LEADING– Even in these days of group think and team projects, leadership in the corporate world, small business, the school system and even churches is still paramount to an organization’s effectiveness. General Norman Schwarzkopf, known as “Stormin’ Norman” for the Desert Storm campaign in the early ’90’s, once said “leadership is about stepping up when given the opportunity and taking charge. When tough decisions need to be made, a leader does what is right.” I think Stormin’ Norman had read the book of Joshua. Read more ...
July 4th, Independence Day – We are celebrating the birth of this one nation under God, independence from the British throne. The founding fathers in turn wrote a remarkable plan of government in 1787, the United States Constitution. The great work not only gave the United States status as a nation, it established the supreme law of the land. Interestingly, John Adams, the second president of these United States put that great work in perspective by saying, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” There is the supreme law of the land and then there is the Law that undergirds that law. Read more...
As a kid, I had a VISION in the form of a prayer for my life – that I would have a happy and healthful marriage & family I did not know growing up and I envisioned a family that would live above the poverty line that I grew up below. The Lord enabled that vision to be realized.
In Andre Agassi’s biography, OPEN, he shares that his father cast a vision for him from the time he was in the crib – to win Wimbledon and be the number one tennis player in the world. That vision was realized as well.
Vision is powerful in business and in life. Read more
We have NO EXCUSES - Hiking through the San Juan Wilderness in SW Colorado the past couple of weeks, first with fathers & daughters and second with fathers & sons, I experienced Romans 1:20. There are
NO EXCUSES for not recognizing the Almighty's Hand in the creation. The expectation that follows recognition of God is to also recognize His Son and walk under the influence of the Holy Spirit as godly, righteous men. As we do, a godly and righteous generation will follow. Read more...
1. Prioritize your physical presence in the home and with family. 'In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning ... The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us.' - John 1:1-2, 14. Just as God provided a connection with Him through the physical presence of His Son, a father provides a connection to the Father by being present and accounted for in family. Read more
My PRIORITIES for a number of years were tied to financial security - getting a job that paid well, taking the next step on the career ladder, paying the bills, getting money set aside for the kids' college education and funding the retirement account. About 10 - 15 years into the journey of marriage and family, those priorities were creating a lot of stress and someone suggested the idea of balance - to balance work and family. Good concept but that did not work either. Then my heart was turned to relationship - a personal, passionate and growing relationship with Jesus the Christ. That got the wheels engaged. Today the priority is my relationship with Jesus the Christ. The second priority is learning to live that relationship in marriage. And the third is reflecting that relationship in family and beyond. Everything else follows those three.
Keeping up with the Joneses - The house, the neighborhood, the car, the friends, the job, the position at work, the church, the volunteer work and even the kids' accomplishments all play a part in who we are, our STATUS. None of this is necessarily bad in its own right but one of the devil's best schemes is to take these and twist in a bit of obsession. The focus quickly turns to self, who you are, versus a selfless focus on Whose you are....Read more
It has been said that POWER corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. When something is not going your way, the natural response is to use what power you have to impact the situation. Governments as well as religious and political groups around the world have used their power to coerce, influence and even intimidate any opposition throughout history. It happens across all lines, all societies, in schools, in churches and in families. The solution to the misuse of power is simple - know who you are, Whose you are and when faced with a decision, do what is right in the Lord's eyes under the influence of the Holy Spirit. One of my favorite men in the Bible, Daniel provides a great example to emulate....read more
It may be the loss of a loved one or a personal health issue. It may be your marriage in the balance or a friendship that has taken a hit. It may be a tough situation at work or a challenge your church is facing. Life incurs valleys! And we are supposed to rejoice in the sufferings! Suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us because God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit (Rom.5:3-5). When we are struggling, the Holy Spirit is in us to help us cope. When we find it hard to love, He is there to love through us. When we just cannot forgive, He is there to forgive through us. When we face tough choices, He is there to show the Way. Read more