23 May

SAD GUIDEPOST SBC REPORT

AN OPEN LETTER TO MINISTERS.

As someone who Edify Leaders desires to love and serve, and in light of the sad SBC sexual abuse news reported by Guidepost, please be reminded that sexual sin has been the downfall of many great leaders.

If you are playing around with any sort of sexual promiscuity, please know that it has to end.

Like a mouse playing with a mouse trap loaded down with cheese, it doesn’t end well. The collateral damage of sexual sin reaches far beyond any one person

If you need someone to talk to, please reach out to our team confidentiality at https://www.edifyleaders.org/contact

As you can imagine, there isn’t much we haven’t heard at this point as we walk closely with ministry leaders like you.

You are a target. The enemy knows we all have weaknesses. Don’t let those weaknesses lead you down a road that hurts you and others who are innocently affected by your weakness.

Don’t live in isolation. Find help, freedom and healing through genuine friendship as spoken of in James 5:16.

21 May

What do you want?

Amazing how some questions Jesus asked still relate to us today. Mark 10:51-52

Q: “What do you want from me?”

I love the reply. It too is relevant for today: “I want to see.”

Don’t we all hope to live with greater clarity? Our purpose? Our calling? A big decision? Help me see clearly Lord!

And through faith (belief, trust, confidence) that which is desired, is granted.

Without faith, it is impossible to please him.

What in your life today requires faith?

When is the last time you sensed Jesus asking: “What do you want?”

It seems we are often the one doing the asking.

Jesus turns it on us. What do you want?

Perhaps we need to be better prepared to answer than ask.

He stands ready to hear our response. Rest assured, whatever the reply, it will include an act of faith to see it fulfilled.

Too many times we think too small. The Lord asks what we want because he wants us to think so big that whatever it is, it will require his involvement. It will require faith!

So, what do you want?

23 Apr

Funeral Flowers

The day will come when we are done. Our last goodbye and a setting sun.

So much unsaid with little sorrow. Here today and gone tomorrow.

Time will end and the day will come.

Tis best to love before we’re done.

Unspoken words are the most unjust. Regret out lives the graveyard’s dust.

Lay down the petty among the living and cherish love while life’s worth giving.

Tombstones reflect on what has been. Memories of love linger in.

The ground is cold where loved ones lie. Their warm embrace has passed us by.

Flowers are best before laid to rest. Wait too long and we fail the test.

So send the flowers while there’s still time because funeral flowers aren’t worth a dime.

Reach out today before it’s too late. No one knows their final date.

12 Feb

Peace principles

1. Don’t assume people know you have been hurt, offended or insulted. Family, friends and associates are at the top of the list. There is a good chance the source of the conflict is either a misunderstanding, a miscommunication or misbehavior. Whatever it is, don’t “miss” the opportunity to make things right. People are often oblivious to how their actions have affected you. If you can’t overlook the offense, kindly make the offender aware of your perspective. They may become defensive at first but the more you talk it through and make them aware of how it made you feel, the more likely they are to want to make amends. Not always, but most often.

2. Some people don’t care but most people really don’t desire conflict. Peace is preferred by the majority. So much as it depends on you, be a peacemaker. Take the initiative towards peace. Your willingness to seek peace will pay big dividends towards unity and harmony.

3. It’s not a matter of if, but when. Someone will ruffle your feathers. Choose to overlook and forgive or choose to seek resolution and forgive regardless of the outcome. Failing to forgive holds you hostage and denies you freedom. Otherwise, the other person controls you and holds you captive.

4. You may not be able to be at peace with others but you can be at peace with yourself knowing you have made every effort to be at peace. Don’t pretend you’ve tried your best. You know in your heart of hearts if you are holding out. But once you have given it your best, only you will know, then move ahead never closing the door for peace to return.

5. Peace today doesn’t guarantee peace tomorrow. Peace takes effort. No one is perfect. Peace is fragile. Maintaining the peace will likely require a bit of compromise but it will be worth it. It may require a piece of you in order to gain peace. It doesn’t have to be your way in order to be peaceful. To keep the peace you will likely have to accept the fact that you can’t change people but you can change you and your perspective.

6. Separation is a last resort. Sometimes you simply have to walk away from unteachable repeat offenders in order to find peace. Be careful not to walk away or to give up too soon. Even the best relationships aren’t always peaceful.

7. The bottomline? Peace is a state of mind. You can experience it no matter the circumstances because peace is found from within not from without.

Remember, when it comes to peace, you can make it and you can break it but you can’t fake it.

10 Feb

Deep Water Difficulties

Deep water difficulties.

I walked away from a serious car accident yesterday. Other than an air bag burn on my hand, I am physically sound. Other than reliving the crash in my sleep, time and again, last night, I’m moving forward and not looking back in the rearview mirror.

It has been tough for us the last few days and years. We don’t understand why it has been so difficult but we do know he is with us.

It is a counter intuitive perspective. He is with us, as things only seem to get worse outwardly. Inwardly, we are strengthened and renewed.

We some how expected things to be easier by now but it seems things are still harder than they need to be.

Yet, we feel stronger than we were before. The weights on the rack are heavier but the muscles we build, through endurance, can now handle the load, given the presence of his strong right hand!

He never promised life wouldn’t be hard. He did promise to be with us and help us through it. The hardest of all is the thought of doing it without him. He is with us, loves us and considers us precious.

And for now, we carry on!

The passage below is a great reminder for me just 24 hours after the crash as we navigate the difficulties of deep waters.

“… listen to the LORD who created you … the one who formed you says, “Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine. When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. For I am the LORD, your God, the Holy One … your Savior. I gave … a ransom for your freedom… you are precious to me. You are honored, and I love you. “Do not be afraid, for I am with you…”

Isaiah 43:1-5 NLT

09 Feb

BLESSED!

It has been one of those days.

I feel lucky to be alive. A total of 5 vehicles were involved. Thankfully, no one was hurt. No citations.

After the accident two ladies approached me and put things in perspective.

The lady in the BLESSED shirt said, “You are blessed. You walked away and weren’t rolled away. You can get another truck. You can’t get another life. Your wife has her husband and your babies have their daddy.”

Thank God for heavenly and ordinary angels. That is the best full coverage any guy could hope for.

Counting my blessings today.

Let me know if you know anyone who might be interested in a slightly used Silverado. Sure glad I had a grill guard. It comes with the truck!

It is fair to say I am living up to my motto, BE DANGEROUS! Notice the rearview mirror.

06 Feb

Be you today.

God created you exactly as he needed in order to fulfill his will.

Rest in his creation. He created you.

He strengthens those with tired hands. He encourages those who have weak knees. (Isaiah 35:3-4)

Be strengthened.

Be encouraged.

Do not fear.

He is with you.

05 Feb

Waiting serves as the simmering pot for faith.

We often believe we are waiting on God but clearly, it is he who waits on us.

If only we will ask for help, he will surely respond.

If waiting is then necessary, it is based strictly on his perfect timing.

Faith is always required in order to please him. Waiting serves as the simmering pot for faith.

What are you waiting on?

What do you need to ask and trust the Lord for?

He is waiting to show love and compassion for he is faithful to those who call on him and believe he is willing to answer.

So the LORD must wait for you to come to him so he can show you his love and compassion. For the LORD is a faithful God. Blessed are those who wait for his help. O people of Zion, who live in Jerusalem, you will weep no more. He will be gracious if you ask for help. He will surely respond to the sound of your cries. Though the Lord gave you adversity for food and suffering for drink, he will still be with you to teach you. You will see your teacher with your own eyes. Your own ears will hear him. Right behind you a voice will say, “This is the way you should go,” whether to the right or to the left. – Isaiah 30:18-21

22 Dec

Values and valuables

A heritage is what you are given. A legacy is what you leave.

Your dynasty and your childrens’ destiny, is dependent on the successful transfer of your valuables and your values.

There is more to an inheritance than silver and gold.

2 Chronicles 21:1-15 is a great passage that convey’s the importance of transferring your values along with your valuables.

Jehoshaphat transferred his valuables but clearly, his values didn’t make it to the next generation.

His son became king, killed his brothers and other leaders and he then led the people astray.

What a nightmare!

Your succession plan is critical. It is truly important to see the full perspective. Transferring valuables and values is essential for an enduring dynasty.

(Inspired by 2 Chronicles 21:1-13)

24 Nov

It’s time to move on.

Have you been wronged, deceived, betrayed or let down by family and friends?

King David can relate. While he accomplished much in his life and was the most beloved king of all, he had more than his fair share of disappointment, discouragement and despair. The frown on his face was often brought about by the actions of those closest to him.

We get a glimpse of one of his best life lessons when he poured his heart into Psalm 37.

He learned to quit giving the naysayers, wrongdoers, wicked, betrayers, deceivers, connivers and crooks the time of day. Quite frankly, he learned to move on.

He shares that when we do, the so called “sticks in the mud” will begin to fade away and become a distant memory when we decide to delight in the Lord and trust in him.

As we focus on the desires God has placed in our hearts, rather than dwell on the past offenses, we are free to move ahead and regain our joy for living.

The key is to commit everything, every single aspect of our lives, to him. When we trust him, he will help us. We can go it alone or we can invite him into the challenges by asking for his assistance.

That’s right, the creator of the universe, because he delights in every detail of our lives, is standing by to lend a hand, pitch in and direct our steps. Wow! We simply need to be still and wait patiently for him to act.

It sounds easy but waiting on the Lord is hard when you are prone to take matters into your own hands. The temptation is to get impatient, upset and even angry about the timing and the circumstances.

Have no fear, the Lord is near! No need to be upset. In due time, the wrongdoers will be marginalized. Put your hope in the Lord and continue to travel steadily along his path.

Focus on what God is doing not what they have done! Living the great adventure need not be hindered by a false start or a party pooper.

You might stumble, you might stub your toe and even make a few ill advised decisions, but you will not fall. You will not fail. He simply delights too much in your love for him to let you come up short.

Don’t worry about the wrongdoers. Let them go. Release them into their cesspool of demise.

As for you, look ahead and take hold of the ride of a lifetime that you are living. Come what may, you are on your way to better things! It’s time to move on!

(Inspired by Psalm 37)