Giving Thanks

I’ve been meditating on Psalm 92, a song for the Sabbath. It is a wonderful psalm of corporate worship and praise. Allow me to share a few thoughts with you. The first sentence says, “It is good to give thanks to the Lord to sing praises… to declare your steadfast...

Imitating Christ

My granddaughter is almost 17 months old and as you can imagine, I love to spend time with her. We play together with two of her favorites, plastic eggs and books. She loves for me to chase her around the room. She loves to sit in my lap and wave at people. She’s the...

The Battle for Men’s Souls

Several years ago I attended a men's discipleship training conference with Patrick Morley in Orlando; the first session was entitled, The Battle for Men's Souls.  We were presented with some sobering statistics related to men--both inside and outside of the church...

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...

Reflections

Have you ever just looked back over your life to reflect on what God has done? I’m sure you have. I began again to recount my life this past Labor Day weekend. I thought about a shy skinny kid going into eighth grade, which was high school in Georgia. It was a scary...

Finding Tranquility Through Prayer

I have spent a lot of time recently thinking about how busy we are as a culture. I spend a lot of my time around extremely busy people that are so frustrated by their busyness. It seems like the majority of conversations that I have with men in our ministry are all...

Where’s our joy?

We recently began teaching a new Sunday school series in 1 John. In the introduction of the book, John explains to his readers that fellowship (communion) with Christ produces joy; he instructs them that their joy would also overflow back to him as his joy.   Eugene...

Waiting

Psalm 27:14 “Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord.” Wait. This is a word that is not appreciated in our time. If we have to wait more than 30 seconds for a computer to reboot we get impatient. If we can’t answer a text...

God’s Intention for the Workplace

The workplace is one of the greatest mission fields in 2018. When you think about it, most working people spend between 40-60 hours a week in their specific workplaces. We have a couple of choices: We can just go to work, do our job and collect a paycheck or we can go...

A Man and His Family

Outside of his personal devotion to Christ—I can think of no greater priority for men than their families.   However, we’ve created a culture (even in the church) that steals men away from their God-given mission at home.   Families are struggling because men are...

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...

Pursuing Character & Faithfulness

Romans 5:2-4 “…We rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance and endurance produces character and character produces hope…” The forging of steel is neither pretty work nor easy work....

Forgetfulness

Psalm 103:1-5 says: Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name.2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget none of His benefits;3 who pardons all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases;4 who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns...

Renewing Our Passion for God

One of the things that I have noticed in life is that our "love" seems to dwindle over time…. that is, our early passions seem to loose the time and attention that we once gave them because of new or different priorities.   This isn't always bad, because there is...

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...