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Courageous Living (Part 4): Encouragement

I implore you, trust Christ, depend upon your Father, live life in this vibrant relationship and encourage others to follow your lead. When Paul says to his readers, "Be imitators of me" (1 Corinthians 11:1) he wasn’t being arrogant. He was being realistic. People are going to follow, to imitate, and they are going to Continue Reading…

Courageous Living (Part 3): Discipline

A courageous man lives a disciplined life that demonstrates the important elements of life and transfers those priorities to those within his sphere of influence. A disciplined life is a life with structure and parameters. Please don’t hear me talking about rigidity or advocating the adoption of standards that squelch spontaneity. In actuality, it is Continue Reading…

Courageous Living (Part 2): Prayer

A courageous man is a man of prayer. But before you conjure up an image of yourself kneeling in your closet for an hour with a list, you need to know a courageous man of prayer is a man who communicates with his Father while doing what he needs to do and never dropping his Continue Reading…

Courageous Living (Part 1)

Almost twenty years ago a man I know called his family together, lined them up in the family room, and beginning with the four-year-old, told each of them he didn’t need them in his life. Last in line was his shell-shocked wife. "I don’t need you. I don’t love you. I’m leaving. The divorce papers Continue Reading…

Equal Opportunity

There is one thing all believers can do equally well as we begin each day. That is to offer all that we are to Christ to express His life through us, to use us to do His will. Our ability to do this is not related to how many spiritual gifts we have or our Continue Reading…

Indestructible Joy

Can you relate… Something will happen and the joy will be fairly ripped from our breast, thrown on the ground, stomped and crushed and torn, and we stand there, confused and hurt, and empty—devoid of joy. But a word will be said a small sound will come a tender touch and from somewhere deep within Continue Reading…

On The Wings of the Wind

I ride a bicycle for fun and therapy. During the spring and summer I’m a “roadie”, pumping out miles on a skinny-tired, aluminum-framed, blue steed. In the fall and winter, I hang up my road bike and begin grinding away in the cold and dark on my purple and green, fat-tired, mountain bike. I’m not Continue Reading…

Working for God?

Are you busy "working for God" at your church, in your community, or with a ministry? If so, be careful not to let the work define you or become the source of your self-esteem. I’ve met many Believers who "work for God" and get their need for acceptance and self-acceptance met through their work. In Continue Reading…

The Incredibles!

It is I who made the earth,and created man upon it. I stretched out the heavens with My hands.And I ordained all their host.– Isaiah 45:12 in-cred-i-ble (adj.) – Seeming too unreal to be possible If you were to ask Bill what verse in the Bible strikes him as just incredible, I think he would Continue Reading…

How Embarrassing!

Is grace pervasive enough to redeem our foolishness? Have you ever done something so stupid — within the public eye — that you totally embarrassed yourself and left no hope of reclaiming your lost dignity? Yeah, me too. I was returning from the men’s room and was late for staff meeting. I was walking briskly, Continue Reading…