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My Reading list from 2013

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They say leaders are readers so I set a goal this year to read 52 books and I fell short of that goal, but here are the books I did read this year. Some I will add to my read yearly list, all of them impacted me in various ways.

#1 Lone Survivor – Marcus Luttrell
#2 Lead Small – Reggie Joiner
#3 Non Profit Narrative – Dan Portnoy
#4 Love Does – Bob Goff
#5 Jesus In The Manger – Bonhoeffer
#6 Jesus + Nothing = Everything. – Tullian Tchividjian
#7 Jesus Storybook Bible – Sally Lloyd-Jones
#8 A Tale Of Three Kings – Gene Edwards
#9 Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart – JD Greear
#10 Knowing God – J. I. Packer
#11 The Jesus Manifesto – Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola
#12 Center Church – Tim Keller
#13 3 Signs of a Miserable Job – Patrick Lencioni
#14 Leadership and Self Deception – The Arbinger Institute
#15 A Horse and His Boy – CS Lewis
#16 The Power of Habit – Charles Duhigg
#17 Dangerous Calling – Paul David Tripp
#18 Integrity – Henry Cloud
#19 Decisive -  Chip and Dan Heath
#20 Desiring God – John Piper
#21 – 7 men – Eric Metaxas
#22 – Amazing Grace the story of William Wilberforce – Eric Metaxas
#23 – Christless Christianity – Michael Horton
#24 – The Weight of Glory by CS Lewis.
#25 – The Fourth Fisherman – Joe Kissack
#26 – Unbroken – Laura Hillenbrand
#27  The Silver Chair – C S Lewis
#28 – Counterfeit God’s – Timothy Keller
#29 Behold Our Sovereign God – Mitchell Chase
#30 Steal Like An Artist. – Austin Kleon
#31 More Or Less – Jeff Shinabarger
#32 Insanely Simple – Ken Segall
#33 C. S. Lewis – A Life: Eccentric Genius, Reluctant Prophet by McGrath, Alister
#34 David and Goliath – Malcolm Gladwell
#35 – Good To Great – Jim Collins
#36 Speak Like Churchill Stand Like Lincoln -  James C. Humes
#37 – Judges For You – Tim Keller
#38 – Creating Innovators – Tony Wagner
#39 – Divergent – Veronica Roth
#40 The Five Elements Of Effective Thinking. – Edward Burger
#41 Five Points – John Piper
#42 Letters To Malcolm – CS Lewis
#43 The Final Battle – CS Lewis
#44 The Explicit Gospel – Matt Chandler

Top blog posts from samluce.com this year

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As we wrap up 2013 I just want to thank you who stop by my blog I appreciate you and I started this blog as a tool to help kids pastors and leaders by being to others what I wish I had when I started. I hope this blog is that to you. Happy New Year.

I thought I would share a few of the blog posts you guys visited most often this year.

Free Bible Lessons: Proverbs “The Book of Wisdom
Top 50 Family Ministry Blogs
4 reasons NOT to Homeschool your kids.
4 reasons NOT to send your kids to Christian School.
2 fantastic ideas families can use for advent
Why you should read old books.
Self-esteem is ruining your kids
How to make an Easter egg hunt a family event.
Free Easter Curriculum: God To The Rescue
Why my kids never asked Jesus into their hearts.

Free Bible Lesson Zephaniah: Book of God’s Judgement

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Zephaniah
– Book of Day of Judgment
One day we will have to stand before God.

Key Point – God sees all we do and don’t do. Put your trust in God.
Memory Verse – 2 Chronicles 16:9”The Lord searches all the earth for people who have given themselves completely to him. He wants to make them strong…”

The harm we do by “Ducking” the truth

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The most recent media storm around Duck Dynasty is the second time the media has cried foul over a public figure sharing their views about homosexuality and what bible has to say about it. A few months ago the eye of the media storm was centered ironically enough around a chicken not a duck. What is frustrating is that it seems to me that the homosexual community does not want equality but rather celebration. When I tell people I am a pastor and husband of one wife and father of four kids I rarely receive celebration. The great irony that always goes unnoticed is that tolerance is always a one way street. People want you to be tolerant of them and yet these people who are so passionate about tolerance have no tolerance for any viewpoint but their own.