Raising the Bar

Many years ago, the company I worked for acquired a European company based in England with operations in continental Europe. During that first year, I learned there was a joke circulated by the employees of this newly acquired company that made jest of the phrase,...

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The Hunt for Significance

Some trust in their career and some in their good health, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.* Psalm 20:7 Recently I had the privilege to attend a luncheon with business men where a man, Jay Whitmer, shared about his personal hunt for significance. His...

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Vision and the Word of God

Vision and the Word of God. They are indelibly linked. Proverbs 29:18 states, “Where there is no vision the people perish, but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” Sustaining a vision where people will flourish requires a love for God’s Word. One of God’s greatest...

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What’s in your wallet?

A large banking company here in the U.S. runs a commercial advertisement to market their credit card to consumers. The advertisement has been running for several years now, so the marketing plan has clearly been successful in generating new business. The tag line that...

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Hornets – 1, Dad – 0

It has been an unusually busy spring and summer this year. Several conventions along with several trips to visit family and friends kept me occupied through six weekends straight during one stretch of the calendar. All good, of course! In the midst of all...

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Tell Me About Your Father’s Faith

It was a beautiful day in the fall of 2013. Thursday, October 31st to be exact. I had just finished up attending a nearly week long global management conference at Amelia Island plantations in Florida. It had been an impressive week with many powerful...

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Pray without Ceasing

Mission impossible comes to mind when I read the words of I Thessalonians 5:17, “pray without ceasing.” Reading that verse for the first time in my early days as a follower of Jesus, struck me as a mountain too big to climb. How does one do that? The question stayed with me. While the task appeared impossible to attain, yet I knew that God’s word was true. Jesus said, “What is impossible with men, is possible with God.” There must be a way.

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Prayer – The First Step of Obedience

First and foremost, prayer is a step of obedience. When Jesus began his preaching ministry, he began with a call for people to “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.” Matthew 4:17 To repent means that we forsake our life of sin and we turn to God. Our first step of obedience in the Christian life is …

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The Way of a Farmer

One of the oldest and noblest occupations on earth belongs to those who labor in the soil. We call them farmers. My heritage during my growing up years belongs to what is often referred to as the “Great Plains” of our country. Another description commonly refers to it...

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The Art of Listening

One item on my “to do list” at the beginning of each year is to work on a list of goals and objectives to help chart my course for the year. Generally, one of those goals is to spend time in the Bible during the year. Encouraged to do so by those who were faithfully...

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What is the Price of Your Integrity?

The story is told of “Honest Abe” Lincoln that as a young man he held a job as a clerk in a country general store. One day in selling goods to a woman, Mrs. Ducan, he charged her two dollars and six cents. In reconciling his accounts at the end of the day, Abe...

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