Attitude Can Make All The Difference

By Rick Boxx Sometimes enlightenment comes at unexpected times. A while ago I had a very bad experience while visiting a national fast-food restaurant. The eating area was very dirty, desperately in need of a thorough cleaning. The restaurant staff seemed indifferent and unfriendly, and I found myself wondering, "What is wrong with this place?"
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Types And Levels of Commitment

By Jim Mathis There are different kinds and varying levels of commitment. My favorite analogy to describe the differences is the bacon and eggs breakfast. In the preparation of this breakfast, it could be said the chicken the supplied the eggs was involved, but the hog that provided the bacon was fully committed.
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Finding Help When You Are Feeling Lonely

By Robert D. Foster Several years ago I awoke at 2 a.m. with waves of loneliness sweeping over me. This was a new experience and emotion for me. Marion, my wife of 53 years, was dying in a hospital with complications from Alzheimer's disease. An ancient writer expresses my "furnace blast" in the Psalms: "I am like a pelican in the wilderness; I am like an owl in the desert; I lie awake and am like a sparrow alone on the housetop" (Psalm 102: 6, 7).
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We Are Here to Make a Contribution

By Rick Warren “It is God himself who has made us what we are and given us new lives from Christ Jesus; and long ages ago he planned that we should spend these lives in helping others” (Ephesians 2:10 LB). God calls you to a service far beyond anything you could ever imagine. You were put on earth to make a contribution.
Tags:  Calling, Contribution, Purpose

Live A Joy-filled, Interesting Life

By Rick Warren “These instructions are not empty words — they are your life! By obeying them you will enjoy a long life …” (Deuteronomy 32:47 NLT) Many people think the Bible is only filled with commands labeled “Thou shalt not …” They assume the Bible is all about restrictions and making you lead a boring life.
Tags:  Giving, Joy, Health, Long life

The Number One Financial Mistake

By Austin Pryor An approach we occasionally use in marketing my organization, Sound Mind Investing (SMI), is to ask, "What is the No. 1 financial mistake many Christians make?" Our answer: They ignore biblical principles when managing their money and follow advice from other sources instead.
Tags:  Finance, Money, Debt, Investing

Becoming Great - By Helping Others Become Great

By Rick Boxx While doing research on "Servant Leadership," I came across a quote credited to a seminary professor named J. Carla Northcutt. She stated, "The goal of many leaders is to get people to think more highly of the leader. The goal of a great leader is to help people to think more highly of themselves." Think about that for a while.
Tags:  Servant Leadership, Greatness, Becoming Great, Humility

Are Your Deposits Exceeding Your Withdrawals?

By Robert J. Tamasy Revenue and expenses. Credits and debits. Assets and liabilities. Deposits and withdrawals. Each of these terms is used in the business and professional world to measure what is commonly referred to as “the bottom line.” If you can keep your revenues ahead of your expenses, accumulate more credits than debits, and hold more assets than liabilities, your business is probably in good shape.
Tags:  Deposits, Withdrawals, Encourage, Encouragement, Kindness, Positive words, Relationships