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I am often asked for reading list recommendations on topics such as leadership, personal growth and student ministry. I plan to share these lists in future blogs. But for now… I wanted to get a little head start on the usual end of year list idea with my “Eight Month Top 10 List.” (These are in no particular order.) The…

After twenty years of Christianity I realized I was only acquainted with God. The dissatisfaction in my soul was overtaken by a longing to know Him more intimately. My quest began with a six month study of the attributes of God. The initial study included reading a couple of books (mentioned later), studying scripture plus meditating on one attribute each…

False summits are the dread of mountain climbers! When a weary hiker rounds the curve to what he perceives as the last big push to the final peak – and finds it a false summit – his heart can feel as disillusioned as his body feels drained. Realizing a false summit has obscured his view of the true mountain peak…

When Karl Wallenda, the legendary tight-rope walker, would talk about his passion, he would say: "Life is being on the wire: everything else is just waiting!" His passion was not a burden but a time of release and freedom for his soul. He practiced his craft not because of “duty” but “desire.” All performers have days they practice because they “have…

I shall be telling this with a sigh Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. (Excerpt from "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost) Our path naturally leads us to a crossroad demanding a life changing decision. Over time as…

Today may be ragged with the remnants of uncompleted tasks, failed projects, or waning vision, so we look to tomorrow. We need a fresh start…a new page to turn. Tomorrow could be the day to turn the page. Tomorrow is alive with possibilities and opportunities. However it should not serve as a “guilt-reducing blender” we hurl every procrastination from today.…

Wuss – weakling or wimp – Dictionary.com Unabridged, Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2010. If you cannot bench press 1075 lbs., climb Mt. Everest without bottled oxygen, or score the decisive goal at the World Cup, some may refer to you as a “wuss.” The truth is, only a minority have actually pulled one of…

If my spiritual growth is more about “what I do” than “who I am,” I find myself in danger of becoming “weary in well doing!” When our Christianity is relegated to an event, it often grows sterile and perfunctory. Our goal should be to keep our spiritual lives fresh and our relationship with Jesus intimate. Working on the “inner man”…

No. I did not mean “a hole in my heart.” I meant “soul.” There are people in your church or community who resonate with my statement. They may define it with different words but they understand the concept. They belong to a fellowship of people bound by grief which they did not ask to join. Who makes up this “fellowship”…

What is the secret to living a powerful life? Fitness gurus would answer by telling us exercising and healthy eating, while motivational speakers assure us it is all about positive thinking. I support healthy eating and exercise (as long as it does not completely rule out French fries) but even adding a positive outlook on life may not produce the…

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