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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…

Leadership by nature can be demanding, time consuming, draining and stretching; and that’s on a good day. It takes a special type of person to love leadership enough to give this type of effort. Leaders don’t march to the beat of a different drummer; they are in an entirely different band. Usually people do not get selected for leadership because…

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…

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