Archive from November, 2013
Nov 27, 2013 - Hearing From God    4 Comments

THANKSGIVING A CONDITION OF THE HEART

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Thank God for my lovely wife, Amy, who always encourages me in the things of The Lord. It is because of her encouragement that I am writing this month’s post on Thanksgiving. It was my intent to follow up on last week’s post, “Are You On The Home Team Or The Visiting Team?” And, I still will but next week. Amy convinced me that with the Holiday season approaching it would be wonderful to share what the word of God has to say concerning Thanksgiving.

It was my desire to share with you two definitions of Thanksgiving: a worldly view and a Godly view. I wanted to look at both and compare the two but I hit a stone wall. My search for a worldly view on Thanksgiving kept taking me to a Biblical perspective. When it comes to defining Thanksgiving the path will ultimately take you to Almighty God and not man. Anyway you look at it,Thanksgiving has it origin with God — even for those who celebrate it without God in mind.

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Nov 19, 2013 - Family Matters    6 Comments

ARE YOU ON HOME TEAM OR THE VISITING TEAM

Have you ever had and argument with your spouse and found yourself going tit-for-tat? Well I have found myself doing just that on many occasions especially doing the earlier stages of my marriage. Have you ever wondered where this phrase tit-for-tat came from? Well I researched it and here’s a definition that I came across: The infliction of an injury or insult in return for one that one has suffered. Matter of fact I’ll share this sentence which was given as an example of what takes place … “The conflict staggered on with tit-for-tat assassinations.” Can you imagine spouses intentionally committing verbal assassinations? No! Most often I don’t even think the husband or the wife are consciously aware of what they are doing to each other. When I look at synonyms for tit-for-tat like retaliation, reprisal, counterattack, and comeback it got me thinking how detrimental going tit-for-tat can be.

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Nov 13, 2013 - Leadership    3 Comments

THE HEART OF LEADERSHIP

I can’t believe it’s been five months since I started this blog and I have to thank all of you who have prayed for me and supported me in this new endeavor! I am so grateful to have my wife Amy’s encouragement and the encouragement of friends and family. I have always liked to do what I call “field research” whenever God would give me a message. By “field research” I mean asking different people I would come in contact with what they thought about the topic I was researching. Now that I am blogging part of my research has been reading other people’s blogs. This is how I came across Mark Miller’s book The Heart Of Leadership and was invited to read it and post a review on my blog. Early on in my Christian walk with Jesus, I learned to sift everything I hear, read or learn through the word of God. This allows me to discern what’s good and what’s not. This gives me the liberty to read books like, The Heart of Leadership, which is not been written from a Christian perspective and still find wisdom and truth because the ideas in Miller’s book are not contrary to Biblical principles. In fact, the book is full of them. I really enjoyed reading this book and am more then happy to share the wisdom and knowledge that this book has to offer. This book reminded me of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol in how it develops and ends. Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by the three ghosts of Christmas: the ghost of Christmas past, the ghost of Christmas present and the ghost of Christmas future. Don’t get me wrong, the main character Blake, in The Heart Of Leadership, is by no means a scrooge. What Miller captures is how Blake’s heart is changed from its past state, to his present state, leading to a possible future. Blake has an interview with his boss and hopes that it will lead to a promotion. During his interview, he learns that he is a hardworking, talented individual who has contributed much to the company. But, he lacks the leadership abilities to be promoted to team leader. Blake can’t quite understand why his skills have not qualified him for team leader, especially since he’d been given an outstanding performance evaluation. Blake becomes even more concerned when He is told that there is just “something missing.” The only answer Blake is given is that leaders are different and that you know one when you see one … and he wasn’t one. Blake’s frustration leads him to call upon and seek the counsel of an old friend and mentor for help. It is through the help of this friend that Blake’s heart is changed as he encounters various people he is sent to meet. Read more »

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