Character

The Master Potter…Jesus

The Master Potter…Jesus

My daughter, Hannah, is not able to be on her college campus right now, but her awesome school, Concordia University in Ann Arbor, cares so much about its students that her art professor is allowing her to complete her pottery class at home. As I’ve watched her create some wonderful items on the wheel, I’ve been reminded of a passage in scripture that speaks of a potter. Romans 9:20-24 (ESV) says, “20 But who are you, O...

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Citizen of the Year

This week I received notice that I had been nominated as Citizen of the Year for an annual awards banquet hosted by our local Chamber of Commerce. My first response was, “WHAT? Why me?” Then, as I read the letter asking me to answer three further questions about myself, I said, “No way! I’m not going to brag about myself!” However, I was softened by the wise input of my dear wife and some other trusted friends who...

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Teaching God’s Way

This week I started teaching another online class for the Masters of Family Life Education program of Concordia University Wisconsin/Ann Arbor. So far I am highly impressed by the character and faith of my nine students. It’s great to hear their stories of real life and how God is using them to pass on His awesome love to others. It’s reaffirming to hear that the instruction found in my book, Handing Out Life, is relevant to the...

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Positivity

This past Tuesday I had the privilege to speak to a good number of the 900 teachers and support staff from the Grand Blanc public schools about leadership. I was at one of twenty-four stations along a “scavenger hunt” around town to learn about positive character traits. The overall event was part of a national campaign called the “Positivity Project.” I was thrilled by how receptive everyone was to my message about...

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Stories of Hope!

Hope is elusive for many people. It will ALWAYS be out of reach if we rely on the promises and power of men. However, in Jesus Christ there is ALWAYS the sure and certain hope of wonderful things ahead. We KNOW we will be with Jesus in heaven for eternity. His death and resurrection guarantee it. The gift of faith received in Baptism and the Word of God assures us that Jesus’ gift IS ours for free. We also have certain hope that Jesus will...

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The Great Deceiver

“The Great Deceiver” is the name of a Bible study that several other men and I started this week. It focuses on how the devil, Satan, Lucifer…is VERY real and is an expert at deception. His greatest trick is to lure people into the deception that there is NO devil, NO punishment for sin, NO hell and NO Savior (since there’s no need for one). Jesus, as our Savior, is pointless. We can do what we want. When we die, we...

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Life in God’s Way

How Marriage in God’s Way Shapes a Complete Christian Worldview