Lessons Learned on the Journey

Strangers in the Land

As I travel to various countries, I enjoy new people, new food and a new culture. Although I enjoy my new surroundings, …

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The Cost of Forgiveness

I often say, "Please forgive me" so glibly that I give little thought to the suffering my words or actions may have caused others and the resulting cost of forgiveness required of that…

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Leading Like a Shepherd

Studying leadership over the years, I have read books by people like Stephen Covey, Peter Drucker, John Maxwell, and others. I learned such things as 7 habits, 5 principles and multiple guidelines…

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A Conduit Not A Reservoir

Collecting has always been a part of my nature. As a boy, I used my paper route earnings to collect coins and antiques. Books and papers were cherished and accumulated in piles. Throwing things away…

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Obedience before Understanding

In the emergency room I always gathered as much information and data as possible before making a medical decision. This is the methodology of science and medicine. Seeing and understanding precede…

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Am I a Pharisee?

Sometimes it is just easier to be a Pharisee—justifying my thoughts and actions as righteous. I can easily point out the good I do and hide the true attitude of my heart—the sin that…

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Always Pursuing...What?

Although I do not care much for New Year's resolutions, January 1st found me thinking about my time, energy, and resources, and what to pursue for the New Year. …

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Giving vs Receiving

It is more blessed to give than receive. Acts 20:35 NIV …

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Safety/Security vs Persecution

Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:10 NIV …

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Striving vs Answering a Call

Working is locked firmly into my character via German heritage genes and farm work. In fact, I love to work. However, when it comes to following Jesus my work ethic sometimes gets in the way. Hard…

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