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The Rescue: Love

Today we complete our season of Advent, which is the season of preparation for Christmas.  Our theme this year is “The Rescue.”  Although the light of Christ is shining in the world today, the world is still a very dark place and will get darker according to the Bible as we near the end of…

The Rescue: Joy

Today we continue our season of Advent, which is the season of preparation for Christmas.  Our theme this year is “The Rescue.”  Although the light of Christ is shining in the world today, the world is still a very dark place and will get darker according to the Bible as we near the end of…

The Rescue: Peace

Today we continue our season of Advent, which is the season of preparation for Christmas. Our theme this year is “The Rescue.” Although the light of Christ is shining in the world today, the world is still a very dark place and will get darker according to the Bible as we near the end of…

I Thought Jesus Was Bringing Peace?

“And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men,’” (Luke 2:13-14, KJV).  This awesome event happened right after the angel of the Lord announced to the shepherds near Bethlehem that Jesus the Christ…

The Rescue: Hope

Today we begin our season of Advent, which is the Christian season of preparation for Christmas. The word “advent” comes from the Latin word adventus, which means “coming” or “visit.” In the Advent season, we keep in mind both “advents,” both “visits” of Christ, the first in Bethlehem and the second yet to come. Because…

How to Attain Your Leadership Vision

How are we going to get there? What a great question!  However, the answer depends on where “there” is.  You see, an effective strategy, which answers the how question, must begin with a vision, a destination.  If I’m going to Nashville, I’ll get on I-65 southbound, but if I’m heading to Louisville, I’m going to…

Prioritizing the Harvest

You ought to see the pear tree at my house. It is loaded down and full of pears!  Some of the branches are nearly touching the ground from the weight they are bearing, but there are pears all the way to top of tree, 12’ up in the air. Which pears should I try to…

5 Tips for Getting to Know Your Neighbors

Do you know your neighbors?  It’s fairly common around here in 2015 to hear somebody admit that they really don’t, which seems a bit strange given the fact that most of us could easily throw a rock and hit several of our their houses.  They live that close to us, yet we don’t know them.…

What Contagion Are You Spreading?

I am a firm believer in the germ theory, which hypothesizes that some diseases are caused by microorganisms that, although are way too small to be seen with the naked eye, invade the body and cause big problems.  Of course, while this theory was once highly controversial, it’s accepted as absolute fact now because of indisputable scientific proof backing it.  We’ve all become…

Don’t Ever Stop Clapping for the LGBTQ Community

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn was a Russian author and critic of Soviet totalitarianism.  He had great reason to be a detractor given his years of imprisonment in Soviet gulags and forced work camps after being charged with writing anti-Soviet propaganda during Stalin’s reign.  Later in life, Solzhenitsyn captured what it was like to live in those times in a book called The Gulag Archipelago.  Those were very dangerous days when…