebert   Powerful questions receive little veneration in the Western world. Most of us are looking for […]

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Combating Holiday Stress

Jesus never condemned mankind for taking time to relax   Twenty first century living can be stressful to say the least. Regrettably, very few seem to escape the difficulty and challenges of life. Over the years I’ve come to believe that a great key to surviving stress is not merely escaping it, but rather managing […]

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No Plan “B”

Oh, what a wonderful God we have! How great are his riches and wisdom and knowledge! How impossible it is for us to understand his decisions and his methods!  For who can know what the Lord is thinking? Who knows enough to be his counselor?   Rom 11:33-34 NLT   The birth of Christ was one […]

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Seven Tips for Defusing Holiday Stress

Planning for the Christmas holidays leaves many cranky, impatient, and depressed Christmas is right around the corner. As you well know, the holidays are meant to be a time of food, family, and joyful get-togethers, at least in a perfect world. Unfortunately, very few if any, live in a perfect world. So for many, the […]

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Four Keys to Better Listening - Part 2

Being a trained life coach, I’ve learned that the number one distraction from true listening is the typical strong urge to offer solutions. According to life coach Patrick Williams, this often distorts communication by superimposing your agenda upon the conversation and sidetracking it from the real issues. It’s odd how that we have this strange […]

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Four Keys To Better Listening – Part 1

Listening – a relatively simple skill, one that everyone practices routinely, right? Actually, not so! As a matter of fact, most people I know are extremely deficit in their listening skills. Why? Primarily, because we’ve not been taught how to listen. Successful coaches and mentors know that in order to be effective in ministry they […]

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Barnabas the Resource Person

Barnabas was a linker-a resource person who helped many get their start in ministry Barnabas had the unique ability to connect people with other people and and the resources they needed to succeed. This…is an earmark trait of all mentors and coaches. I would say that one of the best examples of this is found […]

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The Barnabas Model of Coaching

Life Coaching as Seen in a New Testament Worker Let’s take a quick look at one of the most gifted coaches that can be found inthe New Testament. When studying this coach we find that he probably gets less recognition and credit than any other coach. It is really a pity in light of the […]

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Jesus, Life Coach

Many of Jesus’ models of leadership training were Life Coaching Models Not many in today’s Western-world mindset appreciate Jesus’ coaching methods as demonstrated in the gospels. Why? This is primarily due to the fact that the eyes of our understanding have been veiled by our cultural constraints. However, many, if not most of Jesus methods […]

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Lessons Learned From a Cliffhanger – Part 2

The alarm went off at 5:00am. It was a special day; my son had asked me to go rock climbing in the Witchita Mountains in southwest Oklahoma… (See part one for the full story) Before I knew it I was “on the wall,” making my first ever climb. Did I learn from this trip? Well […]

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Lessons Learned From a Cliffhanger – Part 1

The alarm went off at 5:00am. It was a special day; my son had asked me to go rock climbing in the Wichita Mountains in southwest Oklahoma. Soon we were on the road. The fall foliage colored the landscape with bright reds and unique yellows, the air – crisp and clean. A perfect day for […]

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Embracing a Silent Revolution

Will the Christian coaching movement really make a difference or is it just another passing fad? The coaching movement is building up a head of steam as it becomes an increasingly hot topic in today’s world. Hot, because it focuses on the issues that are pivotal for most post-moderns, primarily the issues of personal growth […]

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The History of Coaching

Coaching is not a new idea. As a matter of fact, the society of yesteryear was much more attuned to the paradigm than that of todays. We have a whole generation that knows very little of the apprentice model of living. What I call, “the apprentice model” of living was the norm for many millennia. […]

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The Need for Major Paradigm Shifts

Here is a question that each of us needs to answer: Will the acquiescence of the coaching movement compel the church to adopt the strikingly new paradigms of coaching? If so, what might that look like? Let’s begin with the current generation of what I call “carry over” 20th century leaders. It’s a known fact […]

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Why is “Coaching” Such a Buzz Word in Today’s Culture?

The word “coach” has become a buzzword in today’s culture. It is thrown around and used with anything that has to do with personal development. Now I understand their idea when they refer to training, mentoring and call it coaching. However, pure coaching is not the same as mentoring, teaching, counseling, or the like. We […]

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The Jesus Model of Discipleship Coaching

One of Jesus’ main methods of discipleship was what I would call the “coaching model.” That is he practiced a Hebraic model of relational learning, coupled with real life experiences. This means that he not only talk the theory of Christianity, he walked it out with them in a human interaction form of discipleship. One […]

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Why Would I Need A Coach?

Why would I need a coach? After all I have the Internet, Google, Bing, Yahoo and countless other benefits at my fingertips. This is the mindset of much of the world today. The rapid expansion of information over the past decade has produced an independence that is unprecedented in any other time. In 1998, Google […]

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Jesus’ Life Coaching Methods – Teachable Moments

In the life and ministry of Jesus we see this marvelous pattern of living unfolding as we study his life. It seems that no experience in life was wasted or viewed as coincidence. Rather, Jesus had the uncanny ability to make every experience a teachable moment. To Jesus, every life moment was a lesson waiting […]

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Jesus’ Life Coaching Methods – Debriefing

Jesus often taught the art of personal reflection. That is, the idea of debriefing emotional experiences in order for his disciples to better grasp what had just happened in their life and ministry. Debriefing is considered by many to be a lost art by many, unless you are in the military. However it is considered […]

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Jesus Life Coach

Many of Jesus’ popular methods of leadership training and teaching modeled what today we would call the life-coaching model. By calling Jesus a life coach, we are not implying that he was only a coach. No, clearly he was a prophet, priest, king, teacher and many other examples too numerous to mention in this article. […]

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Embracing a Silent Revolution

Will the Christian coaching movement really make a difference or is it just another passing fad? The coaching movement is building up a head of steam as it becomes an increasingly hot topic in today’s world. Hot, because it focuses on the issues that are pivotal for most post-moderns, primarily the issues of personal growth […]

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