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Authenticity is when who we really are matches the image we portray to others. “Esse guam videra,” means, “to be rather than to seem.” Look up the word authentic in a dictionary and you will find clarifiers like real, genuine, credible, dependable, faithful, reliable or trustworthy. The Bible uses some of the same words in reference to a steward’s (worker/leader)…

One of the following scenarios may provide the key to understanding the struggle we all face with choices. Scenario #1: The P.O.W’s had been in captivity for months and were malnourished. Their hunger pains were so severe the roaches and rats freely roaming the prison cells were looked upon as delicacies. Scenario #2: Your favorite dessert is anything chocolate! Dinner…

Okay, sing along with me, “This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine, oh…” Perhaps you remember singing this song as a child in Sunday school or maybe at camp, but what does it really mean? In Matthew 5:14 Jesus said, “You are the light of the world” and in verse 16, “Let your light so shine…

Planning is vital to success in life. Few people become successful by accident; it happens because we have a goal and passion for that goal. We utilize organizational tools, seminars and personal coaches to accomplish those goals. So what about our spiritual success? By spiritual success I am not purporting a “health, wealth and self-philosophy”: I am talking about Biblical…

“Good enough is the new perfection” captured my attention as I read the words on the sign. I found it to be extremely intriguing and simultaneously troubling. Was this meant as a joke or an excuse? I admit to being a perfectionist--or  shall I say “given to excellence”--from time to time, so let me tread carefully. However, lowering the standard…

I am a flash, bang, dazzle type of person. I like the big life and ministry moments. Music moves my soul, especially when it crescendos. Fireworks are exciting but my favorite part is the finale. However crescendos, finales, and dazzle are not sustainable. Real life and ministry takes place in the valleys and is humbly celebrated on the mountain tops.…

Overcoming the “Mechanical Ministry Syndrome” is a choice. At some point we have to look the “robot” that seems to be driving our lives right in the eyes and say, “Enough is enough.” As I mentioned in Part 1, the remedy is found in the depth of our relationship with Jesus and His Word. Growing in the grace and knowledge…

Mechanically living our Christianity as a series of events can eventually lead to becoming weary in well doing. Evangelism, discipleship and spiritual growth should be more than an event filling prescribed time slots; they should be a part of our personal DNA. Three of ministries greatest perils are just going through the motions, only meeting expectations, and simply fulfilling a…

Do you ever feel like you have nothing to say? You stare into your blank computer screen knowing the deadline for a sermon, article, blog or book looms closer. You want to communicate but just cannot bring yourself to strike the first letter on the keyboard. Having the desire to make a difference with our communication is not the problem…

I have never found a high impact leader of influence who was not a reader. Involvement for over forty years with business, church and organizational leaders has validated this as more than just a maxim. My friend Dr. Jay Strack often says You will be the same person five years from now except for the places you go, the people you…

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