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Shared Vision: The Antidote to a Thousand Arguments

Shared Vision: The Antidote to a Thousand Arguments

The reason that businesses create policies and procedures is to be able to make a thousand decisions at one time. Otherwise, they have to make a decision about each new circumstance, each new day. In many ways, clarifying vision is doing the same thing in your relationship. There is power in predecision to guide priorities.

Big feelings lead to big emotions

The Role of Emotions in Loving Our Neighbors

It was thirteen years ago that my friend’s toddler son died suddenly, but I can still picture everything as if it were last year. The phone call came first. It was late in the evening, and we were winding down for bed. John answered as I sat on the edge of our bed, picking at

What is within

You Don’t Have to Worry — How to View Stress

  What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. — Unknown God doesn’t want you to worry, because that robs you of life and energy. That doesn’t mean He will give you a stress-free life.  Stress can be good!  As a broad stroke, worry is

God will find you there

In Love with Distraction

Stasi and I celebrated our thirty-fifth wedding anniversary with a trip to Kauai. We find it the most gorgeous of the Hawaiian Islands, maybe one of the most beautiful places on earth. Volcanic cliffs covered with lush tropical forest spill right down to the water’s edge. Hibiscus blossoms fall onto the peaceful rivers that wind

Nothing Is Lost

Grab Hold with Both Hands That’s why I don’t think there’s any comparison between the present hard times and the coming good times. The created world itself can hardly wait for what’s coming next. Everything in creation is being more or less held back. God reins it in until both creation and all the creatures

Outshine Today

The Best Is Yet to Be

“The glory of this latter temple shall be greater than the former,” says the Lord of hosts. “And in this place I will give peace,” says the Lord of hosts. — Haggai 2:9 Unshakable Hope You’ve probably experienced a season of God-ordained struggle, a time when there was a chill in the corner office, a

John 10:10

Jesus: Life with Joy and Abundance

I have a sketch of Jesus laughing. It hangs on the wall across from my desk. It’s quite a drawing. His head is back. His mouth is open. His eyes are sparkling. He isn’t just grinning. He isn’t just chuckling. He’s roaring. He hasn’t heard or seen something like that in quite a while. He’s

Run to Him

Break Me

And when [Jesus] had given thanks, He broke [the bread] and said, “This is My body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” — 1 Corinthians 11:24 Years ago, David Wilkerson wrote a runaway bestselling book called The Prayer of Jabez. It focused on a couple of Bible verses in the Old

Psalm 27:5 NLT

Capturing Your Courage

Video surgeries make me squirm. Normally, a close-up shot of a scalpel has me groping for the remote. But today I pulled the covers close to my face and watched as a tumor was carefully removed from someone’s brain.  I decided to watch the procedure after Courtney Warner shared with her online followers her diagnosis

Psalm 119:105

The Perfect Playbook

Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. — Psalm 119:105 Have you ever played that party game that starts with a phrase whispered from person to person until the last individual repeats out loud what he was told? Most of the time it’s unrecognizable from the original statement and