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UnscriptedGoing unscripted can be intimidating to a lot of people. Generally speaking, most people operate better within a confined framework. In fact, even though many people say they don’t, most people prefer routine and predictability. This is evidenced by their actions.

Don’t get me wrong, routines are overwhelmingly good, but unshaken routines often become stale tradition and an excuse to do things a certain way because, “that’s how it’s always been done”.

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Jack Of All TradesIn this Thursday’s Tip of the Day we will be looking at how we can narrow our focus. I must admit that I often spread myself thin because I delve into too many things. Many have pointed out that being a jack of all trades is akin to being a master of none.

When I was a teenager I worked at a retail store. I was well liked because I worked hard and did whatever was necessary to complete the job. After a while, they started training me for other jobs so I could cover if people were on vacation. I worked almost every single job on that store, but when I wanted to apply for an open position that would lock me into one spot, my boss didn’t want to let me go.

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To Tell The TruthDo you like being lied to? I seriously doubt it (if you do, then you have some issues!), but for some reason we all seem to struggle with the truth at times. It’s not that we don’t know it, it’s just that we don’t always like how it sounds, how it makes us look, or how it makes us feel. Our answer… make up something better.

We live in an age where lies are commonplace. It wasn’t that long ago that a Congressman blamed hackers for his own actions. It’s not just politicians though. Athletes such as Lance Armstrong and Manti Te’o have had spats with truth-telling as well. Unfortunately, even ministers are not exempt from this plague.

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just-do-it-slide2In my office I have a display case. It’s big, bulky and in the way. I bought it with the intention of fixing it up so we could use it for our youth ministry… that was over a year ago!

I see it everyday. It started off as being annoying, but it’s honestly more depressing than anything at this point.

It was one of those projects that got started, but never finished. I’ve looked at it so many times and thought, “I really need to finish that.” The problem is that I haven’t done it.

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real-talk-blog4Happy Valentine’s Day! Today, over a billion cards will be exchanged, many will be lost in a chocolate haze and flowers will be purchased for that special someone.

Valentine’s Day may be the most romantic day of the year. In fact, many students will seek to have someone special, just because they want to be with someone on this day.

Togetherness makes us feel special. We desperately want someone to share our deepest secrets and greatest dreams with. This is a natural part of life.

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Try Something NewMy wife recently told me that for years she never ate syrup on her pancakes. Her only reason was because her dad didn’t. She figured that if her dad didn’t eat, it must not be good. But how wrong she was! Today she enjoys syrup and a number of other foods she never dared to try.

Last night I was reminded of this principle in our youth service. I decided to try something new to us, though I’m sure others have used it. During my message on love and relationships, I displayed a live twitter feed on our screen and asked our students to tweet (we also let students text my wife in case they didn’t have a Twitter account so she could tweet for them) using the hashtag #whatslove. I wasn’t sure if it would be a colossal train wreck or something amazing- thankfully, it was closer to the latter.

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Ram God Made A Farmer CommercialI’m still in mourning after the Super Bowl. As a die hard 49er fan, it kills me that they were sooooo close!

But enough about the game, let’s get down to one of the other important aspects the big day- the commercials.

Here were two of the favorites:

Tide’s “Miracle Montana”

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What It Takes To Be A Game ChangerGames can be tricky. That’s one of the reasons we offer gaming tips and not just a list of games on our blog. I realize that more people visit for the games, but my hope is that we can also help leaders become better at incorporating fun and relevant games into their meetings. In this Thursday’s Tip of the Day, we will be discussing What It Takes To Be A Game Changer.

There’s nothing worse than playing a game just to play a game- especially if it stinks. What leader wants to consistently spend time digging out of the funk that was created because of a bad game?

Ministry is moved by momentum. I constantly preach about flow to our ministry team. Ideally, you want their to be a steady stream that leads us closer to God’s presence. In a gathering, most churches do this through singing praise and worship songs, as well as the preaching of a message. My challenge to you is to find out how games can actually enhance your ministry.

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Test DriveThursday’s Tip of the Day encourages you to Take a Test Drive with your games. I must admit, I frequently break this rule and it has come back to bite me on numerous occasions.

Doing a brief run through of your game does a few things:

1. It Eliminates Duds

When you test drive a game, you see if the game actually has an engine to run. If it doesn’t ignite or is overly complicated from the get go, it’s time to find a new game.

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dont be that guyWe hope you had an incredible weekend! In today’s Monday Minute we are talking about how to deal with that guy. You know who I’m talking about- they guy who thinks that your ice-breaker is the Super Bowl, the guy who yells at a Jr. High girl because she giggled during your message, the guy who thinks they know better than everyone else. In fact, you’re probably picturing someone right now… if you’re not, you might be that guy! Seriously though, that guy can ruin your ministry if you fail to deal with them.

I’m all for being competitive, but then again, you don’t want to wind up being the crazy Little League parent that screams and yells at 8-years-olds. In all seriousness, you have to guard against allowing these types of people into your ministry. While we need to develop and train young leaders who have potential, we must also guard our students from people who are potentially harmful, even if it is unknowingly.

Here’s a few quick tips in dealing with people like that:

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