Time For ‘New And Improved’?

By: Robert J. Tamasy

Every once in awhile I go into a grocery store and see a product we purchase often that displays a “new and improved” label. Sometimes that makes me chuckle, because basically this means until the manufacturer made the improvements, they were selling me a product they knew was inferior and could be better. At the same time, however, I feel grateful they did go to the trouble to make the desirable changes, whatever they were.

Tags:  New, Improved

Ten ‘Can’- Mandments

By Rick Warren

"I can do everything through Him who gives me strength" (Philippians 4:13 NIV).

So often we think of commandments as a list of don'ts. Instead of focusing on what we can't do, let's start looking at what we can do with this list of ten "can"- mandments!

Improved Skills Makes For Better Tools

By Jim Mathis

I remember the day clearly in 1985 when I walked into a popular record store and found its bins of LP (long-playing vinyl) records replaced by rows of CDs (compact disks). That week I bought a new CD player. But I also bought two turntables. Having invested thousands of dollars in wonderful music on LPs being rendered obsolete, I wanted to still be able to enjoy them for many years. As it has turned out, there has not been a time in the last 30 years when I could not have bought a brand new turntable.

Tags:  Skills, Tools, Talents, Gifts, Work, Music

The Harvest Principle – Give Generously

By Rick Warren

"Then Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, spoke up. 'There's a young boy here with five barley loaves and two fish. But what good is that with this huge crowd?'" (John 6:8-9 NLT).

Whenever you have a need, acknowledge your faith by planting a seed. In other words, take your focus off your need and look at ways you can provide for the needs of others, planting a seed in their lives.

Tags:  Harvest Principle, Give, Generosity, Give Generously

The Problem Of Double Standards

By Rick Boxx

According to two studies conducted by The Marist College Institute for Public Opinion, only 28 percent of the individuals surveyed, including only 44 percent of business leaders, believe people use the same set of ethical standards in the workplace as they do in their personal lives. Apparently, business and professional men and women exhibit marked differences in their public and private behavior. At least that is how they are perceived – and for many observers, perception is reality.

Tags:  Double Standards

Building Margin Into Your Life

By Rick Warren

"Jesus said to his followers, 'Go everywhere in the world, and tell the Good News to everyone'" (Mark 16:15 NCV).

A lot of people are on overload and headed for a crash. Consider these statistics among U.S. citizens:

• People now sleep 2 1/2 fewer hours each night compared to people from one hundred years ago.

• The average work week is longer now than it was in the 1960s.

• The average office worker has 36 hours of work piled up on his or her desk. It takes three hours a week just to sort through it and find what we need.

• We spend eight months of our lives opening junk mail, two years of our lives playing phone tag with people who are too busy to answer, and five years waiting for people who are trying to do too much and are late for meetings.

Tags:  Margin

Reasons For Depression & The Cure

By Rick Warren

“I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for” (Jeremiah 29:11 MSG).

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Here’s a Bible trivia quiz: Can you name any of three men who became so depressed that each of them asked God to take his life?

Tags:  Depression