Be Strong and Take Courage

by Michael Catt (from the Leap of Faith series) Joshua 1 “Even some of the bravest men, although fully prepared beforehand, either stand still or hesitate when the thing needs to be done.” – John Calvin “He deals with nations according to their actions and acts in judgment only when a nation’s cup of iniquity […]

"Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world." - Joel Barker

"Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow." - Ronald E. Osborn

"The man who does things makes many mistakes, but he never makes the biggest mistake of all--doing nothing." - Benjamin Franklin

"The more you seek security, the less of it you have. But the more you seek opportunity, the more likely it is that you will achieve the security that you desire." - Brian Tracy


"The essence of real leadership is to allow your people to see your need and desire for learning. Your actions speak more than your words. Today's leaders must be students of change first, before they become teachers of change to others." - Jack Kahl

"I learned that a great leader is a man who has the ability to get other people to do what they don't want to do and like it." - Harry Truman

"You do not lead by hitting people over the head--that's assault, not leadership." - Dwight D. Eisenhower


The Final Word

An analysis of the final statements of all 446 men and women Texas has executed since the Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976 reveals, among other things, that “love” is by far the most frequently uttered word.   Love* 630 Thanks* 243 Sorry 211 God 175 Death* 132 Lord 130 Life 126 Peace 95 […]

Teens’ Texting Behavior

What teens admit to Texting practices What parents believe       41% Sent, received or forwarded a textthat said something sexual 11%       52% Read someone else’s texts or had their textsread by someone without permission 8%       43% Put someone down or insulted someone in a text 10%   […]

Lasting Influence

Protestant pastors nationwide were asked to identify the top three living Christian preachers and leaders that most influence them. The top 10, based on the number of times they were mentioned are: PreachersBilly GrahamCharles SwindollCharles StanleyRick WarrenJohn MacArthurBarbara Brown TaylorDavid JeremiahMax LucadoJohn PiperAndy Stanley LeadersBilly GrahamJames DobsonRick WarrenCharles StanleyDesmond TutuCharles SwindollJim WallisBill HybelsJohn MacArthurChuck Colson(LifeWay […]

Seasons of the Soul

Stages of Spiritual Development– Bruce Demarest, Formatio. InterVarsity Press. (From the preface)“Understanding the seasons and dynamics of the spiritual journey will equip us to guide others more skillfully on their challenging life journeys. I trust that it will better enable us to realize God’s high purpose in this life, which is the exciting process of […]

No Stones

Women Redeemed from Sexual Addiction – Marnee C. Ferree. IVP Books. Ferree offers a unique resource for women struggling with sexual addiction. Written by a counselor who understands the condition from the inside out, this book offers practical help for those battling sexual addiction and those who want to come alongside women as they seek […]

Christianity Beyond Belief

Following Jesus for the Sake of Others – Todd D. Hunter. IVP Books. For some time now, the Christian gospel has been narrowly focused on getting “saved’ from death into heaven. Author Todd Hunter argues that this focus is misguided. The question shouldn’t be “Do you know what would happen to you if you were […]

Intimacy with God

“And there has not arisen a prophet since in Israel like Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face.” (Deut 34:10) God is omniscient and knows everything. He made and knows the inner workings of every cell of your body. But does the Lord “know” you? We speak of knowing God, but in Matthew 7 […]

The Measure of All Things

The agnostic Greek philosopher Protagoras is credited with the phrase, “Man is the measure of all things.” Since the context of the statement is not available to us, we can only guess what he meant. I won’t even attempt to speculate right now—but the statement is full of bluster and conceit, it seems to me. […]

Discouraging Pathways

Donnie Moore is one of the more tragic figures in baseball history. Most of his 13-season career, Donnie was an average pitcher at best. But, for two wonderful years, 1985 and 1986, Donnie became one of the premier relief pitchers in the game. However, Donnie is best known for a single pitch during his career. […]

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