The Demands of Freedom, Galatians 5:24-6:18

“The Demands of Freedom.” Rescue. That is a powerful word. It indicates we are “enslaved” or “trapped” or “under the influence or control of” something…

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The Living Spirit of the Living God

God brings moments of inner healing to your life, moments that almost pass by unless we see them and give God the praise. Here are three examples:

You hurt because of what someone said or didn’t say…

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Movin’ Piles: a Call to Faithfulness

Years ago I heard a wonderful illustration of what it means to be “real.” Here goes: There are three types of Christians. First, there’s the TOP-OF-THE-PILE Christian. You have seen these folks. You ask them “How are you doing?” and away they go: “Top of the pile! Movin’ and groovin’ with Jesus. Growin’ and glowin’ in Him.” Really? All the time? You can’t be that way all the time, it is not realistic.

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YOU, A Spiritual Leader? YES!

Spiritual leadership! This is a different kind of leadership, and it includes YOU. We have leaders in all segments of our world: politics, the military, education, business, business, social services, the church, etc. Now, all this “leadership” is good and I have consulted and taught leaders in all these areas. But, this is not the kind of leadership I am speaking of in this blog.

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A Living Reminder of Jesus

A week ago, the school where I teach (Trevecca Nazarene University) celebrated the opening dinner of the school year. And, it happened to me again. An individual hurried up to meet me and in great overtures, complemented my on my exceptional skills at the piano. I quickly explained that I don’t play the piano. However, the gentleman continued thanking me for sharing my musical gift. It took two more explanations before he realized that I am not the person he thought I was. When he finally realizes the mistake, we both laughed as he explained, “You look just like him.”

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Stay Focused

  It is hard to focus when surrounded with distractions.  Imagine the driver who is balancing a morning coffee, holding his cell phone, dictating a…

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Pathways With Jesus

Jesus declared, “I am the way… no one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). There is but One Way, yet, within that way is a path that connects especially with the way God created you.

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Partners With God

  The Christian life is not a passive endeavor, but requires work, your work and God’s work.  Read this verse carefully:   Work out your…

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Growing in Christ: Spiritual Discipline

My wife’s cousin, *Bruce Jeffcoach, is a high school chemistry teacher in San Joachim valley in California. On the walls of his classroom along with the Periodic Table, a chart of measures, and appropriate posters, is a sign over the middle of the board in the front of the room. You can’t miss it. John Wooden, the UCLA coach said, “discipline yourself, so others don’t have to.” Bruce writes, “I simply get my students attention with a quite pssst sound and point to the quote above my whiteboard. I hope that helps to put all in order.”

To grow in Christ requires Spiritual Discipline.

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Growing in Christ: Spiritual Insight

  As a teacher and professor, I constantly watch the eyes of students, listen for the timbre of their voices, and consider the freshness in…

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