5 Ways to Respond When Life Throws You a Curveball

Curveballs in life are inevitable. Unexpected surprises can level us or become opportunities to learn. The curveball thrown to Joseph when Mary told him about...

The Most Frightening Thing About Preaching

It’s actually several facets of the same thing:  I’m speaking for God. Imagine such a thing. Lives hang in the balance. People are making decisions about God based...

How to Discover Your True North Values

Every leader should be clear on his or hear true north values. Such values aren’t the essential values every believer should embrace like keeping the ten...

Think God Cannot Use You? Think Again.

“And Moses said, ‘Who me, Lord? I’ve not been to seminary. I didn’t even finish college. The other preachers won’t respect me. Pulpit committees...

Burnout: How to Dig Out

From time to time every leader and pastor and person faces burnout. The well runs dry. He or she becomes weary in well doing....

What to Look for In a Good Friend

God made us to be in relationship with each other. We were made for community and we all want good friends. But what do good...

All Indications Are the Lord Has Been Making Plans for You for Some Time...

“…the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world” (Matthew 25:34). We don’t begin to have a clue. God is doing a zillion things...

Fear Not? Ha! Sometimes Fear Is the Right Response!

“And the angel said (to the shepherds), ‘Fear not.’  And the shepherds said, ‘Are you out of your mind? We are frightened out of...

Are You a Generous Person? 10 Indicators You Are

Through examples and commands, the Scriptures challenge His followers to strive for abundant generosity. In 2 Corinthians 8 Paul describes an amazing example from a very poor church...

4 Signs Decision Fatigue Is Degrading Your Decisions

When we think about fatigue, we usually think of physical tiredness…we worked too hard in the yard, we didn’t sleep well the night before,...
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Some Preaching Is a Waste of Time

I love some of the specialized channels on Sirius XM satellite radio. At one point, they replaced the channel playing big band music of...

7 Priorities to Navigate the “beauty and the Beast” of Career Ministry

Working on a church team for few years is great, but when you invest your lifetime career effort and energy, it’s a different ball...

9 Ways to Boost Brain Power

God gave each of us a two-pound dynamo called the human brain. It’s truly the most amazing physical object in the universe. Yet, many...