The Power of A Compelling Witness

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When you’re carrying the weight of the world, you never know who’s watching. You might be changing their life. You recall Jack Phillips, the cake artist in Colorado? Masterpiece Cakeshop owner, who politely declined to design a custom wedding cake celebrating a same-sex marriage? Jack’s life since that fateful day has been no cake walk. The Colorado Civil Rights Commission sought to force Jack to comply or to leave the wedding business altogether. Jack stood firm… losing nearly 40% of his business and over half of his staff. Jack’s six-year legal battle was accompanied by hate mail, nasty phone calls, and death threats. At times, rendering his place-of-business unsafe. In… Read more »

Expecting Victory in Every Valley!

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Earlier this month, Father Shenan Boquet posted an opinion piece in Life Site News online. It is one Christians observation of growing darkness in our culture. And his stirring exhortation that Christian’s develop and exercise authentic Kingdom Power. Consider these excerpts (full article available at https://www.lifesitenews.com/opinion/st.-michael-the-archangel-pray-for-us): “… every day Christians are being confronted with ever more extreme moral innovations in the face of which silence or reasonable “dialogue” no longer seems an option… I am far from the only one to note that our culture’s rejection of the old moral consensus is rapidly escalating, and that to even politely resist the new status quo is to make oneself a target of… Read more »

The Power of WE

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As business owners and leaders, we spend much of our time thinking strategically. About how to best position our companies for success. Asking questions like… What is our competitive advantage? How can we best leverage that advantage on behalf of our key stakeholders — i.e., customers, employees, shareholders, and others? What opportunities and threats exist in the economy in general, and in our specific industry? How can we continuously improve our people, products and processes to leverage those forces for our benefit? Christian business owners take this thinking and reasoning to the highest possible level when we consider our Ultimate Objective: Spiritual Impact. What is the greatest Spiritual Advantage we bring… Read more »

Broken Heart Power… And More!

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You can’t pass on what you don’t have. That’s why leaders inevitably fail when they say “Do as I say, not as I do.” Because, whatever we may say, we pass on what we do have. Emerson said it well when he observed, “Who you are [what you do] speaks so loudly, I cannot hear what you say.” I can only hear (believe) what you say when you’re walking your talk. Leadercast Women 2018 takes place on October 12, 2018 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. No, it isn’t a “women only” event. Men and women are both welcome. But the speakers are all women. Sisters Barbara Bush… Read more »

Don Quixote’s Delusion?

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I was too exhausted last night to write this Kingdom Power blog. After the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Kavanaugh hearings and pre-vote deliberations. But today… Don Quixote always had more of my heart than his sidekick, Sancho Pansa. Both were unworkable, undesirable extremes. The Poetic Idealist and the Practical Realist on steroids. Wasn’t that the whole point? That the real Sweet Spot for humanity combines the two? Seeing the best in others without denying their flaws? Channeling the power of Vision and Hope to rise above present and perceived limitations? But truly abundant living requires so much more than Positive Thinking laced with neuroscience and psychology. We need to experience and… Read more »

Tebow Tripping!

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He isn’t the greatest Major League Baseball player… yet. He’s playing for the Class Double-A Rumble Ponies in Binghamton, NY. He’s aiming for the NY Mets. He was once considered the best college football player in the nation, winning the often-coveted Heisman trophy. And he did once accomplish a sports miracle… quarterbacking the Denver Broncos to unlikely last-minute victories and a breathtaking overtime playoff win. But none of that really matters to Tim Tebow. “If I’m not remembered for baseball, that’s OK. If I’m not remembered for football, that’s OK, too. Actually, it’s fine if I’m not remembered at all. What I want is to serve God by helping people… Read more »

Is Life Legacy Taught? Or Caught?

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His dad was an electrician. A down-to-earth guy who was fired after many years on the job. Maybe that’s why he instilled such a strong entrepreneurial vision into his son: “Own your own business son,” his father had advised. “Own it. Work hard at it. Set high goals for yourself and never give up, no matter what.”   https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/06/obituaries/richard-devos-dead-amway.html Richard DeVos took his father’s advice to heart. Perhaps even more so when his dad died in 1962 of a heart attack. At age 59. Richard, the son, died September 6, 2018… at age 92. And left a legacy far beyond what his father had dreamed possible. His company is a household… Read more »

Squandering or Supersizing Power?

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I received a disturbing email today. With my focus on religious liberty in the marketplace, I see so many examples where Christian business owners run afoul of duly-enacted (and unduly-enforced) laws and government regulations. This email strikes at the heart of this issue. The email referenced an article by Rev. William Cook, Founder and CEO of America’s Black Robe Regiment. “An association of clergy actively engaged in restoring Liberty in America, and the Legacy of the American pulpit as Wellspring of the political ideology that ignited a Revolution and won Liberty.” http://www.blackroberegiment.us Rev. Cook starkly suggests how Christians have squandered, for decades, much of their power to shape our culture. How… Read more »

Seeking The Glass House!

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People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones. Glass doesn’t sound like the most durable material for a house… does it? But maybe it’s the most durable of all. If we’re living behind glass, people can see us. And maybe that visibility — with its inherent vulnerability — is exactly what we need to help us live in ways we don’t mind other people seeing. I was heartbroken, as were countless others, when shockwaves recently struck evangelical America. Randy Alcorn, Christian author and founder / director of Eternal Perspective Ministries, wrote: “One of the most prominent pastors in the country, from one of the most prominent churches, has had numerous women… Read more »

Which Leaders Measure Up?

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We have been exploring what we can learn from battle-tested Christian business leaders to help us all lead more powerfully and impactfully for Christ in an increasingly challenging marketplace. But what lessons can (and must) we learn from followers? Much as been written about leadership qualities. Their vital importance in moving people and organizations from Current Reality to Desired Future. Today, I spotted some interesting research about the role followers play in shaping leaders’ effectiveness. So, here’s another book for my reading list: The New Psychology of Leadership, by S. Alexander Haslam and Stephen D. Reicher.  https://www.amazon.com/New-Psychology-Leadership-Identity-Influence/dp/1841696102 Winner of the University of San Diego Outstanding Leadership Book Award 2012. Shortlisted for the British… Read more »