Benghazi: New Revelations and Questions from the Congressional Hearing

I survived more than four hours of watching and listening to a Congressional hearing on Benghazi on C-Span3 todayTalk about living by faith!I sensed the hearing could be pivotal in our getting answers to the many questions about what happened in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012, when Ambassador Stephens and three other Americans were killed in a terrorist attack on our consulate.So I watched and listened. And tweeted. You can explore my live-tweeting journey here. Who testi … [Read more...]

See How Peer Pressure Can Increase Your Faith

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Peer pressure can be a wonderful thing. Especially when it can increase your faith. That's not to say it always works the way we want it to.Often throughout my dozen years as a school administrator,  I dealt with the negative side of peer pressure --w hen kids were led astray by hanging out with others who influenced them in the wrong direction. I got used to citing verse like the following:He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm. (Prov. 13:20) … [Read more...]

To All Those Who Just Want to Quit

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I returned from my mission to Guam the other day full of energy, ideas, and the faith to make them happen.Within a day, I had lost it all and just wanted to quit. Fear grabbed me by the hair, gripped me firmly in a headlock, and proceeded to pummel my confidence with repeated blows. Within hours, I was a bloody and faithless mess. Finally, when fear had finished for the day, it dumped me and left my future as good as dead and buried.It was all I could do to clutch the side of the bed … [Read more...]

Life After Art: In Search of Beauty

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Today I am pleased to share a guest post from Eileen Knowles inspired by a book that is making some waves, Life After Art: What You Forgot About Life and Faith Since You Left the Art Room by Matt Appling. You can find Eileen and follow her journey as she takes The Scenic Route at www.eileenknowles.com Connect on Twitter and Facebook. "As artists and humans, we have to learn to color inside the line that is imperfect, messy or even a mistake. Nothing in your life will ever be just right. There … [Read more...]

Act Like a Man: A Call to Biblical Manhood

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While my mission continues in Guam, I am pleased to feature the thoughts of Kendall Lyons, a talented youth pastor, cartoonist, and writer. Kendall supplied the fun illustrations for my e-book Finding the Curve: The Secret to Explosive Personal Growth -- still available for free here. Grab a copy of Kendall's delightful collection of short stories today at his site here. You'll be hearing much more from this talented leader in the years to come. Right now, I feel more confident in the Lord and … [Read more...]

Special Post on “The Leadership Test” for my Equip Leadership friends in Guam

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Today's post is intended specifically for my friends in Guam to supplement my opening session on "The Leadership Test." Often when attending a conference, it can be a challenge to writie it all down if you're actually paying attention. So I am sharing a few things I plan to reference tonight to make it easy to follow up for further growth. Of course, I welcome communication directly via social media or e-mail: Bill@BillintheBlank.com if I can be of further assistance during my stay on this … [Read more...]

How to Practice the Art of Appreciation: A Practical Tip

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During my missions effort equipping ministry leaders in Guam, it's my privilege to feature this guest post from my good friend and mentor Richard Savidge, President of Ministry Coaching International. I first encountered him through this post from Michael Hyatt. Check out his weekly blog here, his awesome coaching and retreat adventures (Savidge Adventures), and follow him on Twitter andFacebook. When was the last time that you encountered a person whose life seemed to exude joy?Their … [Read more...]

Boston Marathon Bombing: Prayers and Reminders

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I just woke up in Guam. And there is blood on the screen. Again.3 dead now. One child. At least 12 dozen more injured physically.Thousands more scarred for life in even more substantial ways. God have mercy. Having just arrived in Guam for mission work late last night, I had been unplugged from news for the last 24 hours. I awoke this morning (Guam time) to hear of the horrific bombings in and around the Boston Marathon a few hours ago.For those needing to get up to s … [Read more...]


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