I once had a dream…

I once had a dream…

I kept it to myself…

I never developed a plan…

I never took a step towards it…

I never took a risk…

I never walked by faith…

I never moved forward with my dream…

I only dreamed…

It was a great dream…

But, it’s not a dream anymore…

It’s simply a memory of a […] Continue Reading…

4 Times Responsiveness is Critical

Responsiveness is extremely important in leadership and organizational health. It’s one of the non-negotiables for teams I lead. (I wrote about those non-negotiables HERE.) Being responsive shows that a leader cares for others, recognizes their value, and is disciplined enough to follow through.

There are times, however, when I believe responsiveness is not only the wise or right thing to do, but it becomes a life or death situation; at least in terms of protecting the relationship. If you are leading in a church or a business, these individuals demand responsiveness.

Here are 4 times when responsiveness is life or death: […] Continue Reading…

How to Begin a Daily Quiet Time in 5 Easy Steps

I often encounter people who want to begin a daily quiet time, but they aren’t sure how. It really isn’t as complicated as we often make it out to be. The main thing is simply to do something, but in case you are one of those still wanting to but not sure how…

Here are 5 easy steps to begin a daily quiet time: […] Continue Reading…

Intentionally Loving People

As believers, loving others is not to be an option, it’s to be a lifestyle. No one does that better than my wife Cheryl.

Recently we were on a 3 1/2 hour flight to San Francisco. I was in the window seat, Cheryl was in the middle, and a woman we didn’t know was in the aisle seat. I do some of my best work on a plane, so I was in a groove and time seemed to pass quickly. I knew Cheryl was talking to the other woman, but didn’t pay much attention. I was in a zone and very focussed. (Cheryl’s always complimented me on being able to ignore everything around me :) )

At one point I looked up, and Cheryl was crying…and so was this woman. Of course my first thought, as every man thinks when a woman cries, was “what did I do?” As I later learned, this woman has just returned from her father’s funeral. Cheryl, who lost her father over a year ago, was able to minister to this woman on the plane to San Francisco. They traded contact information and Cheryl made herself available after this brief encounter ended.

This week, Cheryl received this email: […] Continue Reading…

Scripture Memorization, Week 27

Well, the week number reminds me that we are half way through the year. I hope you are enjoying the Scripture Memorization process this year and, more importantly, that it is making a difference in your life.

We’ve been looking at the Roman Road salvation verses for several weeks. The […] Continue Reading…

He Who Loves You, Watches Over You

One of the greatest feelings as a parent has to be watching your children sleep….

Knowing they are safe….resting…under your care…

I never got tired of knowing my boys were safe in their beds at night. It was a great time of day.

I wonder if God feels that way…

I wonder […] Continue Reading…

My Current Heart Stirrings: Men’s Ministry

I did men’s ministry for many years before I went into vocational ministry. Recently I felt led to address the young men in our church. One Saturday morning, I invited men aged 35 and under to join me as I shared some thoughts with them. Basically I said to them what I wish had been said to me at that age. The response from the guys who attended has been amazing. They want more.

In the process of planning and praying for this event, God did something to my heart. I’m still processing all that means, but I know it involves being more intentional addressing concerns I have for what I see as a need for more godly men to lead in their homes, communities and churches.

This week I received this email. […] Continue Reading…

The Danger of the Mundane…And How to Fight It…

A danger exists even in completing the things you have to do as a routine…

  • Routine assignments at work…
  • Routine in relationships…
  • Routine in physical activities…
  • Routine in daily quiet times…
  • Routine in weekly calendaring…

I call it the danger of the mundane…

The things we always do, as good as those things may be, can become so routine that they begin to be seen as more of a drag than a pleasure.

Some of the dangers of the mundane include: […] Continue Reading…