Work Clothes

12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you....

What is a True Friend?

We were not made to live in isolation. We were made for a relationship with Jesus and people around us. In the people group that are around us, we are blessed to have some that become true friends. Charles R. Swindoll says, “I cannot even imagine where I would be...

Follow Me!

Jesus said, “Follow me!” Americans “follow” a lot of people on tweeter and instagram, but the call to follow Jesus is far different than simply a casual interest in what someone says or does.   Following Jesus is a life altering decision.  When we choose to follow...

Kaizen, Six Sigma and the Motivation for Excellence

For by one sacrifice he [Jesus] has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.” Hebrews 10:14 Almost everyone wants to improve at something. “Kaizen” is a Japanese word co-opted by business to describe rapid and continuous improvement. It is the idea that we...

3 Ways Your Faith Should Shape Your Work

A great article from the Gospel Coalition we thought you might find truth and encouragement from! Written by Jeremy Treat If a person went to church every Sunday from the age of 25 to age 65, they would spend around 3,000 hours gathered with the body of Christ. If the...

Various Trials

“For to you it has been granted for Christ’s sake not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake …“ Philippians 1:29 “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces...

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...