Article by Dr. Les Hollon, Pastor, Trinity Baptist Church, Edited by Dee DeWitt

 

A long journey requires courage. And so it was for the magi.

These people of a priestly class from the Eastern culture required courage to follow a star in the sky and travel west to see what the star meant for them.

 

God has a star for you to follow.  Do you see it?  Are you following His lead for your life? 

 

Overcoming Fear to Follow Your Star

Living requires courage.  Courage for you to enter 2010 and be the person whom God is creating you to be and to doing God is calling you to do.

 

Along the way of courage, fear always shows up.  God speaks directly to our fears.  Isaiah said of God, “Fear not, for I am with thee.  Be not dismayed for I am your God.  I will help you.  I will strengthen you.  I will uphold you in the right hand of my righteousness.”  The prophet spoke to people caught in exile not far from where the wise men would come from centuries later. Read More »

Posted on 2 January, 2010 in Motivation, Spirituality
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Faithful:  Adhering firmly and devotedly, as to a person, cause, or idea … steadfast in affection or allegiance.”

 

Article by Malcolm Marler, Edited by Dee DeWitt

 

I have learned the most about what faithfulness means from people I’ve known.

 

My father showed up at hundreds of athletic events I played in from the time I was in the first grade through college graduation.  And more importantly he showed up as a father, mentor, and friend during dark times in my life as well.  The bottom line is … he was there when I needed him.

 

Others who have been on the sidelines of my life have also taught me about faithfulness without knowing it.  Like Girdie and Mr. Pepper.

 

Girdie was an African American waitress at a BBQ restaurant in Birmingham, AL for over 25 years called “Ollie’s Barbeque.”  I went there as a boy with my Dad, and then in high school when I could drive myself.  I always sat at Girdie’s counter. Read More »

Posted on 28 December, 2009 in Gratitude, Motivation
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Article By Dee DeWitt

 

Are You Average?  Is your company average?  Are you an average person doing an above-average job for an average company selling an average product to the average consumer?

 

Average made America great. Average was the mass market, the sweet spot, the high-volume, high-profit, churn-’em-out-and-move-on middle.

 

Unfortunately … average does not exist anymore in America.  America’s best-selling beer isn’t Budweiser or Miller. It’s “other.”  Salsa now outsells ketchup.  There are so many alternatives, so many distribution channels, so many choices and so many different kinds of consumers that average just isn’t interesting anymore.

 

Change is our new normal … our new “average.” Read More »

Posted on 10 December, 2009 in Goals, Motivation
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Article By Dee DeWitt

 

Many times, we get stuck in inaction … myself included.  We have doubts, worry about being perfect, and become distracted through too much planning.  And the result: we’re stopped from moving forward.

 

I don’t propose that we should all be a buzz of activity every day, week in and week out.  However … I do believe it’s easy get lost in the distractions of the world and lose sight of what’s important, and how to actually accomplish our goals and dreams.

 

With this in mind, here are some rules of action — just some small reminders, things I’ve found useful but by no means invented, common-sense stuff that is often not common enough: Read More »

Posted on 9 December, 2009 in Goals, Motivation
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Article by Malcolm Marler

 

The call came into our Pastoral Care office and a young nurse was on the phone.

 

“Hi, my name is “Jill,” she said, “we have a critically-ill patient on our floor and the family has decided to withdraw life support at this time. Could you send a Chaplain to be with them, to maybe say a prayer with them?”  I assured her “someone” would be up soon.

 

Our on-call chaplain was detained, and so I decided to go directly to the room.  I walked in to find the adult daughter and her husband by her father’s side.  I introduced myself and told her I was very sorry to hear about her father.   “Tell me about your Dad?” I asked.  And she did.

 

The warmth of their relationship was evident in her story as she stroked his hand and spoke softly and lovingly about him. I asked her if she would like for me to have a brief prayer with her and her husband.  They nodded yes.  We prayed.  We thanked God for who he was and what he had meant to so many.  And just a few words more. Read More »

Posted on 20 November, 2009 in Gratitude, Motivation
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