Sunday, May 30th, 2021

Paul encouraged the church in Corinth, “Finish what you started…” (2 Corinthians 8:10). He wrote in Hebrews, “Finish the race…” (Hebrews 12:1), and went on to say, “Keeping our eyes on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from start to finish” (Hebrews 12:2). Be a finisher.… Read the rest

Saturday, May 29th, 2021

Leaders don’t give up – they can’t. It’s not part of their vocabulary. For they understand that the moment they do, they quit leading. It’s been said that starters are a dime a dozen, but finishers are one-in-a-million. And the leaders understand God made us one-in-a-million – thus, they finish.… Read the rest

Friday, May 28th, 2021

David Lloyd George once said, “There is nothing so fatal to character as half-finished tasks.” Character cannot permit a half-hearted effort because that’s not character. I’ll take the person every time who always gives their absolute best, yet maybe in the end comes up short. For at least when they lie down at night they know they did their best.… Read the rest

Tuesday, May 25th, 2021

I’m convinced that character only grows on the anvil of pain. It’s part of life. You can’t avoid it. And thus, if you understand it, it can become the leader’s great gift. Allow me to explain. Leighton writes, “Adversity is the diamond dust Heaven polishes its jewels with.” And as my high school coach said often, “No pain; no gain.” Therefore, leverage it. Learn in it. And lead through it.… Read the rest

Monday, May 24th, 2021

“You can’t soar with the eagles if you keep running with the turkeys.” So many battles in life are lost because people don’t value the necessity of godly friends. To fight a spiritual battle we’re going to need spiritual friends. This is what Paul meant when he said, “Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?” (2 Corinthians 6:14).… Read the rest

Sunday, May 23rd, 2021

The closest thing to mind will come to mind every time we’re in a battle. A promise means nothing if it isn’t kept. So let’s learn from Jeremiah the prophet: “This I recall to my mind, and therefore I have hope. The Lord’s lovingkindness indeed, never cease, His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness” (Lamentations 3:21-23).… Read the rest

Saturday, May 22nd, 2021

If we’re honest, most of our problems in life are due to our inability to delay gratification. Think about it, an entire industry of credit cards was built around this understanding. So every day simply ask yourself one question: What do I need to do right now to get me where God wants me to be tomorrow?… Read the rest

Friday, May 21st, 2021

I heard it said that a great marriage is the union of two great forgivers. A broken world teaches us to have a bitter heart. A loving God teaches us to let it go. “We are more than conquerors through Him who loved us” (Romans 8:37). None of us can avoid getting hurt, but we can control how long we stay hurt.… Read the rest

Thursday, May 20th, 2021

Legend has it a wise chief once said that he had a BATTLE in his mind. It was a battle between his old nature and his new nature. He said it was like two dogs fighting. When asked, “Which dog wins?” he simply replied, “The one I feed most.” Friends, we can’t fight a spiritual war with our human understandings.… Read the rest

Tuesday, May 18th, 2021

Legendary golfer Bobby Jones once said, “Competitive sports are played mainly on a five-and-a-half inch court – the space between your ears.” Our minds – our thoughts – are the most life-changing tools we have. Our character, who and what we do, is thus the sum total of them. For Solomon wrote, “As a man thinketh…so he is” (Proverbs 23:7).… Read the rest

Monday, May 17th, 2021

I’ve often said that quitters are a dime a dozen, but finishers are one in a million. And if you think about it, why would you want it any other way? There’s no quit in God, and it was precisely in that image that we were created. “I fought the good fight. I kept the faith. I finished the race” (1 Timothy 4:7).… Read the rest

Sunday, May 16th, 2021

Staying power is essential to successfully facing life’s challenges. Every time you stay the course, you prove to yourself that nothing is as big as once thought. And always remember, your God is filled with blessings, not curses, for those who follow the path of endurance. “For whoever stands firm to the end will be saved” (Matthew 24:13).… Read the rest

Saturday, May 15th, 2021

True forgiveness has no end – it’s limitless. As the great prophet Buzz Lightyear once spouted, “It’s to infinity and beyond.” You see, when Jesus taught that we are to forgive not seven times, but seventy times seven, He wasn’t suggesting a mathematical formula of keeping score, but to teach us grace in keeping “no record of wrongs” (1 Corinthians 13:5). I know it seems impossible, but not to Him.… Read the rest

Friday, May 14th, 2021

Recognize your influence, because we all have it. As the old adage goes, “You can play only the cards you’ve been dealt.” God gave you everything you need to win the game. Never assume that you’ve been dealt a raw deal. You can’t influence with what you’re not. You can influence others only with what you’ve got. “So make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given. Then sink yourself into that” (Galatians 6:4).… Read the rest

Wednesday, May 12th, 2021

Everything we have is from God. And it was given to us by God to influence others. Paul writes, “Don’t use your freedom to satisfy your own self…but instead, use your freedom to influence others” (Galatians 5:13). Our lives, their solitary purpose, was given to us by God to influence others. The Prophet Jeremiah stated, “You are to influence others” (Jeremiah 15:19).… Read the rest

Tuesday, May 11th, 2021

What you see is what you get – bars or stars. It depends on which side of the cell you choose to live. Hope is that ability to believe what God can do in spite of your circumstances or surroundings. You can hope, or you can cope. We need to be a people with imaginations who think new thoughts, who dream God-dreams.… Read the rest

Monday, May 10th, 2021

Grace is love that seeks us out when we have nothing to give in return. It’s being loved by God when we are pretty much unlovable. It defies logic. It makes no demands. It just gives. As Dante so clearly said, “The Love that moves the sun and the other stars.” God is love (1 John 4:8-9).… Read the rest

Sunday, May 9th, 2021

The Bible is not a record of the blessed good, but rather the blessed bad. It is not a witness of the best people making it up to God; it’s a witness of God making it down to the worst of people. The so-called heroes of the Bible had fallen and failed over and over; they made huge mistakes, got afraid, were often selfish, deceptive, and unreliable. The thesis of the Bible, then, is not the efforts of the redeemed, but the amazing work of the Redeemer.… Read the rest

Saturday, May 8th, 2021

We live in a conditional world, and that same condition has entered the church. For every promise of reward, there is the threat of punishment. And round and round it goes, and the message is always the same: accomplishment precedes acceptance; achievement precedes approval. This is not what God had intended.… Read the rest

Thursday, May 6th, 2021

If we’re not careful, we can give people the impression that Christianity is first and foremost about the sacrifice we make for Jesus, rather than the sacrifice Jesus made for us. It can easily become our performance for Him rather than His performance for us. The hub of Christianity is not ‘do something for Jesus.’ The hub of Christianity is that ‘Jesus had done everything for us.’… Read the rest