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True Comm-unity

Unity. It is a thing which people speak of like world peace--something that would be nice to have, but naive to imagine we will ever achieve it. After several years of highly inflammatory public discourse, it seems like in many ways we are more divided as a country...

A Good Return on Investment

Risk is an important business concept. We are taught that in general as risk increases in investment, so does the possibility for reward. There are investments that offer a guaranteed result, like bonds. The payoff is typically pretty small. You sacrifice potential...

Character is Revealed in Crisis – But Develops Quietly

Character is of great value. Organizations want to harness the efforts of employees that have integrity and determination and trustworthiness. Society hinges upon people agreeing to do what is right. Most people would say they desire to have excellent character. But...

Your Business Plan & Jesus

Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you...

Valuable & Vulnerable: Pondering Strength and Weakness

Socrates is famously recorded as having said, “Know Thyself”. Self-awareness is one of the most important pieces of knowledge a person can have; possessing accurate information in this area bears incalculable fruit in personal and professional life. It is astounding...

Do We Want Safe Spaces in the Workplace?

It appears that the concept of “safe spaces” has gained some traction in academia. In case you are new to the trend and conversation, here is the new definition from Merriam Webster: “A place or environment in which a person or category of people can feel confident...

Thinking Incrementally: How to Experience Your Life

There is a lot of needless worry in the world. I suspect you and I regularly contribute to it. The perspective we bring to each situation can greatly change whether our reaction is to worry and complain, or to rejoice and be thankful. That response is very important....

Seek Wise Counsel

For the sake of the gospel, YBL is passionate about mentoring. In recent years, this focus has harmonized with trends in culture. The marketplace has adopted the mentoring concept and promoted it as a means of growth and health.  At YBL, we are excited about how this...

Gratefulness

From time to time, I find myself dissatisfied with the things I possess and discontent with my current station in life.   I find myself wanting something new…something different…something more!   As I've reflected on these attitudes-- I've seen that they are rooted in...

Three ways to Honor God With our Goods

One of the great blessings and dangers of business is that it requires you to deal with money. Money can do great harm, but also significant good. Whatever our resouces, they are a stewardship, a thing entrusted to us. Thinking rightly about our resources in relation...

Clearing Out and Looking Ahead

There is a reason that the first month of the New Year is dubbed, “get organized month”. January is a time for clearing out, taking stock of things, and making plans. This is true both for physical realities like old sweaters and refrigerators, and also for...

Looking Back, Looking Forward

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. -- Romans 15:4 There is a magnificent intersection of holidays every year in November and...

Be Wise, Walk Wisely : Five Insights from Psalm 16

Becoming a wise person is objectively the most important thing in your life. Since it is that important, it is wonderful that there are ways to pursue and gain a wise heart. The book of Proverbs is a training manual in basic wisdom. It spends the first nine chapters...

Who Made You The Boss of Me?

From the office to the family to the government, there is a lot of discussion today on authority.  Does anyone really have the right to be in authority over someone else? If so, when and how? It is critical to understand how authority properly functions in families,...

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