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Do You Want to Get Well (video)

By Church
While in Jerusalem, Jesus walked by the Bethesda pool where “a great number of disabled people” gathered each day. The reason the pool drew so many people was the belief that the waters had magical healing powers. According to legend, an angel would descend and touch the waters and the first to enter would be healed. Jesus encounters a man who has lived with his disability for thirty-eight years. He asks the man what seems to be an odd question: “Do you want to get well?” Not everyone who needs to be healed want to be healed. Jesus does heal the man, but it happens to be on the Sabbath – something that will attract the attention of the religious leaders. Watch more videos at the Mountainview YouTube channel. Looking for a Speaking Coach? The most successful people are not always the smartest people. But they have one thing in...
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Why Common Sense Doesn’t Translate to Common Practice

By Leadership
My father once told me something that you have probably heard in some shape or form. He told me, "Ken, if common sense was truly common then more people would have it." As I've thought about this over the years, I've come to realize that some people have truly uncommon sense - they are able to anticipate things others cannot. They see opportunities where others see a blank page or a problem. Many of our innovations and advances have originated from this uncommon outside-the-box thinking. But I say this not to diminish the importance of common sense. Common sense and how it is applied forms the basic building blocks of life, relationships, finances, and so much more. Common sense provides shared pathways of understanding and tools for navigating life. Over thousands of years, the human race has discovered and developed certain operating principles that both save time and lives. Simply...
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Avoiding the Undertow

By Leadership
Have you ever left a conversation and wondered, "What just happened?" Or, you leave feeling worse or more discouraged or even angry. You may have been swept up into the undertow of someone else's emotions. An undertow is a current of water that lies below a peaceful surface. It's a powerful current that can sweep the strongest of swimmers out to sea. And you may not know it's there until it's too late. Truth be told, there are people who would love for you to swim in the undertow of their dysfunctions. Their pity needs a party and you're invited. But just say no. Getting swept up in the undertow is different than feeling genuine empathy and compassion. Empathy and compassion are healthy and can lead the person towards healing. The undertow will just pull you further and further down. Experience and Background Professor at Warner University masters in business...
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Prove or Improve

By Leadership
What is the difference between an average leader and an exceptional leader? It's the same as what separates a good teacher from a great teacher - or a decent athlete from a champion. The difference lies in the way they think. And the way they think influences the way they act. So, how do the top-performers think differently? According to researchers Carol Dweck and Heidi Grant, it's approaching a challenge with a “performance improve” mindset instead of a "performance prove" mindset. But what does that mean? A salesperson with a "performance prove" mindset has to win - nothing else is acceptable. They are only focused on the outcome. Whether or not they learn from the process isn't important. It's all about winning. Contrast that with a salesperson who also wants to sign the deal but approaches the situation with a "performance improve" mindset. They analyze, debrief, deconstruct, and reflect on...
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The Outcast (video)

By Church
To fully appreciate this story, one must be aware of the deep-seated animosity between Jews and Samaritans. These weren’t simply groups who favored a different football team. They were groups who dehumanized the other group. This prejudice is what makes Jesus’ parable of the Good Samaritan so powerful – no Jewish listener would have made a Samaritan the hero of the story. In John 4, Jesus purposefully went through Samaria on his way back to Galilee. Along the way he encounters a lady at the well and engages her in conversation that concludes with him revealing to her that he is the Messiah (his first public reveal). In this one story, Jesus confronts multiple social issues in a redemptive manner. Watch more videos at the Mountainview YouTube channel. Looking for a Speaking Coach? The most successful people are not always the smartest people. But they have one thing in common:...
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