When You’re Completely Spent and Have Nothing to Show For it All

When You’re Completely Spent and Have Nothing to Show For it All

When my wife and I were first married, we lived in Beebe, Arkansas where I served as pastor of a small church and we commuted several days per week to Conway, an hour away, for classes at Central Baptist College. The chariot that carried us back and forth was a 1991...
Go Ahead and Throw Your Best Pitch Out There

Go Ahead and Throw Your Best Pitch Out There

Have you heard about Nathan Patterson? Here’s the scoop… Nathan played baseball in high school, but upon graduation, moved on to more practical things like selling software for a living. After all, how many high school hopefuls actually make it to...
In Ministry, It’s Always Better to Be Real Than to Be Good

In Ministry, It’s Always Better to Be Real Than to Be Good

Sometimes we look for professionals to help us learn things. I was once on a flight that was diverted from John Wayne Airport to LAX, which prompted a wave of sighs from passengers as well as a conversation between me and the guy seated next to me on the plane named...
Growing from “Ought To” to “Can Do” Living

Growing from “Ought To” to “Can Do” Living

You ought to go to church. You ought to read your Bible, eat right, quit smoking, pay your tithes, and be a better mom… dad… husband… wife… yodeler, underwater basket-weaver, etc. The weight of “ought to” living can be crushing. In...
How to Overcome Your FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) Once and For All

How to Overcome Your FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) Once and For All

FOMO (the “fear of missing out”) is a real thing, and it’s more intense than ever. We’re afraid we’ll miss out on all the cool stuff. We’ll miss out on doing something significant with our lives. But God has a purpose for every one of us – a unique pathway to...
When to Take Burn-the-Ships, No-Turning-Back, Massive Action

When to Take Burn-the-Ships, No-Turning-Back, Massive Action

Some decisions are so radical that there is simply no going back. They’re life-changing, and sometimes world-changing. The problem is, only a relatively few people will ever experience them. Out of twelve spies who scouted out the promised land, only two would...
What to Do When Everything Around You is Falling Apart

What to Do When Everything Around You is Falling Apart

Sometimes, everything around you seems to be falling apart. The markets are down and retirement looks bleak… You can’t seem to communicate with your spouse… Recent news from the doctor has you shaken… Most people do one of two things in these...
How to Plan a Daily Quiet Time with God

How to Plan a Daily Quiet Time with God

I’m convinced that the one thing that will change everything about your life for the positive is establishing a daily quiet time with God. Your health will improve if you exercise daily. Your finances will improve if you manage your budget daily. And in the same...