A True Test of Faith: Why Do We Worship God?

worship_kneelingA True Test of Faith: Do we worship God for WHO He is, or what He has given us?

The LORD said to Satan, “From where have you come?” Satan answered the LORD and said, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking up and down on it.” And the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil?” Then Satan answered the LORD and said, “Does Job fear God for no reason? Have you not put a hedge around him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. But stretch out your hand and touch all that he has, and he will curse you to your face.” And the LORD said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your hand. Only against him do not stretch out your hand.” So Satan went out from the presence of the LORD. (Job 1:7-12 ESV)

Satan’s big case against Job: He will only worship God in the good times, but if God took away all of his blessings, then Job would curse him to his face. Thus the vetting begins to prove his thesis. Continue reading

Top 5 Unforgettable Sports Moments From 2014

Here are my most unforgettable sports moments from 2014, though not necessarily prioritized in this order.

1. The Orioles winning the AL East for the first time in 18 years.
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I grew up going to ballgames at the old Memorial Stadium in Baltimore where it seemed we were in contention for a championship every year. #Birdland, we’re back! Continue reading

Becoming men of honor in the eyes of our sons

In order to fulfill God’s commission of becoming authentic men and fathers, not only must we become men of action, we must become men of honor in the eyes of our sons. Those eyes are watching us constantly. They observe, among other things, how we react to the many injustices in the world. Do we ignore them and live a lie, or do we live life? Will we do something-anything-to make a difference in the world?

Rick Johnson. Better Dads, Stronger Sons: How Fathers Can Guide Boys to Become Men of Character (pp. 19-20).

The Best Ferguson Response I’ve Heard Yet: Kirk Franklin

The crisis in Ferguson is heartbreaking.

I am grieving for this community and especially its youth who are being given so many dangerous messages right now. Amidst such incendiary hostility, I am reminded that the only hope for America is the Gospel. Ferguson has a long and painful road ahead. Only Jesus can heal these deep wounds and I am praying for all.

The Best Ferguson Response Yet

Reflecting on the growing racial tensions in Ferguson, Grammy Award-winning gospel artist Kirk Franklin took to Twitter to call on men to mentor troubled youth. Continue reading

Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aid

Canadian author and pastor Basil King once said, “Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aid.”

We’ve seen this clearly while studying through the book of Nehemiah the last few weeks. Nehemiah is bold and the unimaginable happens: the throne representing the entire Persian empire gets behind him. More deeply, this is really just a tangible reflection of the throne of heaven coming to his aid. God loves it when His children are bold in faith!

I think Nehemiah would’ve had this Chris Tomlin tune at the top of his playlist:

I know Who goes before me
I know Who stands behind
The God of angel armies
Is always by my side
The One who reigns forever
He is a Friend of mine
The God of angel armies
Is always by my side Continue reading

Disney Institute: Fueling a Culture of Innovation From ‘Creativity, Inc.’

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The folks over at Disney Institute are spotlighting resources that inspire their team on the topics of business leadership, culture, service, brand loyalty, creativity and innovation. One of their recent reads is Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand In the Way of True Inspiration by Ed Catmull, co-founder and president of Pixar Animation.

In the book, Catmull says: “I believe that everyone has the potential to be creative.” What this means is, if everyone has creative potential, we must be very intentional in our actions as leaders in order to unleash it as a force for continuous innovation.

Creativity and innovation is the product of intentional leadership. Continue reading

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