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Claire and Rick share thoughts from the heart to the heart

Trying isn’t the same as doing

I read an article by Carey Nieuwhof this past week and a statement he made has been at the forefront of my thinking this week. He wrote, “Trying isn’t the same as doing.” This is a powerful statement for effective… Continue Reading →

The value of a close friend

We may have a large number of acquaintances, but how many close friends do we have? Solomon writes about the importance of having a close friend, A man of too many friends comes to ruin, but there is a friend… Continue Reading →

The key to bearing much fruit

People desire to live a fruitful life, but for many it seems to be an elusive quest. One of the problems is that we think that we can bear fruit in our own strength. Jesus gives us the key to… Continue Reading →

Do you need a management consultant?

A management consultant is one who helps organizations and Individuals enhance their performance by assisting them to improve their efficiency and effectiveness. Moses father-in-law, Jethro, could be considered one of the first management consultants as he provided helpful advice to Moses…. Continue Reading →

What is your view of God?

Your view of God determines the type of person you will become. We see an example of this principle from the life of Jonathan, King Saul’s son. Israel was in a desperate battle with the Philistines. Jonathan said to his armor… Continue Reading →

Happy 4th of July

As we celebrate our freedom we’re mindful of the men and women who have sacrificed and right now are on the front lines so we can enjoy the benefits of our freedom. The words of Lee Greenwood’s song “Proud To Be… Continue Reading →

Do you have a sincere faith?

A sincere faith is a faith that is genuine and authentic. Our English word “authentic” comes from the Greek word authentikos and this word conveys the meaning of being genuine, trustworthy, reliable, and sincere. People with a sincere faith practice what they… Continue Reading →

What is your standard for behavior?

Our values are revealed in our behavior. A strong moral compass results in good behavior, whereas a lack of a moral foundation reveals behavior that is often self-seeking. Israel could have been a theocracy but they abdicated their responsibility to… Continue Reading →

Are you listening?

God speaks to us in a variety of ways – He speaks to us through His word, other people, the Holy Spirit, and circumstances. The key question is, “Am I listening?” Consider for a moment that there is a sovereign God… Continue Reading →

The key to greater grace

Grace is often defined as unmerited favor. The heart felt desire of Christians is that they would experience God’s grace in their lives. As the Apostle James quoted from the book of Proverbs, he reveals the key to greater grace,… Continue Reading →

An example of noble character

How would you describe a person of noble character? Virtuous, excellent, or worthy are some of the words the Bible uses to describe Ruth, a woman of noble character. Ruth was a woman from Moab whose Jewish husband died as… Continue Reading →

He Calls You Beautiful: Hearing the Voice of Jesus in the Song of Songs

He Calls You Beautiful: Hearing the Voice of Jesus in the Song of Songs by Dee Brestin helps the reader to see God’s love for His people by drawing a parallel with our relationship with God and marriage. “‘To know… Continue Reading →

Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign

Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign by political correspondents Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes takes an unbiased look at the recent presidential election. Hillary Clinton was favored to win the election, so what happened? The authors interviewed key staffers and reconstructed the events leading… Continue Reading →

Life is hard, but God is good

Our journey through life can oscillate between two extremes. At times we may seem to be chasing an imaginary “happily ever after” existence that seems to disappear just when we’ve achieved what we thought would make us happy. If we… Continue Reading →

Lessons on Leadership from Wonder Woman

Several of our family members saw the movie Wonder Woman. This is a classic superhero movie with a battle of good versus evil. The movie exhibits the heroic characteristics of that genre, but it also incorporates a meta-narrative of wisdom… Continue Reading →

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