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...

Beginning Again

The New Year is an important opportunity to start again. Many of you have taken stock of the last year, and have set some goals for 2019. Daniel Pink, in his book, When, demonstrates the tangible power of new beginnings. Significant days & markers have proven impact...

New Year, Same Desire, Same Purpose

As we approach 2019, what is the desire of your heart? What makes you want to get up in the morning? For some of us that is getting harder to do: physically, mentally, relationally, even spiritually. For some it seems like it is an endless amount of problems,...

It’s Never ‘Just Business’ at Work

A great article taken from The Gospel Coalition: Written by Brad Larson It was time to say something. After months of abrasive communication coupled with borderline abusive negotiation tactics, I needed to have a heart-to-heart with my client. We are all adults here,...

Balance

The conversations about time management seem to come up pretty often, especially during the holiday season. One young business leader said to me last week, “I have no idea how I am going to get everything done!” We reflected on the following verses as we allowed the...

Choices

Several years ago, I taught a series in Rick Warren's book, The Purpose Driven Life with some of the men at our church.   It is a challenging study that forces us to consider the "big" questions about our existence like, "Why are we here?" and "What will we do today...

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...

Not Forgotten, Not Alone

Loneliness . Isolation. Feeling like no one cares. Hopelessness or discouragement. How often have we felt that way? You read about it in the Psalms. Many of the Old Testament prophets write about these feelings. We are not alone in dealing with these issues. I just...

Living a Life of Gratitude – Colossians 3:15-17

It is November 1, 2018. As the calendar year of 2018 continues to speed by, we now find ourselves in the month that we have a major holiday that we call Thanksgiving. On November 22nd, people will gather together around a big meal with family and friends to celebrate...

Busy!

When we ask a friend, “How are you guys doing?”  The typical answer is: “Busy!!  We are just busy right now!!”   Or…the answer might be:  “We are simply in a busy season of life!” For all of us—life is busy!   We are busy…and while the “seasons” of life change-- the...