Blog Category: General

Taking Jesus with You

Have you ever heard of “Take your daughter to work day” or “Take your son to work day” or even “Take your pet to work day”?  My job has dedicated some days throughout the year where you are encouraged to bring your children to work.   Most of my co-workers are...
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First Responder – First Aid

Over the past few weeks at my church I have been taking a First Responder First Aid class. The purpose of the course is to equip everyday people to be able to respond correctly to someone that may be having a medical emergency, injured or in distressed. Being the first...
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No room in the Inn: What about the other 364 days?

This past Christmas I was reading in Luke about the birth of Jesus. Luke 2:7 (NASB) it is written “And she gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.” I thought about...
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I Do Not Know Him

As a Christian you understand in order to have eternal life you must accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior – Ephesians 2:8-9 and Acts 16:31. But once we are saved how many of us allow Him to be The Lord of our lives 24 hours and seven days...
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Wise Counsel

Are you somebody that seeks wise Godly counsel when it comes to decisions in your life? Are you someone who has all the answers and you make the decisions based on your own knowledge? It is so easy for us to move forward based on what we know. But how...
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Fueling Up

Recently my wife was on a non-stop flight from Seattle to Atlanta. The trip duration was scheduled for approximately 5 hours.   Well about 4 hours and 30 mins into the flight it encountered severe thunderstorms that forced the plane to circle Atlanta for about an hour. My wife had a...
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Do You Know Your Value

People want to be accepted in life. Whether it is by their family, friends, co-workers or groups they are involved in. At times, however, they put their value (worthiness) in how other people think of them. They seek others to fill a void in their lives, a void that can...
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Are You Truly Alone

Let me ask you a few questions.   Are you the same person when you are around your family verses when you are with your work family or your church family? Are you the same person at your job verses when you are at church? Are you the same person when...
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Coming Home

The NBA is in its offseason and the NBA draft occurred a few weeks ago. Most of the NBA news in years past was about teams getting ready for the new season.   This year there was a huge story about Lebron James. Lebron was trying to decide if he was...
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Tweeting with The Lord God

Twitter is a social messaging system that has taken the internet by storm. Twitter allows you to send short messages of 140 characters or less to your “followers,” a group of people who have agreed to receive your messages.   A tweet is sent through the micro-blogging platform, Twitter.  Millions of...
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The Words You Speak

In May 2014 the National Basketball Association (NBA) had a situation with one of the team owners that made some comments that were not so pleasant. The comments caused a media fire storm for the owner, the team players, and the city where the team plays. His words had a...
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Are You Having Impact?

In the last blog I wrote about some thoughts I had from a leadership conference I attended. There was a lady named Laura that spoke there also about her encounter with an 11 year-old panhandler name Maurice. There were three words that changed her life forever. “I am hungry” I’m...
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Leadership

A couple weeks ago I attended conference on Leadership.   There were several speakers and the theme was “Beyond Yourself”.   I went to the conference with the intent on learning something to apply in my work environment but as I was listening I thought about how to apply it to my...
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Spiritual Heart Health Check

It is that time of the year when I get my yearly health checkup, physical examination. While doing my physical I told my doctor that I need to schedule an appointment with a Cardiologist. I needed to get a checkup on my heart. That conversation reminding me of a comment...
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Do you pay what you owe?

I was looking at the news and the reporters were talking about the amount of debt people are not able to pay back that they have created. I wonder how many have the money to pay it back but choose not to pay it.   What about the people whose thinking...
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How do you view debt?

I was walking through the airport a few weeks ago and I saw one of the major airlines pushing to get people to sign up for credit cards.  Most people were walking by without stopping but those that stopped seem to be young adults in their early twenties.   I wondered...
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Do you love money?

March Madness the basketball tournament is upon us.   One company is giving away one billion dollars, that is correct, one billion dollars for a perfectly picked bracket. It is free to enter and the chance of winning is 1:9,223,372,036,854,775,808.  That is no typo LOL.  I did enter since it was...
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How is God speaking to you?

Over the past few weeks the leader of my Men’s Bible study asked the question “How would you define your relations with God? (This was a question from Kyle Idleman “Not a Fan”)  If you were asked that question what thoughts come to your mind?   The following week he asked...
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Game Plan

On Feb 02, 2014 Super Bowl XLVIII (Forty Eight) was played. The Seattle Seahawks won 43 to 8 over the Denver Broncos. The two teams had two weeks to prepare for the game. Each team had a game plan with playbooks they practiced to ensure they knew what plays they...
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Independent or Dependent

I can remember growing up and being told to get good grades in school so one day it would position me to get a good job so I can go out in the world and provide for myself.  One day I would need to be able to move out on...
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Driving

When driving you need to know where you are going so you know what roads to take to get to a destination.   If it is the first time you are going somewhere you might use a map, may get step by step direction printed out, or you may use a...
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Taker or Giver

Back in 2012 my wife and I lead a 6-week Bible study written by Chip Ingram.  The study had several powerful topics.  One of the studies asked “How do you think God defines greatness?”  As we got more into the study a question came to me “Am I a taker...
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Unstable Ground

Have you ever thought about how diligent mountain climbers have to be, planning every step they take?  One incorrect step can be fatal.  Have you thought about other potential challenges that come their way like wind, rain, snow/ice; and during the summer months the sun and heat.  Also, depending on...
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PDP – Personal Development Plan

At the end of the 2013 year, I was working on my Performance Review at work for 2013.  One of the items included in the review is a PDP.  In the PDP, I have items that I wanted to implement to help me grow from my current position to the...
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Going Deeper

If you are like me, today is spent reflecting on the year in review and looking ahead to the year to come.  I’m VW and let’s have a fireside chat about “Going Deeper”. In years past, I have resolved to take better care of the temple of the Holy Spirit...
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PC

When I say PC what do you think of?  Maybe you think of “Personal Computer” or “Politically Correct”.  It is the Christmas season and the secular world is interested in selling items for gifts, companies making lots of money, people taking time off their jobs, eating food, watching sports, or...
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Are You a Salesperson?

Have you ever been around a salesperson?  Their goal is to sell you something whether you realize you need it or not.  Some salespeople earn a salary based on their ability to sell others may receive bonuses.  But at the end of the day their goal is to get you...
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Full Surrender

Are you a Christian that professes Jesus name but still have parts of your life you want to have control over without involvement from Jesus?  Do you trust Jesus with ALL your heart?  Do you let your emotions drive how you respond to Jesus? I’m RW and let’s have a...
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Deciding Vote

In life we have to make all kinds of decisions.   We get up and we decide on what we are going to wear that day, what we are going to try to accomplish that day,  and what time we are going to end our daily activities.  I think of them...
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Anxiety

In a Bible study I was reading the author talked about emotions and how they are a big part of our lives.  Emotions allow us to enjoy life and relate to others. How we express them determines whether we are building up or tearing down.  When I say building up...
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Are You Bigger Than Jesus?

I can recall years ago a conversation that I had had with my wife.  She was asking me about my relationship with my dad and why I do not interact with him.   I shared with her about his absence and the pain resulting from him not being a part of...
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Insurance to Assurance

During the last week of October 2013 I came home a little early to get ready to attend a fundraising Missions event.  When I walked into my home, it was raining in the kitchen.  My home has three levels and on the third level a sink was not turned completely...
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UNDERCOVER

There is a television show that I watch from time to time called Undercover Boss. The show is about how senior leadership usually the person in charge puts on a disguise to go to work in their company. They do not want to be recognized by others but want to...
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Shutdown…Slimdown

Wow, today is the first blog for Protect the Brand. The news is bombarded with talks about the United States’ government shutdown or slim down which has resulted in many organizations that cannot operate at all or not at their full potential. I’m RW and let’s have a fireside chat about “Are you...
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