Many Christian men want to lead their wives spiritually, but they have no idea what that means. Many Christian women want to be led spiritually by their husbands, but they’re not really sure what it looks like to follow. Often times, what can result is a chaotic mess of unmet expectations. Continue Reading…
Our world has changed dramatically over the past 10 years. If you aren’t increasing in your awareness and knowledge of technology, you will find yourself quickly out of touch. The key is not becoming a technological guru, but in knowing one…or two.
I’m the guy always calling our network administrator complaining about something going haywire on my computer. The printer always seems to break when I use it. So it is a little ironic that I am writing a post on this topic. I am writing on this only because I think the little steps I’ve made in this direction have yielded huge returns.
Being ineffective is one of the worst places to find yourself. It seems that every few months, I notice the way I am operating needs some tweaking. When that happens, I must step back and evaluate how I am spending my time. This is the first of a few posts this week about what has helped increase my effectiveness over the years.
A few years ago, a friend introduced me to the “Manager Tools” podcast. I listened to it off an on for quite some time, and found some of the podcasts very interesting and helpful. We eventually had one of the founders of the podcast, Mark Horstman, out to speak to our entire staff. Although the presentation was much different than I expected, I still apply a few of the principles he shared with us that day.
Having been out of town for a few weeks, I’ve dropped off a little on the Friday finds. This past week, though, there are a few things I’ve come across that I think are worthy to pass on.
What do you say to someone who is in their first month of basic training in the military? Recently, I was asked to write a letter to a young man in that exact scenario. Knowing how tough that time is, I prayed that my letter would have power and impact, and not just be a piece of paper quickly tossed in the trash. Continue Reading…
Sundays used to be special. At some point in my past, I remember when the pace of this day of the week was different. Maybe it was because most stores were closed, or because my responsibilities in life were much different. Whatever the case, over the past few months, my wife and I have talked about the need for change. Continue Reading…
We all have an inner ache to be close to the Almighty. For each of us, we have realized different ways or places that make us feel the closest to him. A friend once told me he felt closest to God while sitting in a deer stand in the early morning hours of a winter day. Others might have a special place in their heart for sunsets and gentle breezes. The question remains: How close to God can you get?
You might have heard of the Western Wall before. In past years, I had heard of it, but didn’t full understand the significance of it. The Western Wall is the retaining wall on the western side of the Temple Mount. The Temple Mount was built by Herod thousands of years ago, and at one time was the site of the Holy of Holies – the place that God dwelt.
I‘ve never experienced something as dry and lifeless as the desert. Maybe it’s because we aren’t used to being in such a place that when scripture continually refers to the desert, we only know to picture sand dunes. Here, it was much different. Continue Reading…
My firstborn son is more timid and fearful than my other children. He is one that quickly backs down when the younger ones pick at him. Because of this, I have spent much effort trying to teach him to have courage. When I get back from Israel, I will change the way I teach him.
Most of us are familiar with the story of David & Goliath. You can read about it in I Samuel 17. It might be my boys’ favorite story in all of scripture.
I would imagine this scenario is not foreign to you. You have faces staring back at you, eager to follow. It could be volunteers, staff, or a group of people that have come together for a common reason. They are looking to you and me for leadership, but unfortunately, we let them down. Instead of leadership, we merely provide instructions.
As leaders, we must answer this question for our people: Why are we here?