Luke 9:51 When Jesus tells us to "seek first the kingdom of God," the very word "seek" implies a strong-minded pursuit. J. B. Phillips paraphrases the idea with "set your heart on." The Amplified Bible says, "Aim at and strive after." The Greek text of Matthew's Gospel states a continual command: "Keep on continually seeking … Continue reading Determination


John 21:20-22 People of excellence are those who see through the clutching greed of our times—people who have declared their undivided allegiance to Christ's message, people who have humbled themselves to Christ's sovereign authority. If you are greatly gifted, you may be able to do marvelous things that would cause the public to be swept … Continue reading Commitment


Exodus 35:21, 25-26 God is a God of freshness and change. But wait, before I leave that thought, let me make something very clear: God Himself isn't changing, nor is His Son. He "is the same yesterday and today and forever" (Heb. 13:8). Isn't that a great thought? God is no different this year than … Continue reading Creativity


Acts 16:6-10 Are you open to change? People who make a difference can be stretched, pulled, pushed, and changed. You heard it from me: traditionalism is an old dragon, bad about squeezing the very life out of its victims. So never stop fighting it. Let's be careful to identify the right opponent. It isn't tradition … Continue reading Flexibility


Psalm 31:24 Vision—the one essential ingredient for being an original in a day of copies—gets lost, overwhelmed by the odds. Too bad! We start focusing on the trouble. Then we start comparing the odds. The result is predictable: We become intimidated and wind up defeated. What is your challenge? Which giants make you feel like … Continue reading Optimism


Psalm 15:1-2 If some corporate position is the god of your life, then something terrible occurs within when it is no longer a future possibility. If your career, however, is simply a part of God's plan and you keep it in proper perspective, you can handle a demotion just as well as you can handle … Continue reading Integrity


1 Peter 2:20; 3:17 We need heroes. I mean genuine heroes, authentic men and women who are admired for their achievements, noble qualities, and courage. Such people aren't afraid to be different. They risk. They stand a cut above. Yet they are real human beings with flaws and failures like anyone else. But they inspire … Continue reading Ethics

Derek Thomas on ‘The Pilgrim’s Progress’

Watch as Derek Thomas talks about the importance of John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress, and how it has helped him in his spiritual walk. Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan price $24.00 $21.60 Avg. Rating 5 out of 5 Learn More Add to cart Description Watch as Derek Thomas talks about the importance of John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress, and how it … Continue reading Derek Thomas on ‘The Pilgrim’s Progress’

The Impossible Is God’s Ideal

Exodus 14:13 I'd like to underline a major truth in this world of ours that I don't pretend to understand. Here it is: The best framework for the Lord God to do His most ideal work is when things are absolutely impossible and we feel totally unqualified to handle it. That's His favorite circumstance. Those … Continue reading The Impossible Is God’s Ideal

Priorities for Parents

Proverbs 23:15 Let me make three practical suggestions to you who are parents: First, determine your priorities. Ask yourself how high the family rates on your list of involvement. How are your children in particular—just how serious are you regarding time with each? Have you told them or your mate? . . . Second, record your observations. … Continue reading Priorities for Parents