Sticks and Stones…Practical Advice Regarding the Weaponry of Words

Few statements are more untrue than this: “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” The truth is, words are powerful, because words are spiritual. They can be seeds to produce a harvest of blessing and peace, or swords to wound and destroy a person’s reputation. The world was created by God’s words. That same creative force has been given to us! Kingdoms, nations, businesses, churches, and marriages are either built up or destroyed by words. The writer of Proverbs said: “Death and life are in the… Read More

Three Warnings for Leaders

Although leadership has its privileges, it comes with a unique set of challenges. Within a period of just a few hours the Apostle Paul faced three challenges that provide warnings to spiritual leaders today. When Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks and put them on the fire, a viper came out because of the heat and fastened on his hand. When the native people saw the creature hanging from his hand, they said to one another, “No doubt this man is a murderer. Though he has escaped from the sea, Justice… Read More

My Decisions Determine My Destiny

In these days he went out to the mountain to pray, and all night he continued in prayer to God. And when day came, he called his disciples and chose from them twelve, whom he named apostles: (‭Luke‬ ‭6‬:‭12-13‬ ESV) Yesterday I had a conversation with my daughter, helping her make some decisions regarding which upcoming classes to take at college. Her short-term decisions can set her up for long-term success. Last night my wife and I attended my son’s “Meet-the-Teacher” night at his high school. His teachers all spoke well of… Read More

The Potential and Power of Truth

and many peoples shall come, and say: “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob, that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.” For out of Zion shall go the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. (Isaiah 2:3 ESV) Isaiah prophesied that Jerusalem would one day be an honorable, influential city, where people would come from many nations to learn about the will and ways of God. Certainly that has come… Read More

Why Leaders Should Embrace Change

“Moses my servant is dead. Now therefore arise, go… (Joshua 1:2 ESV) Transition. For a woman in labor, transition means increased pain, followed by the joy of new life. Transition can often be that way – at work, at church, at home – transitions can be somewhat painful, yet they lead to seasons of new life and potential. A leader must embrace change readily. Often, in an effort to minimize the pain of transition, leaders resist change, not realizing they are impeding God’s progressive nature to bring His people into new seasons… Read More