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Pride

As the Roman Empire continued to triumph in foreign wars, each major victory was celebrated in Rome by the victorious general driving his four-horse drawn chariot toward the temple of Jupiter, on the Capitoline Hill, where he would offer sacrifice. He was decorated with gold and ivory, followed by his troops, and preceded by the most glamorous prisoners and plunder taken in battle. A curious person was standing behind him, a slave, holding a golden crown over his head and whispering continually in his ear, "Remember you are mortal!" This whispering was done to keep his pride in check which would obviously be bolstered by the praise of the people, the recognition of the parade, and the garments and jewelry accessories (bling today) he wore. Pride is a sneaky thing, an inwardly directed emotion that can have at least two meanings. It could positively be a feeling of deep pleasure or satisfaction about your own achievements or the achievements of those with whom you are closely a…

Purpose

When someone asks you, “What is your purpose in living every day?” or “What brings meaning to your life?” How do you answer?Will your answer be concise, understandable, and reasonable to others? It can be only if you have taken the time to identify what your purpose is. In being a coach of men and women over the last decade, I have come to the conclusion that not much can be accomplished until each person has clearly identified their values built on their past, the purpose they are accomplishing in the present, and their vision for their future. Here is a story that affirms this as well. Elijah is remembered for the great spiritual battle he fought on Mount Carmel against 850 false prophets that had deterred the people of Israel from serving God. Two altars were built and two sacrifices prepared but only one was accepted. (Much like the offerings Cain and Abel brought to God) God by fire from heaven burned up the drenched sacrifice, stone altar, and water in the trench around it, answer…

Faith

Although we would not think of it in this way, we exhibit faith continually through our days and nights. Sitting in a chair suggests faith in that chair. Driving a car requires believing that car can take us where we want to go. Drinking water from the tap is a leap of faith in the pipes and the government that regulates and purifies the water to be clean of anything dangerous to our health.
It is described by the writer of Hebrews as "the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see." (Hebrews 11:1) It is grasping tightly to something intangible in true belief that it is worthy of hanging on to. It is called something unshakeable by Paul as he writes to Timothy and says, "The purpose….is that all believers would be filled with love that comes from a pure heart, a clear conscience, and genuine faith." (1 Timothy 1:5) This is a faith that is unfeigned, which means real, genuine and sincere. It has also been no…

Companionship

Solomon was a man on a lifelong journey to find the wisdom in everything. He found it through learning, mentoring, and through watching people. He affirmed the following truth: "Two people are better off than one for they can help each other succeed." (Eccl. 4:9) Solomon illustrates this truth in three succinct ways: (Eccl. 4:10-12) If one falls, the other can reach out and help him. However, one who falls alone is in real trouble for there is no one to lift him back up.If one is cold, then the other can help to keep him warm. Much harder to be warm alone.If one is attacked, the other can stand with him and they can conquer together. Otherwise, there is danger and more possible defeat if alone.AND, three together are even better!This speaks to the way God has made us in His own image. God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit are a Trinity in fellowship. They live in community and are inseparably connected. And, He has put within u…