This recording was made at the kick-off to the new fall series "Every Father Needs to Know". There are important ideas which every father should be thinking about.
September 19th, 2015
September 13th, 2015
Have you ever paused for a couple of minutes one day only to discover that you were going through the motions of life but without any clear purpose or reason? Have you ever been caught in a funk of daily life and been disappointed with the gap between who you wanted to be as a person and how you were living in the moments of life? Today, we'll begin a new several part series in which we explore how that happens to all of us a Christ-Followers, and how we may be able to break out of those traps.
August 29th, 2015
Is great leadership a scarce commodity? Or are there other things at work which seem to undermine the potential effectiveness and accomplishments of those who lead in any area of life? If it possible that solid leadership would or could co-exist with large and complex problems? If that could be true, then what does leadership really accomplish, or why does it not achieve the resolution of great dilemmas?
Let's consider why it might be possible for great leadership to be undermined. Let's also consider why problems may not vanish when confronted by a forceful leader with a great vision.
August 15th, 2015
What SHOULD I be doing? Whenever someone poses a question such as "What does God want me to do?", there is an underlying assumption. Whatever I'm doing right now, is something I'm either dissatisfied with or something which I am convinced doesn't really matter that much. First let me say that I'm very thankful for thousands of people who don't just stop doing what they're doing only because they feel it doesn't matter or because they don't like what they're doing. Much of civilized and advanced society would crumble in hours if there were not people out there doing the millions of essential things each day which make an advanced and inter-dependent society possible. Thank you all for doing what you do.
But no one in an "advanced" society should be perpetually consigned to an unfulfilled life. And no one should be segregated into corral of the "your life's work really doesn't matter" herd. So let's take a look - in two parts - at discerning a direction for your life which is in alignment with God's larger and also individualized plans.
August 9th, 2015
Effective teams are those that can stay together and produce the most good for the longest period of time. We all want to be part of great teams. Yet over time, we become jaded and cynical. We feign indifference. We become bitter. We doubt that great is possible. Let's look at what a team is and what it takes for a team to be great for the long haul.
August 6th, 2015
Wisdom. It's something we all want. It's certainly something that the Scriptures speak about frequently. With those thoughts as a backdrop, would it then be possible to find in the Scriptures human stories of growth in wisdom, discernment and understanding? Are there examples contained in the pages of the Bible which can reveal individual journeys toward wisdom? Let's dig in and find out.
July 25th, 2015
This week we'll break down the process of how general information becomes the material from which you make decisions about life and living. We'll see how those of us who feel the call to be influencers can better understand the process by which we all become wise. We'll also look at ways to evaluate where we struggle in living wisely and how to overcome those breaks in reason. Sound confusing? It won't be once you jump into the process with us.
July 18th, 2015
Ambition. When you read that word, what thoughts come to mind? How about desire? Any thoughts there? Today we'll explore how our personal pursuits of getting what we want can actually stand in the way of our acquiring wisdom. Sometimes we're least likely to hear or follow wisdom when we need it the most. There's another phrase we often hear. "Blind Ambition". We understand that to mean ambition which isn't tempered by reason. But could it also mean ambition which refuses to see wisdom? Let's take a closer look.
July 12th, 2015
We spend quite a lot of time telling people that they should pursue wisdom. But what does a man do and to what sources will he turn, once convinced that greater wisdom is exactly what he need? It's wonderful to move a man from thinking that he needs no additional wisdom to recognizing that he does. But then what? If I tell you that you need to eat better, I can tell you what to eat that IS better, and also tell you where such foods can be purchased. If I tell you that you need to keep your body fit and strong through proper exercise, I can make concrete suggestions as to what will work, and how frequently you may want to work out.
But when we once convince a man that he needs wisdom so that he can make better daily decisions and make better life-choices, where will we send him for that understanding. We live in a world of plenty. The McDonalds ad comes on the television immediately after the nutria-systems ad. The add for comfortable living room furniture comes on the television followed by the pop psychology show suggesting that we'll feel and look better if we get off the sofa and go outside and do something.
And wisdom seems to come in that many flavors and more also. So what's a man to do? How does he know which "wisdom" is really wise?
July 4th, 2015
The 4th of July. A great day for picnics, the beach, a trip to the vacation home in the mountains and a grand display of fireworks in the evening. But is that all? When we consider the purpose behind the day set apart, what comes to mind? Freedom? Opportunity? Today we'll look at the truth behind freedom. It's unique and rare qualities and how delicate and fragile it may be. Freedom is a very great thing. So we should give it the attention it actually deserves.