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Is it Time to Check Under the Hood?

May 22, 2015

Is it Time to Check Under the Hood? Imagine you are taking a trip. This is not just any trip; it’s the family vacation of a lifetime. The car is packed. The route is planned. The reservations are made. Everything is in place. As your family members fasten their seat belts and break out the games, anticipation fills the air–but as you turn [...]

When You Feel Like You Just Don’t Fit In

May 21, 2015

When You Feel Like You Just Don’t Fit In Do you ever feel like you don't fit in and you have been called to do something different than the status quo? Check out today's encouraging post on from Dan Miller on why it's okay to be different. Joanne and I have a tradition of watching the 1994 movie Little Women while we [...]

Can Doubting Be a Gift?

May 20, 2015

Can Doubting Be a Gift? During a West Virginia ski trip in 2003, my friend Rick’s 10-year-old daughter, Emily, broke her leg on the slopes. On the way home, he gently placed her in the back of their SUV so she could lie down during the drive. Joni, Rick’s wife, joined Emily to keep her company, and they allowed their [...]

Should You Care for Your Body?

May 19, 2015

Should You Care for Your Body? I have a sweet tooth. I have been told that I got it from my dad, who got it from my grandfather. I’m not sure if a hereditary sweet tooth is scientifically provable, but I suspect it could also have something to do with the fact that my wife, my mom, and my grandmother are [...]

Giving Is Not Just About Money

May 18, 2015

Giving Is Not Just About Money In August, 2006, the Scrivener family of San Antonio lost Abbey, their 14-year-old family dog. The day after Abbey passed away, the Scrivener’s 4-year-old daughter, Meredith, was very sad. She cried and told her mom how much she missed her pet. Then she asked her mom if she could write a letter to God so [...]

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Should You Love the Sinner?

May 15, 2015

Should You Love the Sinner? For those of you who read this blog regularly, you have heard me mention that I grew up in the Bible belt. I was reminded recently of a phrase I heard from church folks as I was growing up: “Love the sinner, hate the sin.” I don’t know if this phrase is mainly a southern [...]

How to Reduce Financial Stress

May 14, 2015

How to Reduce Financial Stress Most Americans have money but no margin. We live on the financial edge with the stress of making it through the year or month or week without a crisis. Note the result of living without financial margin so clearly articulated by Charles Dickens in David Copperfield: “Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen nineteen [...]

Dare to Fumble Toward Greatness

May 13, 2015

Dare to Fumble Toward Greatness In his book, “Better Than Good” Zig Ziglar tells a story of attending his three-year-old granddaughter’s dance recital. Zig watched as a group of little “pixies” fumbled through their performance but didn’t have a clue they were messing up. They were too busy having a great time and had also never been introduced to the [...]

Three Essentials for Healthy Living

May 12, 2015

Three Essentials for Healthy Living Have you ever considered the real reason we need care for our bodies? When asked, most people would say it’s so they can live a long life free from illness. While this is true, the main reason we all need to care for our bodies is so we can carry out our God-given missions. Your [...]

Five Ways to Be a Better Listener

May 11, 2015

Five Ways to Be a Better Listener We live in a culture where everything seems instant. This is especially true with communication. Email, texting, Facebook, and Twitter have trained us to speak spontaneously without much thought. Perhaps what is most interesting in this age of social media is that nearly everyone has a platform for sharing their thoughts in which dozens of [...]

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