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The Power is in the Decision

In his book, The Seven Decisions, Andy Andrews writes, “The Responsibility Decisions shows us how to stop blaming other people and outside circumstances for where we are in life.”  The first chapter of this good book addresses the subject of passing the buck. It was Harry S. Truman who popularized the phrase, “The Buck Stops Here” by keeping a sign on his desk in the Oval Office with that phrase, but the idea of passing the buck is as old as humanity itself. In the Garden of Eden, when Adam ate the forbidden fruit from the Tree of the knowledge of good and evil” he tried to...

Always Stay on Track

Because We Are Not Finished Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfector of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Heb. 12:1-2 Last Saturday I ended my time as a 50-something person.  I want to thank all of you who...

Taking Personal Responsibility

Through Sowing and Reaping One of the most often, overlooked issues in life is personal responsibility. In our contemporary society far too many are comfortable with playing the victim card -- in other words, It’s not my fault -- someone else is to blame. One of the clearest undeniable truths of life is summed up in this simple statement: “A man reaps what he sows” The principle of sowing and reaping is common throughout the Bible, because it is something that humanity can relate to. The practice of working the ground to gain a harvest is nearly as old as...

Being Better Through Our Engagement

The continuing mantra of the world from Governments, to Militaries, to Businesses, and Ministries is that we must get bigger. The dilemma however is the struggle between growing bigger or getting better. On the surface nearly everyone would say “I want to get better, but the reality is that we focus more on the size rather than the scope. In my experience most seemingly successful people focus on the growth rather than the grace. We do all we can to present a mastery of our given area because at the core we believe we can control this. The fact is...

Funeral for a Friend

Celebrating the life of C.J. Bordeaux This weekend Mary and I drove to the eastern part of our state to visit with the family of our longtime friend and ministry mentor, Dr. CJ Bordeaux, who went home to be with Jesus on March 25, 2018.  I have known CJ since 1979 as a student at Campbell University. As the first guy I met on campus he proved over and over again what it meant to have a true friend.  We have been through some very wonderful times together as well as the most tragic.  Although CJ was nearly 5 years...

Being a Person of Influence

We are constantly influencing others. Sometimes it is for good and other times it can be for bad, but never forget that we are always having influence. One of the greatest responsibility we have is to understand the power and possibility of influence. The word of God says, Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 1 Peter 4:10 niv When we realize that our influence is a gift from God (the above scripture reminds us of this) and that we have a mandate to...