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Under the Influence

“The true measure of leadership is influence—nothing more, nothing less.” John Maxwell, The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership Are we under the influence? Truthfully, the question is not are we under the influence, but under whose influence? God’s? Our spouse’s? Children, peers, co-workers, Oprah? Who or what exerts the greatest influence on our lives? Three…
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Baby Steps: Goal Setting, Goal Scoring

“Baby steps. Baby steps.” I can hear Bill Murray’s voice from the comedy, What About Bob?. In the film, Murray plays Bob Wiley, a needy patient of Richard Dreyfuss’s Dr. Leo Martin. Click to see clip. Goal setting and goal scoring require steps in the right direction. Where do you want to go? Toward God?…
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Fear of God and Faith: Divine Protection

What keeps us under the umbrella of divine protection? A healthy fear of God and an active faith. In Genesis 20, God’s man of faith walks in disbelief while a pagan king exhibits a fear of God, faith in God’s words, and immediate obedience. Check out the story of Abraham and Abimelech. As Abraham travels through Canaan,…
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Does Your Faith Impact Others?

Faith. Lived out in how we speak at the dinner table, how we behave in traffic, and how we act toward those we live and work with. What’s our faith say? Does it impact those around us? Genesis 22 tells of Abraham’s sacrifice of Isaac. Picture the scene. Isaac is thirteen at the very least,…
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Knowing Jesus: Relationship Not Rules

Knowing Jesus caused a shift, an earthquake with my soul as the epicenter. And I found myself in good company. Let’s look at Paul—before and after. Paul gives a before shot in Philippians 3:5-6 (NIV): “ . . . circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a…
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Marriage Tips: Don’t Repeat Eve’s Mistake

Handpicked. By God Himself. Not love at first sight, but there was a definite nudge from the Holy Spirit when I spotted my future husband in Freshman English at S. H. Rider High School. But years later, a questionable whisper tickled my ears, suggesting my choice was less than perfect. How quickly I forgot God’s…
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Relationship Advice: The Ought To’s

The holidays create all kinds of relational stress. Holiday deadlines, extra bodies in the house, travel. A potential combination for fireworks. But nothing changes relationships like a good crisis. So, here’s some relationship advice based on recent lessons from our crisis mode. We’ve been in crisis mode with my mother-in-law since November. Moves from assisted…
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Spiritual Growth: Does Yours Add Up?

Adding value. My new challenge to myself for spiritual growth. A challenge to move beyond my schedule, my agenda, and my to-do list and intentionally add value through my words or actions. Every day. Adding kindness, thoughtfulness, and if it’s your lucky day, maybe some chocolate chip cookies too. A little love plus effort equals…
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2 Purposes in the Promises of God

What are your favorite promises of God? His provision? His pardon? His presence? Peter reminds us that though the promises of God are many, God has a purpose in each one. “Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and…
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3 Tips to Find God’s Plan in 2015

What’s your game plan? The parties are over, and the year has officially begun. Will 2015 play out on your terms or on His? How do you find God’s plan this year? “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For…
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