March, 2012

Our Downward Spiral of Addiction

Our Downward Spiral of Addiction

Cynthia Heimel lived in New York in the 1970s and she knew actors and artists before their fame—while they were still bussing tables and driving cabs—but she also knew them after their fame. She wrote this: I pity celebrities. No I really do. Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, and Barbara Streisand were once perfectly pleasant human beings. But now their wrath is awful. I think when God wants...

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When?

When? When do we start moving into our calling, into our desire?  Sam, Jeff and I talk about this question.  You will find several graphics that we refer to on a blog with the same title. (Right click to download, left click to listen now)

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When?

When?

  When?     Right click “When?” to download; Left click “When?” to listen now How do we know when it’s time to start moving into our call? I recently did a Campfire Conversation for the Base Camp community with two of my friends and colleagues on the question of “when”. When is my calling clear enough? When I am prepared to move into...

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Avoiding Avoidance

Avoiding Avoidance

Deathbed advice offers impact which no other advice provides. My father died of cancer sixteen years ago. A few weeks before his death, knowing he would die soon, my father offered me advice. As a long term pastor, my father counseled hundreds of men and women. He said that many of them lived their lives being controlled by their parents. They spent their lives avoiding their parents’ bad...

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What’s Important in this Moment?

What’s Important in this Moment?

I’ve been asking God these days to help me to distinguish between great and small events – for my morning as well as for my life. With all that is going around me and all that is going on within me, this feels like an important question.  It was Winston Churchill who said, “When a man cannot distinguish a great from a small event, he is of no use.” Is catching up on my...

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