Giving Five Minutes of Hope

Giving Five Minutes of Hope

“Five minutes of hope can stop a person from committing suicide.” I learned that lesson in theory, first, then I learned it in real life shortly thereafter when I talked a man out of the .357 he had pointed at his temple. For twenty years I served as a minister of a...

Creating A World In Which You Want To Live

Creating A World In Which You Want To Live

Are you exhausted with the negativity you see in the news and on social media? Do you have to work or live with someone who is negative or critical of everyone and everything?  As the old saying goes, “A crazy person will even make a sane person go crazy after a...

How to Handle the Critics in Your Life

How to Handle the Critics in Your Life

The Jealous Critic is hard to spot because they’re sneaky; no one will ever admit they are jealous of you. But they point out your faults, not so much because you’re wrong, but because they want to be superior to you. Their criticism is more about their inadequacy than it is about your faults.

Life as a Swizzle Stick

Life as a Swizzle Stick

            Who are the people in your life that have stirred up the good in you? What did they do to cause good things to happen in you and through you?             Like you, I’ve had a few swizzle sticks in my life that have stirred up the good in me. When my ship...

Leading From the Back Pew: Leadership Lesson Part 4

Leading From the Back Pew: Leadership Lesson Part 4

If you want to cause someone to lose their religion in church, take the seat of a little old lady who has been sitting in the same pew since Noah beached the ark.  If you didn’t need salvation before you sat down, you will afterwards. In my early days as a minister, I...

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