I’m Sorry, But It Was Funny! 

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I am standing in front of the Children’s Ministry Center at Saddleback after one of the Easter services. There were some kids running around the outdoor baptismal pool just about 20 feet away. This is a common scene at Saddleback. We have a waterfall and a small stream close to the baptismal pool and, as you can imagine, kids love to play in and around the water features. Well, I turned my back to talk to someone and I heard a loud splash. That can only mean one thing…one of those kids fell … [Read more...]

Was Jesus Lazy? – Part 2 of Let it Go

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Was Jesus too lazy to finish the job? Here’s the story: A good friend of Jesus named Lazarus died. By the time Jesus gets to Lazarus, he was already in a tomb. Jesus called Lazarus out of death and out of the tomb. What happens next carries a significant lesson for you and me. And the dead man came out, his hands and feet bound in graveclothes, his face wrapped in a headcloth. Jesus told them, “Unwrap him and let him go!” John 11:44 (NLT) It is interesting to me in this passage that … [Read more...]

Let It Go – Part 1

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When you hear the phrase “let it go,” you almost instantly think of the hit song from Disney’s animated film “Frozen.” But while reading in the book of John this week, the phrase “let it go” served as a great reminder. We will pick up the story as Lazarus, a good friend of Jesus, died. Mary and Martha, Lazarus’ sisters, found Jesus to let Him know what was going on. From the tone of the story, it seems as though Mary and Martha expected Jesus to come with them so Jesus could heal their brother. … [Read more...]

Act Like You Own the Place

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I noticed something while eating in a fast food restaurant recently that I feel is worth sharing. I happened to look around and noticed an unusual amount of debris on the floor…a few napkins, straw and small bag. The trash was obvious so I expected the next employee who walked by would remove the trash from the floor. Much to my surprise, an employee walked by and without flinching or hesitating she stepped over the trash and went on her way. That got my attention. Then another employee walked … [Read more...]

I Don’t Know How to Pray, No One Ever Taught Me How

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Recently I saw the movie “Gravity” starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock. I am a NASA freak so I will see anything connected to NASA or space. However, I was skeptical of “Gravity” after seeing the previews. My initial feeling was to skip this one because in the preview Sandra Bullock's character cried while in the middle of a mission in space. We all know astronauts don’t cry! Well, my wife and son Matt wanted to see the movie so we went. While I recognize I am not a movie critic, I … [Read more...]

25 Lessons in 25 Years – Lesson 7: “It Is All Too Easy to Forget”

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We recently returned from a PEACE trip (that’s Saddleback’s Missions Initiative) in Manila. We took a team of parents, staff and 6th graders. We were given total access to a public elementary school, which is something that is quite uncommon in that part of the Philippines. We focused our ministry efforts on 5th and 6th grade students by offering a VBS style event two times each day on their campus. It was one of the most impactful mission trips I have ever been a part of. I cannot wait to go … [Read more...]

25 Lessons in 25 Years – Lesson 6: “It’s URGENT”

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Have you ever received a voice message or text that had that phrase in the message...”It’s urgent”? It certainly gets your attention. The interesting thing is we all interpret urgency differently. If my cable provider suddenly stopped my TV service during the Super Bowl or College Football’s National Championship, well that might not mean much to some people, but to me...it is a matter of URGENCY! Our kids have funny interpretations of what is urgent as well. It could be anything from the … [Read more...]

NO, I WILL NOT GROW UP

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Throughout my life I have been told these words off and on...”Steve, you need to grow up and act like an adult.” I get it, I am an adult. I have a wonderful wife, two great sons, a large ministry with many responsibilities and they are all counting on me. Yes, I get it. There comes a time, as the apostle Paul said, to “put away childish things.” BUT, that does not mean I have to “grow up.” Recently, I feel like there has been a traffic jam in my head. Too many things going on at once, too … [Read more...]

25 Lessons in 25 Years – Lesson 5: Choose Your Allies Carefully

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I remember an episode of the show “The Office” in which the character Dwight asked his co-worker and rival, Jim, if he wanted to “form an alliance.” Dwight’s request was driven by office politics, not friendship. Typically, when we think of alliances we think of politics or shrewdness, but that is not the central idea behind my thoughts today. There is an interesting story in 2 Chronicles about King Jehoshaphat that speaks directly to the title of today’s lesson in the series “25 Lessons in … [Read more...]

PODCAST 22 – Connecting with Families through Child Dedication

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We have Crystal Hansen, our Nursery-3 year old program and child dedication staff member, joining us today as we try to connect young families to our church through child dedications. We have included some ideas, resources and information about how we do child dedication. Let us know how you do your child dedications by commenting on the blog or emailing us at steve@morethanpuppets.com. Resources: Child Dedication Handbook, Presentation and Booklet Child Dedication Class and Service … [Read more...]

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