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The Power of Practicing Godly Thoughts (video)

By Church, Preaching
In his book Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell writes about the “10,000-hour rule” and how people who become successful in their fields spend countless hours practicing. We often talk about “practice makes perfect” – but that’s only true if we’re practicing the right things! In Philippians 4, Paul commands us to “put into practice” the right thoughts and attitudes. When practiced consistently over time, these thoughts and attitudes become God-honoring habits. 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: they communicate well. I'd love to help you become a better communicator. Click here. My Background 25+ years of senior leadership experience church planter with Stadia former former president, Church Planters of the Rockies masters in business administration (mba) helped start 2 for-profit tech companies Need a Speaker or Presenter? Interested...
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Jesus Our Great Example (video)

By Church, Preaching
This shouldn’t surprise anybody … but I’ve not always made decisions that honored God. There have been times in my life when my actions were more influenced by my friends – or those I wanted to be my friends – than they were by Jesus. There have been questions that I processed more as an American than as a Christian. Truth is, we’re all shaped by something or someone. As Christians, we are called to be shaped by the cross of Jesus. 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: they communicate well. I'd love to help you become a better communicator. Click here. My Background 25+ years of senior leadership experience church planter with Stadia former former president, Church Planters of the Rockies masters in business administration...
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Reframing Adversity (video)

By Church, Preaching
At some point in life, everyone will face a difficulty. It might be an illness, unemployment, or the break-up of a family. This raises an important question: How do we rise above difficult circumstances? It might surprise you, but researchers who study resilient people agree with Jesus: We must have something larger than our circumstances that we are living for. That’s the premise behind our passage in Philippians 1. The Apostle Paul is writing to a church he helped start – and he’s writing from prison. He’s literally chained to a Roman soldier! He might be in prison but that hasn’t changed his perspective. How is that possible? 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: they communicate well. I'd love to help you become a better communicator....
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Spiritual Expectations (video)

By Church, Preaching
Growth in the natural world is all about looking forward. A sapling becomes a large oak tree by growing slowly over time. An infant grows into a child, who eventually becomes an adult. Hope works in the same way – it looks forward. When a person has hope, they can imagine a better future. It is hope that allows you to look past your present circumstances and see through faith a better future. Without hope, a person feels stuck. A spiritually vibrant life is the result of faith-filled anticipation. 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: they communicate well. I'd love to help you become a better communicator. Click here. My Background 25+ years of senior leadership experience church planter with Stadia former former president, Church Planters...
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Who You Are and How You Appear

By Leadership, Preaching
While we live in a world of splinters and contradictions, we are hard-wired for connections. Literally. Our brains are designed to make connections, find patterns, and are troubled by dissonance. This is why understanding the power of nonverbal communication is vital. Our words say, "I'm happy" but our face tells a different story. I tell my wife, "I'm not upset" but my eyebrows are narrowed and I'm squinting at her through beady eyes! These mixed signals create red flags within our brains. This is why the most effective leaders, communicators, parents, and presenters are actively engaged in developing better self-awareness. For me to have good self-awareness, I must understand two things: Who I am How I appear to others Simply doing introspection isn't enough. It's important - even necessary. But knowing yourself better is only half of the equation. Let's say through introspection I discover that my tone of voice...
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