But God…

I have been studying through Ephesians during the summer months. There is so much rich teaching found in this short, six-chapter book. I was reminded anew at the grace that our great God has shown to me and to you. Ephesians 2:1-3 tells me who I was before God showed...

Humility & Repentance

“… rejected by men, but choice and precious in the sight of God.” (I Peter 2:4) I am leading a group of men through the Gospel of John, and we just can’t seem to get past chapter 1.  The description of Christ as God, creator, light, life, grace and truth are...

Community

We live in a time when being connected has never been easier, and yet the experience of close friendship, trust and desire to be understood is elusive for many. Most people have had the experience of feeling alone in the middle of a crowd. Jerry Bridges points out in...

Characteristics of a Leader

I recently read an article in the Birmingham Business Journal written by Billy Arcement entitled, “What Great Leaders have in Common”. It succinctly illustrates many of the principles contained in exceptional business books like Jim Collins Good to Great, and Patrick...

The Mark of a Disciple

We live in a world that loves pizza and ice cream but has no idea how to truly love someone that is different from them. Love is tough these days as there is so much hate being spewed from the mouths of politicians and even church people. It seems as though hate is in...

A Relational God Desires Relationship WITH Us!

I’ve had the privilege to lead a YBL Bible Study with a group of 20+ men on Wednesday mornings…and we’ve been meeting together for 20+ years!  It has been, and continues to be, one of the highlights of my week! We just launched a new study in the Gospel of John, and...

The Importance of Focus

There is an old saying: “If you aim at nothing, you are sure to hit it.” That is a true statement. Yet in our current culture, there might be an even bigger and less acknowledged danger. Perhaps the companion saying ought to be, “If you aim at everything, you’ll never...

Letter to a Friend

This is a letter I wrote years ago to a friend of mine who believes all will go to heaven.  This might prove helpful in your sharing with others. It would seem to be a wonderful thing for God to allow all people into heaven. No matter what you have done, what your...

Summer Plans

School is almost over for another year, and that means summer is just around the corner. Summer brings family vacations and a little more down time. Summer also means that many of our YBL groups will take a break. With the slowing down of summertime, there is a...

Transparency with Loving Accountability

We held our latest Young Professional Forum yesterday where Zack Penney, President of Bill Penney Automotive Company, opened up about some of his personal struggles with sin, and how he has sought to confront and conquer them through the accountability of others and...

Conquering Bitterness: Lessons from World War II

“If any man is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away; behold the new has come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17 The central message of the Christian gospel is reconciliation. The rift between men and God caused by our sin has been repaired by Jesus’ death on the...

The Lord is My Shepherd

My shepherd. What a wonderful and intimate picture of our Lord. Psalm 23 is probably the most beloved and quoted psalm in the Scriptures. In those six verses there are 28 personal pronouns that are used. It speaks of God’s intimacy with us. We find the imagery of...

Victory!

The elation of victory is unbelievable at times. The many hours of work have finally paid off. The focus and intensity level are at an all-time high, and then there is that pivotal moment and you win! I watched, as most of the world did on Sunday, as Tiger Woods...

God’s Ways!

We just held our Spring Breakfast and Executive Leadership Dinner with Mr. John Aden, Executive Vice-President for Walmart.  John did an excellent job at both events. I was impressed with several points that John made during his challenges to our men.   One of them...

Opportunity Costs : How to avoid Decision Paralysis

Opportunity Costs In business and in life, opportunity costs are the things we must forego to make a specific choice. This happens all the time – choosing to spend an extra hour on a work project means one less hour for sleep or family or recreation or volunteering....

The Word of God

God’s word. What a blessing that God’s gave us a personal letter consisting of His deeds and His character! We have the ability to open that letter every single day. So many persecuted Christians in the world do not have that privilege. Wouldn’t we want to open it,...