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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…

Transition is a natural part of the life cycle. Change from one life stage, position, sphere of influence or friendship to another begins at birth. Life transitions may bring joy or pain but all contribute to the formation of the person we become. Some we control while others just naturally come into our lives uninvited and unannounced. We must be…

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