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At least during this season, the number one question being asked is, “What do you want for Christmas? Walking through malls you will hear Santas and parents asking children this question. Or just listen to children talking to children in most any setting. As I traveled with a Christmas Musical on a ten city tour, each night we hosted a…

Leaders influence everyone from the receptionist who greets them at the front desk to the person who is second in command. Attitude, perspective and customer service are reflected from the top down in churches, businesses, organizational headquarters or physician’s offices. So I am never surprised when I am treated as an interruption by the secretary - to feel the same…

Abraham Lincoln captured my fascination when I read my very first book about him in grammar school. I was intrigued by the pictures of the tall, lanky young Lincoln. Since that time I have read numerous books on Lincoln, perhaps more than any other individual. Even now I have two books that I plan to read this year. There have…

It just naturally happens; you get carried away. The next thing you know, you are the hero of your own story - the knight in shining armor. You saved the day, the company, the youth group, the church, the marriage, even helped transform a life. Stop! Hold everything! Are you and I really the ones who bring change or are…

“Nobody makes you give up; you choose to give up!” was the quote I heard on ESPN Game Day. Don’t dismiss this as just another piece of motivational advice until you know the story. Terry Griffin, the father of twin brothers and UCF football players Shaquem and Shaquill Griffin, shared this nugget of wisdom with his sons. Born only seconds…

Few things are more powerful than a generation of students awakened to prayer. History is replete with examples of young men and women in prayer groups under haystacks, and in churches or school rooms. Most were armed with nothing more than burdened hearts and a belief in God. It is not pushing a point to draw lines of correlation from…

“I’ve always been drawn to hands. I think it’s because it’s the way we touch people,” wrote Rachel Joy Scott in her journal. “If one person could go out of their way to show compassion, it could start a chain reaction.” Based on her honest and heartfelt journals, this hope-filled story reminds us that when we put our lives in…

She was just 15. The stray bullet was not meant for her. The news commentator said she was a victim--Caught in the Crossfire, but Trinity was still dead. Trinity’s high profile death exposes a larger epidemic that youth face globally--a fear for their own safety. Students are Caught in a Crossfire of Fear--and not just from a hail of bullets.…

“That comment hit me where it hurts!”  Most people understand that criticism comes with the territory of just living life. However, some are surprised to discover they receive more criticism than positive reinforcement. Unfortunately, people are prone to air their complaints rather than their compliments. When we receive criticism, it can be incredibly difficult not to become defensive. Our natural…

Casual Leadership extracts its greedy tariffs on corporations and classrooms. Only making withdrawals, Casual Leadership always leaves a deficit in lives. It manifests itself in the marketplace, halls of higher learning, and sports arenas. There seems to be a new trend - or should I say plague - in college football these days which illustrates this undesirable leadership trait. Football…

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