With the recent cancellation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, these are especially difficult times for nearly 800,000 DACA recipients (also known as Dreamers), immigrants brought into the country as children and who are without legal status, and continuously so for millions of undocumented immigrants living in the shadows in the U.S. Beginning next March, unless Congress intervenes, approximately 30,000 DACA-recipients per month will lose their work permits and be made elig
MOUNT HERMON, CA (ANS - March 27, 2017) -- Have you ever lied about a relationship to protect yourself? Or told close friends you didn't believe them ... about something really important? Maybe you can identify with Peter or Thomas, subjects of the two remaining episodes in CNN's second season of Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact, Forgery.
"The Bones of St. Peter" airs on April 2; "Doubting Thomas" on April 9. Each of these two followers of Jesus had their signature flaw. Each deserted the one t
GROVE, OK (ANS - March 26, 2017) -- So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand" -- Isaiah 41:10 (NIV).
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL (ANS - March 23, 2017) -- Standing in a lovely one-story Ottoman period home, overlooking the picturesque valley of the Yemenites, in one of the most enviable locations in Israel, it is hard to imagine that when the original residents of this community came to their homes nearly 70 years ago, the area was an abandoned village without electricity or water, situated in an undesirable area isolated from population centers, grocery stores and other services.
POLAND (ANS - March 18, 2017) -- She was only a teenager when Hitler's Panzer divisions overran her beloved Poland, separating the young nursing student from her family, and launching her on a mission a Catholic girl with Aryan features might never have imagined -- rescuing Jews from certain death.
"God blessed my hands to save many lives," said Irene Gut Opdyke, shortly before her passing in 2003. Opdyke was honored by the Israeli Holocaust Commission in 1982 as one of the "Righteous Among t
Cancer attacks healthy tissue and turns it toxic. Modern medicine attacks these toxic cells with surgery, poisonous medications and lethal radiation. The question becomes whether the human body can survive the treatment. Two years ago the decision was made to attack my cancer with a combination of toxic chemicals and targeted radiation. The plan was to eliminate the toxic cells.before they spread throughout my body.
Every leader I know attempts to limit a certain amount of risk when making decisions or leading change. We should attempt to have good systems, adequate resources, and even contingency or emergency plans. We don't want to jeopardize the organization - ultimately the people - we are trying to lead.
The problem for some leaders, however, is they confuse limiting risk with attempting to eliminate risk. I'm not sure we can ever fail-proof anything completely, so it's a futile attempt at best. The
ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO (ANS - March 13, 2017) -- I've recently had the privilege of "meeting" Dr. Peter Zöller-Greer through email correspondence. As I was working on an idea concerning what I called Icon Numbers  -- a mathematical means to discuss God's sovereignty and man's freewill -- I asked myself if anyone was doing similar work. To help answer the question I turned to a couple of my former professors: Dr. Norman Geisler (Veritas Evangelical Seminary) and Dr. John Warwick Montgomery (f
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA (ANS -- March 8, 2017) -- Before he retired from racing and became a broadcaster, NASCAR driver Darrell Waltrip was one of the winningest drivers in the modern era. For a time, he was also one of the most unpopular drivers -- someone people loved to hate.
"My passion was racing and quite honestly I went at it all the wrong ways in the early years," Waltrip told the 2016 National Prayer Breakfast. "I was just as aggressive off the racetrack as I was on. I didn't have a lot
DONCASTER, UK (ANS – March 6, 2017) -- An Israeli backpacker had to travel to the other side of the world before finding the Jewish Messiah no-one had told him about at home.
OmriJaakobovich HITFoundersmallerBorn and raised in a secular kibbutz (and knowing almost nothing about Jesus), Omri Jaakobovich was taken aback when the Dutch-born host of his hostel in Paihia, Bay of Islands, New Zealand, kept referring to him as one of God’s “chosen people.”
DONCASTER, UK (ANS - March 7, 2017) -- There is a tired old joke among journalists about never letting the facts get in the way of a good story. But it is meant to be a joke, not reality.
However, it would seem that media, educational and political circles are now taking it seriously, effectively adopting this line as their modus operandi.
As a result, many of our great institutions have become a sick joke -- I am thinking particularly of the United Nations -- and the British Parliament, f
This week, thousands of high school and college students, pastors, and even Hollywood actors, country music stars, congress members, and NFL and NBA athletes posted selfies with red "X"s on the back of their hands on social media.
It is late in the day. You're tired, no, make that exhausted. Your head is pounding. It's time to fix dinner. At this moment that seems the equivalent of climbing Mt. Everest in flip-flops and beach shorts. And at this precise moment a dispute breaks out about who has the gaming screen next. So you do the only thing that you seems possible. In a sharp, stern voice that is loud, but not quite yelling, you say:
The wonder of God's creation is on display.
No leaves are on the trees for a morning sun to show their breathtaking color palette. The clouds appear flat and dull without the sun's brilliance to highlight their rich contours. There won't be many photos this morning with comments proclaiming that the heavens are displaying the glory of God. No expressions of wow and awe. It is just another dull ordinary day.
If you want to be in leadership get comfortable with change. It's part of the experience of every leader. The best leaders get accustomed to leading change.
Every leader deals with change, but in my experience, some handle it better than others. There are change agent leaders who seem to have an innate gifting at leading through change. I love to learn from these special leaders.
My nephew just moved in with his girlfriend, and when I told him I thought it was morally wrong, he just laughed and said no one believes that anymore. Anyway, he said, he's not interested in God, because the only thing that counts is being happy. What can I say to him?
Perhaps one of the biggest reasons I see for stalled growth, low morale of teams, and not sustaining momentum has to do with leaders who refuse to delegate. They simply won't. Either they don't know how, they don't see the value or they simply don't want to delegate, but it hurts their team's potential.
Teaching your children to honor God's authority by obeying quickly and pleasantly has many blessings. One of these blessings is to learn to avoid the world's wisdom, no matter how attractive it may appear. For example, there is the lie, the urban legend, that there can be safe sex outside of marriage.
Modern man, in his proverbial darkened state, plunges ever deeper into darkness by seeking new and creative ways to say Yes to sex outside of marriage. This thinking brings a rising tide of the
How do you represent God's word to your children? Do you believe the words of God are life to your children or are these words more of a metaphor? Here is an illustration that shows the meaning behind my question.
Suppose you gave your child a stack of twenty one dollar bills. Then you tell your child to take good care of them and they will be a blessing to him. An hour later you see your son playing in the back yard with paper airplanes. Then you realize the paper airplanes were made from
I've been a leader in an almost 200 year old company and a new business. I've led in a church plant and now in an over 100 years old established church. One thing I've learned is there are many similarities in organizations - especially when it comes to the need for changing structure.
Healthy organizations maintain an unchanging vision long-term. One way they do so is with a willingness to change their organizational structure as needed.
When it comes to organizational structure not every
I can be pretty hard on senior leadership. Having been in such a position for over 25 years, I know the bad side of senior leadership. I've witnessed it and, in full candor, I've been it.
My goal is always to improve senior leadership for all of us, which has been a chief goal of this blog. When I'm coaching other leaders, predominately I'm coaching senior leadership.
But, what about those who are supporting senior leadership?
Any good senior leader knows he or she is nothing without th
I prefer to be a macro-manager. I like to lead leaders. This means I try to cast the vision for a team and get out of the way, releasing each team member to do his or her work in their own individual way.
There are times, however, where more micro-management may be needed by senior leadership. More coaching, encouraging or correction may be needed for a season.
Here are 5 times to consider some micromanagement:
When a team member is new to the organization.
They need to learn your cu
In an organization the unwritten rules are just as, if not more, important than the written rules. I wrote about this idea HERE.
If you are considering making changes, implementing something new, adding staff, or any of dozen other decisions in your organization, you need to also consider the these "rules" of the organization.
Here are a 7 examples of unwritten rules:
GROVE, OK (ANS - January 29, 2017) -- "We never give up. Our bodies are gradually dying, but we ourselves are being made stronger each day. These little troubles are getting us ready for an eternal glory that will make all our troubles seem like nothing. Things that are seen don't last forever, but things that are not seen are eternal. That's why we keep our minds on the things that cannot be seen" -- 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (CEV).
January is almost over. If you vowed to make changes in 2017, h
CALIFORNIA (ANS -- January 17, 2017) -- He grew up in a Christian home with loving parents, but something went terribly wrong in his teen years that caused a slow but steady descent into addiction. Then God sent a powerful dream about hell that awakened him to his need for change.
"They were great parents to me," says Billy Miller. "I knew the truth of the gospel. I played sports. I was a great football, baseball player and basketball player. I had a good childhood," he recalls.