"GO INTO ALL THE WORLD AND PREACH THE GOSPEL" --MARK 16:15

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At the Half

It is almost the end of the first half. July is just around the corner and then we are beginning the finishing of the year. Most of us started in January with some very specific goals for this year, and now is the time to see how those plans are going. For some people we are ahead of the game while for others, we have fallen a bit short of what we had hoped to accomplish so far. The good news is that we are only at the half! We have an equal amount of time and opportunity in front...
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You Are Never Out of The Fight

This past Monday was Memorial Day in the United States. It’s the day we set aside as a federal holiday for remembering and honoring the military personnel who perished while serving in the United States Armed Forces since 1868. I trust you took a moment on Monday to move from picnics and cookout to think and be grateful for those who died protecting and providing the freedoms we all cherish. Of particular note to me this year was remembering the phrase made infamous by US Navy Seal, MARCUS LUTTRELL who reminded everyone that even during the darkest days of battle,...
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The Necessity of Storms

A few weeks back I wrote, “Information without Implementation leads to devastation.” This past week all of us were bombarded with information, but what we do with this will determine our future. With all of this information, I hope you will choose to implement some tactics immediately. Many of us returned to our homes and offices and became fully aware of the storms, winds, and rains that we are actually in. All of these are a natural part of life for which God has (and is) preparing us. There is a story in the Bible about Jesus and his disciples...
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Learning to Lead

In recent days I have had a recurring conversation with several people that centered around the question of how to increase in their understanding of the Bible. In other words, how can I make my devotional life stronger than it has ever been? The simplistic answer is this, Read it more! More frequently, more faithfully, and more fully. The truth is that we must LEARN to study it. Let’s consider the word L E A R N LISTEN to the Word of God. Listening is the key to almost every relationship in life. The more we listen the more we...
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Don’t Forget the Why

In all of our lives, we have spent a great amount of time, energy, and money is learning the how’s of life.  Much of this has been beneficial, and we are all able to do things better and better because someone taught us “how to do it.” The how’s are extremely important. Knowing “how to do it” has certainly been evident while watching the NCAA March Madness Basketball games.  It has been entertaining and frustrating watching our teams play, and win, and loose.  Each team that started on the Road to the Final Four worked diligently on the how’s of...
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The Most Basic of All

This morning I was reminded of the 7-point creed that college basketball coach and excellent leader, John Wooden lived by. It is said that Coach Wooden kept a folded-up index card in his wallet until he died at the age of 99 in 2010. On this card was the list of basics he constantly lived by. This card had on it a handwritten 7-point creed that his father had given him as a graduation gift from elementary school. It reminded me of the value of the basic things. Of the seven points in the creed, there is one that caught...