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 they called "Lord." Once restored, each followed him with fervor.
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 the Nations," a title given to non-Jews who risked their lives by aiding and saving Jews during the Holocaust.
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 bigger problem, however, is what we end up missing out on in the process of attempting to eliminate risk. There are hidden costs involved in a leader who is overly cautious.
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 (formerly at Trinity Seminary, now at Concordia).
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 of friends. I didn't think I really needed friends."
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, for example, is totally confused over what it is supposed to believe about Israel.
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.