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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

The Power of Words

As kids we used to say, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” These words try to dismiss the fact the words can be ignored and, therefore, will not injure or wound those that the words are spoken to. We live in a world where there is...

Making a Difference

Mark 10:45 – For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many. “The world lives in such a time of crisis. Christians alone are in a position to rescue the perishing. We dare not settle down to try to live as if...

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