I’ve been struggling with this post, Lord. Son-day is a time for reflection about my recent encounters with You. One in particular stood out to me the moment it happened. Somehow, I knew instantly it would become the subject of today’s post… … even though I haven’t yet fully grasped all the ways You want to change me through it. I was out of town, in a restaurant with two friends. I love them both, Lord. And we all express love for You… at least, on some level. Only You know fully what is in each of our hearts. Our waiter came. Two things were obvious. 1) He was friendly… Read more »

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On Kingdom POWER Friday, we seek to glean lessons from battle-tested business leaders who are seeking to impact the marketplace for Christ. Monday’s profile introduced Chic-fil-A (http://championsofdestiny.com/wheres-the-beef-not-here/). Today, I note the 2012 firestorm it faced. (See https://www.snopes.com/politics/sexuality/chickfila.asp for documentation of the following events). Chic-fil-A is run by devout Christians. Its president, Dan Cathy, affirmed — in interviews with the Baptist Press, the Biblical Recorder and the Ken Coleman talk show — that its marriage-related donations and programs support the traditional family unit. In the wake of his comments, critics contended that Chic-fil-A has an anti-gay bias. As Paul Carpenter wrote, in the Morning Call: “Chic-fil-A became a target for a boycott… because… Cathy… Read more »

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My heart-prompting to be in the U.S. Supreme Court yesterday proved to be unrealistic. I was already planning how to take the Metro and arrive hours early for a first-come, first-serve seat… when I realized the real Deal Breaker. I had returned to our Florida home from Virginia the week before.   🙁 What state am I in? (The State of Confusion?)  🙂 I checked the Internet this morning for late-breaking news from the history-making case argued there yesterday — Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. Here are excerpts from a New York Daily News article… Which trades or occupations can claim speech, artistry or expression for purposes of the First… Read more »

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Maybe it’s because my “chicken roots” run so deep.  🙂  From my family’s wholesale poultry business to my affectionate “Chicken Lady” nickname at spice giant McCormick & Company, for the development and launch of a highly-successful line of chicken sauce blends. Is this why my favorite fast-food restaurant is Chic-fil-A? Maybe, in part. But mostly, it’s because it’s a great company with a great product… built on a Great Foundation. Truett Cathy was a Christian who built his life and business on hard work, humility and biblical principles. He wanted Chic-fil-A to be about more than selling chicken. He wanted to be part of his customers’ lives and their communities. … Read more »

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I’m enjoying the rhythm of these Son-days, Lord. Reflecting on our Adventures together during the past week. Thanking You for each Encounter that filled my cup to overflowing! Like this one… I met her for the first time a few days ago. On my front porch. She was there to help one of my neighbors. I was there, key in hand, to open their door for her. So she could go inside and see what needed fixing. We smiled and exchanged small talk until she had finished her tour of their house. She came away with a checklist of minor — mostly cosmetic — tasks to make that house sparkle…. Read more »

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When Jesus was alive, He was a Redemptive Change Agent in an increasingly challenging world. A transformational Leader who refused to just “go with the flow” of a culture that dismissed (and even came to despise) Him and all He held dear. He held fast to His Purpose. He was anchored… in the Rock of Ages. He’s still alive. Still that Redemptive Change Agent. Still anchored… holding fast. How about you? Are you willing to stand for your beliefs in our increasingly challenging world… even (especially?) when it’s hard? When it isn’t “politically correct” to do so? Even as you build bridges and lovingly serve those who don’t yet know the… Read more »

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On Monday, I introduced you to Jack Phillips and his small family-owned business, Masterpiece Cakeshop. During his 40 years in the cake industry, Jack has sought to live his life and run his business in a way that glorifies God. In 2012, a same-sex couple filed sexual orientation discrimination complaints with the State of Colorado after Jack declined to design a custom cake for their wedding. The Colorado Civil Rights Commission ruled against Jack… and the case has been working its way through courts ever since. On December 5, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments leading to their precedent-setting ruling in early 2018. Their decision will hinge… Read more »

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Every Monday, I will profile the “why” and “how” business trailblazers are seeking to advance God’s Kingdom in the marketplace and stand firm in a culture of compromise. Some of these companies employ hundreds (even thousands) of people, making a powerful and positive difference for Him within their spheres of influence. Of course, size is not a measure of value or impact. Because one small business can set far-reaching precedents… for now and forever. As in the case of today’s profile… Masterpiece Cakeshop is now in the national spotlight, in a high-profile U.S. Supreme Court case that may well set religious liberty precedents impacting millions of other businesses and people. First,… Read more »

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In this new blog, Sundays are Son-days with You, Lord. Reflecting on one of the many God-encounters You and I have shared in the previous week… hoping it will bless others, too. Like this one… She had always towered over everyone and everything around her. A HUGE Blessing. But now she was dead… a Clear and Present Danger. A 70-foot pine tree. She stood on the wooded hill behind us. If she fell on her own, she could take out our house OR the well that supplied our water. The only way to ensure she missed both was to take her down ourselves… dropping her between the two. Piece of… Read more »

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Christians are called to be world-changers… for Christ. Leading and loving people to Jesus. Living in ways that honor and please Him. But American culture is flowing powerfully in the opposite direction. So how do we stand firm AND advance His Purposes against that flow? By Powering Up. With the Power that is above every power. Here’s my first FRIDAY installment in this new blog series. Fridays will be all about Kingdom POWER. Lessons we can learn from battle-tested business leaders. Resources we can access, individually and collectively, to help us all lead more powerfully and impactfully for Christ in an increasingly challenging marketplace. Make no mistake. I’m not suggesting… Read more »

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