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Join Us for Christmas

Will you join us for Christmas this year? I’ve been writing a special Christmas Eve service message I can’t wait to share.  And I’d be honored if you and your family would join me for one of our services. All of our Christmas information can be found here...


One Less Gift This Year?

"One less gift? What do you mean one less gift, Rusty?" Well gang, it’s almost Christmas! And In the spirit of Leading Simple, can I offer a suggestion to simplify your Christmas? Buy one less gift.   Yep, I know, sounds crazy.  And who goes without? How about you?...


Help Make Leading Simple Even Better

Will you help us make Leading Simple even better? As 2021 comes to an end and we are prepping for our next season of the Leading Simple blogs and podcasts, would you take a moment and give us some feedback? Click this link and answer 6 quick questions. Don’t worry....


7 Things to Do with Your Family This Thanksgiving

Are you looking for things you can do to bring your family together this thanksgiving? I’ll spare you the usual.  Eat turkey. Watch football. Decorate for Christmas. Here are 7 different ideas you can try while you have some time with your family. On Friday,...


What to Do When You Live in Someone’s Shadow

No matter who you are or what stage of life you are in, you’ve probably had at least one season of your life where you felt overlooked. “Hi! Good to see you! Where’s your brother?” “Hey, would you tell your sister I said ‘Hi?” “Looking for your roommate!” Or maybe...

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Missing Real Life in 5?

Thank you for all your positive feedback on our 40 episode podcast journey through the Beatitudes. It was so fun to do, and it will return! So what is next? Starting this week, you can access Real Life in 5(ish) on YouTube. This series will be a slightly longer...


3 Soundtracks of Successful People

All of us have a running soundtrack in our heads.  It might be fight songs, cry songs or goodbye songs. It might be words of encouragement, words of discouragement. It might be phrases that motivate you. It might be phrases that give you permission to fail. It...

Faith and Culture

Are we Living in the End Times?

The events of the past 2 years have made many wonder… is this the end? Wars, pandemics, social unrest, rebellions, uprisings, hurricanes, earthquakes…it's easy to think the world is about to end. But as a Christian, what are we to assume? Recently I interviewed...


3 Books to Read this Football Season

Football is back! Odds are if you have read this far, then you are excited too! I recently had a chance to interview Hall of Famer and Christian, Bruce Matthews. He had incredible insight into how to follow Jesus through all the highs and lows of not just a...

Faith and Culture Family

Are You Afraid of Becoming Your Parents?

For all who fear becoming their parents... There are certain phrases that we all grow up hearing that we file away and say “I’ll never say that to my kids”… and then one day, we do. ... “Because I said so” ... “Life isn’t fair” ... “I’ll give you something to cry...

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Who is Forming Your Mind?

If I were to ask you what a follower of Jesus should look like, you’d probably say something along the lines of: “Someone who acts like Jesus.” And so would I. A follower of Jesus should be someone who thinks, acts, and reacts like Jesus would if he were living...

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10 Books to Read This Summer

Whether on the beach, by the pool, or on a plane, don’t miss the chance to feed your mind a bit this summer with a good book. Here are 10 books that I highly recommend: 10 BOOKS TO READ THIS SUMMER  1 • Winning the War in Your Mind by Craig Groeschell.  This is a...

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