SCRIPTURE One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. 6When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well ?” -John 5:5-6 OBSERVATION John writes about a situation at the pool of Bethesda. Known to be a pool where healing occurs when the waters are stirred, stories were told of Read More
Life is Short Doctors keep pushing on our hurt areas despite our protests. It may be painful for us, but they do it for a reason. They need to push or check it so the injury or problem can be treated; then, treatment leads to healing. Sometimes, our protests and cries are actually our justifications and rationalizations. We want the pain of the pushing to stop and we forget about treating the Read More
SCRIPTURE Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” – Hebrews 13: 5-6 OBSERVATION “Money makes the world go round, the world go round, the world Read More
Love of Money The Bible says, “For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil …” (1 Tim. 6:10). That phrase, “love of money,” does not encompass the word agape. It is actually an interesting Greek word, philarguria. Philarguria means love that has turned obsessive until it is an addiction and we cannot control it anymore; it controls us. The word “greed” is simply defined Read More
I’ve been spending some time reflecting on Jesus’ teaching from Matthew chapter 6. I’ve laid out 3 Treasure Principles; I’ve explained the Exclusivity of Treasure Pursuit; and I’ve discussed some applications of Earth-Bound Parenting. Today I want to talk about the word “need” found in verse 32. “Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ Read More
It’s obvious. Proliferated everywhere are magazines and books touting the fact that … here it is,”Everyone’s goal is to get rich.” Or is it? It will be, if we don’t define “rich” correctly. In order to get rich, some will use diligence. Others use shrewd business tactics. Some use dishonesty, and some use God. But the goal is still the same. They just differ in the ways to get there. Wealth Read More
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.
God’s GPS The Bible is God’s GPS. He tells us when we go off track and how to get back on. Like a GPS, our desired destination is where we want our hearts to be. What kind of heart do we want to have? This is David’s prayer, his desired destination, and it should also be ours: “Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory and the majesty. Everything in the heavens Read More
There are two basic kinds of mentors in the Bible. Most of them, like Abraham, Daniel, and James, are godly mentors. They teach us how to live wisely, how to please the heart of Almighty God. But the Bible also features many mentors who, through their examples of foolish or even evil living, teach us how not to live. God includes the stories of Cain, Esau, Ahab, Jezebel, Herod, and Judas, allowing Read More
I don’t need to write this, because you know it’s true, but I’ll write it again as a reminder: many things in your life are out of your control. We live in a world filled with injustice, oppression, corruption, disaster, disease, and various other kinds of trouble. Many of us have experienced loss, tragedy, and suffering because of the condition of our fallen world. As I’ve traveled around the global Read More