Have You Lost Your Jesus Part 1

Have You Lost Your Jesus? (Part I)

“Tell me where you lost the company of Christ, and I will tell you the most likely place to find him,” says Charles Spurgeon. He goes on to quote an old proverb . . . “Look for a thing where you dropped it, it is there.” When I lose my awareness of Jesus in my…

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When Is Advice Taken As Criticism?

Have you ever been in a conversation with someone and had a light come on . . . like “Hey, I’ve been where he is. I can help this guy. I know what he should do.” As soon as there’s a break in the conversation, you share your advice only to get a terse look…

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Self-Rejecting People

One of my favorite questions for my mentees . . . “If you open your car door and accidentally ‘ding’ someone’s car, what do you say to yourself in the moment?” As long as I remember, my answer’s been the same . . . “You idiot!” I might ask 10 before I find one who…

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Fresh Eyes

As I’m starting this new year . . . with a new lung and a new lease on life, I’m asking God to give me fresh ‘eyes to see.’ We get so accustomed to the rhythms and routines of life, we become numb to the things, people and circumstances we’re in and around each day.…

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Judge Not

When mentors first connect with their mentees, there’s a natural tendency to jump right into ‘judgment’ mode. From Jim Ryman’s version of Oswald Chambers My Utmost for His Highest . . . “The average Christian is the most piercingly critical individual known. Criticism is one of the ordinary activities of people, but in the spiritual…

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10 Things I Learned in 2015

I know . . . everyone has moved on to the new year . . . resolutions, diets, budgets . . . all that. But every year, I look back and think through what I learned the previous year. Experience doesn’t yield wisdom but evaluated experience does. Some of this came from reading, some from…

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The Giving Grid, Part 2: Calling Giving

Today, we are again talking about giving. In Part 1, we addressed ‘duty giving’ and encouraged you to explore your motives for giving. Today’s post dive into find God’s calling for you as it relates to giving. Once we get over the ‘why’ and ‘how much’ questions about giving, we come to the ‘who’ and…

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The Giving Grid, Part 1: Duty Giving

Now that Christmas has past, a lot of folks will be looking at their finances, making last minute end-of-year donations and thinking about 2016. Its made me think a bit about my family’s giving . . . about where we’ve come from and to over my lifetime. Growing up, every Sunday, my dad would faithfully…

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Christmas. It’s the beginning of a new day. A new era. Instead of saying, “Go, perform well by following the law,” (which no one could ever do), Jesus arrives and simply says . . . Come! For all of history, the children of God had been told, “Go, and take heed unto thy steps as…

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You’re Dead to Me

“You’re dead to me.” If you think Kevin O’Leary from Shark Tank came up with this concept, think again. The apostle Paul said it in Romans 6:11-13 . . . “Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal…

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