For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love.  Galatians 5:13 NLT     If you haven’t noticed lately there is more and more effort worldwide to take away social and… Read More

I’m not a tree hugger. But I love trees. I love the forests. I love the creatures in the forest. I love to eat wild game, and fresh caught fish. I love the bounty of God’s love, and I see things often overlooked when I do not go into the forest at our little country… Read More

“For, being ignorant of the righteousness of God, and seeking to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.” (Roman 10:3-4 ESV) I’m a writer, so I like words. I like the correct use of words, and the correct… Read More

 I would like to share a little illustration that I came up with a few years ago, and it is illustrated in The Journey, our discipleship curriculum.   It pertains to a “cause and effect” process in spiritual growth.  I bring this to your attention, for Greg Huett our Global Board member did an excellent job… Read More

“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”  (Romans 12:21 ESV)   Over the weekend another senseless, evil massacre entered the news and the hearts of Christians across this country as twenty-six men, women, and children were murdered by a man who walked into their church and opened fire on the congregation. … Read More

I heard an interesting sales pitch this morning on TV.   The spokesman, a well-known actor, opened his pitch with speaking of “the dire shape” our nation is in, financially and governmentally. Well this is nothing new. It’s like “Duh? Have you been watching the news lately?” The woes in this nation and other nations are… Read More

Back in the 1970s the expression PTL (Praise the Lord) became vogue. It is still used to attribute something wonderful that the Lord has done or is doing. The staff and board members of Influencers said a lot of PTLs during and following our National Summit at Shepherd of the Ozarks a little over a… Read More

Today almost three hundred men will gather at Shepherd of the Ozarks retreat center in Harriet Arkansas. We will be here until Sunday celebrating Jesus Christ, with a mutual pursuit of close proximity with Him. This represents the fourth National Summit that we’ve had, but the first at this center. The previous location was a… Read More

“In the same way, you husbands must give honor to your wives. Treat your wife with understanding as you live together. She may be weaker than you are, but she is your equal partner in God’s gift of new life. Treat her as you should so your prayers will not be hindered.” (1 Peter 3:7… Read More

From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” (Matthew 4:17 ESV)   I find it interesting that Matthew records in the scripture above that Jesus began His public ministry by preaching a message of repentance. As I thought on it this morning when I read the scripture,… Read More

We need to understand a few facts to understand a conflict we see in the intelligentsia community and their problem with faith in a religion, but especially Jesus Christ. After all they are trying to neuter the American culture of religion, and therefore Christianity is their main target. Who are these people that I speak… Read More

Please don’t think me weird for I want to share with you how, what, and why I write the things I do. I think it is important that I share this, for I see that what I write is completely dependent on what the Holy Spirit is saying to me personally, more than what I… Read More