Radical Leadership…

Read – 1 Samuel 11
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What defines a leader is how they act under pressure. Our nation currently has a leader whose reaction under pressure is to press back. He is often accused of being childish in the way he responds, yet he has met more campaign promises in his first year than any president in my lifetime. I am not certaian I would call him a great leader — he is certainly a radical leader. Dispite bitter opposition from the press, Continue reading

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A New Normal…

Read – 1 Samuel 10
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Our lives are full of life-changing experiences. Some of them are pleasant, others are painfully difficult, all of them have the potential to make us either better, or bitter. In every case, it is impossible to return to the way we were before that experience. The only option we have is to adjust to the new normal. The degree to which our lives change is typically proportional to the intensity of the experience — some a huge Continue reading

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Looking Good…

Read – 1 Samuel 9
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We live in a culture in America that is obsessed with appearance. Billions of dollars are spent every year in America on gym memberships, exercise coaches and plastic surgeons by people consumed with how they appear to others. If the same attention was invested in building character and personal integrity I suspect it would Continue reading

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Asking for Trouble…

Read – 1 Samuel 8
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I have an almost three year old grandson who fortunately has parents who don’t always give him everything he asks for. While this tendency to desire things that are not good for us is more obvious in small children, it seems to be a human trait that we never entirely outgrow. In today’s reading the people of Israel have noticed that the nations around them have kings to lead them, and they ask Samuel to give them Continue reading

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Earning the Right to Lead…

Read – 1 Samuel 7
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I have noticed, in my experience, that some of the best leaders I have known are those who have not been eager to step into positions of leadership. It is because of this reluctance, that we often end up with poor leadership, particularly at local civic levels. In several of the small communities in which I have had the opportunity to live and work, I have seen this unfortunate process occur. The men and women who Continue reading

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Of Cows & Calves…

Read – 1 Samuel 6
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One of the many things I remember growing up on a cattle farm, is what it was like for the week or so when the calves were weaned from their mothers. There had to be a sturdy fence between the cows and their calves because the cows wanted to get to their calves and the calves wanted to get to their mothers. There was typically a few days when the lowing and the bawling of cows and calves was fairly incessant. Continue reading

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You Don’t HAVE to…

Read – 1 Samuel 5
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My wife often relates how when she was growing up the family always went to church together, and when she and her brother got old enough to ask whether they had to go to church, his reply was “you don’t HAVE to — you WANT to” and that would be the end of it. The implication was, that it would be much easier on them if they decided to go of their own volition, than it would be to challenge the idea only Continue reading

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