Chance vs. Opportunity

“Make the most of every opportunity.” That’s what the Bible tells us to do in Ephesians 5:16 and Colossians 4:5, but what if we don’t? What happens if we don’t make the most of an opportunity? Or worse, what if we miss an opportunity altogether? Are we out of luck, doomed to never get that […]

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Love, not answers

I am a “fixer” are you? My nature in nearly every situation is to try to help people “fix” whatever problem they’re facing. Perhaps it’s because I’m a dad or a pastor, or it might be from all of my years coaching various sports teams. Regardless of its origin, it is part of my nature […]

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Teachers, watch your words

“If you your lips would keep from slips, five things observe with care: Of whom you speak, to whom you speak, and how, and when, and where.” This clever little rhyme, along with myriads of other pithy statements, underscores the need for us to carefully guard the words that come out of our mouths. In […]

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What does it mean to be ‘wise as serpents’?

“Be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.” What do these words from Jesus mean? What does it mean to be as wise as a serpent? Are serpents cunning? Are they crafty? In what ways are serpents wise? And while we’re at it, were there specific kinds of serpents that Jesus was referencing? Was He […]

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