What’s “True” About You?

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John was the last person you would have expected God to use. But powerfully use him, He did. Growing up in eighteenth century England, from age 11 on John worked on slave ships; the family business. When he wasn’t sailing he was “collecting” slaves on the islands and mainland of the West African coast for sale to visiting traders. Eventually Newton became the captain of his own slave ship. His was a cruel and harsh experience. His skin was roughened by the harsh sea winds and his heart hardened by the life that went with it.Somewhere, somehow, something changed within John Newton. In addit … [Read more...]

Elephant-Hunting in 2013.

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 When an elephant is in the room, hunt him down … but be careful and be prayerful.We have all experienced those times in discussions with our friends over coffee or over the phone where the “elephant” shows up … haven’t we? Or it may be right in the middle of a staff or team meeting at work or at church, when all of a sudden there he is – that crazy “elephant.” He’s baaaack!The “elephants” in the room are the issues of truth that arise in and around our lives and relationships that we tend to avoid. Of course, the main reason we avoid them is to simply avoid potential conflict. … [Read more...]

Rick Warren’s Questions for Obama & Romney

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One of the most unique moments in the 2008 presidential election year in America was not only the selection of our first African-American president, there was another moment. When Pastor Rick Warren opened the doors of Saddleback Church to then Sens. Barack Obama and John McCain for the first-ever Civil Forum on the Presidency, it was something special.You may have heard by now that Warren has cancelled this year’s forum due to the incivility already evidenced from the candidates and their respective campaigns. He said in a recent interview that “to pretend civility … would be hypoc … [Read more...]

Chuck Colson Dies – From Watergate to the Gates of Heaven

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The Real Power of Leadership

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Power.  We are obsessed with it.  Our lives are constantly affected by it.  Our homes are vulnerable to it.  And yes, our churches, businesses and schools are constantly exposed to it.  Just think for a moment of how much “power” permeates our lives and thoughts today – Power lunches, power ties, power plays, power moves, power books, power-tools, power psychology, self-empowerment; these themes and more fill our offices, businesses and bookshelves in America.  Power is big business.  Some believe that leadership is about having (and using) … power.THE LOVE OF POWERNapoleon was obsessed … [Read more...]

Living Life From the Soul

"...the Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, ...and the man became a living soul." Gen. 2:7 NIV/KJV "The tragedy of man is not that we die, but that which dies in us while we still live." Albert Schweitzer We were designed by God to live life one way . . . from the soul.  For some reason, however, more often than not, most end up living life in almost every other way except that one.When a young adult begins to discover how to tap the resources of their soul, they find a virtually inexhaustible supply of strength, motivation, … [Read more...]


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