Ice cream is a legit love language.

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Last week, I spoke about “lavishing people with praise” specifically by looking them in the eye, and speaking words of affirmation to them. This week, let’s broaden the definition of “lavishing praise” to: doing whatever it takes to communicate to those around us that we love them, celebrate them, or value them.

In 1992, Dr. Gary Chapman, wrote “The Five Love Languages” that sold way over 10 million copies in English, and has been translated into at least 49 other languages. It’s definitely a worthy read.

Here are the five languages he describes:

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The Celebration Challenge

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In the last three posts, I’ve talked about some of our fears and how to overcome them. I was going to go deeper into that today, but sometimes, you’ve just gotta take a moment and party. 🙂

As a kids pastor on staff at a church, I get to interact with a lot of people, young and old. As I looked around the room this past Sunday, my heart was bursting with gratitude for the amazing team of people with whom I get to serve kids, for God’s creativity in making each of us so unique, and for His giving each of us gifts that are very different from those around us.

Whether you’re an introvert or an extrovert, and whether you interact with a large network of people or with just a few, living an intentional life of celebrating others is a win-win proposition.

Here are 4 ways we can start celebrating people today.

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Overcoming the Fear of Failure

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What would you do if you were guaranteed there would be no possible way you could fail? What has God been nudging you to do for His Kingdom? What business would you start? What book would you write? What ministry would you lead? What relationship would you pursue? What instrument would you learn to play? What product would you create? What kid would you foster or adopt?

Okay, I’ll stop bombarding you with questions.

Today’s video presents what I believe are the top four causes for our fear of failure, and below the video are some practical action steps to help us in our journey.

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What are YOU afraid of?

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There are several types of fear addressed in the Bible. One is the “fright” or “freak out” kind of fear – that overwhelming feeling you get when you experience something you’re afraid of, like bugs, snakes, heights, needles, small spaces, clowns or public speaking.

We learn in 2 Timothy 1:7 that “…God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (NKJV) so these fears can be overcome.

But there is another type of fear that has a very different meaning. This fear isn’t about fright – it’s about awe and reverence. It’s about whom you’re willing to put your trust in or be controlled by. It’s about whom you decide you need. It quickly begs the question, “Whose opinion of you do you care about the most?

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