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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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Ed Jordan: Understanding the Context

In regard to selling real estate, the important pithy saying is: location, location, location. Location impacts the marketing value of a property. In reading a piece of written literature, or in properly understanding a song or speech, the important word is: context, context, and context.  

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Ed Jordan: Catching the Ball

Is a pitched baseball active or passive? Some would say it is passive because it plays no role in its delivery. Others would say that it is active, because it is moving, perhaps changing direction, and has a specific purpose.

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Ed Jordan: Achieving Our Dreams

Dreams are not fulfilled merely by wishful thinking; they are fulfilled through dreaming, planning specific steps to move us toward completion, and then hard work and commitment to fulfill the dream one segment at a time.

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Ed Jordan: Life is But a Swim

One of my favorite books is The Challenge of Change in Organizations: Helping Employees Thrive in the New Frontier by Nancy J. Barger and Linda K. Kirby. It really is a great book, even if the title leaves you saying: “Really?” It was written in 1995, and change and me have a long history—which isn’t over yet.

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Ed Jordan: Wagons Ho!

One of my favorite books is The Challenge of Change in Organizations: Helping Employees Thrive in the New Frontier by Nancy J. Barger and Linda K. Kirby. It really is a great book, even if the title leaves you saying: “Really?” It was written in 1995, and change and me have a long history—which isn’t over yet.

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Jim Somerville: Have We Lost All Fear?

I saw another one of those graphs recently. I try to avoid them, but I saw one.  Someone had slipped it into an otherwise helpful article about the church in America. There it was: a graph making it painfully clear that Sunday morning worship attendance continues to slide as fewer and fewer people take the trouble to get up, shine their shoes, and come to church.

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Ed Jordan: The Gift of Vision

It is always things like this that bring us back to the reality that God created us with such phenomenal capabilities—like eyes that can see what a camera cannot.

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