Thoughts

Thoughts 2017-05-25T14:15:26-05:00

The Intersection of Faith, Leadership, and Life.

Flirt or Flee?

“Behind the scenes of any healthy marriage relationship, you’ll find guardrails” – Andy Stanley Guardrails on a road are designed to keep vehicles from straying into dangerous areas. You could drive where guardrails are located, but the distance between the guardrail and the danger keeps you safe. Andy Stanley’s definition of a personal guardrail is, “A standard of behavior that you are so committed to, that when you violate it, it bothers your conscience.” When you bump up against a [...]

The Love of Money

Americans don’t handle money well. Consumer debt is on the rise; of those with credit card debt the average balance is over $15,000. The retirement accounts of working-age people are shockingly underfunded. And on a more personal level, problems with money are cited as a leading reason for divorce. How can we remedy this situation? Most are surprised to hear that Jesus said more about money than heaven and hell, and there are twice as many verses about money than [...]

Choose Your Close Friends Wisely

Why are/were your parents so concerned about with whom you hang out? Andy Stanley has an interesting quote on the topic, “Friends pretty much determine the direction and quality of our lives.” I would argue that for those that are married, your spouse has the greatest influence. But especially for middle school, high school, and college-age people, friends do have a great influence on our lives. When we are around close friends, we are accepted. When we are accepted, we [...]

When a brave man takes a stand . . .

"When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are stiffened." The quote from Billy Graham is inspirational. And it’s true; when we see someone drawing a line in the sand for a cause close to our hearts, we are inspired to do likewise. When we see courage, we are inspired to be courageous. Our fear slips away and we are strengthened to stand up for our convictions. Tim Irwin, the author of Derailed states that, “Courage is [...]

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid.

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid.” Recapping the basics of courage we discussed last month, we first must start with strong beliefs and core convictions. Then these four things must occur: 1. That’s not right. There’s something very important to us that’s not right or not how it should be. 2. I’m convicted. We are internally and deeply convicted, as this does not align with our strong beliefs and core convictions. 3. It’s going to cost me. There [...]

Are you “Da Man”?

Do you . . . Feel like you are the main reason for the successes where you work or volunteer? Find yourself using “I”, “me”, and “my” a lot when you talk? Think you deserve special treatment or perks? Begin your discussions with a mini-résumé about why you are qualified in a particular area instead of just speaking like a normal person? . . . then you, like me, may be afflicted with one of the most destructive human attitudes: [...]

Quit the Club!

“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.” The 10th Commandment (Exodus 20:17) You might be thinking, “Whew!  My neighbor doesn’t have an ox!  I’m off the hook!” But, have you ever desired someone else’s . . . Car Home Possessions Spouse Life If you answered “Yes” to any of these, as a fellow member, let me be [...]

A Transformed Life

You want to live a transformed life and eternally impact others right? If you can just pick ONE thing to spiritually transform your life, the data are in and are clear: Regular Bible reading. Regular Bible reading has twice the power for spiritual transformation than any other spiritual practice. Unfortunately, many have never really read the Bible and don't know how to start. Sometimes we are intimidated because we have only been exposed to a Bible with all kinds of "thee's and [...]

Donuts for Push-ups?

There was a certain Professor of Religion named Dr. Christianson, a studious man who taught at a small college in the Western United States. Dr. Christianson taught the required survey course in Christianity at this particular institution. Every student was required to take this course his or her freshman year regardless of his or her major. Although Dr. Christianson tried hard to communicate the essence of the gospel in his class, he found that most of his students looked upon [...]

Who do you want your children to become?

I’m ill-equipped to give out parenting advice, but this question is an important one: Who do you want your children to become? What matters most when they are young adults, get a job, get married, and have kids of their own? What is our role as parents in that process? There are literally tens of thousands of books available to guide our parenting. The problem is that the majority are based on authors’ personal opinions and assumptions. Despite the millions [...]