Children Know More Than You Think…

...pay attention.

A generation ago, kids were meant to be quiet and in their place. In many ways, that meant being invisible. That didn’t work out so well and so we’ve had an improving generation where we’ve begun to value the needs and roles of children. That’s not everywhere or with every adult, but the situation has […]

What do you want?

...aspirations.

So, what do you want? In life? Today? With your job or marriage or kids? With all you’re doing, you must have aspirations. In this encounter, Jesus goes on to ask if they’re willing to pay the price of their hopes. There is a cost to a future and in most of our cases, we […]

Marriage…

...a lasting relationship.

The definition of marriage is given in this passage today. It is meant to be a lasting relationship, and I would say is so regardless of any divergent outcome. Ask anyone who has found it necessary to divorce. The marriage remains in the mind and soul of the people involved, good or bad. My marriage […]

What Do You Have?

...for the Kingdom of God.

The Jesus question of the day asks, “What do you have?” That is, “What do you have that would be useful to the Kingdom of God? The truth is that the answer might be “everything.” Whatever we have, we need to offer it up to the King of Kings for His use. Whoever gave up […]

Healing today?

...absolutely.

Matthew 8:5-7 (NIV2011) 5 When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help. 6  “Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed, suffering terribly.” 7  Jesus said to him, “Shall I come and heal him?” So the question comes from Jesus. Know someone who needs to be healed? We all do. I’m thinking […]

Losing yourself…

...gone forever?

I have a deep concern for those who have lost their way. Are you one of them or do you know someone? Of course you do. Are they lost and without hope? Proceeding without the grace of God, they’re gonners. Ultimately, the choice was theirs. One isn’t victimized into this state. External pressure can be […]

Leading on Sunday…

...to church.

Around the country we still see the black military flags that reveal that some of our veterans are still missing in action from Viet Nam. When we see the banners, we say a prayer for the family, still in pain. Imagine if we began to raise such flags for those who are missing in action […]

Leading to the end…

...Jason Johnson

“if you remain faithful even when facing death, I will give you the crown of life.” Rev 2:10 NLT Jason Johnson was faced with declaring his faith in the face of death and was martyred as a result. He was one of the students of Umpqua College in Roseburg, Oregon. He also had been attending […]

Leading in a fog…

...personal realities.

Having been recently diagnosed with Stage III Lymphoma and facing my second round of chemo tomorrow, I’m some days feeling like I’m leading in a fog. Don’t worry, it doesn’t affect payroll or even mission. It’s just how I feel. I’ve learned many years ago not to lead with feelings, but facts and the inspiration […]

Lead by example…

...nothing is more convincing.

We’ve established that when we lead best, we do so following Jesus. If Jesus teaches us about how to lead, He did it by showing others what it all meant. Expect people to listen to your leading? Listen to them. Expecting people to be motivated to excellence? Show what motivates you. Expecting people to be […]