Sunday, December 22nd, 2019

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

Thursday, December 19th, 2019

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

Monday, December 16th, 2019

Just because the path doesn’t look like we had hoped doesn’t mean it’s not the path God had purposed and desired. As it has often been said, the path of least resistance is the one most often taken. But Jesus tells us the narrow path is the one least taken, but the reward is worth it. It’s not our job to determine the path; it’s our responsibility to stay faithful to Him regardless. Paths are always changing, but God does not.… Read the rest

Wednesday, December 11th, 2019

Great leadership takes a great amount of work, and it seems that the average individual is simply unwilling to make that level of sacrifice and effort. If you cannot, or will not, commit the resources necessary to complete the tasks you have been assigned, both your decisions and your leadership style is illegitimate.… Read the rest

Tuesday, December 10th, 2019

It’s no wonder why words like endurance and perseverance are throughout the Bible. It’s the product of character. Paul says, “Endurance develops strength of character (Romans 5:4). James writes, “For when your endurance is fully developed, you will be strong in character and ready for anything” (James 1:4). Hang in there. It’s worth it.… Read the rest

Monday, December 9th, 2019

Nothing removes the mask of the charlatan quicker than adversity. Storms happen. However, true character can withstand any unmerited winds of criticism because of the commitment on which it has been built. It boasts, “Tough times never last, but tough people do” (Robert Schuller). I’ve heard it said that “character is the will to do what’s right even if it’s hard.”… Read the rest

Friday, December 6th, 2019

Healthy, effective leaders don’t play with sin; instead they run as far as they can from it. When we start flirting with anything, it won’t take long to crawl in bed with it. For the moment we grow comfortable, we become seduced. Remember, if we don’t “guard our minds” the enemy will certainly “get at it.” God’s people swim upstream, not with the current.… Read the rest

Thursday, December 5th, 2019

Legend has it that when Wells Fargo was looking for their stagecoach drivers, they posed this question: “How close to a cliff’s edge could you get without putting our freight in harm’s way?” For danger was not uncommon on their routes. One jockey boasted, “I believe I could get within a foot of its edge.” Another bragged, “I could get within six inches.” But those they hired were the ones who answered, “I have no idea how CLOSE I could get. I would steer as far away from its edge as I could.”… Read the rest

Wednesday, December 4th, 2019

It seems a lot of God’s children today are ‘spiritual pyromaniacs’ where the goal is to get as close to the fire as possible without getting burned. That’s not an act of faith; that’s just plain foolish. Remember what Jenny told Forest: “Run Forest, run.” If we’re going to push the envelope and live on the edge, may I suggest that be in Christ?… Read the rest

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019

We all know that if we don’t want to get stung, then we should stay away from the bees, right? And if we fear getting burned, stay away from the fire. This was Paul’s fundamental purpose in his letter to the church of Ephesus – specifically the fourth chapter. I invite you to read it. I do often.… Read the rest

Saturday, November 30th, 2019

“A growth environment should be a place where growth is modeled and expected” (John Maxwell, Keys to a Healthy Growth Environment). What we live truly speaks louder than what we say. We must never forget that vision is caught more than it’s taught. But we must expect it just the same. We cannot excuse another’s complacency. We all must be growing – and expect it.… Read the rest

Friday, November 29th, 2019

“A growth environment should be a place where people desire change” (John Maxwell, Keys to a Healthy Growth Environment). A leader is always looking for something fresh and new. We cannot allow ourselves to be content. If we cannot embrace change, it sort of defeats the purpose of our leadership, for we cannot impart what we’re not willing to do ourselves.… Read the rest

Thursday, November 28th, 2019

“A growth environment should be a place where others are growing” (John Maxwell, Keys to a Healthy Growth Environment). As leaders, we must be about learning, but we must also create an environment where everybody is learning. If we are learning, then we always have something to pass on – that’s one of the great joys in learning.… Read the rest