Saturday, 05 November 2016 06:55

Never Alone

Several prominent pastors have stepped down from their pastorates over the past few months citing burnout and depression. No matter the size of their church, all pastors must deal with stress and difficult situations. Having been a pastor for 32 years, I know that sometimes you feel alone, overwhelmed, isolated and inadequate. We can end up feeling like Elijah under the juniper tree—like we are the only servant God has left.

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Wednesday, 05 October 2016 11:53

The Most Important Win

Autumn has always been my favorite season.  There are many reasons…the weather gets cooler, the leaves are changing, and it’s football season.  Already some of my favorite teams have won and lost, and we have only just begun.  

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Thursday, 01 September 2016 06:58

7 Steps to Renewing Your Mind

The human brain fascinates me. Its computing power is truly remarkable. Just one brain generates more energy (electrical impulses) in one day than all the cell phones on the planet. 

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Monday, 08 August 2016 11:36

The Only Hope for America

As a father of three kids, I often catch myself worry-ing about the kind of world my kids are growing up in.  We are seeing our nation collapse on itself.  Morally, spiritually, and economically, our nation is in a mess. People are being murdered in our streets and the racial and political divide is wors-ening by the day.

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Friday, 01 July 2016 07:00

Big Deal!

 

When my brother was about two years old, he began to mimick my father’s “pet phrases.”  One particular phrase was “big deal.”  He would hear my father in conversations with friends or other businessmen and my father would inevitably say to one of them, “Well, big deal” (meaning that he was unimpressed).

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Wednesday, 15 June 2016 09:05

Hit the Gas Pedal on Your Parenting

When my daughter Kaylee turned 16 I began teaching her to drive. I discovered there’s nothing more thrilling or more terrifying than hurtling through space with a teen at the wheel—like being on my own personal roller coaster! 

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Christians around the world have recently observed and celebrated the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  While Easter may have come and gone, the message of His resurrection should remain with us in all times.  Easter Day begins a season where we reflect on how this truth shapes our lives in all times.  The proclamation that has rung throughout the generations continues to be our theme:  “He is not here. He has risen” (Luke 24:5). 

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  Bringing Showy Home

 

Here I anxiously sit in a hotel room in Guangzhou, China, halfway around the world from everything familiar, waiting to meet my daughter for the first time, and I had this thought, “As Christians, what do we have to fear?”

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Do You Measure Up?


A little boy proudly announced to his dad that he was six feet tall.  His father asked, “How did you determine that?” The little boy replied, “I made me a measuring stick. See, it says I am six feet tall.”  Sometimes we make our own measuring sticks to evaluate ourselves. Often times we compare ourselves to others, and as long as we pick the right people to measure ourselves against, we can measure up. The only problem is we are not compared to our own standards or even other people’s--we are compared to God. 

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She couldn’t believe it! Her “happily ever after” man: what happened to him?! He used to be so caring, so attentive. Now he NEVER…!!!
What happened to her?! This princess who made all his dreams come true: what happened to her?! She used to admire him constantly. Now she ALWAYS…!!!

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