principle

Never Create a Principle from a One-time Experience

We’ve talked about rules being decisions made in advance. Principles are different from rules. They’re more general than rules . . . a principle is non-specific to a situation or person. Plain and simple, principles are guidance. Here are a few  . . . He who walks with the wise grows wise. Birds of a feather…

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Christian life

Three Phases of the Christian Life

I see three phases in the lives of Christians. The first begins when someone “gets serious about their faith” or “comes to Christ” or “becomes genuinely aware” of God in their hearts” or “gets saved” or “surrenders to Jesus.” Whatever words we pick, we’re talking someone’s initial authentic personal engagement with the Lord. “I’ve been…

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mother's story

Your Mother’s Story

Regrets are missed opportunities. One of my regrets is that I never sat down with pencil and paper and captured my mom’s story. I thought I knew it, but I didn’t. Sure, I knew the demographics . . . when and where she was born, siblings, the economic hardships of growing up in the Great…

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Fill Your Seats

Fill Your Seats

Empty seats are a waste. Whenever I see a bunch of empty seats on a MARTA train, I think “billions of dollars invested to carry seven people!” I used to have the same thought when boarding a plane, but it’s been a long time since I’ve seen empty seats there. Almost every church has empty…

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leaders go first

Leaders Go First

Drive through Texas, and you’ll see town after town like in the picture above. First, there was a store, then a cafe, then a bank, then a barber shop. Before you know it, there’s a little town with sidewalks, churches, and schools. It struck me that someone had to go first. That first building had…

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Are You Becoming Hard-Hearted?

Are you becoming hard-hearted? Confession here – I am. I don’t like it. And I’m going to change it. Here’s what happened. As I was doing my exercise walk in the park the other day, I saw the American flag at half-staff . . . again. I thought, “Wonder what that’s for this time?” There…

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Tax Freedom Day? Come On, Man!

I don’t write about politics here, and I’m not starting now. But I will talk about Jesus and freedom and selfishness from time to time. I’m told that Tuesday is Tax Freedom Day . . . because 31% of the year has passed, which is the percentage of our national income that goes to pay…

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together

Stronger Closer Together

Attending a seeker church as I do, the constant question is “Don’t we need to go deeper?” “Are we ‘fast food church,’ looking to make following Jesus quick-serve . . .  high calorie, low cost, low value?” “Are people going to become deeply rooted in Jesus through our church?” So, recently I turned to Scripture…

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faith

A Faith of Your Own

I’ve had a burr in my saddle for a while. I feel it every time a church service ends with an altar call . . . when folks are asked to become Christians. The words flow with passion . . . “Give your life to Jesus.” “Get saved today.” “Surrender to Christ.” What do these…

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Gratification

The Death of Delayed Gratification

As a culture, we’re killing the idea of suffering now for the good stuff later. We want the new car and the newest, coolest stuff, but we don’t want to save for them. We want them now. The result? Car loans, credit card payments, and oppressive debt. We want happiness, and we want it now.…

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