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Ed Jordan: Time is the Secret Ingredient

Recently I watched a documentary about the relationship between changes in cooking and our changing lifestyles. The film showed how natural cooking over wood fires takes a lot of time and is very different in nature from the fast foods and convenience foods we consume these days. Slowly cooked foods have great flavor and nutritional value and are easier to digest.  

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Ed Jordan: Partnering with God!

Almost two decades ago, my wife and I were sensing that the time of relocating to a new ministry was approaching. We had led our church at that time for 11 years and seen it grow in both numbers and health. While the work was thriving, I had led them as far as I could lead them. They needed a different kind of leader for the next phase of growth, and we needed a new challenge.

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Ed Jordan: God Leads Us Out of Our Comfort Zones

Many of us spend much of our time in stagnant or declining situations because we allow “remaining comfortable” to become our core value. Most of us, once we have a system that works for us, don’t want to change anything. Why should we? Our system works, and we are familiar with it. Yet most inventions that changed the world began with someone taking risks to do things that are not comfortable—seeking to discover something new.

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Ed Jordan: Is God a Concept or a Living Being?

While many people believe in the concept of God, there are many views about what such a God is like. For some God is a simply a detached, philosophical concept and is merely an explanation for all the things humans can’t explain in our universe. For Christians, God is a living being who is alive and interacts with us in our lives each day.

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Ed Jordan: Along Came God…

It was a hot, dusty day. The shepherd had been out minding his father-in-law’s sheep. It was a tough job in a scorching desert, with scant vegetation or water.  Maybe the shepherd was having a dialogue with himself, evaluating the progress of his life. For 40 years he had been leading sheep through the same desert, and perhaps he was thinking that it was time for a change. After all, 40 years is a long time to babysit sheep.

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Ed Jordan: When Is It Good to Be Poor?

Is it ever good to be poor by the typical definition—to be totally “broke” financially? There might be a rare time when that would be beneficial, but we certainly don’t want to live that way by choice. Is this verse talking about finances, or is it talking about some other kind of emptiness?

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When Trauma Comes to Church

In this ever-changing, fast-paced world, nominating committees, Sunday School directors, and ministers are struggling to find workers for the coming year. Sunday School and small groups are significant in the growth of disciples and outreach/evangelism. So what do you do?

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Ed Jordan: What is God Up To?

Most of us have had some events happen in our lives to which we react with disbelief, confusion, frustration, or anger. The first person we address is normally God, either consciously or subconsciously asking: “What is going on? Why is this happening? Why are you doing this to me?”

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Ed Jordan: Friend Me for Real!

I venture to say that for many of us, it is more important to have friends than to be a friend; but in reality, being a friend to others creates friendships. The truth is that we are creatures created to be in relationship with God and in relationship with other people.

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Ed Jordan: Helping Improve Your Church

Here Paul describes our Christian journey as moving forward and upward beyond what we have already achieved, and continuing to strive toward the goal of becoming like Jesus. This requires discipline (straining forward), it involves holy improvement (the upward call of God), and the process lasts our entire lifetime.

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Ed Jordan: Developing a Kaizen Mindset

Yesterday I heard a term that I had never heard before. My son and I began discussing it, and then we went online to discover some basics about the term. The word is kaizen, which is a word that describes a business practice developed in Japan. The concept is also used in many American businesses. The root of the word is “to improve.”

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Ed Jordan: Trapped in a Lonely World

We all know one of those people, don't we? A person who always has to be right, who always has to have their own way, who knows everything, who cannot be beaten, and who must always win. And that is the kind of person we love to be around, right? Hardly! But are you—or am I—one of those kinds of people?

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Ed Jordan: He Keeps the Light on For You

In the Bible, the word “light” is often a metaphor for the tangible manifestation of the presence of God. In Genesis, light was created in the first segment of creation, because light made possible the major food chain on the planet. Light corresponded with the clarity and safety of the day, while darkness often correlated with unseen dangers in the night. 

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