You Don’t Need All the Answers to Stop Being Angry at God

Welcome to readers from the Catalyst Space blog. Privileged to have a guest post with Catalyst Leadership today entitled 12 Questions Every New Leader Should Ask. Based out of Atlanta, GA, Catalyst is the premier trainer of the next generation of  "change agents" for the Kingdom of God. Feel free to download a free copy of my latest e-book Finding the Curve: The Secret to Explosive Personal Growth. It's not easy, is it? To admit that we are angry at God.As Christ-followers, we know better. W … [Read more...]

How to Make Enemies and Offend People

Maybe Dale Carnegie had it mixed up when he published his classic work How to Win Friends and Influence People. Maybe he should have written one that would be much easier for most of us to achieve -- How to Make Enemies and Offend People.  I think Jesus might have qualified to write the forward for that one, actually.But you and I can do this pretty effectively ourselves by what we say. Unfortunately, we can even do it when we don't say anything at all.Sometimes, we choose to be quiet wh … [Read more...]

How to Focus on God Each and Every Morning

At a recent Bible study I attended, one man shared that he really struggled to get focused on God on Saturday mornings when his family schedule is so different that day. As a father of six, I could relate to that. Maybe you can, too.But Saturday isn't the only day it can be tough. Each and every morning brings its own challenges. As Jesus said, "Sufficient for the day is its own trouble." (Matthew 6:34) So how can you quickly and easily get your heart where it needs to be before work and … [Read more...]

Suicide: Can a Christian Commit Murder?

I mentioned a few days ago when transitioning my blog to FaithWalkers that one reason I have not posted as frequently of late is that there have been some sobering events in my faith walk.I think death is about as sobering as it gets. And there have been a few deaths -- one a family member completing her time on earth after 94 years, the other a former pastor who left, it would seem, before his time.We were privileged to serve under his ministry for five years not all that long ago. … [Read more...]

How to Stop Lying and Speak the Truth — to Yourself

Ok. I admit it. I’m a liar. Or am I? Funny thing about liars. No one believes them even when they do tell the truth. Which I am doing right now. I think. If only I could stop lying -- to myself. Photo via http://www.tiffanydow.com/blog/liar-liar-pants-on-fire/ Here’s my problem. I am quite conscientious about speaking the truth to others – to you, for example. I’d put up with a lot of hurt to speak the truth to you. That’s not the problem. It’s when I talk to myself – inside, where no one else ca … [Read more...]

See How to Easily Schedule a Weekend Marriage Retreat

Like most guys, I don't like asking for directions. But when it comes to my marriage, I don't mind getting pointers.If I'm going to invest the time and money in a marriage retreat, I want the relaxing and transforming weekend I posted about here.Photo via http://stjohns-savage.org/612841.ihtmlMany friends have asked about the details of the schedule. How exactly do you schedule your time on a weekend marriage retreat? I suppose there are a lot of ways you could do it, but, for what it's … [Read more...]

See Why Parents Choose School Choice in Ohio

National School Choice Week 2013, which runs from Jan. 27 through Feb. 2, shines a spotlight on the need for education opportunities for all. In only its third year, this bipartisan, grassroots effort features more than 3,500 events spanning all 50 states.This is a guest post by Sarah Pechan of School Choice Ohio. You can connect with them on Twitter & Facebook. This week in Columbus, Ohio, parents from across the city came to explore their school options at a community “school sh … [Read more...]

Marriage Retreat: How to Plan a Weekend Getaway

Fifteen years -- and counting.I know. Ours is not the longest marriage on record. But it is the happiest.I have the certificate to prove it. Somewhere. It's right --  well, it's not important now. I'll look it up later.Right after we get the six kids to bed.Now that we've covered Why You Should Plan a Marriage Retreat, let's get practical and talk how to plan a weekend getaway. Well, it doesn't have to be a weekend getaway, as you'll see, but it would sure help.One excuse I've heard of … [Read more...]