Overcoming the Fear of Failure

Failure … it is something we fear, yet we have all experienced. It is part of the human experience to take risks at times and risk implies failure. Whenever we dare to do new things, we risk failure. It is implicit in living and striving for success. In fact, the only way to avoid failure is to never try, and that is no way to live at all. All of us experience failure and everybody experiences Read More

Living Intentionally


For years, I have made “to do” lists. They have kept me on target and I’ve saved hundreds of unplanned dollars. Ever gone shopping without one? The most devastating combination is … shopping at a grocery store while being hungry! Every food item on each aisle calls your name: the chips beckon, salsa dances, and the aroma of fried chicken in the deli section enthralls your senses as never before. But Read More

Adjust Your Sights


Like with a riffle, you’ve got to adjust your sights. If your sights are off, it doesn’t matter how much skill you have, you’re going to be off target. What do I mean by that? If you want to increase the accuracy of the trajectory of your bullet you’ve got to make sure that you have a rear sight that’s in line with the front sight. Your front sight simply means your vision of what God has for Read More

Urgency In Life


Breath is for but a moment. It refreshes the lungs and brings another few seconds of life to the human body, but then it is used up and gone. It cannot be extended for more than a few minutes at most, but though a breath may be kept, it will lose its effectiveness to oxygenate after a minute or so. “Man is like a breath; his days are like a fleeting shadow.” (Psalm 144:4) God likens our life on Read More

Hybrid Assignment


Hybrid cars are rising in popularity along with rising gas prices. The word “hybrid” can mean the combination of two or more elements that results in a third “species,” such as a vehicle that is powered by a combination of gas and electricity. It can also describe the formation of new words in our English language. Two different words combined can create a third word. For example, the word “television” Read More

New Seasons Require Clean Ground


Blackberry jam is wonderful. It goes well with peanut butter and toast or anything else you might have for breakfast. But every once in awhile, I like to eat blackberries just to give me a sense of superiority. Let me explain. If you know anything about blackberries, they are ravenous vines protected by a prickly armor that defies you to pull them out. The thorns pierce your hands and they’ll Read More

The Focus of a Leader

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Leaders have a tendency to make some poor trades. I have! Here are a few: We trade affirmation for accomplishment. Programs for results. Knowledge for action. The presence of God for the absence of problems. We trade focus for exploration. Each of these is all-crucial, but let’s focus for a moment on the last one. If the devil cannot defeat you, he will distract you. Let’s Read More

Ready, Fire … Aim!


Most people don’t take the time to identify their target first. We take life as it comes with very little forethought and preparation. We do more planning when it comes to buying a used car then we do in living our lives. We shoot first then wonder if we hit anything. The more you identify what that is, the more likely you will be of hitting the target! So how do you identify what’s most important Read More

Take Time to Plan


Thinking is a lost art in Christian leadership. We’d much rather let someone else do our thinking for us. We prefer to go to the Internet and “borrow” everyone else’s material. We read and copy what the best Christian authors say about God’s Word rather than take time to study it for ourselves. That’s what the Pharisees did. Instead of studying the Torah, they consulted the Talmud, the Read More

Pacesetters and Elites


1 Cor. 9:24 “Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win.” Part of leadership is being able to learn from others who further down the road than you are. They can be either “elites” orpacesetters. It is very important to know the difference between them. Both are needed, but their roles are very different. An “elite” Read More