Adding Value

Blog - Added ValueIf you’re not adding value to another person’s life, then what are you doing here?

It’s a profound question. And profound questions warrant very thoughtful and deliberate answers.

God could have created each one of us to live in isolation on a deserted island, but He didn’t. Instead, He made us to dwell in community with one another in the context of family, friendships, partnerships, and in varying degrees of relationship. Community undoubtedly involves sharing and depositing, but many times we are not sharing and depositing what matters most. On the contrary, in some cases, we have been making large withdrawals from others with no intention of making larger deposits.

Is that you? Are you draining others of their emotional, mental, spiritual, and material resources while contributing little in return? Continue reading

Bearing Burdens

blog-burdened1Troubling times will come. It’s inevitable. Jesus did say that in this world we will have tribulation (John 16:33).  There is not much that we can count “for sure” in this world, but tribulation is a certainty. What’s so comforting, though, is the Savior’s next statement to His disciples, and therefore to us as His present-day disciples. He encourages us to be of good cheer for He Himself has overcome the world.

Because Jesus conquered (nikaó) the world, His disciples have become conquerors in Him. For this reason, we can take purposeful aim at living in and walking according to the peace that He has afforded us. But sometimes we need a little help in order to grasp the eternal perspective regarding the difficulties that surface in our lives. We need others to come alongside to help us shoulder the burden.
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2019: The Year of DECREASE

blog - decrease - no wordsThe way up is down! 

Humility is the road to exaltation!

A step back may be a step up!

Each one of these statements may be familiar, but are they also counterintuitive? Do they oppose common sense? How can the way up really be down? How can a step back really be a step up? In a natural sense, they may seem counterproductive, but they are exactly how we must govern ourselves, if we are going to be instrumental in the kingdom of God. This year is my year of dedicated decrease! While most people want to increase their money, status, possessions, I have made it my quest to embrace great decrease in my life in four primary areas. And here’s how I plan to do it!
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Benefits to Serving in Leadership: Imitate

Do you have a desire for leadership? And there is nothing wrong with such an honorable desire.

If your answer is yes, then my next question is why? What is the lure of leadership for you?

It is the prestige? The power? The privilege?

For some people, it is all of the above.

But an honorable ambition for leadership has an underlying motive of leading likBlog-Benefits2e Jesus and moving others to a sincere desire to do the same.


In this series of blog posts, I have identified 10 benefits of serving as a small group Bible study leader. Today we will discuss the first benefit! Probably the biggest benefit of being a small group Bible study leader, in my appraisal, is the privilege of imitating Jesus. Jesus was a small group leader! Though many times he was surrounded by large masses of people, in the most intimate settings, he could be found doing life with his twelve disciples.  Continue reading

The Key to Surpassing Peace

BLOG - Keys to PeaceSerious is the temptation to worry and become anxious about the cares of this world. Some days it’s hard to grab hold of the surpassing peace that Paul so eloquently wrote about in Philippians chapter 4.

Asserting that the believer has protection through the peace of God and the reassuring presence of the God of peace, Paul instructs us on how we can ascertain the peace that will cause others to marvel.
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Launch a Counterattack

Blog - Counterattack - keep workingVicious attacks, trials, and persecution from expected sources (those who hate Christ) and the most unlikely sources (those who profess to be Christians but have little desire to firmly follow Christ). We can launch a counterattack as we hold fast to our faith in Christ.

But what are we to do? Continue reading