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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…

I have always been inquisitive, having a desire to experiment. When I was only ten, I had a chemistry set. But only for a few months because I blew up my mother’s kitchen cabinets. I found out too late that the chemicals I used needed a converter. I also tried experimenting with electricity before I understood there was a difference…

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…

Culture can possess a dominating, mesmerizing force over a person or generation without absolutes. I am not talking about youth culture nuances such as clothing or music preferences. This is beyond global demographic distinctions. One of the cultural traits manifested by two recent generations but mastered by the Millennials is performance. Unfortunately, this cultural trait seems to have “found religion”…

My life has been deeply marked by godly men and women serving God globally. One of those couples is Carlos and Zeza Nogueira who serve with Word of Life in Mozambique. Carlos was a Pastor in Brazil for many years before becoming a missionary. One night while we were enjoying some exceptional Brazilian coffee, he shared with me his thoughts…

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…

If we are honest, we have all asked the question “Where was God when . . . ?” at least once in our lives. Few of us have escaped an experience of life-numbing pain, suffering or death which left us in a void. What we needed was a fresh perspective: a new foundation, anchor or understanding of God.  Several years…

What choices must we make in order to be effective in life and leadership? Do we make them once or multiple times? Is there a benchmark for Christian leaders to follow relative to these choices? Reading leadership or management books is beneficial but should never serve as the foundation for life and leadership. We should learn from examples like the…

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