August, 2013

Why Do Our Children Leave The Church?

Why Do Our Children Leave The Church?

Why do so many people—with incredible conversions—parent children who leave Christianity? History overflows with great saints whose offspring lose faith: Samuel was a mighty prophet of God. His sons were a mess. David was a man after God’s own heart. His children were a disaster. Harvard, Yale, and Princeton were founded on the gospel. Now they lead the opposition. I’ve witnessed...

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Walking off the map – Conversation with Michael Williams

Walking off the map – Conversation with Michael Williams Gary and Sam asks Michael Williams about the significant life course-changes that have taken place over the past 7 years.  This is a beautiful picture of the awakening, deepening and fulfilling process of God. Click the play button to listen now or right click the download-link (under the play button) to download. Click here if you...

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Are We Neutering God?

Are We Neutering God?

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) recently elected to reject “In Christ Alone” for their next hymnal. Their committee originally chose it but wanted to replace one phrase with altered lyrics.  The authors of the song determined the changes inappropriate. Original lyrics: Till on the cross as Jesus died / the wrath of God was satisfied Altered lyrics: Till on the cross as Jesus died / the...

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Beyond Our Dreams, Not Our Desires

Beyond Our Dreams, Not Our Desires

I had a chance to get an update on a friend’s story early this summer. (It was at our new It’s Your Time Weekend). I was struck by the interaction of God in his life. I was both inspired and enlightened by it. Michael Williams came to one my first Calling Intensive events about eight years ago. During a small group time, he shared various pictures that captured his heart (from the Picture...

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The Success of Failure And The Failure of Success

The Success of Failure And The Failure of Success

I used to know a guy—just an everyday guy—who was a perfectly pleasant person. Then success spoiled him. I first met him on a client visit where he was a mid-level manager. Fifteen years ago, through a fluke—and a dash of good luck fueled by a couple coincidences—he became the company president. At first he was very humble about his promotion, “It was just God’s grace. I hadn’t...

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