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Build A Bridge
January 19th, 2022
      Sin divides.  The sin of racism divides people of different ethnicities.  The sin of selfishness divides spouses, sometimes even leading to divorce.  The sin of resentment can separate a grown child from his parents. The sin of pride can separate someone from every relationship in his life. Often we can overcome these divisions by building a relational bridge.  Christians are called to be Ch...
Effective Leadership
January 12th, 2022
     John Maxwell once said, “everything rises or falls on leadership” (Leadershift, 12).  I think you can see this truth whether you are working in a business, church, non-profit, union or school.  But what are some keys to compelling leadership?  How can we lead effectively, whatever our role?     Follow first.  The best leaders are followers first.  They learn to lead by picking good leaders to...
Building Self Control
January 5th, 2022
      Over the years I have done many individual spiritual plans with people.  One of my questions in this process is to mention the fruit of the Holy Spirit—love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, goodness, faithfulness and self-control. (Galatians 5:22,23).   I then ask if there is one of these fruits that is really flourishing in their life and which one is missing or struggling?  The...
Transformation
December 30th, 2021
      As Christmas fades into memory and the new year is upon us let us talk about one of the great gifts that Jesus put under our Christmas trees—transformation.  Unfortunately, this particular gift comes with a label, that as a father of five children, I hate to see on any gift—"some assembly required.”  Jesus saves us not only from something (eternal separation from God) but to something, a new...
Moving From Greed To Generosity
December 6th, 2021
      Years ago when we lived in Indianapolis, Indiana, I was called by a funeral home to perform the eulogy for a person I had never met. I connected with the family and then performed the funeral.  During the funeral, one of the family members skipped the service, went to the home of the deceased, changed the locks on the house, and began taking items they wanted from the home.  Greed, it’s ugly...