The Value of a List

As a young man, Benjamin Franklin resolved to attain the habits of virtue that would lead to success by making a game out of self-improvement.  He wrote thirteen key virtues in a notebook, one to a page, and checked off each instance in the day when he failed in one…

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Ordering Your Private World

“Don’t let the world around you squeeze you into its own mold, but let God re-make you so that your whole attitude of mind is changed.”  Romans 12:2 (Phillips) Gordon MacDonald’s book, Ordering Your Private World, is was one of the most helpful books I have ever read.  I highly…

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Father and Son

Please forgive me for being a little more personal than usual tonight. Three weeks ago my son left for basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. As expected, I did not hear from him at all during the last three weeks. At times, the desire to hear…

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Are You Spiritually Healthy?

How’s your spiritual health? No, really — how is it? In his book, Ten Questions to Diagnose Your Spiritual Health, Donald Whitney helps the reader determine if he or she is spiritually healthy or simply spiritually busy. The two are not the same thing. As you will recall, no group was…

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American Idol

I just walked upstairs after watching American Idol. The last few seasons, my family and I have watched most episodes of the show. Being a musical family, we enjoy the time together listening to some excellent young musicians. Ultimately, the American viewers determine who will be the “American Idol” by…

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How to Build Relationships, Part 2

“Jesus, the apostles, the Bible — all indicate by word or deed that our focus is to be on people, through meaningful relationships.” George Barna In How to Build Relationships, Part 1 we touched on three practical relationship-building tips. In addition to these three tips, here are some additional tips…

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How to Build Relationships, Part 1

“We are a culture craving relationship. In the midst of our crowded existence, many of us are living lonely lives. We live and work in a sea of humanity, but we end up missing out on the benefits of regular, meaningful relationships.” Andy Stanley I emphasized the connection between relationship-building…

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