Wrestling with God

June 1st, 2016 by Dan Mancini

Since I was a kid, I’ve found a passage in Genesis 32 weird and confusing. You know the one I’m talking about: when Jacob wrestles God:

24 So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak. 25 When the man saw that he could not overpower him, he touched the socket of Jacob’s hip so that his hip was wrenched as he wrestled with the man. 26 Then the man said, “Let me go, for it is daybreak.”
But Jacob replied, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.” Read the rest of this entry »

On Daisies and God’s Creativity

January 25th, 2016 by Dan Mancini

I’ve always liked this quote from G.K. Chesterton. It’s more poetic than theological, but I like how it points to God’s boundless, playful creativity. Read the rest of this entry »

What Makes a Good Life?

January 13th, 2016 by Dan Mancini

It’s always fascinating when a massive Harvard research project confirms what the Bible has been saying for millennia. This Ted Talk is well worth 13 minutes of your time.

Why is it we’re so tempted to chase money and achievement, when there’s so much evidence those things don’t make us happy?

What practical things can you do to lean more into the important relationships in your life?

“What Is It?” Grows Trust

January 6th, 2016 by Dan Mancini

We talk all the time in groups about how the key ingredient of personal spiritual growth is trust in God. That sounds simple, right? But actually trusting is hard. It’s counterintuitive. It feels dangerous. That’s because trusting God requires us to acknowledge that he’s not going to submit to our agendas. He’s not necessarily going to do what we want or expect. Read the rest of this entry »

Pursuing Reciprocal Relationships

December 16th, 2015 by Dan Mancini

One thing you can do to find community as a leader is to pursue reciprocal relationships. They require two ingredients: depth of relationship and frequency of interaction. So, what do you do when a relationship has only one of the two ingredients? You need to be intentional about adding the missing ingredient to the one that’s present.

Here’s the bottom line: If you want to add depth or frequency to an existing relationship, you need to have a conversation. Read the rest of this entry »

Finding Community As a Leader

December 7th, 2015 by Dan Mancini

As a leader, sometimes leading is a ministry. You pour into others even though they may not be capable of pouring into you. You may not always find community—strong, reciprocal relationships—in your group. If you don’t already have it, how do you find the community you need so you can keep growing and leading? While there’s no magical solution, there are two key ingredients that comprise life-giving, life-sustaining community: depth of relationship and frequency of interaction. Read the rest of this entry »

MMD: You’re Not Enough

September 21st, 2015 by Dan Mancini

Here’s your Monday Morning Devotion:.

What Makes You Happy, Part 6: “You’re Not Enough”

Remember: selfishness is natural, but you were not designed for selfishness.

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MMD: Shoes

September 14th, 2015 by Dan Mancini

Here’s your Monday Morning Devotion:.

What Makes You Happy, Part 5: “Shoes”

If you’ve prioritized your pleasure over your happiness (we all have), don’t wait to turn your eyes to the good shepherd. Take your cues from him. Trust that he’ll lead you toward a full life. The sooner you make a course correction the better. Don’t wait.

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MMD: Happy Money

September 7th, 2015 by Dan Mancini

I hope you’re having a great Labor Day. Here’s your Monday Morning Devotion:.

What Makes You Happy, Part 4: “Happy Money”

Don’t miss the opportunity to find greater peace through wise money management. Don’t delay. I can tell you from personal experience that life is happier when you’re not smothered by debt and financial irresponsibility.

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MMD: Peace With God

August 31st, 2015 by Dan Mancini

Here’s your Monday Morning Devotion:.

What Makes You Happy, Part 3: Peace With God

I hope it helps you to connect in with your heavenly Father this week.

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