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Jon Horton 5 Tools To Help You Monitor Your Web Presence And Increase Traffic blog image

5 Tools To Help You Monitor Your Web Presence And Increase Traffic

Whether you work for a nonprofit, or a growing, local business, you need tools to measure your impact and increase awareness of your mission. Here are 5 free resources that will help you grow your business.

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Using Scrum For A Greater Mission At NewSpring Church

Recently, I had the chance to sit down with Dave Prior of the LeadingAgile SoundNotes podcast to chat about how we use Scrum at NewSpring Church to innovate and deliver value to all types of "customers."

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A Behind The Scenes Look At NewSpring Church's Website With Pro Church Tools

I sat down with Brady Shearer from Pro Church Tools to chat all things web & app and how our team approaches things like writing a great homepage headline, keeping navigation simple, and using data to make informed decisions.

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4 Things You Can Do During Challenging Seasons

Too often we believe the lie that we're not making a difference. We question our purpose. We wonder if where we’re at is where we're supposed to be. We have doubts when things get difficult. Sometimes in the middle of difficult circumstances, things don’t make any sense. What are you supposed to do during those seasons—when you’re worn out, tired and it feels like the challenges will never end?

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Jon Horton You Will Never Get To Where God Wants You To Be Until You Confess Sin In Your Life. blog image

You Will Never Get To Where God Wants You To Be Until You Confess Sin In Your Life.

For over a decade I was addicted to porn. I led student events, went to worship conferences, and even worked at a church for seven years. I spent over ten years lying to myself and others. I became an expert at doing and saying all the right things to make me look good in front of people, but no one knew the secret I kept buried deep inside my heart.

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Your heart is more important than your skills

More important than the work you do and things you build is the condition of your heart. You can solve the most complex problems, build intricate systems, and surpass your peers with your development skills, but if your heart isn't in the right place, you haven't won. What is your heart full of?

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Jesus is better than everything

It's a slow process, but I'm learning that any of the plans that Jesus has for me—no matter how difficult or ridiculous or hurtful they may seem—are always better than the best plans I could ever dream up on my own.

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Sometimes you have to die before you can really live

For some reason, I thought today would be an instant ending to all of the difficulties, frustration and sadness I've felt for the past 15 months. I was definitely wrong.

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Sometimes you just have to stop the dryer

The dryer had been going for nearly an hour and all I wanted was some sleep. I was tired. Worn out. Then came the nagging, annoying little squeak. It started small, then developed into a large, rhythmic, obnoxious scrape of metal on metal. It had been a long day and i was ready for bed, so i did what any normal human being would do. I ignored it. It didn't work.

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Sometimes I just need to trust

I like to be in control, to know how things are going to work out. I want to plan and think through all of the options. While this is ultimately good, it can be bad if I'm not being obedient and following what God is leading me to do.

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How I met Jesus

My dad is a pastor, and I grew up in church. I kind of remember praying to ask Jesus in my heart sometime when I was only 3. I always thought I was saved—I knew the Bible, was active in the youth ministry, always tried do the right things, tithed regularly, and even worked in a church for 7 years. I was always doing stuff, feeling like my constant activity made God happy.

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Jesus is your strength

There are going to be awesome days and shitty days. When things suck, and you're busy and overwhelmed, don't forget that your strength is in Jesus. He is the one that called you, and he is the one that will sustain you.

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Thoughts from the NewSpring Staff Leadership Conference

Below are some of the notes that really stood out or hit home during SLC. I felt like so many things were spoken directly to me—it was crazy. I'll probably add a few more sessions later when I have some time!

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Sometimes I just need to change my perspective

Jesus really does love me a whole lot. If he were here, he'd chase me down the street while laughing deep belly laughs. He'd walk with me down the sidewalk and let me talk about my day. He would give me a huge bear hug, smile and tell me everything's gonna be ok.

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Jesus didn't die to save you from the F word

This theme of being a religious person, but not knowing Jesus has been on my mind so strongly the past few days. The crazy thing is when you're in the middle of it — being religious — you aren't even aware of it!

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Jesus brings dead things to life

I felt unexpectedly emotional standing in line, waiting for my turn in the water. Emotional, yet overwhelmingly thankful for Jesus and his immeasurable love, grace and forgiveness. I barely heard friends cheering, almost forgot to hold my breath.

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Slowly Going Nowhere

I was standing there watching traffic drive slowly by while waiting for the fireworks. And even though I already knew this, I realized of the few things in life that I hate—moving slowly.

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This is my purpose in case I ever forget

I believe God wants to grow the church and reach people like me. People tired of church as it is, tired of normal and religious. For people who are searching. I believe he wants to show himself fresh and new and powerful. I want to support that, I want to be a part of that. I want to help. I want to serve.

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Another World

"If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world." - C.S. Lewis

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Hypocrite

Way too simple i know, but this is how i feel. I've been a real jerk today.

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Jesus Loves Me Because I Read My Bible

It's so easy to lose focus of Jesus. Sometimes we think that the more we read the bible, the more we pray, or the more we do things for God the more He loves us and approves of us. This is so far from the truth!

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Jesus Loves Me Cause I'm Better Than You

I can recall so many times in my life where I would compare myself with others who were "bad" and pat myself on the back for being a good little christian. I thought I was better, or that God loved me more because i didn't sin as often, or as badly as others. In hindsight I realize what an arrogant, self righteous jerk I really was.

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