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Monthly Archives: April 1992

The Generosity Brand

Generosity has become a powerful concept recognized around the world. Sometimes a product or product line is a brand. (Cheez Whiz.) Sometimes a whole company is a brand. (John Deere.) And sometimes a brand is even larger than that—it’s a concept that crosses organizational and international borders. In this sense, […]

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SUMMARIZING PRINCIPLES

1. Standing up for the good, the right, and the true should always begin with modeling right actions. 2. Without a moral warehouse it is impossible to live a sustaining life of ethics. 3. Standing up doesn’t have to be a bloodbath and bruises. 4. Living ethically doesn’t mean that […]

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Your Moving Center: Love Covers, All

“Love takes up where knowledge leaves off.” Thomas Aquinas [Quote ] Contemporary Christian culture loves love. While previous generations primarily conceived and spoke of God in terms of his power, or justice, or even wrath, we love that “God is love.” Our language, whether from the pulpit or across the […]

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Respect Your Elders

Gray hair is a crown of splendor. PROVERBS 16:31 In our youth-oriented culture, gray hair isn’t considered to be desirable. When the gray strands start to outnumber the colored ones, our first inclination is to hop in the shower to “wash that gray right out of our hair.” We’d rather […]

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The Power of Personal Ethic

Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. JAMES 3:13 The power of one good deed is hard to measure. Jesus explored this idea in what we have come to know as the […]

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MAKING EVALUATION

Let’s face it: We don’t often think like writer John Bunyan, who said, “You have not lived today successfully unless you’ve done something for someone who can never repay you.” Yet if we want to live at the highest level, that’s what we must do. One of my favorite examples […]

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Handling the Inexplicable Hardships of Life (Part One)

Then Job replied: “If only my anguish could be weighed and all my misery be placed on the scales!” JOB 6:1-2 Many times, life does not work out as we think it should. Situations and circumstances are complicated, confusing, and difficult. We sometimes feel as if we are main characters […]

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Back to Reality

If you haven’t figured it out by now, Joe does not exist. How could he? The math alone will never add up. We might be able to mirror Joe’s life in one or two phases, but never across the board. It just isn’t possible. This entire parody reminds me of […]

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To Whom Credit Is Due

Ascribe to the LORD, O mighty ones, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength. Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness. PSALM 29:1-2 What do we give God credit for? Typically it is for supernatural activities in our lives […]

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Lodging a Complaint

I pour out my complaint before him; before him I tell my trouble. PSALM 142:2 One of the beauties of the psalms is David’s honesty before God. His gut- wrenching pleas for justice, mercy, deliverance, success, and blessing strike a chord within all of us. But rather than nodding in […]

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