Jesus Didn’t Come To Bring Peace To The World

In fact, during Jesus’ ministry, he told the disciples, “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.” (Matthew 10:34) That doesn’t sound very peaceful, does it? The controversy over Christmas that remains today is that Jesus divides people over opinions of who He is and what He did and can do for the world. […] Continue Reading…

The Pain of the Childless

How would you like to be known as “barren Elizabeth”? It was considered almost a curse in Bible days to not have children. It was assumed there was something in a person’s life in which God was not pleased. Zechariah and Elizabeth were good, Godly people, yet they had no children and they were past the normal age of childbirth. […] Continue Reading…

Encouraging Someone At Christmas

For a few days I want to focus on the character of Zechariah from the Christmas story. Zechariah was a priest. As a pastor and leader, I have a special heart for those in the ministry. Zechariah was a man who strived to live a Godly life. He and his wife, Elizabeth, from all Biblical indications, was a couple committed to doing the will of God in their lives.
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Can God Forgive Tiger Woods?

It always seems to me that when a celebrity is involved in scandal even Christians forget the frailty of man or the power of redemption for God. I’m personally praying Tiger Woods seeks wise counsel, changes his life direction, restores his family, and even returns to golf. I will miss watching his game. More than anything, however, I’m praying Tiger Woods falls on his knees before a holy God and receives mercy, grace and forgiveness. It is as available to him as it is to me (or you). […] Continue Reading…

5 Principles I Learned From Disappointment

We had the deal of all deals presented to our church a few months ago. Because of the people involved I can’t share details, but it was one of those “too good to be true” scenarios. It came from nowhere and totally rocked my world for a few weeks. I personally had 80 to 100 hours invested. It was going to be huge. […] Continue Reading…

Making Decisions The Easy Way

We spend too much time in life trying to decide who and what we should be and which decision is best for us? Should I vote Democrat or Republican? Should I go to a state school or a private university? Should I be Baptist or Nazarene? Should I go to that movie or not? Do I trust that pastor (or blogger) or some other who seems to contradict? […] Continue Reading…

10 Questions With Leader Ben Arment

I learn so much from other leaders. One of the purposes of my blog is to help with leadership development in the church and among other believers. I decided a great way to do that was by interviewing some leaders I admire. In the coming weeks, I will do a series of interviews with leaders. […] Continue Reading…

Are You A Credible Leader?

Credibility is important in any leadership position. If a leader desires followers to willfully work with passion to reach an established vision, then he or she must be trusted. Credible leaders have followers that share the organization’s values and work hard to achieve it. When a person’s leadership is not credible, followers are less likely to be team players and will be disloyal to the organization. […] Continue Reading…

Leading From A Position Of Fear Or Security

Leaders, do you lead from a place of fear or a place of security? In my experience, leaders typically tend to lead from one or the other. The leader dominated by fear is afraid of failing, fears that people are out for his or her position, or struggles to delegate and trust others (including God). The leader dominated by a sense of security trusts his or her abilities, is confident in his or her position and has faith in other people (including God). […] Continue Reading…