Saturday, 14 May 2016 14:16

You Thought You Had It Bad!

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Do you ever feel like you have it bad? All of us have been there. A good prescription for such times is studying the trials experienced by the Apostle Paul. I recently led a study of II Corinthians. A major emphasis in this book is Paul’s sufferings and trials. Any minister who reads this book will find his trials to be minimal in comparison. When we think we have the worst situation possible we can look around and find someone whose situation is worse. This is certainly the case when we compare our trials to those of Paul.

Monday, 09 May 2016 10:11

Lucy Doeth Good!

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Judy and I have a dog named Lucy. Lucy is a delight to be around. She always wags her tail when someone approaches her. She always has a cheerful countenance.  She will help you keep things in perspective. A while back I came home from work with a negative spirit. I walked into our home and Lucy helped me change my attitude. She convinced me to play ball with her. It is hard to play ball with a dog and not receive a new perspective.

I hate disappointing people. And, every time I say the word “NO,” someone isn’t happy with my answer.

That’s reality.

Friday, 22 April 2016 15:44

Relax!

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Has anyone ever suggested that you relax? Such suggestions usually stir my hidden animal instincts. I want to strike these people. LOL! Most of the time these suggestions come from people who care about me. The suggestions also come at times when my face betrays me. Those who know me see the need for me to relax. The need to relax slips in when the demands are greater than the energy or the clock does not allow enough flexibility to get everything done.

Saturday, 16 April 2016 09:33

God Will Allow You More Than You Can Bear Alone

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“Don’t try anything today without relying on the power of God!”

I occasionally like to correct a myth I have heard all my life. How many times has someone said to you, “God will never put more (trials) on you than you can bear”?

I challenge you to show me that in the Bible. God WILL allow more than you can bear.

The problem I have with that lie is that, as innocently as it is given - even offered mostly as encouragement, it’s not encouraging at all.

Saturday, 09 April 2016 19:02

When Others Doubt You

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Have you ever had to face people who doubted you? Such doubt can take many forms: doubting your leadership ability, doubting your preaching, doubting your integrity, or doubting your character.

Friday, 01 April 2016 12:53

Things Every Leader Needs to Quit Immediately

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I’ve learned some things the hard way. I often share things leaders should do, but today I thought I’d share some things not to do.

Here are seven things every leader needs to quit.

Friday, 25 March 2016 13:06

5 Ways to Deepen Your Integrity

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Daniel and his three friends are some of my favorite Biblical characters. They modeled what it means to live a life of integrity, which is taking a beating today. Several years ago, James Patterson and Peter Kim authored the book, The Day America told the Truth. They conducted a survey by asking Americans what they would be willing to do for 10 million dollars. Here’s what they learned.

Saturday, 19 March 2016 16:44

Try Again

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Have you failed in some endeavor in life: marriage, business, school, a relationship, or an investment?

These are the tip of the iceberg of endeavors that individuals have tried and failed. The good news is that failure is never fatal or final.

In 2010, a bank foreclosed on the church property and building of the church I was serving. Foreclosures do not occur with churches, do they? We are supposed to be people of faith. God does not allow His people to fail. Continue reading!

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