The Cost of Embitterment

Embitterment is like a cancer of the mind and heart. It can slowly creep up on you until it takes over. I’ve known people who’ve been embittered for years. It’s not a pretty picture. It can change the way that you look and feel. Darkness within finds ways of expression through our bodies. The pain […]

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Why Do Experts Need Training?

This morning, an OSU wrestler spoke about how every other week a specialist comes in to train the team. The  coach identified a weakness that they share and realized that he needs to call in support to make the right improvements. The problem is that of mental toughness – that it’s all too easy for […]

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What is Discipleship?

Jesus instructed his followers to “go and make disciples.” But what does that mean? He didn’t exactly leave detailed instructions. But wait, maybe he did that on purpose? What if, by his exclusion of methodologies, he was purposefully trying to avoid them? I believe that is exactly what Jesus did. He wasn’t being ambiguous to […]

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The Other Side of Fear

Chuck Yeager was apparently a nameless nobody at one time. Until he broke the sound barrier. Now, his name is what we call a household word. Everybody knows it. The sound barrier isn’t actually an obstruction, per se. If humans didn’t become pilots of airplanes and try to see how fast that they could go, […]

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An Authentic Lion (On Practice #221)

This morning I met with about 50 men. It’s easy to find seriously committed people on an overseas mission field, because that’s why you go, but not so much in a place like the USA where much is taken for granted. On the (overseas) mission field, I’ve heard it said that after 8 years you’ve […]

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Change the World with a Smile

When I was young I had a hard time talking. It’s not that I lacked the ability – it’s just that getting the words out were hard. Looking back I believe that it’s because I felt so small because my words drowned in the bigger voice of the world around me. I wanted to say […]

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What To Do When You Just. Can’t. Get. There.

Sometimes, life seems like a series of problems, a string of obstacles that come your way. You’ve waited the long winter, tilled the soil, and planted the crops. You feel a sense of satisfaction as you water your garden and notice the first green shoots peeking through the soil. You go to bed at night […]

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Be a Continuous Person

Let there be no break in who you are. This is the heart of humility. Humility is to find your place, whether you perceive it as great or small, and to keep yourself there. If you find you are to sweep floors for a living, so be it. Do it with all your might, and […]

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Change the Conversation

Messages come at you everywhere you look. Your phone, your iPad, your android, your radio, your TV, your parents, your job, your church, your school, your home, your roommates. Messages come at you constantly. Do you ever turn them off? Did you know that you can? When do you broadcast your own signal? Do you […]

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Break the Boundaries of Failure

 A scientist ran some experiments with a barracuda. He put one in a big fish tank. He put fish into the tank to feed it. Then, the scientist divided the tank in half with glass, to separate the barracuda and its prey. Repeatedly, the hunter rammed into the glass, trying to reach the fish. After […]

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