Valentine’s Day and Passover?

Coincidentally (Providentially?) today’s “Read through the Bible” passage concerns the passage in Exodus where God speaks of the Angel of Death “passing over” the houses of the Israelites… If they are obedient to God and place the blood of an innocent lamb (a foreshadowing sign of Christ’s sacrifice) over their doors.  The Israelites had not … More Valentine’s Day and Passover?

Salt and light

Sometimes I find myself thinking, in this politically and spiritually divided world, that life would be so much more pleasant if we moved to a place (a neighborhood, a state, a country) where we were surrounded by people who had values more similar to our own.  And then I am reminded that our calling as … More Salt and light

Teamwork

Building an effective team, whether it be for a specific goal or project, or for a lengthier purpose, like a marriage or family, takes effort. You “build” an effective team, you don’t just “form” or label one.  It takes passion, time and commitment.  Good communication skills certainly help.  Leaders inspire and managers provide the resources. … More Teamwork

Leadership: Meet people where they are…

Spiritually and emotionally.  One of the most difficult things for a leader (coach, spouse, manager, friend, pastor) is to not impose our expectations and standards of spiritual or emotional maturity on others whom we may be trying to influence, lead or disciple.  People simply grow at different rates, and all (including you and me) are … More Leadership: Meet people where they are…

Pride vs. humility

My wife and I see it all the time – She in her marriage counseling and I in my leadership coaching. Those who humble themselves enough to seek help have a much better chance of success and happiness.  The more mature among us are smart enough to realize that the storms of life and relationships … More Pride vs. humility

Discipleship: Did Jesus do away with the Ten Commandments?

CBN reports that popular megachurch pastor Andy Stanley has preached that Jesus did away with the 10 Commandments and replaced them with one commandment: “Love God with all of your heart, soul and mind… and love your fellow man as yourself.”  (Matthew 22:37-39).  And yet, Jesus also quoted often from the Old Testament (the Pentateuch, … More Discipleship: Did Jesus do away with the Ten Commandments?

Heart transplant

A new heart.  One spiritual, another one physical.  A good Jewish friend of mine also happens to be an excellent FAA certified aircraft powerplants mechanic.  He’s just now completing a lengthy engine overhaul on our aircraft.  In a sense, “heart surgery” of a sort on the most vital part of our aircraft.  Coincidentally, he will … More Heart transplant