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Published on September 30th, 2013

He is soft…compassionate…manageable…a threat to no one.  Such is the cultural concept of Jesus the Messiah.  Often we mold him in such a way that he remains appealing and approachable.  Uniquely, this imagery was not the way that he was seen by his own culture, nor was it the anticipation of God that his son


titles are meaningless…(unless)

Published on September 27th, 2013

It’s true.  Titles are meaningless.  Action.  Developing others.  Serving with humility.  These are the things that matter.  These are the things that lead to influence.  These are the things that leaders choose to do.  I believe the idea of leadership has really changed in the past century from being a “title” or a “position” to


What my kids learn…

Published on September 26th, 2013

I want my kids to have courage.  I believe a courageous person who is willing to do the right thing will accomplish much in life.  Courage gives us a calm confidence to move in the right direction.  Throughout this month at ValleyPoint Church, my kids are learning this virtue.  Courage is defined as being brave


I’m learning to say no

Published on September 23rd, 2013

Saying no is a hard thing…for me.  I would rather just say yes to people…to opportunities…to causes.  Unfortunately, saying yes to every person or every opportunity, or every cause leads to an unsustainable schedule.  But, I do not like saying no.  Perhaps that is driven by a desire to not disappoint people.  Perhaps that is


new school year

Published on September 7th, 2013

It has begun.  Some new clothes, new shoes, new supplies, new schedules, and new teachers have launched a school year that is going to be special.  I find five out of our six kids in school this year.  I am trying to enjoy all of these moments as they seem to be moving at an


Wealth: Is It Worth It?

Published on September 6th, 2013

I recently read Wealth:Is It Worth it? by S. Truett Cathy.  I enjoyed the book and found that it gave honest answers.  My favorite answer to the title of book was actually a “no” response. “Is wealth worth it?  No, if you are not willing to share your wealth.  The happiest people I know are