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Starting Strong

How we start will determine how we finish! Happy New Year! Entering 2019, I hope that you have already paused to think about things for which you are grateful. For me, I’m grateful that the Hallmark Christmas movies are over, even though I enjoyed watching them with Mary (since November) – I’m certainly grateful. For years I have been reminding you that the bedrock of our life in Christ is that we display the 3G’s of gratitude, grace, and generosity. Every single time I miss the mark, I can evaluate which of the 3G’s was missing. In other words, I...

Finishing Strong

In His most humble moment, Jesus prayed to His Father and said, “I have finished the work which you have given me to do.” (John 17:4) Jesus knew why He came and stared true to that purpose. The Apostle Paul wrote, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” (2 Tim. 4:7). Finishing the Race is the key to life! This past weekend I watched one of the most entertaining yet frustrating ending to a football game that I can remember. The New England Patriots were leading the Miami Dolphins 33-28 with...

Refuse to Lose Today!

I trust you had a great Thanksgiving celebration with your family and friends, but more importantly, I want you to remember that Thanksgiving is not a DAY, Thanksgiving is a WAY.  The foundation of gratitude is one that must constantly be poured day-by-day. As we come toward the end of the year, I hope that you will encourage those around you to look for the things in their life and businesses for which they are truly grateful.  Perhaps a good exercise is to establish a gratitude box in your office and in your home, when people all write one-word notes of the things they are grateful for right...

The Things I Must Do…Today!

I spent last week with a group of world-class people in the Real Estate and Mortgage industry.  In the aftermath of our time together at The Summit in Tucson, many people were challenged to look for ten things which will help us on the desired path.  I know I came away with three things that I will implement exactly for our work in Africa. This means there are some things that we have already discussed which will give us the greatest opportunity to reach our desired goals for Christ in our work in Ghana. When thinking about this in the...

The Futility of Fear

There are times in all of our lives that we choose to operate from a position of fear.  These are always circumstantially driven and left unchecked end in disaster.  It sure seems to me today that far too many people today are operating in a position of fear. What do I do when I'm afraid? The word of God is replete with words against fear.  A quick google search most commonly shows that there are 365 “fear nots” in the Bible (one for each day of the year) but the truth is there are far many more than that.  Regardless...

Prayers for Mark

Please pray for for Mark. He is my daughter’s manager. His cancer has returned and he is a single parent of a 3 year old. I promised we would pray for him.