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Strong Words

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“sons of hell”

“blind guides”



“full of greed”

“snakes. Sons of vipers”

Those are strong words.

Those are the words that Jesus used to describe the Pharisees in Matthew 23.

Jesus could see right through their religious dress, their religious activities, and religious rituals.

On the inside, their hearts were dead.

God is not interested in our religion…..he is interested in our hearts.


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May 6, 2008 at 9:05 pm

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Improved Sharing in Google Reader

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Today, Google announced improvements to the ‘Share’ functionality within Google Reader.

Now you can share any part of any web page.

And you can add a personal note to the item you are sharing.

Check out the full announcement here

** If you use Google Reader, email me so I can add you as a friend and we can share items with each other.

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May 5, 2008 at 7:59 pm

Talent Is Never Enough

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I just started reading Talent Is Never Enough by John Maxwell.

The book covers 13 things that can take talent to the next level.

1) Belief Lifts Your Talent

2) Passion Energizes Your Talent

3) Initiative Activates Your Talent

4) Focus Directs Your Talent

5) Preparation Positions Your Talent

6) Practice Sharpens Your Talent

7) Perseverance Sustains Your Talent

8) Courage Tests Your Talent

9) Teachability Expands Your Talent

10) Character Protects Your Talent

11) Relationships Influence Your Talent

12) Responsibility Strengthens Your Talent

13) Teamwork Multiples Your Talent

Personally, I would say I am in pretty good shape on about half of these items, but I have some room for development in some of the areas like Belief, Preparation, Perseverance, Relationships, and Responsibility.

How about you? Which areas could you improve in to enhance your God-given talent?

What about your team, organization, or company? Is talent being wasted because 1 or more of the 13 items is missing?

Written by Aaron

May 5, 2008 at 1:05 pm

Catch of The Day

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Yesterday at church, I led my class of 4 year olds through an activity where each of them had to answer a few basic questions like…

What is your favorite thing to do?

Where is your favorite place to go?

What is your favorite food?

The 1st two answers on the favorite food question were………

  • Atlantic Salmon
  • Grilled Mahi Mahi

I guess times have changed. Whatever happened to Mac & Cheese, Grilled Cheese sandwiches, and Peanut Butter & Jelly?

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May 5, 2008 at 8:27 am

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At church and in my small group we have been studying heaven.

Before we started, honestly, I didn’t understand the importance of doing a deep study on heaven.

After all, it is a perfect place in the presence of God and it lasts forever…..and I am going there someday. That was good enough for me.

Several weeks into this study, I am beginning to understand why God provides glimpses of heaven in His Word.

Here is what I am learning…….

  • Focusing on the eternal nature of heaven allows me to more clearly see the temporal nature of this world and all the stuff in it.
  • Focusing on the perfection of heaven allows me to more clearly see the brokenness of this world and everyone in it (including me).
  • Focusing on the magnificence of heaven allows me to more clearly see the insignificance of my possessions in this world.
  • Focusing on heaven allows me to more clearly see that I need to live differently.

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May 2, 2008 at 8:17 am

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Moving Day

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Tomorrow is moving day for us at work.

Changing buildings on campus.

And changing from personal offices to cubes.

I will miss the privacy and the quietness of having my own office, but I am actually a little excited about moving into the new cube environment.

Here are a few reasons why…….

  • I believe you work better with people you know. The walls of offices prevent you from getting to know people well.
  • I believe that work performed in an attractive, clean, and creatively designed environment will be more attractive, clean, and creative than work performed in an ugly, sloppy, and boring environment. Our current office space has a 3 color design scheme. Grey, Gray, and Greigh. And it is not uncommon to see trash bins and junk piles cluttering the hallways. I’m ready for a more inspiring workspace.

So do you agree? Does the physical environment where work is performed have a direct impact on the quality of the work performed there?

And just for fun, check out some cool office spaces here…..here……here

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May 1, 2008 at 5:03 pm

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What I’m Learning

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Mark Batterson included the following quote from a John Ortberg article in a post today.

People don’t care what I know. They care about what I’m learning.

I love that because that is what this blog is all about.

If you’re a regular reader and your tuning in to read about what I know, you’re in trouble.

This blog is mostly about what I’m learning. I’m learning as I go.

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May 1, 2008 at 8:00 am

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