Stay the course is a phrase that originated as a nautical metaphor on maintaining a constant, unaltering course while navigating the Sea. It was also a recurring phrase used in the Mel Gibson film The Patriot. Mel Gibson played a former soldier, turned farmer and then Colonel of the local Militia during the Revolutionary War. Throughout the movie Two of his sons were killed, his friends and supporters were burned out of their homes and killed. He almost quit. He decided to Continue reading Stay the Course
To be continued….Those are arguably the most disappointing words on television. Especially at the end of a season. Before Netflix, you would actually need to wait until next week or longer for the conclusion of the matter. The most famous cliffhanger of them all was from the show Dallas, Who shot J.R? In the Christian life there are things to be continued, but contrary to the entertainment industry, the things to be continued are not discouraging or disappointing, but rather encouraging. Helping us not to quit! Everywhere you look, there are people quitting on everything. They quit jobs, they quit Continue reading The Ultimate Guide of Things to Continue
The difference in a contribution and total commitment is usually the difference in failure and success. A chicken and a hog were walking past a church building one day when they noticed the Sunday morning sermon posted on the outside bulletin board, “Helping the Poor. ” They walked a ways when the chicken suddenly came across with a suggestion. “Say, Brother Hog, why don’t we give all the poor people a nice breakfast of ham and eggs?” The hog thought a moment and replied, “That’s all right for you to say because for you it is only a contribution, but for me, it’s total commitment!”
The Lord is looking for some people to be committed. In Ezekiel 22 we find the Jewish people in exile to Babylon. Ezekiel’s message to them is focusing on the fall of Jerusalem and the cause of the fall. As we read Chapter 22, we see that the sins that they were guilty of included:
- Disrespect of Parents
- Sexual Perversion
- Contract Murder
- Forgetting the Lord
It is plain to see our society, Continue reading Are You Standing in the Gap?
No-one likes to admit a weakness. We go to great lengths to hide our weaknesses. When interviewing people for a new position or job, one of the most likely questions that will be asked is, what are your strengths? What talents or abilities will you bring to our company? Most people rather enjoy answering this question. It gives them the opportunity to brag on themselves, and even though most people would deny it, they love talking about themselves. In most conversations that you find yourself in, the other party isn’t listening to what you are saying; they are just simply waiting for their turn to talk and usually about themselves or some experience that they have had. On the other hand, probably the most disliked question in an interview is, What are your weaknesses? Who wants to talk about weaknesses in an interview? In an interview, you are attempting to put your best foot forward, not talk about where you are weak! Most people have covered up their weaknesses so well and often, that they forget that they even have any. For instance, just yesterday, I was reminded of how easily a small weakness can completely dominate your actions. Yesterday I was moving a gas grill down some steps (with help) and somehow managed to twist and pull in exactly the wrong way, and pulled a muscle or something in my lower back. Today, I can hardly stand up straight. Before that happened I was just like everyone else, thinking that I didn’t have a weakness to worry about.
In this podcast, we are going to look at a few things that can Continue reading What Makes You Weak?
A simple internet search for the term “Extreme Makeover” will net you 4.3 million results. That is a lot of results! You will see everything from weight loss programs to make up videos. There was a program on ABC titled Extreme Makeover and was about plastic surgery. My favorite, however, was Extreme Makeover Home Edition which also aired on ABC. In this show, they provided home improvements or complete replacements of homes for less fortunate families. They would send the family on a paid 7day vacation, while volunteers remodeled their home. The best part was always the great reveal at the end. All the volunteers would gather around with the family, the home is obscured by a big bus, and everyone would be yelling “move that bus!” revealing the finished home.
I work in the cleaning industry, and at times customers expect us to Continue reading Extreme Makeover