Life

How to Get Your Kids to Fall in Love with the Church

If you haven’t noticed, I’ve been traveling a bit more lately. From Canada to London to Pittsburgh to Orlando…the last few weeks have been a bit crazy. So, one of the more common questions I’ve been asked is this: “How do you parent your kids with such a crazy schedule?” Well, keep in mind, when…
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How to Survive Young Kids – a Marriage tip that can change everything

Being a parent with young kids can be one of the most chaotic seasons of life. And if that’s you right now, don’t give up! It only gets better (IF you don’t kill them or force them into orangized crime). My wife & I complicated our lives by planting Substance Church while having 3 kids under…
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3 Ways to Increase Your Hunger for the Bible

This last Sunday, I admitted that, years ago, I had a major struggle trying to get into my Bible (And if you missed that message, click here). But, thankfully, over the years, I’ve gotten better at feeding myself. And I’d love to share a few secrets with you. Of course, it’s especially important to learn…
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Before Promotion, comes Devotion – Story Behind “Surgical Love”

Doesn’t it sometimes feel like everyone is on a faster track than ourselves? In a social media age, it often feels like everyone is having a good time but you; however, remember: You’re looking at everyone’s highlight reel; not their behind-the-scenes. But often times, there’s something else going on. This last week, Substance Input/Output, released a…
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3 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Suicide and how to Prevent It

Like many people, it’s been hard for me to process all of the celebrity suicides of late. First it was Robin Williams, then Chester Bennington of the band Linkin Park. Then it was Prince (who was initially thought to have simply overdosed [1]; then it was Avicii – one of the wealthiest electronic dance music…
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Impact Assessment Handout – Identify the Area of your Greatest Impact

Impact Assessment: Your greatest impact for the kingdom can be found in the convergence of your gifts, your influence, and your opportunities. Spend time brainstorming answers to the following areas and see where all three of these assets converge. The areas of cross-over could very well be the place of your greatest impact. (1). Gift…
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Holistic Health Assessment Worksheet – Discerning Gods Will

Have you ever wanted help discerning God’s will for your life? It’s easy to become afflicted with a very narrow definition of success. And as a result, we fail to see all of the great plans that God has for our families, finances and physical bodies. So here’s a worksheet I go through every few…
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Forced Gratitude: Research shows, even Insincere Gratitude can transform us.

Over this Thanksgiving weekend, I’m super thankful for an amazing year at Substance. It’s been a 21 year dream to launch a national level album. And I’m thrilled that it climbed to #24 on the mainstream charts (even if it was only for a short time). And by the way… if you haven’t seen it…
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A Surprising Key to Motivation: Why some Teams, Orgs & Individuals have more of it

As a pastor, I’ve watched a lot of people start the process of change, but only a few follow through on their goals. Whether your goal is to work out, parent better or eat healthier, over time, you’ll see that some people are simply better reaching their goals. But why? Why do some teams, organizations,…
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What White Folks Often Miss about Racism

Honestly, ever since I heard the news of Philando Castile yesterday, my heart has been trembling. Part of it is because it happened right on the heels of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge… and our city still hasn’t gotten over Jamar Clark, nor should it. And when you add snipers in Dallas – murdering innocent…
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