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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Staying Focused

One of the great challenges of our day is to stay focused on the things that truly matter.  Most of us are preoccupied with our lives and surviving the daily grind.  We seem to manage the urgent, but we miss the important.  As I have considered these things lately, I...

Our Ambition in Conflict….is to Win!

The re-occurring theme in my counseling with men revolves around conflicts in their relationships--either at home or at work.  We all face conflict.  It is inevitable, but the concern I have is that the Christians I often meet with approach conflict with much the same...

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...

Fear

We often experience the anxiousness associated with the future, because the future is unknown.  So, we worry about the future, because it may have an adverse effect on us and the things we care about.  These things might include our investments, our freedoms, our...

A Life of Repentance

Repent vb : to turn from sin and dedicate oneself to the amendment of one's life              A growing Christian's life should be characterized by a pattern of repentance.   We may intellectually agree with this statement, but it is no small a thing to live out! ...

A Joyful Heart

Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth. Serve the Lord with Gladness; come before Him with joyful singing…  Psalm 100 Most of life is spent doing very ordinary things.   We have a daily routine that remains, very much, the same week after week…month after month…and...

A Call to Integrity

We live in a business culture that lacks principle.  When our ambition is to succeed (at any cost) then we make ourselves vulnerable to compromise.   Compromise always has a consequence.   In the early stages of compromise, it appears that the consequences are...

Fear

It is a normal response to the potential loss of things we hold precious…our lives, the lives of those we love, our jobs, our financial savings, and our reputations…just to name a few!   But fear is something that robs us of many of the precious fruits of the...

My God is Too Small (and I am Too Big!)

I’ve been leading a men’s study in I Kings this year—and we just finished the section (I Kings 18) where Elijah prays for fire to consume his wet offering (The prophets of Baal had also been asking their “god” for the same result!).   But God answers Elijah’s prayer...

You Cannot Not Communicate

I attended a conference years ago that discussed various principles about working in ministry.   There were many insights presented, but there was one principle shared that I have never forgotten.   It is this: You cannot not communicate.   The principle is simple,...

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