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Kind Words

We remind small children to be kind to their siblings or other kids in school, and along the way, they discover the cause and effect of a loving attitude. It becomes a natural part of their learning and growth. Kindness often reciprocates with happiness and caring from others. Even more so as adults, we need to remember kindness. Kindness takes …

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Sometimes You Need to Cover Your Ears

Early in our Christian lives, we thought we were God’s elite because we meticulously tried to make every detail of our lives godly. The baggy, dark-colored clothes we wore were supposed to protect us from temptation. The old black sedans we drove and the naked walls and bare light bulbs in our homes were our attempts to avoid pride. Then …

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Why I Didn’t Have Friends

For several years I didn’t have close friends. I felt lonely and empty inside, and resentful toward God. God, why have I given up so much for you yet you haven’t given me any friends? I didn’t realize I was causing my own misery, behaving in ways that kept potential friends at a distance. I cared only about myself. I …

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What’s It Worth?

They didn’t think Jesus was worth much, did they? All that was left were some clothes that were free for the taking. I saw a couple of guys shopping together in the grocery store the other day. One of them acted like Mister Cool. He was dressed classy, wearing shades, and walked with a swagger as he sipped from a …

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Trust

When I’m reading this passage, I get angry about the way Jesus was treated. The way he was beaten and publicly mocked. The people around Jesus probably couldn’t see the master plan but there certainly was one in place. Just three days later, Jesus was back and the world would be changed forever. So much happened but what stands out …

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Divine Chain of Command

Most people want to be favored by the people in charge, like their boss, the local police, Dad and Mom, or whoever holds the power to make decisions that impact them. To seek the king’s favor without first securing God’s favor bypasses God’s chain of command. We might try so hard to win the favor of those in authority that …

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How Does Jesus Measure Life?

It’s interesting that Jesus refused to get in the middle of a family feud over possessions. He just told them to not let stuff become more important than relationships. Sometimes we measure ourselves by the wrong things: When we measure life by that stuff, our emotional and spiritual tank will eventually become empty. What if we measured life by the …

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Stupid Pride

When we are fueled by our pride and ego, a lot of stupid stuff happens. Hurt feelings, misunderstandings, feuds, and distrust. The devil uses pride to create division in families and come between friends. It results in bitterness and resentment. But God created a world that’s just as much about “we” as it is about “me.” Pride says I don’t …

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Listen and Explore

Listening and exploring are two traits of the wise. They have learned how to listen and they love exploring the meaning in the proverbs. The Scriptures aren’t meant for us to speed read. We have to dig, ponder, and listen. My mind wants to race from thought to thought, like a pebble skipping across a calm lake. There’s a lot …

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A Healthy, Serving Heart

What we write on our hearts determines who we are, what we say and do, and how we affect others. If your tablet is messy, ask God to wipe it clean. Then read the Bible’s instructions and promises, and take them in. To write them on your heart, you spend time thinking about them. Then when life happens you have …

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Find Something Right

Find Something Right For John the Baptist didn’t spend his time eating bread or drinking wine, and you say, ‘He’s possessed by a demon.’ The Son of Man, on the other hand, feasts and drinks, and you say, ‘He’s a glutton and a drunkard, and a friend of tax collectors and other sinners!’ Luke 7:33,34 Why are we so obsessed …

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Are People Rejecting Me or God?

Are People Rejecting Me or God? Then he said to the disciples, “Anyone who accepts your message is also accepting me. And anyone who rejects you is rejecting me. And anyone who rejects me is rejecting God, who sent me.” Luke 10:16 Rejection happens. Acceptance happens. When I’ve fully surrendered my security and identity to Christ, acceptance and rejection take …

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The Leader’s Character

If the decisions we make at home aren’t giving us good results, what makes us think we’ll have different results leading an organization?

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Too Busy for Reality

One of my greatest fears as I lead is that I will misjudge a situation and make a decision around my flawed or partial understanding, thus harming a person or our organization.

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Emotional Intelligence

When we become angry with someone, we give up our ability to influence them. As soon as we lose the strength of our influence, we become ineffective as leaders. Leaders need thick skin, soft hearts, and the ability to quickly move past or overlook wrongs and mistakes.

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Leadership, a Sacred Trust

Leadership is a sacred trust, given from God. From time to time, leaders face tough decisions. We can choose to try to please people, which is cowardice. Or we can choose to bring justice and hope, no matter the cost.

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Pursue Resolution

Sometimes people are suspicious of you because of a rumor or a misunderstanding. Or perhaps you think they have an issue with you when they don’t.

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Watch Your Tongue

Sometimes, instead of becoming fuel for the fool’s fire, it’s better to say or do nothing. At the end of the day, choose the high road and always only speak truth instead of your opinion.

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Resentment Kills

When people on the same team or in the same family become resentful over who gets credit and begin insulting each other’s character, everyone loses big-time.

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What Seems Bad Might Be Good

I was devastated when they rejected and ignored me. I felt as though God rejected me. Although I felt like worthless scum, I still kept moving toward God—anyway. I never imagined there could be blessings awaiting me on the other side.

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Love, Love, Love…

Then my “love” turns negative. This could convert to hatred or depression that takes some form of medication to keep me from harming myself or someone else. Godly Love is a decision, a positive energy force I consciously will toward others. I don’t have that energy in me.

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Alone, But Not Alone

When we are alone in prayer, we can drop all our outer shells. We can’t bring wealth, fame, or power into God’s presence. In fact, we lay aside all our baggage and come to God just as we are.

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Timing Matters

I know few people who have mastered this virtue. Perhaps it takes hard work and focused intentionality. James says the man who resists temptation receives a crown of life.

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Think About His Mercy

Think about what we have in Christ: the encouragement he has brought us, the comfort of his love, our sharing in his Spirit, and the mercy and kindness he has shown us.

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Respond Gently

Just like when someone gets angry at someone else who cuts them off in traffic. If the other person offers a friendly smile and a wave, that usually resets the tone.

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Are Your Answers Soft or Hard?

Give soft answers from a soft heart. Not hard answers. We give hard answers when we swell our chests and claim to have THE answer. Hard answers power one person above the others and shut the others down.

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Don’t Make it Complicated

Yet somehow I knew Jesus was God’s Son. When I came to God, I wanted him for a Father. But I didn’t want Jesus. I somehow knew that God was alive and real and so was Jesus. It all came down to whether I would accept him.