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In the 135 years since its introduction, kudzu’s tentacles have spread over almost seven and one half million acres of the southern United States and continues to ‘consume’ the south at an estimated rate of 120,000 acres per year, destroying power lines, buildings, and native vegetation in its path.[1] The kudzu plant was introduced to the United States from Japan…

There is a distinct advantage to possessing the higher ground in warfare. We see illustrations of this in history from the Romans to the Battle of Little Round Top. Most outnumbered armies who won glorious victories won them as a result of their strategic command of the higher ground. In leadership, maintaining a higher ground mindset can mean success rather…

Devotional and sermon prep can be demanding. It does not matter if you are a seasoned veteran or tackling your first ministry opportunity. Perhaps you are confident in your homiletics training, or maybe you feel like you were “thrown into the deep end of the pool without your flotation device.” Regardless of how you arrived where you are today, we…

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…

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…

Recently while watching children on a playground I was struck by comments like: “I am the leader; you have to do what I say!” “No! You are supposed to follow me.” “That is mine.” “I want to go first!” “Hey everybody, listen to ME!” You would expect to hear comments like this from immature children. Promoting Number One in a…

A place to step aside from the daily routine to discover new ministry tools, methods and be refreshed. Because you are always giving, you share a need for healing and encouragement. Conferences can be a great resource for your ministry and personal life. Consider these Six Reasons Why You Should Go to a Conference: We all need encouragement because ministry…

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