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The Lord, Our Refuge

It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in man. PSALM 118:8 Has a colleague ever let you down? Disappointed you? Hurt you? Betrayed you? Stabbed you in the back? Slandered you? We’…

What Do You Dread?

There they were, overwhelmed with dread, where there was nothing to dread. PSALM 53:5 There are days when our work overwhelms us. The boss, with that unmistakable look in her eyes, pulls up a chair an…

Leading Strategy

Kodak once dominated the photographic film industry—by the 1970s, capturing 90 percent of the market! Yet in the 1990s, the company began to falter badly. Despite having invented the core technology…

(Close to) Heaven in the Real World

I know that there is nothing better for men than to be happy and do good while they live. ECCLESIASTES 3:12 Solomon could be considered the ultimate realist. The “tell-it-like-it-is” guy. …

Promotion with Caution

Not many of you should presume to he teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. JAMES 3:1 The mature believer aspires to achieve his or her leadership goal…

Our Community, Our Roots

There I was, sobbing like a little boy on a plane from Fayetteville to Chicago. It was a rough flight but I didn’t notice it at the moment. I was on my way to Nashville, via Chicago, and as is the c…

Faith That Works

As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead. JAMES 2:26 Faith and works actually are two sides of the same coin. To best understand their synergistic connection, we must rem…

Hand It Over

To the man who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness. ECCLESIASTES 2:26 Solomon says there are two conclusions at the end of life, after we have done everything we are ever going to d…

The Dangers of Favoritism

[A]s believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ, don’t show favoritism. JAMES 2:1 As James continues his argument for real religion, he moves to another pillar of his discussion: favoritism. Re…

Raising Your GI

When I say generosity is transformational and redemptive, I mean it in the biggest sense possible. It changes the world. It changes the future. As much as we want to learn how to do good for others an…

Driving Thought

The Power of One is the universal currency that delivers ethical behavior in life and work.

God at Work (Part One)

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven. ECCLESIASTES 3:1 The bottom line of life is simple: It belongs to God. He controls the calendar and what goes on it. It is…

Too Rich to Sleep

The sleep of a laborer is sweet . . . but the abundance of a rich man permits him no sleep. ECCLESIASTES 5:12 The wealthy have it tough! Not only do they have to wrestle with whether they love money, …

Putting Your Enemies in the Pit (Part Two)

May all who gloat over my distress he put to shame and confusion; may all who exalt themselves over me be clothed with shame and disgrace. PSALM 35:26 David was a warrior. He knew all about battles. H…

God Is My CEO: The Surrendered Will

Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. PSALM 143:10 If God is our CEO, then we have surrendered our will to His. Do we plan? Absolutely. We plan tenaciously, but we remain open to His supernatu…

QUOTE

You have not lived today successfully unless you’ve done something for someone who can never repay you.— John Bunyan

MAKING EVALUATION

A few years ago I attended a neighbor meeting to start a baseball league for dads and their boys. A former college baseball stud had the vision and the plan to launch a small league that would help da…

The Bliss of Ignorance

[W]ith much wisdom comes much sorrow; the more knowledge, the more grief. ECCLESIASTES 1:18 Life is full of things we can’t control. We can’t control the weather. We can’t control th…

Making Evaluation

No man can live happily who regards himself alone, who turns everything to his own advantage. – Seneca More than anything else I don’t want anyone to take advantage of me. That’s really the bott…

Keep Me and Hide Me

Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings from the wicked who assail me, from my mortal enemies who surround me. PSALM 17:8-9 Security is a big deal to most people. We can …

DRIVING THOUGHT

The Power of One means that I never let my pride elevate me above others and make everything all about me.