Monday, September 28th, 2020

Leaders should always say, “What can I do to make others’ lives better?” Leaders are investors, not just mere contributors. We want results – that’s what makes us leaders. And the results we want should be the betterment of another. This is the fundamental reality of a leader. Imagine if every day we gave ourselves…

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Sunday, September 27th, 2020

Leaders protect their plans from premature death. I’ve always wondered how many dreams God has given that will never come to fruition because the dreamer gave up too early. We need to make sure our dreams are worth dying for. “If only” should never be a part of a leader’s vocabulary. It’s not ‘could have,…

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Friday, September 25th, 2020

Leaders have the courage to confront. Saying the difficult is never easy. And sometimes, saying it right can even be harder – but saying nothing is never an option. When working with people, there are always times we have to have those eye-to-eye, painful discussions – but that’s what growth is about. Leaders have to…

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Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020

Kindness is the most powerful force we have in today’s world. It can, and will, change anything. Kindness leverages the ability to speak into another’s life. People are always more open to a message, even a painful one, when it’s wrapped in kindness. “Speak the truth in love” (Ephesians 4:15). So kill ‘em with kindness.

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Saturday, September 19th, 2020

Character is that quality of who you are when no one’s looking. It’s your fundamental make-up. It’s the person you have to live with and the one for which you will ultimately answer. Pull back every layer of your life and character is what remains. Paul writes, “Keep a firm grasp on both your character…

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Thursday, September 17th, 2020

Character is a non-negotiable for the leader. Without it, there’s no leadership. It’s not only the foundation on which you build, but everything you choose to build with. The honorary R. C. Winthrop wrote, “The noblest contribution which any man can make for the benefit of posterity, is that of character.”

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Tuesday, September 15th, 2020

Don’t let your past determine your tomorrow. God truly is a forgiving God. We don’t have to let our pasts dictate our futures. So stop looking over your shoulder, and/or don’t allow others to remind you of your past. Learn from those choices, and then live in His presence. “As far as the east is…

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Saturday, September 12th, 2020

Changed lives change lives. The most powerful story is a changed life. How often have we listened to someone’s remarkable story of how they weathered adversity, how it changed them, and how they overcame in the end? It changed us, didn’t it? May our lives really be about a changed life. So live changed –…

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Friday, September 11th, 2020

Behind every problem is a person. When dealing with people’s bad choices and poor attitudes, we first have to remember that they’re people. I’ve come to believe that life has no bad people, just hurting people who make bad choices. So get to know someone’s story before you get to know them as a person;…

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Thursday, September 10th, 2020

I heard someone once say that he’d rather burn out for Jesus than just rust out. So here are my questions: Are you pouring yourself out completely, or are you content to live half-heartedly? Are you rusty and crusty, or are you burning brightly? Remember, partial effort in many ways is really no effort at…

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Sunday, September 6th, 2020

Too often, we allow other things to get in the way of what is most important – family. We need to remember the vows we took and the commitment we made. When everything is said and done, our families won’t applaud what we accomplished individually unless we spent time with them personally.

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Monday, August 31st, 2020

Let’s get comfortable with the tension, the inconsistency, and the messiness that ensues with leadership. If you attempt to get rid of all the messes, you will ultimately remove all the people – which means you no longer need to lead for there’s no one left to lead.

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Sunday, August 30th, 2020

Sometimes we tend to believe that leadership is learned rather than experienced. The sooner you discover what people don’t know, the sooner they will be interested in learning what they need to know. Get them involved early, and enjoy watching them lead beyond their maturity.

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Tuesday, August 25th, 2020

Of the things you give yourself to every day, are they moving or simply meeting? Are you making a measurable difference in your local community or simply taking up space? Are you organized around a mission or just another routine exercise? Will the world be better after your investment is finished?

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Monday, August 24th, 2020

The Greek term translated church throughout the New Testament is ekklesia. What you may not know is that it was not a religious term. It could refer to any group of people called to gather for civic purposes. An ekklesia, then, is simply a gathering, or an assembly, of people called out for a specific…

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Wednesday, August 19th, 2020

Beginning empty-handed and alone frightens the best of men. It also speaks volumes of just how sure they are that God is with them. Sometimes we spend a great deal of time waiting – thinking that when we have the right manpower and the right resources we will be ready to pull the trigger –…

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Monday, August 17th, 2020

Mahatma Gandhi once said, “You must be the change you wish to see.” People will listen to your words, but will follow your life. A dream is not merely something you believe is possible, but something you invest your entire life in. You really cannot ask others to give to something you’re not willing to…

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Sunday, August 16th, 2020

Nothing gets better unless you get better. Self-improvement and personal growth are the keys to effective leadership. Jesus invited us “to love our neighbor as ourselves” (Matthew 22:39). As we take care of ourselves, we automatically take care of others. So pride yourself on cultivating your own soil – and the harvest WILL follow.

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Saturday, August 15th, 2020

Make tomorrow a little bit better than today. Too often we spend our time trying to make those quantum leaps, but true impact happens over time. So learn to take the small and simple steps toward improvement, for over time you will discover you’re a long way from where you began and won’t be as…

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Saturday, August 8th, 2020

As leaders, we are never responsible for filling anyone else’s cup. Our responsibility is to empty ours. So the questions we must ask ourselves are: What are we giving away? Who are we pouring into? Does it have Christ written all over it, or does it merely have ourselves?

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Thursday, August 6th, 2020

Don’t sacrifice yourself for the possibility of becoming effective. Your effectiveness is yourself. God knew exactly who He needed to do what you are doing. Make sure you’re taking care of yourself. Jesus said that we will ultimately love our neighbor the way we love ourselves. If you’re not careful, you can win a battle,…

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Tuesday, August 4th, 2020

The Old Testament covenant covered our sin so that we could enter His presence. That’s what we call being healthy. But the New Testament covenant removed our sin so He could enter our presence. That’s what we call being holy. Healthy things still die, my friends. Holy things live forever. Thank You, Jesus!

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Monday, August 3rd, 2020

Have you ever considered the importance of the Israelites crossing the Jordan that day? If they didn’t, they would have lived to die, but instead they chose to cross, which meant they died to live. Think about that. It’s the difference between running to exist and running to win. Yes, they had to face the…

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Sunday, August 2nd, 2020

“They replied, ‘Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved – you and your household’” (Acts 16:31). That is a bold statement, but one that we can trust for sure. The power of salvation – that when it fully changes us, it will truly impact all of those around us (especially those closest…

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Saturday, August 1st, 2020

The Bible tells us that God can do “far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams” (Ephesians 3:20). For me, I believe that. That’s not my problem. You see, we all can dream. But the question is do we have the courage to act upon them? Life doesn’t…

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Thursday, July 30th, 2020

“God is looking for people through whom He can do the impossible – what a pity that we plan only the things that we can do by ourselves” (A. W. Tozer). Imagine if somehow, in some way, we could position ourselves to see what God sees. Imagine in light of that we could then grasp…

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Wednesday, July 29th, 2020

“You can teach what you know, but you reproduce what you are” (Wayne Cordeiro). Others are watching more than they are listening. Make sure your talk walks and your walk talks. Knowledge plus action is a powerful tool in leading others toward health and wholeness.

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Monday, July 27th, 2020

Life is not defined by what you get, but by what you give. Who can you serve today? Who needs your encouragement and friendship today? Over time, people tend to forget what others have accomplished, but they never forget a warm smile, a friendly touch, or words of encouragement. If you hold people at a…

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Sunday, July 26th, 2020

Our job, as a leader, is to help others remove the elephants in their lives. But, before we can do for others, we must be first willing to do for ourselves – face our own elephants. Is there an elephant you’ve been unwilling to face? True freedom is not found without, but always within. “The…

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Friday, July 24th, 2020

It’s easier to act your way into feeling than feel your way into action. This is the key to discipline. Too often we let our feelings be our guide. The only problem is we can’t trust them – they change like the wind. This is why Paul told us to walk in the Spirit and…

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Wednesday, July 22nd, 2020

Don’t let any one moment keep you from the greater masterpiece. Paul wrote, “For we fix our attention, not on things that are seen, but on things that are unseen. What can be seen lasts only for a time, but what cannot be seen lasts forever” (2 Corinthians 4:18). That’s good advice.

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Tuesday, July 21st, 2020

If your heart is in the right place, you’ll never say the wrong thing. I’ve heard many people question themselves when trying to help someone. “Did I say too much? Did I not say enough?” My rule of thumb is when the heart’s right, so is what you said. Believe it.

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Monday, July 20th, 2020

If you’re willing to call the shots, then you have to be willing to take them. If you stick your head above the crowd, someone will throw rocks. If you desire to make an investment, be prepared to suffer insult. The bigger the cause, the larger the target you carry. Get it?

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Sunday, July 19th, 2020

If you’re not afraid, you’re not courageous. I’m confident we’ve all heard the old adage, “Courage is not the absence of fear. It is the presence of fear, yet the will to go on.” But the key to moving forward is the knowledge that fear cannot grow or die – because it is not living…

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Saturday, July 18th, 2020

If you flirt with temptation, it’ll kill you. I like to say if you flirt, you’re dirt. If you think about it, we spend way too much time trying to get as close as we can to what is wrong rather than giving ourselves to doing what’s right. “Live a life that honors the Lord”…

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Friday, July 17th, 2020

If you don’t talk, your marriage will walk. Communication is one of the most important ingredients in a marriage. Research has shown that most problems in a marriage would be resolved quickly if couples would just talk. Even the Bible agrees: “Reliable communication permits progress” (Proverbs 13:17). Author Greville once said, “A wise person never…

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Thursday, July 16th, 2020

If you don’t think about it, you don’t care about it. We must understand that we are what we think. So the great question, then, is what do you think about the most? What do you find yourself meditating on? The Bible says, “As water reflects your face, so your mind shows what kind of…

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Wednesday, July 15th, 2020

Lesson from legendary coach Grant Teaff: Never stop being a learner. Everybody who coaches others needs to also have a coach themselves – someone they consistently learn from. Three rules to ensuring this comes to fruition: First, never assume this person – identify them. Second, let them know it. Finally, continually ask questions of them.

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Tuesday, July 14th, 2020

Lesson from legendary coach Grant Teaff: Love has to be consistent. It is never a speech – it’s a lifestyle. Love has to be committed. Too many say they love, but you can’t count on them. Love must have compassion – always be heart-felt. It has to come from a genuine, authentic heart.

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Thursday, July 9th, 2020

Once you start something, never look back. One of the great problems in life is self-doubt. Too often, we second-guess ourselves to the point where we eventually don’t do anything at all. You are where you are because someone believed in you. Take the risk; if it comes up short, take another.

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Monday, July 6th, 2020

Never let anyone’s hang-ups keep you from hanging out. The most important time when someone needs us is during their time of adversity. We’ve all made mistakes, and if we would take the time to reflect, we would realize we usually made it through because someone didn’t give up on us.

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Friday, July 3rd, 2020

The most dangerous time for a leader is immediately following the completion of a project, especially if it was a success. Never allow what you do to dictate or define who you are. Failure and success are never the determining factor. The great question of any leader is, ‘Who am I in response to how…

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Thursday, July 2nd, 2020

Money may buy you a beautiful dog, but it won’t make the dog wag its tail. Leaders don’t have jobs; they are given opportunities. We don’t work for pay; we’re paid because someone gave us the joy and the privilege to work. Integrity and character are the way to get things done. I couldn’t care…

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Thursday, June 25th, 2020

In the absence of a great dream, pettiness prevails. So dream big – big enough that it will require God to achieve it. I heard a great definition of what vision is: a compelling word picture of a preferred future. A great dream is the destination that we dream of and work for, awaiting the…

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Sunday, June 21st, 2020

Mistakes are a part of life. Don’t try to learn to be perfect; just learn. Every opportunity is just that – an opportunity to grow, learn, and try again. You’re going to make mistakes – we all do. The question is in how you will you respond to them. Remember, the life lesson of Edison…

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Friday, June 19th, 2020

If leadership is a marathon, then the key to experiencing lasting success is to finish. Paul wrote to his church in Corinth, “Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever”…

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Thursday, June 18th, 2020

Great leadership is a marathon, not a sprint. You have to learn to think long-term if you want to experience true, lasting success. Remember, we’re building an OAK, not a MUSHROOM. Instant success always equates to the same reward – short-term. Great leadership passes on a long-lasting legacy – one that requires time and patience.

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Tuesday, June 16th, 2020

Salvation is God’s gift to us. What we do with that gift is our gift to Him. What we become is the greatest gift we can ever offer back to God. Paul invites us to “offer ourselves as a living sacrifice” (Romans 12:1). Every day give yourself to God, grow in that gift, and then…

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Sunday, June 14th, 2020

Time is one of the most precious things we have been given, and yet, too often, we spend it on things that really don’t matter. Each day is a tick on a clock; each moment of the tick can make an eternal difference in someone’s life. Make each moment matter. Make each tick count.

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Friday, June 12th, 2020

“The greatest love is shown when a person lays down his life for his friends” (John 15:13). There is nothing more important to me than a person who really loves. No matter what, they are always there for you. Imagine a place like that. Imagine if the body of Christ actually lived like that.

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Thursday, June 11th, 2020

I don’t know about you, but I need honesty, not flattery. I’m not talking about people who say things to hurt me; I’m talking about people who really care enough to say the tough things that make me better. Solomon is right, “In the end, people appreciate honest criticism far more than flattery” (Proverbs 28:23).…

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Wednesday, June 10th, 2020

Stop seeing yourself as a body with a soul in it; instead, start seeing yourself as a soul with a body around it. Paul writes, “Don’t you realize that your body is a sacred place, the place of the Holy Spirit? The physical part of you is not some piece of property belonging to the…

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Tuesday, June 9th, 2020

If we’re going to experience good health, then we have to change our attitudes toward our own bodies. The Bible instructs, “Learn to appreciate and give dignity to your body, not abusing it, as is so common among those who know nothing of God” (1 Thessalonians 4:4-5). Health is what makes today feel like the…

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Monday, June 8th, 2020

If you’re not reading, I contend you’re not growing. And if you’re not growing, what in the world are you giving? It’s not about the mere consumption of knowledge, rather the desire for wisdom. The Bible tells us, “Intelligent people are always eager and ready to learn” (Proverbs 18:15). Remember, until we are face–to–face with…

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Sunday, June 7th, 2020

One of the great gifts God gave us is the ability to think. I’m guessing you had the same teacher I had who often said, “A mind is a terrible thing to waste.” I contend that if more people were dedicated to thought, less stupid would ever get done.

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Saturday, June 6th, 2020

If you want to keep the bad things out, it’s vital that you put the right things in. As the old adage goes, “Garbage in—garbage out.” Paul writes, “Fill your minds with those things that are good and that deserve praise: things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, and honorable” (Philippians 4:8). The things…

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Friday, June 5th, 2020

It’s not about doing the things that lie around us, but walking in step with the One who lies within us. We need to become intentional students of God’s voice—learning to listen intently to His promptings and leadings. “Quiet. Listen obediently, Israel. This very day you have become the people of God, your God. Listen…

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Thursday, June 4th, 2020

“A happy heart is like good medicine” (Proverbs 17:22). One of the great gifts of God is laughter. One of the most neglected is the same. I’m not talking about laughing at someone—that’s cruelty. But what a joy it is to laugh with someone and with yourself. Life is filled with God’s great joys—learn to…

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Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020

“The importance of serving others, of giving in a meaningful way and thoughtful way, is a lesson one can learn early” (Nicholas Thacher). The writer of Acts tell us, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35). Jesus said, “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down,…

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Friday, May 29th, 2020

“There is always the danger that we may just do the work for the sake of the work. This is where the respect and the love and the devotion come in – that we do it to God, to Christ, and that’s why we try to do it as beautifully as possible.” Mother Teresa

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Thursday, May 28th, 2020

Every time you step out for God, He will step up for you. Faith is a wonderful attribute when we choose to live by it and endeavor to do something with it. “Don’t be timid; don’t get discouraged. God, your God, is with you every step you take” (Joshua 1:9).

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Sunday, May 24th, 2020

Every time we give up to stay in the good graces of those we love, we actually give up the greater places purposed by the One who loves us most. We can either become a people–pleaser or a God–pleaser. I’ve discovered that even good–hearted people don’t always have my best interest in mind. We have…

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Thursday, May 21st, 2020

One of the most dangerous words in the English language is the word someday. The Bible tells us, “Indeed, the ‘right time’ is now. Today is the day…” (2 Corinthians 6:2). Today might be all you have; tomorrow may never come. Live with a sense of urgency—aware that each moment could be your last.

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Tuesday, May 19th, 2020

Playwright Neil Simon once said, “Don’t listen to those who say, ‘It’s not done that way.’ Maybe it’s not, but maybe you will.” Just because it has never been done doesn’t mean it never will. “I can do ALL things through Christ” (Philippians 4:13).

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Sunday, May 17th, 2020

When it comes to death, the playing field is equal. We all will die—there’s no getting around it. And being that the death rate is still hovering around 100%, it’s probably best to make sure your eternal future is secure before your temporal stuff is. You are not ready to live until you are ready…

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Friday, May 15th, 2020

Never withhold words that can benefit another. One of the most powerful tools we have is our voice—and within our lips lies the power to build up or tear down. Let people know they have value, and make it your daily choice to breathe such words into them.

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Wednesday, May 13th, 2020

One of the great myths of our day is that time flies. Time doesn’t fly, but it does tick, and it’s important to know that each tick is non-refundable. Too often, we take time for granted only to realize we can never get it back. I know that if time were money, we would be…

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Tuesday, May 12th, 2020

Leadership is not received, but achieved. You cannot simply deem yourself the leader and expect others to follow. Leadership is earned. You cannot cut any corners. There is no easy road you can take. You have to build the foundation of it—one brick at a time.

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Saturday, May 9th, 2020

Too often, we live our lives at arm’s length. If we really want to leave a lasting legacy, then we have to be willing to get up close and personal. We’re going to have to move against those fears that keep us at arm’s length. The key to authenticity is vulnerability.

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Thursday, May 7th, 2020

Dreams cut short, are lives cut off. Every person was created by God to make a difference. The question is, what kind of difference are you making? When you’re not living out your God–purposed dreams, it not only affects you, but also those around you. When we’re not living our lives to the fullest potential,…

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Wednesday, May 6th, 2020

Direction requires decision. Nothing happens by chance; everything happens by choice. Everybody is heading in a direction somewhere, and that somewhere lies within the decisions we make. If you don’t like the direction you’re going, then make a choice to change it. As Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland so eloquently stated, “If you don’t…

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Tuesday, May 5th, 2020

I’ve heard it said that a successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that have been thrown at him. Criticism is a part of life and is always difficult to receive. But somewhere amidst the pain, you must find that morsel of truth from which to learn. Thus, rather…

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Monday, May 4th, 2020

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who…

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Sunday, May 3rd, 2020

Expect storms – they happen. A worry-free life is no life. Everybody faces challenges. Everybody faces difficulty. The key to success is in HOW you face them. I’d like to offer that we paddle and pray. To stop means you quit. To pray means you’ve already won.

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Saturday, May 2nd, 2020

Excitement is the belief of what can be. I love sports, and one of my great joys in life is the pre-game. Every weekend my heart still begins to beat a little faster thinking of what can be. So step out, take a risk, and believe – God’s not finished, and neither are you.

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Friday, May 1st, 2020

There’s no failure except when you stop trying. As we all have heard so many times, “It’s not how many times you get knocked down, but how many times you get back up.” Successful people just don’t know when to quit – it’s not part of their vocabulary.

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Thursday, April 30th, 2020

Every attack has a small kernel of truth. Don’t take every criticism personal; instead, leverage it for future success. Look for that kernel of truth in your attacks. Let the winds that people blow propel you to a better tomorrow. The only thing I’ve really learned about the press is that they waste a lot…

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Tuesday, April 28th, 2020

Dreams cut short are lives cut off. Imagine for a moment if Walt Disney would have never created a mouse. Walt was fired by a newspaper editor because “he lacked imagination and had no good ideas.” He went bankrupt several times before he built Disneyland. In fact, the proposed park was rejected by the city…

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Monday, April 27th, 2020

Don’t prove you are a good leader; be a good leader. Our self-worth cannot be attained by the opinions of others. It is our sole responsibility to go out and do the right thing. We cannot determine how people will respond to what we do, but at the end of the day, we can know…

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Sunday, April 26th, 2020

The idea that time heals all wounds is a load of crap. The best time to heal any wound is right now. Don’t delay on God’s way – make the call. Humble yourself. Apologize. Quit waiting for someone to come to you when you have the ability to go to them – the same way…

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Friday, April 24th, 2020

If the heart is right, the communication is always right. Jesus said, “A good person produces good deeds from a good heart, and an evil person produces evil deeds from an evil heart. Whatever is in your heart determines what you say” (Luke 6:45). Upon waking every day, we need to make sure our heart…

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Thursday, April 23rd, 2020

If it is all about you, eventually all you will have is you. So consider the words that you speak today – will they draw attention to yourself, to your accomplishments, or to the growth of another? Ponder what you give your time to – to getting yourself ahead, or to helping others be successful?…

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Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020

We need to give high consideration to the people we hang around – and why we hang around them. Paul writes, “Bad company corrupts good character” (1 Corinthians 15:33). All great leaders need to ask themselves, ‘Who am I choosing to call friend?’ and ‘Are they committed to helping me achieve a godly agenda or…

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Tuesday, April 21st, 2020

How big is your God? Sometimes I think our faith is bigger than our belief. We like to talk about how great God is, but we fail to live it out in our everyday world. Consider the vastness, the greatness, and the power of the Most High. Start your day with a huge dose of…

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Monday, April 20th, 2020

High achievers are high believers. The things that you will give your life to today – do they carry high belief? If not, then why are you giving your life to them? I would rather give my life to an impossible dream than to a possible, temporal, everyday concept.

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Thursday, April 16th, 2020

Great leaders imprison themselves for the sake of another. I remember reading a quote years ago: “The more you rise in leadership, the fewer choices you have.” Leaders understand the power of influence. Leaders understand that their lives can, and will, make a difference. Thus, their lives, their schedules, and their day-to-day activities are built…

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Wednesday, April 15th, 2020

What if grace is God’s invitation to climb, not camp? Too often God’s grace gets used to excuse where one is instead of inspiring one to what could be, as if grace means God did all the hard stuff and we don’t have to. Maybe grace wasn’t supposed to make things easy and excuse complacency.…

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Tuesday, April 14th, 2020

Gossip is like murder in God’s eyes. The Bible instructs us to “stay away from people who talk too much” (Proverbs 20:19). The reality is gossip is a sign of immaturity. The best advice I can give you is that when you have a problem with someone, go to them personally. Refuse to let your…

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Monday, April 13th, 2020

God’s grace takes ordinary people and uses them for extraordinary things. The greatest gift we can give God is our self. We don’t have to be superman for God to use us; for the moment we get useful, we become His superman. Imagine if we quit comparing ourselves to others and just made ourselves available…

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Sunday, April 12th, 2020

God is more interested in why we do things than in what we do. Too often we act without thinking. We need to stop and consider why we do what we do. The why reveals more than just production; it reveals our motive and purpose behind what we do. The great question in life always…

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Saturday, April 11th, 2020

God is always first – NEVER second. Jesus said, “No one can serve two masters” (Matthew 6:24). He went on to say that we’re going to have to pick one. Throughout my years of ministry I’ve heard individuals say something to the effect of, “I just need to make Jesus first in my life,” as…

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Friday, April 10th, 2020

Walk higher than what’s required. When someone asks you to go one mile, go two. When they ask you to give one hour, give four. Don’t figure out what it takes to complete a task; embrace it – give it everything you have. Too often I see people decide what some things are worth and…

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Thursday, April 9th, 2020

Unity is not uniformity. Team members don’t have to agree on everything, but they must learn to play and work together. Learn to celebrate people’s difference (their gifts, opinions, ideas), and bring them to a place where everyone can use them and express them for the good of the whole.

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Wednesday, April 8th, 2020

There are two days we should never worry about: yesterday and tomorrow. Jesus said, “Each day has enough troubles of its own” (Matthew 6:24), and yet it blows my mind how many sacrifice each moment because of what they’re still dragging around from yesterday or fixated upon tomorrow. “Today is the day the Lord has…

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Tuesday, April 7th, 2020

Time and trials show the true test of character. How you face your adversities speaks volumes about who you truly are. Isn’t it true that if you cannot learn through your difficulties, you truly cannot live in a moment of victory? Character is always best grown in the billowy storms of the world. Remember, you’re…

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Monday, April 6th, 2020

The strength of prayer is how well you know God’s promises. We will pray like we believe. If we believe He is a big God, then our prayers will be filled with hope and prayed with a sense of assurance. If we believe God is not that big, then our prayers will be filled with…

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Saturday, April 4th, 2020

Coach Ara Parashegian offers this fundamental fact: “A good coach will make his players see what they can be rather than what they are.” Who are you helping dream bigger than they ever thought possible? Who are you breathing life into that they never thought existed? The greatest gift we can give someone is for…

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Friday, April 3rd, 2020

I read about a local church that caught fire and a painting of Jesus, which had hung unnoticed, was endangered. Two men rushed into the fire and rescued the painting. Interestingly, after the fire was out people began to gather around the picture and admire it. The leaders of the church were amazed that so…

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Wednesday, April 1st, 2020

Nobody wants to be rejected. And if we’re honest, some of our deepest wounds came at the hands of it. Charles R. Solomon writes, “There are two kinds of people in the world – those who have been rejected, and those who have been rejected more.” Isn’t it great to know that, regardless, God accepts…

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Tuesday, March 31st, 2020

I read a story of a Sunday school teacher who was trying to impress his class with the importance of living a good, Christian life. “Why do people call me a Christian?” he asked. After a long pause one of the boys replied, “Maybe it’s because they don’t know you.” The Bible tells us that…

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Monday, March 30th, 2020

When Andrew Carnegie died they found a little slip of paper on which he had written a life goal: “I’m going to spend the first half of my life accumulating money. I’m going to spend the second half of my life giving it all away.” And he did just that – to the sum of…

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Sunday, March 29th, 2020

The Bible tells us to not “be selfish,” but to “think of others as better than yourselves” (Philippians 2:3). Why? Because when we focus on the rewards in any relationship – what we get from them – that relationship will last only until those rewards run out. Such conditions placed on others are sure to…

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Saturday, March 28th, 2020

Martin Luther once noted, “I am more afraid of my own heart than of the Pope and all his cardinals. I have within me the great pope, Self.” Nothing is more powerful than self – good or bad. It can quickly destroy a marriage, divide a friendship, and most importantly, dishonor God.

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Thursday, March 26th, 2020

There’s an old African-American proverbs that says, “Nobody will think you’re somebody if you don’t think so yourself.” Our self-image is our self-reflection. More often than not, people see us exactly the way we see ourselves. We’re not fooling anyone but ourselves. So let the image of Christ grow within you that it would soon…

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Wednesday, March 25th, 2020

Though I was never a Shaquille O’Neal fanatic, he still offers a wonderful slice of truth: “Excellence is not a singular act,” he says, “but a habit. You are what you do repeatedly.” I agree. One of the greatest acts in maturity is learning to do the same thing over – as long as that…

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Monday, March 23rd, 2020

“Oh! The blessing it is to have a friend to whom one can speak fearlessly on any subject; with whom one’s deepest as well as one’s most foolish thoughts come out simply and safely. Oh, the comfort – the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person – having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure…

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Sunday, March 22nd, 2020

Going deep in God is never found in what you learn, but in how you live. The Bible tells us that “knowledge puffs up. But love builds up” (1 Corinthians 8:1). Paul himself wrote, “If I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could…

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Saturday, March 21st, 2020

Convenience says, “I married the wrong person.” Obedience says, “Become the right person.” Convenience says, “Run away and try again.” Obedience says, “Press in and trust Me.” Convenience says, “Forget them and move on.” Obedience says, “Forgive them, as I have forgiven you, and stay the course.”

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Wednesday, March 18th, 2020

There are three realities in life. First, we’re all a mess. We all stumble. We all fall. We all make mistakes. Nobody is immune to this. Even Job said of himself, “I’m a muddy mess, inside and out” (Job 30:16, MSG). Second, the mess isn’t going away this side of Heaven. And third, God commands…

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Tuesday, March 17th, 2020

Forgiveness is limitless – it has no end. As the great prophet Buzz Lightyear spouts, 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 math as in keeping score. He was teaching us grace – His grace that keeps…

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Monday, March 16th, 2020

Jesse Owens once said, “In the end, it’s extra effort that separates a winner from second place. But winning takes a lot more than that, too. It starts with complete command of the fundamentals. Then it takes desire, determination, discipline, and self-sacrifice. And finally, it takes a great deal of love, fairness and respect for…

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Sunday, March 15th, 2020

Warren G. Bennis said, “Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.” This is the responsibility of a leader – to map out the vision in such clarity that the team as a whole can embrace it. When the team knows where they are going, why they are going there, and what the rewards…

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Saturday, March 14th, 2020

“Stand united, singular in vision, contending for people’s trust in the Message, the Good News, not flinching or dodging in the slightest before the opposition. Your courage and unity will show them what they’re up against: defeat for them, victory for you – and both because of God. There’s far more to this life than…

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Friday, March 13th, 2020

Lead with a crystal-clear VISION. Successful leadership cannot happen if the team doesn’t truly know where they are going. “My vision is blurred by grief; my eyes are worn out because of all my enemies” (Psalm 6:7). As the old adage goes: vision leaks. Therefore, it must be said often and in many creative ways.

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Wednesday, March 11th, 2020

Leaders with open minds always surround themselves with the best and the brightest. They never care who gets the credit as long as the job is getting done. As a great mentor of mine once said, “Keep an open mind and you’ll attract amazing leaders.” The BIG QUESTION then, is: Am I open-minded?

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Tuesday, March 10th, 2020

Always remember that no one knows everything (which includes ourselves) – but together we can discover all kinds of things. For me, this is at the heart of what makes leadership enjoyable. When leadership is open-minded to new ideas, thinking outside the margins, and vesting trust in the team, great things are always within reach.

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Monday, March 9th, 2020

To be increasingly effective as a person and/or leader, we must grow in our self-perception. Without knowing it, many people believe things about themselves that are simply not true. Self-reflection is not just about putting more truth in your life; it’s also about removing the lies. This is why it is so important to have…

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Sunday, March 8th, 2020

If I raise my kids right, I gain influence, but that also means my options are limited. I have to say NO to things that I might love and want to do in lieu of being home to raise my kids right. If I want to build an organization right, then I have to stay…

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Friday, March 6th, 2020

In this world we teach independence as the mark of maturity. As parents, we teach our children to grow up by learning to think and live on their own. Children grow up, and we want to aid this process. However, in God’s world, it is precisely the opposite. The mark of maturity, according to God,…

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Wednesday, March 4th, 2020

As I mentioned yesterday, self-reflection is one of the great leadership needs. Thus, if we’re going to have supernatural success, we have to have God’s supernatural power. To SEE Him, we have to SEEK Him. So as we self reflect, we need to ask ourselves: How are we doing in our relationship with God?

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Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020

Self-aware leaders can actually lead others; but the lack of it can, and will, harm others. As Pastor Craig Groeschel wrote, “The greatest challenge in leadership, then, is not leading others; it’s learning to lead oneself.” Learn to self reflect, and do it often. The more you know you, the better you will lead another.

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Sunday, March 1st, 2020

Strong organizations have strong staff. One of the great pieces of wisdom that was told to me was that success will be dependent upon those you wrap around you. If the team you have cannot deliver on the vision for that organization, either help them grow or help them go.

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Saturday, February 29th, 2020

Stop counting minutes; instead, embrace moments. Two things come to mind as I think about this: One, we can easily miss the journey when we get consumed by the destination. Second, we go through the motions – we watch the clock, and end up missing out on the great gift that is right in front…

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Tuesday, February 25th, 2020

The smallest package I’ve ever seen is a man wrapped up in himself. “Pride goes before the fall” (Proverbs 16:18). A great leader is only great because of the people they work with. If you’re going to wrap yourself up in anything, may it be that of love – and then lead with that love.

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Thursday, February 20th, 2020

There are three successions that we must understand as leaders. First, we LOVE. It’s the foundation for everything we do. “And the greatest of these is love” (1 Corinthians 13:13). Second, we LAUGH. Joy is contagious. It moves a person from feeling like they are on the outside to being on the inside. Finally, we…

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Wednesday, February 19th, 2020

Leadership is best provided in the moment, not in a class or seminar. Classroom-type instruction and guidance is necessary, but it’s in the moment that reveals what a person truly learned. So learn to walk WITH them (in the moment), don’t just talk TO them (in the classroom). Jesus, time and time again, took His…

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Tuesday, February 18th, 2020

I want to give you three plausible steps to leadership: EMBRACE them; EQUIP them; EMPOWER them. Think of these three as being in a circular pattern where those whom we empower will go out and embrace others as we had embraced them. I truly believe that the goal of raising up leaders is not to…

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Monday, February 17th, 2020

Have you ever gotten upset by the simplest thing like driving through a construction zone and/or having to take an alternate route? How about having to change your clothes after you spilled something? Always remember, change represents an inconvenience, but it’s the inconvenience that reveals much about ourselves. Watch how you face them and handle…

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Saturday, February 15th, 2020

“Until I am committed, there is a hesitancy, a chance to draw back. But the moment I definitely commit myself, then God moves also, and a whole stream of events erupt. All manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings, persons and material assistance which come my way begin to flow toward me – the moment I make…

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Wednesday, February 12th, 2020

Biblical illiteracy is plaguing the church. God’s people are just ignorant of His Truth. For example, one of the most frequently quoted passages from the Bible is, “God helps those who help themselves” – and the fact is, it’s not even in there. “Thy Word is a lamp to my feet,” the Psalmist wrote, “and…

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Tuesday, February 11th, 2020

If we want to hear God’s voice, then we must separate ourselves from the world. “Happy are those who reject the advice of evil people, who do not follow the example of world, or join those who have no use for God” (Psalm 1:1). Paul tells us that “the wisdom of this world is foolishness…

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Sunday, February 9th, 2020

“Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are NEVER satisfied” (Proverbs 27:20). A recent poll revealed that the average child, from birth through high school, will watch 18,000 hours of TV – that’s roughly two full years of television. My friends, our eyes have appetites, and it’s where all our thoughts…

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Saturday, February 8th, 2020

Jackson Brown, Jr., an American author, once wrote, “I’ve learned that if you give a pig and a boy everything they want, you’ll get a GOOD pig and a BAD boy.” This is why John tells us to not “love the world’s ways or the world’s goods. For the love of the world squeezes out…

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Monday, February 3rd, 2020

The Bible tells us, “Keep a sharp eye out for weed…a thistle or two…can ruin a whole garden. Watch out…don’t trade away God’s lifelong gift in order to satisfy a short-term appetite” (Hebrews 12:15). We have to remove any and all distractions that would keep us from God’s Word.

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Friday, January 31st, 2020

“Remodeling the heart is not always pleasant. We don’t object when the Carpenter adds a few shelves, but He’s been known to gut the entire west wing. He has such high aspirations for you. God envisions a complete restoration. He won’t stop until He is finished” (Max Lucado, Just Like Jesus). And He won’t be…

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Thursday, January 30th, 2020

“God loves to decorate. Let him live long enough in a heart, and that heart will begin to change. Portraits of hurt will be replaced by landscapes of grace. Walls of anger will be demolished and shaky foundations restored. God can no more leave a life unchanged than a mother can leave her child’s tear…

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Tuesday, January 28th, 2020

The true God-centered people of God will always reproduce the nature of Him in their worlds around them. Fruit happens (this should be a bumper sticker). But the fact is, as we deepen our faith in God, fruit will develop on the branches of our lives. It’s just the natural by-product of His presence within…

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Monday, January 27th, 2020

“The natural condition for human life is shared rootedness in one another. Just like a tree is rooted in the earth and where it gets nourishment, human beings were created to be rooted in the hearts of other human beings. The very assurance that somebody loves me, is for me, pays attention to me, and…

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Sunday, January 26th, 2020

No matter what’s going on, no matter what the world may suggest, no matter where the winds might blow, may we bow to no other but God. Paul writes, “Stand firm and keep a strong grip on the teaching we passed on to you” (2 Thessalonians 2:15). As the ageless hymn so powerfully states, “All…

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Friday, January 24th, 2020

“Trust in the Lord with ALL your heart, and lean not on your own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5). Solomon is not suggesting that we surrender our ability to think, just that we understand that in the end, God gets the last word. The late E.V. Hill once said, “Do everything you can as if there’s no…

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Thursday, January 23rd, 2020

“God rewards those who seek Him. Not those who seek doctrine or religion or systems or creeds. Many settle for these lesser passions, but the reward goes to those who settle for nothing less than Jesus Himself. And what is the reward? What awaits those who seek Jesus? Nothing short of the heart of Jesus”…

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Tuesday, January 21st, 2020

Arsene Houssaye wrote, “Tell me whom you love, and I will tell you who you are.” The Scriptures tell us that the mouth speaks that which is in our hearts. We could say in reverse, ‘what lies in our hearts, our mouths will speak.’ As Jesus said, “All who love Me will do what I…

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Monday, January 20th, 2020

Charles Spurgeon stated, “If God does not save a man by truth, He certainly will not save them by lies. And if the old gospel is not competent to work a revival, then let’s do without the revival; we will keep to the old truth, no matter, come what may.” While we can do great…

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Sunday, January 19th, 2020

A.W. Tozer once said, “Worship is the missing jewel of the church.” I’ve heard it said that we are becoming a generation of people who worship our work, work at our play, and play at our worship. If we’re going to be a people of worship, we must forget what lies around us and focus…

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Saturday, January 18th, 2020

“Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing” (Albert Schweitzer). Remember, vision is caught, not taught. Despite what our words may suggest, our actions will always speak louder. “Let everything you do reflect the integrity and seriousness of your teaching” (Titus 2:7).

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Friday, January 17th, 2020

Leadership is a patient quality of which the Lord gives. It is an awesome responsibility as well as audacious. Thus, I’m always suspicious of those who want its authority without paying the price over time. As wine tastes best with age (so they tell me), so it is with leadership. I guess we could say,…

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Thursday, January 16th, 2020

I think one of the great tragedies of our generation is how prematurely we give someone a title – especially the title of leader. Let’s be honest, it’s a right that’s earned over time. If we prescribe anything less, we’ve ultimately undermined the very authority the word represents.

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Monday, January 13th, 2020

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.

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Sunday, January 12th, 2020

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.

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Saturday, January 11th, 2020

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…

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Wednesday, January 8th, 2020

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…

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Tuesday, January 7th, 2020

“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.…

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Monday, January 6th, 2020

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…

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Sunday, January 5th, 2020

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…

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Saturday, January 4th, 2020

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…

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Friday, January 3rd, 2020

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…

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Wednesday, January 1st, 2020

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…

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Monday, December 30th, 2019

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…

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Sunday, December 29th, 2019

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…

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Saturday, December 28th, 2019

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…

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Thursday, December 26th, 2019

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,…

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Wednesday, December 25th, 2017

“‘The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! And you will recognize Him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.’ Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of Heaven—praising God and saying,…

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Saturday, December 21st, 2019

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.

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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.’…

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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…

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Saturday, December 7th, 2019

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…

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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…

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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.”…

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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…

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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.…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Wednesday, November 27th, 2019

“A growth environment should be a place where failure is not the enemy” (John Maxwell, Keys to a Healthy Growth Environment). Sometimes you win, and sometimes you learn – we need to change our verbiage. Every leader has enemies, but always remember that the enemy is not failure. The reality is this: if you lose,…

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Tuesday, November 26th, 2019

“A growth environment should be a place where we wake up excited” (John Maxwell, Keys to a Healthy Growth Environment). Our attitude determines our altitude. Every day is an opportunity, not a drudgery. Think about what God has for us and how that would change us if we embraced each day with a heart and…

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Monday, November 25th, 2019

“A growth environment should be a place where [we get] out of our comfort zones” (John Maxwell, Keys to a Healthy Growth Environment). I contend the great enemy we face is our own personal comfort. Leaders need to be challenged. Leaders want to be challenged. Life is filled with difficult times, and I believe God…

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Saturday, November 23rd, 2019

“A growth environment should be a place where my focus is forward” (John Maxwell, Keys to a Healthy Growth Environment). As the great prophet Pumbaa, from The Lion King, put it, “You’ve got to put your behind in your past.” The apostle Paul wrote, “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for…

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Friday, November 22nd, 2019

“A growth environment should be a place where we are continually challenged” (John Maxwell, Keys to a Healthy Growth Environment). Every day should be a mountain we face. Iron cannot sharpen iron if it’s always on the ‘plains’ of platitude and comfort. Look to be challenged. Look to be stretched.

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Thursday, November 21st, 2019

“If you’re the head of the class, you’re in the wrong class” (John Maxwell, Keys to a Healthy Growth Environment). A growth environment means you always have others ahead of you. We must learn to surround ourselves with those who are better and more effective than we are. It’s about creating a learning environment for…

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Monday, November 18th, 2019

If you’re still thrilled with what you did five years ago, you haven’t been growing in the present. We must appreciate yesteryear, but be grateful we’re not there anymore. Growth means I know what I did then and it was good, only to discover that in looking back today, it really wasn’t that good. New…

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Sunday, November 17th, 2019

Personal growth is always more important than leadership, for it’s one’s personal growth that determines their effectiveness in leadership. James Allen writes, “Most people want to change their circumstances but not themselves, thus, they remain bound.” If we’re going to ask God to expand our territory of influence, then we must be willing to deepen…

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Saturday, November 16th, 2019

The greatest gap in our world exists between knowing and doing. Consider what good, really, is knowledge if we’re not doing anything with it. James writes, “Faith without actions is useless” (James 2:20). True, we need to possess knowledge, but just as true, that we’re doing something with it.

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Friday, November 15th, 2019

The two greatest days in anyone’s life are the day they were born and the day they discover why. What a privilege that God birthed us into existence – that was a good day! But I contend greater still is when we discover why God birthed us into existence. “‘I know the plans I have…

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Sunday, November 10th, 2019

If everybody were as good as you, you’d be average. It is our job to live above average despite our circumstances. If we choose to react badly, despite the situation, then in all reality, we’re no better than the person we’re reacting to. Jesus said, “If someone drags you into court and sues for the…

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Friday, November 8th, 2019

People need to hear our personal stories. However, it’s important to understand that we don’t tell our stories to feel better about ourselves; rather, in hearing our stories, others can be set free. You see, when we tell our stories, we’re really telling God’s stories, and they are privileged to see what God has done…

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Monday, November 4th, 2019

If we are to become a leader others want to follow, it is imperative that we give careful attention to our inner selves. We must invest in the health of our souls. Gifts and abilities may open doors, but it’s character that will determine what we do once those doors have been opened.

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Sunday, November 3rd, 2019

It’s important to grasp that there is a big difference in what man sees and what God knows. What man sees is an image. What God sees is the man – the real you; the real self. The Bible tells us that “God looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7), and it’s precisely from the…

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Thursday, October 31st, 2019

One’s public life has everything to do with one’s private life – for it’s the expression of it. You cannot have one without the other. The end never justifies its means – it is the means. Barbara Johnson writes, “We should all live lives as though someone is writing a book about us” every moment…

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Wednesday, October 30th, 2019

“The acquisition of skills is irrelevant unless the leader acquires the appropriate qualities of character” (Machiavelli). Character is a big deal. It’s that vital piece in our puzzle of impact. Paul wrote to Timothy, “Keep a firm grasp on both your character and your teaching. Don’t be diverted. Just keep at it. Both you and…

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Tuesday, October 29th, 2019

Far too often, leaders drift. Once they get some experience under their belt and a track record of accomplishments, they often abandon the lifestyle that helped them reach the top. They chafe under the very rules they once established and/or endorsed. Sadly, leaders like these forget the number one management principle in the world: People…

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Monday, October 21st, 2019

“Relationally isolated people are three times more likely to die early than relationally connected people” (Robert Putnam). The power of community – it’s not only needed, but it was commanded by God that we should live in it. “It’s not good for man to be alone” (Genesis 2:18).

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Wednesday, October 16th, 2019

Great companies are effective because they’ve learned to carry a large eraser. Greatness isn’t the absence of mistakes; rather, it’s your ability to never allow them to consume you or rule you. See mistakes as an opportunity to grow, not as an event to beat yourself down. A mistake is not a moment of loss;…

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Tuesday, October 15th, 2019

I’ve heard it said, “Our self-esteem is highly influenced by how we think the most important person in our life thinks about us.” Consider those who have truly impacted and influenced your life. Now, imagine the power you have in your grasp to speak the same into those you lead. That’s the power of influence.

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Monday, October 14th, 2019

Broaden your horizons by fostering your imagination. Too often, we imprison ourselves by what we’ve known. Many organizations struggle with change because ‘it’s never been done that way.’ Here’s a thought: Who said? Never lose your ability to dream. As Walt Disney once said, “Don’t just think outside the box – lose the box, and…

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Saturday, October 5th, 2019

The power of the gospel is when the unsaved world sees in us what God truly desires for them. Everybody wants to be fully known and fully accepted. And we cannot give to them what we are unwilling to live out with each other. This is why Jesus said, “Love one another. In the same…

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Tuesday, October 1st, 2019

A chicken and a pig were walking down the road together when they came to a sign that read, ‘Annual Fundraiser. Ham and egg breakfast.’ The chicken turned to the pig and said, “Hey, that’s right up our alley. Let’s go in and help out.” “‘Sure,” said the pig. “That’s easy for you to say.…

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Friday, September 27th, 2019

From Tony Evans: “If you want a better world, composed of better nations, inhabited by better states, filled with better counties, made up of better cities, comprised of better neighborhoods, illuminated by better churches, populated by better families, then you’ll have to start by becoming a better person.”

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Friday, September 20th, 2019

Identity determines everything. The common denominator of every decision we make, whether good or bad, is our identity. Every moment of stupid within my life is the revelation that I allowed my identity to get stolen. Every moment of failure within my life is the evidence that I allowed my identity to be forgotten. Identity…

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Sunday, September 15th, 2019

Behind every self-defeating act is a lie you have chosen to believe. Thus, if we are going to stop defeating ourselves, then we must stop deceiving ourselves. For that to happen, we need to learn the truth about ourselves. And we do that by being in God’s Word. “There must be a spiritual renewal of…

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Thursday, September 12th, 2019

Change is awkward – but so was my first kiss, and that didn’t stop me from doing it. Therefore, just because change feels weird, it doesn’t mean it’s necessarily wrong. I will tell you this: the person who insists on using yesterday’s methods in today’s world won’t be in business tomorrow.

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Monday, September 9th, 2019

Have you ever heard the words, “you’ve given me a lot to think about”? God’s truth was not written to merely mull over, but to obey. “Those who look closely into the perfect law that sets people free, who keep on paying attention to it and do not simply listen and then forget it, but…

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Sunday, September 8th, 2019

To live differently, you have to think differently. And to think differently, you have to make the deliberate, daily choice to change. Like a circus trapeze artist, it’s required to let go of one bar to get to the other. Just remember, intentions without actions always lead to nothing.

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Wednesday, September 4th, 2019

The only growth limitations that we have lie within ourselves. Growth is an inside job – how we embrace the lessons that lie before us and around us. Every situation, no matter how difficult or even seemingly boring, is a classroom in which we can learn and grow. CHOOSE to be a learner. Embrace every…

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Friday, August 30th, 2019

“Attempt something so impossible that unless God is in it, it’s doomed to failure” (John Haggai). Our dreams should always be beyond our abilities, but never beyond His. The greatest joy is being a part of what only God can do. So step up, step out, and witness His greatest.

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Tuesday, August 27th, 2019

It’s been said that life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond. Solomon wrote, “For a righteous man falls seven times, and rises again, but the wicked stumble in time of calamity” (Proverbs 24:16). Every stumble can be a setback or a stepping stone – you choose.

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Monday, August 26th, 2019

We need to train our eyes to see God’s presence, not His absence. God is everywhere, doing something eternal in a very awesome and perfect way. Though we may not understand it, though we may not physically see it, it’s important that we look for it. “For God is at work in you who believe”…

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Sunday, August 25th, 2019

Whatever we’re looking for is what we will always see. To paraphrase Helen Keller, the greatest human tragedy is not blindness, but having seeing eyes and yet cannot see. Jesus said, “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light. But if your…

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Friday, August 23rd, 2019

Often when I have been surrounded with struggles, I feel like the lion tamer who put an ad in the paper: “Lion tamer – wants tamer lion.” Attitude is everything. Our attitude will either protect us or defeat us. Life is really not about the battle outside us, but the one that lies within us.

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Tuesday, August 20th, 2019

Always remember that our ‘being’ must always precede our ‘doing.’ We have to continually remind ourselves that God’s love is never based upon what we do, but upon WHO we are – His creation, His child. Never let the ‘what’ that you do define the ‘who’ that you are.

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Sunday, August 18th, 2019

It’s been said that everyone has two tongues in their lives. One in their mouth and the other in their shoes. The one in their shoe never lies. It’s always pointed in the direction that they’re going. So definitely be careful of what you say, but more importantly, watch what you do. For your actions…

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Saturday, August 17th, 2019

Walt Disney taught, “Don’t think outside the box! For once you say that, you’ve established that there is a box.” Too often we dream the size of man. Dream bigger. Our God is limitless. Our God is endless. “To Him who is able to do superabundantly more than all we dare ask, dream, or imagine”…

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Wednesday, August 14th, 2019

As life is leveraged, is your dream growing? Don’t live life with regret. Dream big. Don’t let your childhood sense of imagination get tabled, or even worse, lost. God is not finished. What He birthed in your heart when you were a child, was no accident. He’s now grown you to a place that it…

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Tuesday, August 13th, 2019

The shortest pencil is better than the longest memory. As one of my former pastors would always say to me, “Let it go.” There’s a sense, as a leader, that we must develop a sense of amnesia. As the circle of influence grows, so do the critics. So whether you make a mistake, or someone…

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Monday, August 12th, 2019

The greatest sin for a Christian is lukewarmness. Jesus said, “Because you are lukewarm – neither hot nor cold – I am about to spit you out of My mouth” (Revelation 3:16). The first time I read this, it was painful, but I believe Jesus is encouraging us not to let the world come between…

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Sunday, August 11th, 2019

The goal in life is not to be liked, but to love another – with His love. It’s always about giving, not getting. It’s about focusing on the investment, the people, not the return for self. As Paul said, “And the greatest of these is love” (1 Corinthians 13:13).

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Friday, August 9th, 2019

Billy Graham, at a college graduation commencement stated, “Time is the capital that God has given us to invest. People are the stocks in which we are to invest our time, whether they’re blue chips or penny stocks or even junk bonds.” The greatest investment we can ever make with our time is people. Who…

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Tuesday, August 6th, 2019

Stephen Covey, in his book 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, writes: “Time management is a misleading concept. You can’t really manage time. You can’t delay it, speed it up, save it or lose it. No matter what you do time keeps moving forward at the same rate. The challenge, then, is NOT to manage…

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Monday, August 5th, 2019

A.W. Tozer wrote, “Time is a resource that is nonrenewable and nontransferable. You cannot store it, slow it up, hold it up, divide it up or give it up. You can’t hoard it up or save it – when it’s lost it’s unrecoverable. When you kill time, remember that it has no resurrection.” Don’t waste…

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Sunday, August 4th, 2019

Tell your time where it should go, rather than wondering where it all went. We all know the adage, time flies, but that doesn’t mean it has to be in control. Maybe we cannot control every tick on the clock, but we can control how they tick. “Be careful how you live, not as fools…

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Friday, August 2nd, 2019

It’s been said that we should never look down on anyone unless we’re lending a hand to help them back up. Thus, if there’s one thing we must stop doing, it is any and all comparing of ourselves to others. The only comparison we really have is in the reflection of Christ. And that, my…

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Thursday, August 1st, 2019

I’ve always loved these words: “Champions do not become champions when they win the event, but in the hours, weeks, months and years they spend preparing for it. The victorious performance itself is merely the demonstration of their championship character” (T. Alan Armstrong). Thus, what they believe becomes the fruit of how they behave.

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Wednesday, July 31st, 2019

Successful people never blame. They make no excuses. They will not point their finger at anyone but themselves. They accept responsibility for what they can and cannot do. For they know the moment you start pointing the finger, passing the buck, you surrender all and any great opportunities at hand. Accusers and excusers are always…

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Tuesday, July 30th, 2019

If character is what you do when no one is watching, then perhaps sportsmanship is that conduct with everybody watching. And frankly, the sports industry would probably survive without sportsmanship, and from my perspective, it has. But how refreshing it would be if more parents and coaches, more administrators and journalists, and especially more players…

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Monday, July 29th, 2019

“Take pride in yourself. Be your own person. Don’t do things because everyone else does them. Don’t be part of the crowd. Dare to be different. Never be afraid to stand up for what you believe to be right, even if it means standing alone” (Jack Lambert). And truth be told, if you’re a follower…

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Saturday, July 27th, 2019

You will always improve your performance by improving your attitude. Attitude is everything. “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances” (Viktor Frankl). Our attitude will either propel us or defeat us. For life is really not…

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Friday, July 26th, 2019

Former NBA superstar Moses Malone once stated, “I’ll always be Number 1 to myself.” At first it may seem arrogant, but I contend it’s quite biblical. For isn’t that what Jesus said? “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Until we embrace the gift that we are in Christ, we will struggle in the context of authentic,…

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Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019

Perseverance is one of the greatest attributes to success. As the apostle Paul told us, we are to fight the good fight and finish the race. For nothing is impossible if we simply stay the course. Who knows what our next step might bring. How our circumstances might change. I will tell you this: If…

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Monday, July 22nd, 2019

When common sense tells me I no longer have a chance, when I have been playing at my worst, and all the breaks have not been going my way, I still approach each day as a glorious opportunity to get going again. You see, regardless of how my immediate moments unfold, there’s always new opportunity,…

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Sunday, July 21st, 2019

I read once, “You never get a second chance to make a good first impression.” Now, I have no idea who wrote these words, but they are right. Most times, one’s first impression is the final one. I know we all have bad days, but we must be intentional to live in such a way…

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Saturday, July 20th, 2019

Your chances of success in any and every undertaking will always be measured by your belief in yourself. To love your neighbor is determined by your own self-love – a God self-love. For I will answer for no one, or to no, except God when I stand before Him that day.

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Friday, July 19th, 2019

Victory is never decided by the final score, but in the quality of competition. And yet, how often do we look at the scoreboard to decide if we’re either the victor or the loser? You see, I’m convinced that if I give my absolute best, I’m always a winner. And though I may not receive…

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Thursday, July 18th, 2019

The Bible tells us that our eyes are the lamp of the body. If our eyes are bad, then the whole body will follow. So never look to the ground in taking your next step. For greatness belongs to those who look to the horizon. Keep your eyes up. For whether you can see it…

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Wednesday, July 17th, 2019

What would be your answers to the following questions? Can people trust me to do what’s righteous? Am I committed to doing God’s best? Do I care about those God has placed around me, and do I show them that? If you can answer yes to all of these, there’s no way you will ever…

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Tuesday, July 16th, 2019

We all know we have two eyes and one mouth.  I don’t think it’s by accident that God constructed us this way.  May I suggest keep your two eyes open, and well, the other closed.  You will never learn anything if you’re doing all the talking.  It’s why James tells us to be “slow to…

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Monday, July 15th, 2019

Never allow your dreams to die.  Always keep them alive.  Maybe it seems it’s too late.  Maybe it appears to be impossible.  For me, I could care less.  Life is what dreams are made of.  And the moment I stop dreaming I stop living.  Sometimes the mere dream has life within itself.

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Saturday, July 13th, 2019

The best part of any game is the mere opportunity to play.  You see, it’s not always the winning that matters, though it’s nice at times.  It’s not the size of the crowd that cheers us on, though we all enjoy their presence as well.  But just that opportunity to play.  I’d rather be on…

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Friday, July 12th, 2019

I was one of those fans of the legendary Michael Jordan.  He was simply amazing.  He stated once, “I can accept failure.  For everyone fails at something.  But for me, I can’t accept not trying.”  So allow me to encourage you to never give up.  Never throw in the towel.  Rather, use it to wipe…

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Thursday, July 11th, 2019

Teamwork is the fuel that allows common people to produce uncommon results.  Teamwork is what makes the dream work.  Think about it.  Nothing has ever been truly achieved in isolation.  For no individual performance was ever individual without others behind their achievement.  Greatness is always in the context of team.  T.E.A.M. – Together Everyone Achieves…

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Tuesday, July 9th, 2019

Nobody will think you’re somebody if you don’t think so yourself.  Your self-image is the most determining factor of your life.  For Whose you believe you are is what you will be.  Just imagine, then, what happens when people truly make Jesus their Savior and Lord.

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Monday, July 8th, 2019

“In the end, it’s extra effort that separates a winner from second place.  But winning takes a lot more that that, too.  It starts with complete command of the fundamentals.  Then it takes desire, determination, discipline, and self-sacrifice.  And finally, it takes a great deal of love, fairness and respect for your fellow man.  Put…

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Friday, July 5th, 2019

We can easily get people to do things, to return to things, by giving them valued rewards.  But in the church, we don’t want people doing or returning because of what we are giving them, but rather, what God can do within them.  Shouldn’t Jesus be enough?  I remind you, for what we draw people…

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Thursday, July 4th, 2019

Just because the Holy Spirit moves in a given situation does not mean we should turn that situation into a ministry.  You see, we limit so much of what God is doing when we think we need to turn a moment into an ongoing work.  We have to allow the Holy Spirit to move, but…

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Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019

Baseball great Ken Griffey Jr. often said, “I can’t play being mad.”  Allow me to add how could we even live that way?  And maybe even the greater ask is why would you want to?  For life can be lived only in the abundance of it.  Anything less, well, that’s defined as survival.  The Bible…

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Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019

Systems are like stop lights, managing traffic without police. Leaders put things in place to ensure that their organization functions without their presence. Systems allow this to happen. Look at it like a playbook – everybody is working out of the same one. What is your playbook (system) in passing on leadership to your organization?

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Monday, July 1st, 2019

Vision has to become personal for it to be possible. You have to own it. Vision has to go public for it to become effective. If you don’t step out and share, no one is ever aware. Success requires others to be involved. Vision has to be persistent for it to become successful. You have…

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Sunday, June 30th, 2019

The possibility for stupid doesn’t change; the potential for damage does. God places zero tolerance on stupidity among leadership. The greater we lead, the greater attention we must give to stupid. Remember, to whom much is given, much is required. As the great prophet Forest Gump so eloquently stated, “Stupid is as stupid does.”

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Saturday, June 29th, 2019

Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers. Oswald Sanders writes, “The man (and woman) who desires to grow spiritually and intellectually will be constantly at his books.” In the final phase of my life, may I continue to read, continue to grow, and continue to develop.

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Friday, June 28th, 2019

“When you come, bring my coat; bring the books too, and especially the ones made of parchment” (2 Timothy 4:13). This is amazing. Paul is at the end of his life and he still wants to learn. Charles Spurgeon writes in response to this verse, “He has been preaching at least thirty years, yet he…

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Thursday, June 27th, 2019

“Sometimes God puts a less gifted leader over a higher gifted leader to test the heart of the more gifted person.” How are you with those who might pose a threat to your person? How are you in receiving advice from those around you? How we interact with others speaks volumes about ourselves both as…

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Tuesday, June 25th, 2019

When we truly get the cross, you can never stay cross. When you truly grasp the gift that God gave each one of us on the cross, you will always be quicker to give forgiveness than hold onto bitterness. You’ll be quicker to extend grace than nurse a grudge. “Forgive one another as quickly and…

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Monday, June 24th, 2019

One of my heroes is Walt Disney. I love his leadership lessons and challenges. One of his great lessons of life is to “Live the ADVENTURE.” Too often we speak of how much we love life, but we fail to live it. God’s purpose is that we would be light to the world. And we…

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Sunday, June 23rd, 2019

Never undervalue the power of example. Our lives are much louder than our words. James writes, “Are there those among you who are truly wise and understanding? Then they should SHOW IT by living right and doing good things with a gentleness that comes from wisdom” (James 3:13).

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Friday, June 21st, 2019

The world will be won when the church is one. The lack of unity is one of the great injustices that continues to be overlooked. The last recorded prayer we have from Jesus was about the necessity of unity. “I pray that they will all be one, just as You and I are one –…

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Thursday, June 20th, 2019

You can’t pray and worry at the same time. Prayer is the most powerful resource that God has given us. Never make a decision without first going to the Lord in prayer. It must always be our weapon of choice. I’ve heard it said, “If we don’t pray, we pay.” Remember, nothing is too big…

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Wednesday, June 19th, 2019

You ARE exactly where you WANT to be. Never blame another for where you’re at. If you don’t like your surroundings, then make the necessary change(s). If you’re not happy with the outcome of your investment, then chose a new course of action. We are in control of every choice we make.

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Saturday, June 15th, 2019

When you don’t feel passionate, act passionate. Never allow your feelings to determine your actions. Sometimes you have to act your way into a feeling. This is why VISION is so important. Time and time again I have to keep coming back to the WHY – and my emotions always seem to follow.

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Friday, June 14th, 2019

When we don’t show the importance of the task, we dim the all-important vision. We can’t forget WHY we do what we do – which only heightens the ‘why’ in what we do. If we don’t know where we’re going or why we do what we do, then at best we’re a wondering generality.

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Thursday, June 13th, 2019

When output exceeds income, your upkeep will be your downfall. It’s easy to get caught up in doing and wonder why you end up feeling like you’re failing. You must take time to ensure that you are being filled up. Busyness is a sad excuse for allowing your personal self to become empty, for in…

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Monday, June 10th, 2019

Titles mean very little if we truly understand what life is all about. In the end, people are never remembered for the positions they held, but for what they gave away. Life is about people, so love them, care for them, pour into them, and you will experience the greatest joy that few ever experience.

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Sunday, June 9th, 2019

It’s all about people, not a position. There are many who made it to the top only to find loneliness and isolation. Nothing is worth having if you go it alone. “The LORD God said, ‘It is not good for the man to be alone’” (Genesis 2:18). Just remember, life together is always better.

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Saturday, June 8th, 2019

Do what frees another up, not what necessarily fires you up. I’m not suggesting that we neglect ourselves for the sake of another, but I am saying don’t just live for self and always do what you want. Paul writes, “Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too”…

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Friday, June 7th, 2019

We are wired to worship something; the question is what? I’ve heard it said that we give the greatest amount of time to what we value the most. I can’t say I completely agree with this. But what is true is that our hearts, our passions, reveal a great deal about us. “For the mouth…

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Wednesday, June 5th, 2019

Though he was never ordained to the Catholic priesthood, Francis of Assisi is one of the most venerated religious figures in history. One of most memorable statements was, “Preach the Gospel at all times, and if necessary use words.” Nothing speaks louder than our own everyday lives. People get what they see.

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Tuesday, June 4th, 2019

I’ve heard it said that every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future. So it really comes down to this: either the wallpaper goes or I do. Now, think about that. Success is always about the future you choose to possess. The past is all about the paralysis of pain. So get…

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Sunday, June 2nd, 2019

Family isn’t something we do, it’s something we are. And let’s be honest, it’s tough. We all know the dysfunction in it, of it, and around it. But against all odds, as well as how we feel, it’s still at the very heart of God. So be it when others lack the capacity to.

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Friday, May 31st, 2019

Every successful leader knows how to make lemonade. Let’s be honest, life is filled with lemons. It’s just plain difficult at times and hard to see any light at the end of the tunnel, but if we’re going to witness the hand of God, then we have to trust, endure, and find a way to…

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Thursday, May 30th, 2019

A leader does more than pray, but he doesn’t do anything until he prays. Nothing happens without it, and nothing is more powerful within it. People can reject our appeals, our arguments, ourselves, but they are totally defenseless against our prayers. It’s just fun to think about.

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Monday, May 27th, 2019

It’s been said, “The size of your dream determines the size of your God.” Now, I’m not encouraging us to be ridiculous in our belief – just that we don’t limit God with our faith. Jesus said, “According to our faith it shall be done.” Maximize your faith and minimize those fears. Let God be…

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Saturday, May 25th, 2019

Ask yourself: What brings our team back week in and week out? Have we fostered an environment where ideas are welcomed and actually wanted? Strong morale is built upon a foundation of mutual respect and appreciation for the talents and gifts each person brings to the table.

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Friday, May 24th, 2019

We must lead with an OPEN MIND. Martha Stewart once said, “Without an open-minded mind, you can never be a great success.” The Bible says, “Cynics look high and low for wisdom – and never find it; the open-minded find it right on their doorstep” (Proverbs 14:6). A true heart of open-mindedness is that we…

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Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019

A leader with a servant’s heart is not absorbed in centering the organization on his or her needs, but in being a facilitator in order to make those around them successful. The mentality is NOT, “What can you do for me?” Rather, “What can I do for you?”

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Tuesday, May 21st, 2019

We must lead with a SERVANT’S heart. Jesus said, “The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life away for many” (Mark 10:45). We’ve talked about this often – leading is serving, and until we get this, there’s nothing else.

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Monday, May 20th, 2019

Make moments. I think we forget that every day is a gift; therefore, we must learn to live with a grateful heart, making every moment count. One of the saddest realities for me, as a pastor, is how many times I’ve heard families express regret at a funeral. Death has a way of helping us…

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Sunday, May 19th, 2019

Loving the lost is always worth any labor required. I have to be honest, in my line of work, people can be difficult (and, of course, I can be difficult). But I’ve watched people walk away, curse God’s Name, and literally spit in my face. But later, they become some of my greatest allies. Love…

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Saturday, May 18th, 2019

Love always gets involved. Sometimes, the easiest thing to do is to give up, walk away – but true love cannot. I’ve come to learn, and believe, what the Bible teaches: “Love does cover a multitude of sins” (1 Peter 4:8). And in the end, love always wins. Don’t give up – get involved –…

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Friday, May 17th, 2019

Lost people matter to God. When it’s all said and done, the greatest thing we can do is lead someone to Jesus. Never lose sight that leadership must have an eternal resolve. My greatest joy is when God privileges me to help another discover His love and His grace. To imagine winning a National Championship…

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Thursday, May 16th, 2019

Living for a cause is always greater than any conflict you face. Conflicts are a part of life, and we must never allow them to become distractions from what we do. Leaders face battles; therefore, they face them and learn from them – and then continue to lead, fighting the fight, and finishing the race.

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Tuesday, May 14th, 2019

Life happens by choice, not by chance. Leaders never consider luck. They don’t gamble – there’s too much at stake. They do their homework, they look at every possible scenario – and then they pull the trigger. They understand that their decisions carry great responsibility – what’s luck got to do with it?

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Monday, May 13th, 2019

Leaders should always say, “What can I do to make others’ lives better?” Leaders are investors, not just mere contributors. We want results – that’s what makes us leaders. And the results we want should be the betterment of another. This is the fundamental reality of a leader. Imagine if every day we gave ourselves…

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Sunday, May 12th, 2019

Leaders protect their plans from premature death. I’ve always wondered how many dreams God has given that will never come to fruition because the dreamer gave up too early. We need to make sure our dreams are worth dying for. “If only” should never be a part of a leader’s vocabulary. It’s not ‘could have,…

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Saturday, May 11th, 2019

Leaders not only see what is, but what can be. “Where there is no vision the people perish” (Proverbs 19:18). We have to learn to dream big dreams. Life was never intended to be survived, but lived – that requires vision. Think about it this way: If you have no vision, then where are you…

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Friday, May 10th, 2019

Leaders have the courage to confront. Saying the difficult is never easy. And sometimes, saying it right can even be harder – but saying nothing is never an option. When working with people, there are always times we have to have those eye-to-eye, painful discussions – but that’s what growth is about. Leaders have to…

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Wednesday, May 8th, 2019

Kindness is the most powerful force we have in today’s world. It can, and will, change anything. Kindness leverages the ability to speak into another’s life. People are always more open to a message, even a painful one, when it’s wrapped in kindness. “Speak the truth in love” (Ephesians 4:15). So kill ‘em with kindness.

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Tuesday, May 7th, 2019

Jesus came to seek and save that which was lost – so be like Jesus. “I have not come to invite good people, but sinners to change their hearts and lives” (Luke 5:32). We have been given a mandate by God to reach our world around us. Whatever venue in which we are privileged to…

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Monday, May 6th, 2019

It’s not about me. If I’m really leading, it can’t be about me. The moment I start thinking of myself, I lack the capacity to lead others. The key to leading is found in what I give – not in what I get. And to give requires that my thoughts are outward focused – never…

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Sunday, May 5th, 2019

Character is something that no one can damage, except you. It takes a lifetime of choices to build it, and one stupid one to tear it all down. Just remember, reputation is what others say about you; character is what you truly know about yourself.

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Saturday, May 4th, 2019

Character is that quality of who you are when no one’s looking. It’s your fundamental make-up. It’s the person you have to live with and the one for which you will ultimately answer. Pull back every layer of your life and character is what remains. Paul writes, “Keep a firm grasp on both your character…

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Friday, May 3rd, 2019

An unknown sage once wrote, “Sow a thought and you reap an act; sow an act and you reap a habit; sow a habit and you reap a character; sow a character and you reap a destiny.” Character is the loudest voice we have. Nothing speaks louder than one’s character.

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Thursday, May 2nd, 2019

Character is a non-negotiable for the leader. Without it, there’s no leadership. It’s not only the foundation on which you build, but everything you choose to build with. The honorary R. C. Winthrop wrote, “The noblest contribution which any man can make for the benefit of posterity, is that of character.”

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Wednesday, May 1st, 2019

Don’t please the flesh; walk in His Spirit. One moment of human pleasure can cost a lifetime of heavenly possibilities. I was reminded of this once as I was talking to a friend of mine who had just cheated on his wife. I couldn’t stop thinking about his four children and his wife. What a…

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Tuesday, April 30th, 2019

Don’t let your past determine your tomorrow. God truly is a forgiving God. We don’t have to let our pasts dictate our futures. So stop looking over your shoulder, and/or don’t allow others to remind you of your past. Learn from those choices, and then live in His presence. “As far as the east is…

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Monday, April 29th, 2019

Sometimes I think we rely far too much on others before we’re willing to act ourselves. If we are truly walking in the Spirit of God, then we must learn to walk in the confidence of that Spirit as well. “No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life.…

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Saturday, April 27th, 2019

Changed lives change lives. The most powerful story is a changed life. How often have we listened to someone’s remarkable story of how they weathered adversity, how it changed them, and how they overcame in the end? It changed us, didn’t it? May our lives really be about a changed life. So live changed –…

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Friday, April 26th, 2019

Behind every problem is a person. When dealing with people’s bad choices and poor attitudes, we first have to remember that they’re people. I’ve come to believe that life has no bad people, just hurting people who make bad choices. So get to know someone’s story before you get to know them as a person;…

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Thursday, April 25th, 2019

I heard someone once say that he’d rather burn out for Jesus than just rust out. So here are my questions: Are you pouring yourself out completely, or are you content to live half-heartedly? Are you rusty and crusty, or are you burning brightly? Remember, partial effort in many ways is really no effort at…

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Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019

Forgiveness is not letting someone else off the hook; it is taking you off the hook. People let us down, and if we are honest, we have also let people down. What do we do when they do? The Bible says to forgive. Imagine what that does to the person who offended us. It is…

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Monday, April 22nd, 2019

Fear is inevitable. Misery is an option. We all will face fear in life. The question is: What do we do when we face those fears? We have a choice. They can control us, or we can overcome them. The Bibles says, “Nothing in all creation is able to separate us from the love of…

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Sunday, April 21st, 2019

Too often, we allow other things to get in the way of what is most important – family. We need to remember the vows we took and the commitment we made. When everything is said and done, our families won’t applaud what we accomplished individually unless we spent time with them personally.

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Monday, April 15th, 2019

Let’s get comfortable with the tension, the inconsistency, and the messiness that ensues with leadership. If you attempt to get rid of all the messes, you will ultimately remove all the people – which means you no longer need to lead for there’s no one left to lead.

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Sunday, April 14th, 2019

Sometimes we tend to believe that leadership is learned rather than experienced. The sooner you discover what people don’t know, the sooner they will be interested in learning what they need to know. Get them involved early, and enjoy watching them lead beyond their maturity.

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Wednesday, April 10th, 2019

There’s a lot to learn from the way we manage tension. Perhaps the most important lesson amidst it is to first acknowledge whether it is a tension to manage, a problem to solve, or really even a question to answer. Sometimes we tend to fight battles that are not worth fighting.

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Tuesday, April 9th, 2019

Of the things you give yourself to every day, are they moving or simply meeting? Are you making a measurable difference in your local community or simply taking up space? Are you organized around a mission or just another routine exercise? Will the world be better after your investment is finished?

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Monday, April 8th, 2019

The Greek term translated church throughout the New Testament is ekklesia. What you may not know is that it was not a religious term. It could refer to any group of people called to gather for civic purposes. An ekklesia, then, is simply a gathering, or an assembly, of people called out for a specific…

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Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019

Beginning empty-handed and alone frightens the best of men. It also speaks volumes of just how sure they are that God is with them. Sometimes we spend a great deal of time waiting – thinking that when we have the right manpower and the right resources we will be ready to pull the trigger –…

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Monday, April 1st, 2019

Mahatma Gandhi once said, “You must be the change you wish to see.” People will listen to your words, but will follow your life. A dream is not merely something you believe is possible, but something you invest your entire life in. You really cannot ask others to give to something you’re not willing to…

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Sunday, March 31st, 2019

Nothing gets better unless you get better. Self-improvement and personal growth are the keys to effective leadership. Jesus invited us “to love our neighbor as ourselves” (Matthew 22:39). As we take care of ourselves, we automatically take care of others. So pride yourself on cultivating your own soil – and the harvest WILL follow.

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Saturday, March 30th, 2019

Make tomorrow a little bit better than today. Too often we spend our time trying to make those quantum leaps, but true impact happens over time. So learn to take the small and simple steps toward improvement, for over time you will discover you’re a long way from where you began and won’t be as…

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Saturday, March 23rd, 2019

As leaders, we are never responsible for filling anyone else’s cup. Our responsibility is to empty ours. So the questions we must ask ourselves are: What are we giving away? Who are we pouring into? Does it have Christ written all over it, or does it merely have ourselves?

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Thursday, March 21st, 2019

Don’t sacrifice yourself for the possibility of becoming effective. Your effectiveness is yourself. God knew exactly who He needed to do what you are doing. Make sure you’re taking care of yourself. Jesus said that we will ultimately love our neighbor the way we love ourselves. If you’re not careful, you can win a battle,…

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Tuesday, March 19th, 2019

The Old Testament covenant covered our sin so that we could enter His presence. That’s what we call being healthy. But the New Testament covenant removed our sin so He could enter our presence. That’s what we call being holy. Healthy things still die, my friends. Holy things live forever. Thank You, Jesus!

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Monday, March 18th, 2019

Have you ever considered the importance of the Israelites crossing the Jordan that day? If they didn’t, they would have lived to die, but instead they chose to cross, which meant they died to live. Think about that. It’s the difference between running to exist and running to win. Yes, they had to face the…

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Sunday, March 17th, 2019

“They replied, ‘Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved – you and your household’” (Acts 16:31). That is a bold statement, but one that we can trust for sure. The power of salvation – that when it fully changes us, it will truly impact all of those around us (especially those closest…

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Saturday, March 16th, 2019

The Bible tells us that God can do “far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams” (Ephesians 3:20). For me, I believe that. That’s not my problem. You see, we all can dream. But the question is do we have the courage to act upon them? Life doesn’t…

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Thursday, March 14th, 2019

“God is looking for people through whom He can do the impossible – what a pity that we plan only the things that we can do by ourselves” (A. W. Tozer). Imagine if somehow, in some way, we could position ourselves to see what God sees. Imagine in light of that we could then grasp…

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Monday, March 11th, 2019

Life is not defined by what you get, but by what you give. Who can you serve today? Who needs your encouragement and friendship today? Over time, people tend to forget what others have accomplished, but they never forget a warm smile, a friendly touch, or words of encouragement. If you hold people at a…

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Sunday, March 10th, 2019

Our job, as a leader, is to help others remove the elephants in their lives. But, before we can do for others, we must be first willing to do for ourselves – face our own elephants. Is there an elephant you’ve been unwilling to face? True freedom is not found without, but always within. “The…

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Friday, March 8th, 2019

It’s easier to act your way into feeling than feel your way into action. This is the key to discipline. Too often we let our feelings be our guide. The only problem is we can’t trust them – they change like the wind. This is why Paul told us to walk in the Spirit and…

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Wednesday, March 6th, 2019

Don’t let any one moment keep you from the greater masterpiece. Paul wrote, “For we fix our attention, not on things that are seen, but on things that are unseen. What can be seen lasts only for a time, but what cannot be seen lasts forever” (2 Corinthians 4:18). That’s good advice.

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Tuesday, March 5th, 2019

If your heart is in the right place, you’ll never say the wrong thing. I’ve heard many people question themselves when trying to help someone. “Did I say too much? Did I not say enough?” My rule of thumb is when the heart’s right, so is what you said. Believe it.

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Monday, March 4th, 2019

If you’re willing to call the shots, then you have to be willing to take them. If you stick your head above the crowd, someone will throw rocks. If you desire to make an investment, be prepared to suffer insult. The bigger the cause, the larger the target you carry. Get it?

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Sunday, March 3rd, 2019

If you’re not afraid, you’re not courageous. I’m confident we’ve all heard the old adage, “Courage is not the absence of fear. It is the presence of fear, yet the will to go on.” But the key to moving forward is the knowledge that fear cannot grow or die – because it is not living…

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Saturday, March 2nd, 2019

If you flirt with temptation, it’ll kill you. I like to say if you flirt, you’re dirt. If you think about it, we spend way too much time trying to get as close as we can to what is wrong rather than giving ourselves to doing what’s right. “Live a life that honors the Lord”…

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Friday, March 1st, 2019

If you don’t talk, your marriage will walk. Communication is one of the most important ingredients in a marriage. Research has shown that most problems in a marriage would be resolved quickly if couples would just talk. Even the Bible agrees: “Reliable communication permits progress” (Proverbs 13:17). Author Greville once said, “A wise person never…

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Wednesday, February 27th, 2019

Lesson from legendary coach Grant Teaff: Never stop being a learner. Everybody who coaches others needs to also have a coach themselves – someone they consistently learn from. Three rules to ensuring this comes to fruition: First, never assume this person – identify them. Second, let them know it. Finally, continually ask questions of them.

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Tuesday, February 26th, 2019

Lesson from legendary coach Grant Teaff: Love has to be consistent. It is never a speech – it’s a lifestyle. Love has to be committed. Too many say they love, but you can’t count on them. Love must have compassion – always be heart-felt. It has to come from a genuine, authentic heart.

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Thursday, February 21st, 2019

Once you start something, never look back. One of the great problems in life is self-doubt. Too often, we second-guess ourselves to the point where we eventually don’t do anything at all. You are where you are because someone believed in you. Take the risk; if it comes up short, take another.

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Monday, February 18th, 2019

Never let anyone’s hang-ups keep you from hanging out. The most important time when someone needs us is during their time of adversity. We’ve all made mistakes, and if we would take the time to reflect, we would realize we usually made it through because someone didn’t give up on us.

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Friday, February 15th, 2019

The most dangerous time for a leader is immediately following the completion of a project, especially if it was a success. Never allow what you do to dictate or define who you are. Failure and success are never the determining factor. The great question of any leader is, ‘Who am I in response to how…

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Thursday, February 14th, 2019

Money may buy you a beautiful dog, but it won’t make the dog wag its tail. Leaders don’t have jobs; they are given opportunities. We don’t work for pay; we’re paid because someone gave us the joy and the privilege to work. Integrity and character are the way to get things done. I couldn’t care…

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Thursday, February 7th, 2019

In the absence of a great dream, pettiness prevails. So dream big – big enough that it will require God to achieve it. I heard a great definition of what vision is: a compelling word picture of a preferred future. A great dream is the destination that we dream of and work for, awaiting the…

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Sunday, February 3rd, 2019

Mistakes are a part of life. Don’t try to learn to be perfect; just learn. Every opportunity is just that – an opportunity to grow, learn, and try again. You’re going to make mistakes – we all do. The question is in how you will you respond to them. Remember, the life lesson of Edison…

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Friday, February 1st, 2019

If leadership is a marathon, then the key to experiencing lasting success is to finish. Paul wrote to his church in Corinth, “Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever”…

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Thursday, January 31st, 2019

Great leadership is a marathon, not a sprint. You have to learn to think long-term if you want to experience true, lasting success. Remember, we’re building an OAK, not a MUSHROOM. Instant success always equates to the same reward – short-term. Great leadership passes on a long-lasting legacy – one that requires time and patience.

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Tuesday, January 29th, 2019

Salvation is God’s gift to us. What we do with that gift is our gift to Him. What we become is the greatest gift we can ever offer back to God. Paul invites us to “offer ourselves as a living sacrifice” (Romans 12:1). Every day give yourself to God, grow in that gift, and then…

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Sunday, January 27th, 2019

Time is one of the most precious things we have been given, and yet, too often, we spend it on things that really don’t matter. Each day is a tick on a clock; each moment of the tick can make an eternal difference in someone’s life. Make each moment matter. Make each tick count.

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Friday, January 25th, 2019

“The greatest love is shown when a person lays down his life for his friends” (John 15:13). There is nothing more important to me than a person who really loves. No matter what, they are always there for you. Imagine a place like that. Imagine if the body of Christ actually lived like that.

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Thursday, January 24th, 2019

I don’t know about you, but I need honesty, not flattery. I’m not talking about people who say things to hurt me; I’m talking about people who really care enough to say the tough things that make me better. Solomon is right, “In the end, people appreciate honest criticism far more than flattery” (Proverbs 28:23).…

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Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019

If we’re going to experience good health, then we have to change our attitudes toward our own bodies. The Bible instructs, “Learn to appreciate and give dignity to your body, not abusing it, as is so common among those who know nothing of God” (1 Thessalonians 4:4-5). Health is what makes today feel like the…

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Monday, January 21st, 2019

If you’re not reading, I contend you’re not growing. And if you’re not growing, what in the world are you giving? Leaders are readers—and it’s not about the mere consumption of knowledge, rather the desire for wisdom. The Bible tells us, “Intelligent people are always eager and ready to learn” (Proverbs 18:15). Remember, until we…

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Saturday, January 19th, 2019

If you want to keep the bad things out, it’s vital that you put the right things in. As the old adage goes, “Garbage in—garbage out.” Paul writes, “Fill your minds with those things that are good and that deserve praise: things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, and honorable” (Philippians 4:8). The things…

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Friday, January 18th, 2019

It’s not about doing the things that lie around us, but walking in step with the One who lies within us. We need to become intentional students of God’s voice—learning to listen intently to His promptings and leadings. “Quiet. Listen obediently, Israel. This very day you have become the people of God, your God. Listen…

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Thursday, January 17th, 2019

“A happy heart is like good medicine” (Proverbs 17:22). One of the great gifts of God is laughter. One of the most neglected is the same. I’m not talking about laughing at someone—that’s cruelty. But what a joy it is to laugh with someone and with yourself. Life is filled with God’s great joys—learn to…

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Wednesday, January 16th, 2019

“The importance of serving others, of giving in a meaningful way and thoughtful way, is a lesson one can learn early” (Nicholas Thacher). The writer of Acts tell us, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35). Jesus said, “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down,…

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Sunday, January 6th, 2019

Every time we give up to stay in the good graces of those we love, we actually give up the greater places purposed by the One who loves us most. We can either become a people–pleaser or a God–pleaser. I’ve discovered that even good–hearted people don’t always have my best interest in mind. We have…

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Thursday, January 3rd, 2019

One of the most dangerous words in the English language is the word someday. The Bible tells us, “Indeed, the ‘right time’ is now. Today is the day…” (2 Corinthians 6:2). Today might be all you have; tomorrow may never come. Live with a sense of urgency—aware that each moment could be your last.

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Sunday, December 30th, 2018

When it comes to death, the playing field is equal. We all will die—there’s no getting around it. And being that the death rate is still hovering around 100%, it’s probably best to make sure your eternal future is secure before your temporal stuff is. You are not ready to live until you are ready…

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Thursday, December 20th, 2018

Dreams cut short, are lives cut off. Every person was created by God to make a difference. The question is, what kind of difference are you making? When you’re not living out your God–purposed dreams, it not only affects you, but also those around you. When we’re not living our lives to the fullest potential,…

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Wednesday, December 19th, 2018

Direction requires decision. Nothing happens by chance; everything happens by choice. Everybody is heading in a direction somewhere, and that somewhere lies within the decisions we make. If you don’t like the direction you’re going, then make a choice to change it. As Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland so eloquently stated, “If you don’t…

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Tuesday, December 18th, 2018

I’ve heard it said that a successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that have been thrown at him. Criticism is a part of life and is always difficult to receive. But somewhere amidst the pain, you must find that morsel of truth from which to learn. Thus, rather…

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Monday, December 17th, 2018

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who…

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Thursday, December 13th, 2018

Every attack has a small kernel of truth. Don’t take every criticism personal; instead, leverage it for future success. Look for that kernel of truth in your attacks. Let the winds that people blow propel you to a better tomorrow. The only thing I’ve really learned about the press is that they waste a lot…

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Tuesday, December 11th, 2018

Dreams cut short are lives cut off. Imagine for a moment if Walt Disney would have never created a mouse. Walt was fired by a newspaper editor because “he lacked imagination and had no good ideas.” He went bankrupt several times before he built Disneyland. In fact, the proposed park was rejected by the city…

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Friday, December 7th, 2018

If the heart is right, the communication is always right. Jesus said, “A good person produces good deeds from a good heart, and an evil person produces evil deeds from an evil heart. Whatever is in your heart determines what you say” (Luke 6:45). Upon waking every day, we need to make sure our heart…

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Thursday, December 6th, 2018

If it is all about you, eventually all you will have is you. So consider the words that you speak today – will they draw attention to yourself, to your accomplishments, or to the growth of another? Ponder what you give your time to – to getting yourself ahead, or to helping others be successful?…

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Wednesday, December 5th, 2018

We need to give high consideration to the people we hang around – and why we hang around them. Paul writes, “Bad company corrupts good character” (1 Corinthians 15:33). All great leaders need to ask themselves, ‘Who am I choosing to call friend?’ and ‘Are they committed to helping me achieve a godly agenda or…

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Thursday, November 29th, 2018

Great leaders imprison themselves for the sake of another. I remember reading a quote years ago: “The more you rise in leadership, the fewer choices you have.” Leaders understand the power of influence. Leaders understand that their lives can, and will, make a difference. Thus, their lives, their schedules, and their day-to-day activities are built…

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