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From My Files: “A Word Received”

April 10, 2014 by


When I first began as a Young Life leader, I was encouraged to take notes, and keep handouts that were given to me.  I began collecting these in a three ring binder than soon multiplied into many binders.  I since have scanned these notes and handouts into my computer, making them searchable and much more […]

Ordinary Greatness

February 18, 2014 by


As a young believer, I was inspired by the early church in the book of Acts because of the numbers of converts.  Likewise, men like Hudson Taylor, Dawson Troutman, Jim Rayburn, Harold Ockenga, and Billy Graham inspired me to accomplish great things for the Lord.  Henrietta Mears and Mother Theresa are also on my list […]

Both Coins

February 11, 2014 by


Two coins have a permanent home in the center console of my red Hyundai Santa Fe.  They are in no danger of being used to pay a toll or feed a parking meter, because they are ancient copper coins–small, weathered and corroded over time.  They were given to me by a good friend named George. […]

Reading the Signs?

December 18, 2013 by


“Therefore the Lord himself will give you this sign:  the virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall name him Emmanuel.”  Isaiah 7: 14 Signs are everywhere.  I’ve counted 75 road signs in the ¼ mile between my house and the closest major intersection in the center of my town.  You literally can not […]

What Do You Have in Common with the Chesapeake Bay?

December 12, 2013 by


Who are you becoming as a leader?  How will what you do today affect your leadership ten or twenty years from now? This fall, I was driving in Upstate New York, from Albany to Oneonta on Interstate 88.  About halfway there, I passed a sign that said, “Entering the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.”  I was incredulous.  I did […]

Longing to See the Savior

December 9, 2013 by


This week I will take a break from what I said I would blog about: leadership styles and how to maximize them. The reason? This month represents something infinitely more important!  As we look forward to Christmas, it is good to pause and prepare ourselves for this Advent season. The history of Advent is an […]

Finding the missing words

November 27, 2013 by


We all have significant memories in our lives.  Memories of events, people, and words that help shape us.  We also have memories of things that didn’t happen that shape us in powerful ways also.  These are the types of things that weren’t present in our lives, but were painfully obvious. An example of that from […]