June 1, 2020 @ 8:00 AM

We have all seen examples of good leaders and bad leaders. We can typically determine quickly with which kind we are dealing. People who are in leadership positions may or may not be qualified for their position of power and influence. In fact, for some, they are mostly motivated by power and position rather than a sincere desire to serve the people under their leadership. Leadership is about serving others as opposed to being served. Though God instructs us to honor and respect our duly elected or appointment leaders, righteous leadership is actually a humble position of service. We sometimes hear a leader say, “I am humbled by…….” but that is a misuse of the word humble. What they should say is “I am ...

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June 1, 2020 @ 8:00 AM

Why are we here? For what reason are we alive? Why are we on planet earth for 80+ years? Some might say to live a long life. Here’s what the Bible says about long life. “Then the Lord said, ‘My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, because he also is flesh; nevertheless his days shall be one hundred and twenty years’ “(Genesis 6:3). Remember this statement was spoken by God pre-flood when men lived significantly longer. Nowadays if we live a long life it’s between 80 and 100 years. Abraham died at 175 and he died at a “ripe old age, an old man and satisfied with life” (Genesis 25:8). The reality is “our times are in His hands.” We can take all the safety precautions we choose ...

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June 1, 2020 @ 8:00 AM

In June 1996 for five consecutive nights over 70,000 people/night packed into the Metrodome in Minneapolis to hear the Reverend Billy Graham. Each night an additional 25,000 people watched on jumbotrons in the Metrodome parking lot! As a pastor, I was selected to be one of several supervisors of the counseling team and was trained weeks in advance of the crusade. My job at the Billy Graham Crusade was to match all who came forward at Dr. Graham’s invitation with a counselor. I was given materials, the two most important being a blue paddle and a pink paddle. The blue paddle was to alert the counselors that a male counselor was needed and the pink paddle a female counselor. When the invitation was given supervisors and counselors stood...

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June 1, 2020 @ 8:00 AM

You’ve probably heard the old joke, “How many counselors does it take to change a light bulb?” The answer is only one but the light bulb has got to really want to change. True for light bulbs and true for clients in counseling. If a client does not want to change it doesn’t matter how many counselors they see they will still stay stuck in their same destructive patterns. Counselors cannot change anybody! Let me say that again, counselors cannot change anybody! Change only comes through God and the client. Counselors can counsel, advise, strategize, teach, encourage, pray for, and admonish clients but they cannot change them.

So how do clients change? Change starts when the light bulb goes on (no pun intended) for ...

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May 1, 2020 @ 8:00 AM

As we enter the month of May, we continue under the stay-at-home directives of the governor because of the COVID19 pandemic. As I write, restaurants and numerous businesses are still closed, social distancing is still in effect, and online education has been extended for the rest of the 2020-2021 school year. Graduations and weddings have been cancelled, postponed, or will be conducted online. Valiant efforts are being made to restart the economy, but it will take time. Health and safety issues are the ultimate priority. Suddenly certain priorities come to the forefront and others fade. Many things have become harder and more challenging, but others have become clearer and less complicated.

If I think about what was normal last Spring, or ...

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May 1, 2020 @ 8:00 AM

If you’re like me you want to know what those four phrases are so you can begin using them. If they’re that important you need to know them, right? As you might suspect, they are four phrases which come from the pages of the Bible. God uses them with us and wants us to use them with others. All four phrases are found in the first 11 verses of Paul’s letter to the Philippians. Here they are:
 
1. “I Greet You”—Philippians 1:1, 2
Paul and his disciple, Timothy, greet the saints in the church at Philippi. Instead of “I greet you” we might say, “Hello!” or “Hi there!” Why is greeting others so important? Because everyone, regardless of age, race, or ...

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May 1, 2020 @ 8:00 AM

Israel, under General Joshua, had just returned from a stunning victory over Jericho, the first of their military campaigns to conquer the Promised Land of Canaan. The next city to attack, Ai, was a small city which hardly seemed like much of an obstacle. Based on his intel, instead of the whole army, Joshua only sent about 3,000 men to attack the city. The 3,000 were roundly defeated and 36 of them died in the conflict. Upon hearing the news of the defeat, Joshua is beside himself. “How could this happen? Lord, the inhabitants of the land will hear of it and will no longer fear us. We will be wiped out!” The Lord reveals to Joshua and the leaders that there is “sin in the camp.” Someone took spoil from Jericho which...

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May 1, 2020 @ 8:00 AM

It was the day that changed everything. December 7, 1941 was the day America was catapulted into World War II when the Japanese Imperial Army bombed the American Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. In two hours on December 7th, the Japanese warplanes sank 18 American battleships, destroyed 164 aircraft, and killed 2400 American military and civilian personnel. The following day, December 8, 1941, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt declared war against Japan and ultimately against Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy. American newspapers across the country declared in the largest print size possible, “War!”

What did that mean? It meant that America would begin mobilizing its entire armed forces to fight on two fronts, the Asian-...

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April 1, 2020 @ 8:00 AM

“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13

Spring is indeed a season of hope as the whole earth awakens from the coldness and deadness of winter. Here in Minnesota we start to see new life again. Beautiful flowers start to appear from the still partially frozen earth, green plants sprout, and soon there will be buds on the trees. Birds chirp in the early morning hours. The best part of spring is Easter. It is indeed the season of hope. Easter is the first holiday to emerge out of the bitter cold of winter. Easter celebrates the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. Easter celebrates “it is finished” and the...

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April 1, 2020 @ 8:00 AM

These are troubled times, aren’t they? It feels like the ground is shaking beneath our feet as everything we depended on to keep us secure, healthy, and happy is being removed. How do we cope with the uncertainty? How do we deal with the fear rampant among so many? I’m staking my peace on the promises of God. Man cannot give me peace in times like these. Only God can. Let me share with you my new life verses from the Bible. I have memorized the New American Standard Version of Philippians 4:6, 7 which says:

Be anxious for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and minds ......

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