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,...

Waiting on the Lord

I’m pretty sure that one of the most frustrating things about life is waiting. You wait in traffic. You wait in the doctor’s office. You wait forever in Walmart. You even have to wait on the Lord. Isaiah 64:4 From ancient times no one has heard, no one has listened...

The Melody of our Hearts

Recently, while I was reading through the book of Ephesians, I came upon these words, "…speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks for all things…"(Eph.5:19-20).   As I...

Reflections from Psalm 49

I have begun 2019 working through the Psalms. I came across Psalm 49, and I was struck at the timely word it gives—to everyone, and especially those in business. This Psalm warns of the pursuit of security and meaning in wealth. It may seem unusual to...

Forgiveness

Ephesians 4:32 “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” Dear friends, There is an amazing amount of hurt in this world. We are flawed human beings. We live in a broken world. We are not immune to disease, suffering,...

Humility

The Bible is filled with verses on humility. Following is a small sample: Colossians 3:12 - Therefore, as God’s chosen ones, holy and dearly loved, put on compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience Ephesians 4:2 - with all humility and gentleness, with...

Building The Kingdom

We all spend our lives building something. We are either spending our time, treasures, and talents to build our own kingdoms or we are spending our time, treasures, and talents to build God's Kingdom. All that we spend on selfish ambition is temporal; while all that...

Who Owns Your Portfolio?

Jockko Willink has become a leadership sensation in the past few years. His Ted Talks and podcasts are popular, and his book, Extreme Ownership has been a best selling book several years in a row. He gives solid leadership advice from the perspective of his background...

Everything We Do Matters

Matthew 25:21  His master said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful slave; You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’ Have you heard of “the butterfly effect”?  The Butterfly Effect is a book by...

Does God Still Speak to His Children?

Does God Still Speak to His Children? That’s really a great question. I have been involved in a number of conversations about this topic recently. No doubt in my mind that God is still speaking today. The question is, am I really listening to what God has to say or am...

Amazing Grace

I recently read the book of Micah, and I found myself, again, convicted of my personal waywardness from the Lord.  Our tendency towards self–reliance and self-sufficiency is clearly a central theme of Scripture, but even more so is the grace of God! In the book of...