Is Your Job Your Calling?


I didn’t realize that Labor Day is about celebrating the “economic and social contributions of workers”.  Well now that you know, celebrate that.  As well, I’d love to challenge you today to take the thoughts about your job a little deeper. Continue Reading…

Vacation Giveaway: Be A Camper, With Your Child


In our culture, boys are drifting.  They desperately want to become men, but they don’t know how.  Most would admit they’ve seen men in movies, but they can’t define exactly what they think men are, and what the path is to become one.

Young girls aren’t much different than young boys.  However, they are looking for security; for reassurance.  They need validation.  They want to know if they are pretty and if they are desirable.  Someone will eventually answer these questions for them.  Will it be you? Continue Reading…

Jesus, My Father, The FBI, and Mike


My dad was in the FBI for just shy of 30 years.  As a kid, I thought everyone’s dad took a gun off his belt and another off his ankle at the end of each work day.  Now I know that everyone didn’t have the chance to shoot an uzi with their dad at a gun range, or see him drive home in a telephone van as his temporary work vehicle.  For me, it was just part of growing up.

It wasn’t until my teenage years that I realized my dad’s job was different than most.  Yes, there were some good stories we talked about over dinner – like when my dad had to deal with a Cuban prison riot at a Federal prison, or when he listened for weeks on a phone tap of a known drug dealer in the area – but most days just looked routinely normal.  Although the memories I have of my childhood are different than other men’s, our needs were identical. Continue Reading…

Who Are Your Distant Mentors?


Leaders are learners.  Said differently, if you aren’t learning, you shouldn’t be leading.  To me, this is a core characteristic of someone in a leadership position.

When I think of learning, my mind jumps quickly to the picture of a classroom setting.  There is a teacher, a student, and a lesson.  This is the picture – we in the West – view as discipleship as well.  A mentor and mentee and an open Bible.  But when it comes to learning, there is much more to the story. Continue Reading…

Are You Following To Lead?


Leadership has become an idol for us.  Well, it has for me.  Over the years, I have found my focus shifting more and more to becoming a more effective leader.  Maybe yours has too.  For me, something needs to change. Continue Reading…

Manage Your Money. Let the Gov’t Teach You How

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Conflict over money is one of the top reasons for divorce.  I can understand why.  After all, we’ve all been watching a huge conflict unfold before us thanks to the United States government.

When Steph and I first got married, we both brought our ideas and philosophies under the same roof.  This ranged from when and who should empty the trash can, all the way to how much money we should save or spend.  As you can imagine, we realized quickly how different our ideas were on many different issues. Continue Reading…

Time To Hit The Reset Button

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It’s been right at a year now that I have been blogging.  My initial desire to blog came out of desire to provide an example for some to follow.  Over the year, that desire has grown into much more.

About two months ago, I read this post on blogging.  In it, the author suggested hitting the reset button on your blog at some point.  That article confirmed what I was already thinking.  It is time for a fresh start.
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Overcoming Rejection: What Good Can Come From It?


Let’s be honest; life isn’t fair.  We’ve all had those experiences of being rejected.  For some, it was simply boyfriends or girlfriends in years gone past.  But for others, the painful experiences cut much deeper.

When it comes to rejection, I’ve had my fair share.  If I counted how many girls in the past that have broken my heart, I’m sure I’d reach double digits.  Looking back, those memories are now “cute”.    There is one time that sticks out more than the others.
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Friday Finds 6/15/2011

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Here are a few things I think you might be interested to know about… Continue Reading…

Does God Want Your Money?

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There aren’t many more awkward situations than when you invite a neighbor to church, and within 20 minutes of them being there, they get passed the “plate”.  You can try to downplay it all you want, but their perception is their reality; God is in it for the money.

Each week I stand in front of hundreds of people and ask them to donate money to a scholarship fund that helps kids go to camp.  For many, I can see the blank stares come over them.  ”Here we go again,” they might think.  Blah, blah blah.
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