Wednesday, August 8th, 2018

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

Tuesday, August 7th, 2018

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

Monday, August 6th, 2018

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

Sunday, August 5th, 2018

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

Friday, August 3rd, 2018

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

Thursday, August 2nd, 2018

In a world of performance living, success equals life, and failure is tantamount to death. When we worship at this altar, we spend our lives frantically propping up our images or reputations trying to do it all. And to do it well often means there’s a cost to ourselves and those we love.… Read the rest

Sunday, July 31st, 2018

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

Monday, July 30th, 2018

Sometimes when things are falling apart they may actually be falling into place.  So much of our lives is measured by numbers.  When things are up, our attitude is as well.  And when things are down, we feel discouraged.  But just maybe what God sees is something so completely different.… Read the rest

Thursday, July 26th, 2018

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

Wednesday, July 25th, 2018

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

Tuesday, July 24th, 2018

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

Sunday, July 22nd, 2018

I can’t determine what others want to hold onto, but I can determine what I will. Others might not be at peace with me, but by God’s grace I will choose to be at peace with them. Paul writes, “Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:3).… Read the rest

Saturday, July 21st, 2018

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

Friday, July 20th, 2018

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

Thursday, July 19th, 2018

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

Wednesday, July 18th, 2018

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

Sunday, July 15th, 2018

“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