Psalm 133:1 says, “How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity!” During the span of my 34 years in ministry, I have had the honor of sitting with many in their final hours. As the curtains draw their brief lives to a close, nothing except the vital remains. And each time, without fail, everything else pales in comparison to their desire for healthy relationships. In Read More
Someone one said that the darkest place of any lighthouse is always at its base. The same can be said of our families. A pastor or a Christian leader can shine a radiant beam out to the horizons, warning ships of dangers waters. . . while their own unmaintained plumbing floods the home. Part of my ‘five percent’ is the health and closeness of my family. And so it is for you, my friend. Fight Read More
Marriage Needs Maintenance As some of you might know, marriage is something that requires maintenance. Marriage is a live entity — it’s something dynamic. Anything that is living requires maintenance and marriage requires maintenance. When we are courting, we think that marriage is trouble-free. It seems like everything is going to be smooth. It seems that way because you are dating; each person Read More
“Was no one found who turned back to give glory to God, except this foreigner?” And He said to him, “Rise, and go your way; your faith has made you well.” – Luke 17:18 & 19 As I was doing my devotions early one morning at my favorite coffee cafe, something caught my eye in this passage and I had to stop and ponder. The stubborn disciples had just logged a request with the Lord a few verses Read More
As we grow, there are certain character qualities of maturity that need to become evident. One of those things is learning about how to discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness. We’re going to talk about the state of your heart in which you will make the best decisions and you won’t always feel that wonderful, because there will be times when your emotions will drop and you’ll be in Read More
We live in a fast-forward world where busy-ness is equated with importance and success. We think that because someone is busy, that person must be important. But the Lord says that the way the world sees things is not how he sees them. And the result of our busy-ness is just that—busy-ness.
Have you become too busy to listen anymore?
If you and I are going to enjoy healing and rest at our very core, we must discover and discern the top 5 percent of life.
Eight-five percent of what we do, anyone can do: checking e-mail, answering messages, attending meetings, reading the newspaper or trade journals, and making simple decisions. These tasks don’t require an elite expertise or specialized skill. Many of these tasks can be delegated to others so we can concentrate on what’s most important to the job we have been given to do.
I find that one of the most common missing ingredients in the leaders I work with is adequate training.
I don’t mean that they haven’t received adequate training. I mean they fail to provide adequate training to those they lead.
Leaders like to lead. We love to come up with a vision and then marshal the troops to get the job done. But as leaders, we often fail to explain the why behind the what. The result is often a team that knows what to do but has no clue why they need to do it – or do it that way.
If we’re going to be effective in hearing God and successful in walking with God, we have to develop certain habits. Staying close to God requires that we develop the habit of spending quiet time with our Father, Lord and King. Developing that habit is critical to our growth in Christ. How to Develop a Daily Quiet Time: “Be still, and know that I am God” (Ps. 46:10). If we are going Read More
One of the things that can easily destroy us is that we don’t listen to the Holy Spirit’s leading. When your family starts to crash it takes you three months to repair the infection, whereas if you’d obeyed it would have saved you many months. I cannot tell you how important it is to daily obey Jesus. Proverbs 3:1 & 2 My son, do not forget my teaching, But let your heart keep my commandments; Read More