Shining Like Stars in the Darkness

This is the final message in our series, INFLUENCE: A New Way to Think About Leadership. Listen: I have a constellation app on my phone. All I have to do is hold it up to the sky and it reveals the position of constellations and even locates planets. Now, the stars and planets are always…

Elders as Pacesetters

Listen:   The first use of a pace car in automobile racing took place in 1911 at the inaugural Indy 500. A pace car is designed to do just what it says—it sets the pace for other drivers, especially during seasons of chaos after a collision. Pace cars provide stability and direction for others to…

The “HOW” of the Christian Life

In his classic, True Spirituality (a book I consider “essential and foundational reading” for every believer), Francis Schaeffer writes concerning the how of the Christian life. “I became a Christian once for all upon the basis of the finished work of Christ through faith; that is justification. The Christian life, sanctification, operates on the same basis,…

Five Words You Can Say to Stop the Bleeding for Those Who Blow It

I recently came across a video of a high speed motorcycle road race. Crash after crash. Bodies hurdling, colliding, tumbling. It was painful to watch. I can’t imagine how the riders felt. Ouch. But you don’t have to watch motorcycle crashes to feel someone’s pain. Any sin is like that. Played out in living color…

A Mother’s Influence

As we think about leadership over the next three Sundays, we are saying that leadership is less about being in charge and giving orders as it is about having influence in the life of another human being.As we think about leadership over the next three Sundays, we are saying that leadership is less about being…

Grace for Those Who Grieve On Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day. For many, this is a day of celebration and thanksgiving. We have had wonderfully devoted, loving and sacrificial mothers. We have been blessed with children and grandchildren. Yet, for others, it is a day of deep pain, sadness and regret. Some mothers have neglected and abused their children. For these (often adult) children,…

4 Things Every Child Needs to Hear from a Father

As we think about leadership over the next four Sundays, we are saying that leadership is less about being in charge and giving orders as it is about having influence in the life of another human being, whether a child, an employee, a spouse, a neighbor or the grocery clerk. Listen to this week’s message: …