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Jun 28

The Making of a Man by Tim Brown

Posted on Saturday, June 28, 2014 in How To, Relational, Reviews, Sports, Values

_225_350_Book.1202.coverMaking of a Man, by former NFL player Tim Brown, is both autobiographical as well as his perspective on “How Men and Boys Honor God and Live with Integrity.”

As Brown recounts his story he is remarkably honest. With humility and integrity he explains his successes as a professional and the mistakes he made he made in his personal life.

Each chapter either recounts a period of Tim Brown’s life or explains one of the keys he’s found to become a man who honors God with his life.

May 28

Who’s Paying Attention?

Posted on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 in Emotional, Social, Spiritual, TreeHouse, Values

IMG_1071Who are you when no one is looking?
What do you do when no one sees?
Who’s paying attention?

Today at TreeHouse we we able to answer those questions for one of our colleagues. In an almost unanimous vote Bill Goon was awarded our annual Teamwork award.

Bill won because when no one is looking, he’s working. When no one sees what he’s doing, he’s doing what he should do.

 Throughout the year Bill makes it possible for every van-driving direct-service staff to:
– Transport teens to programming
– Provide life-transforming one-on-ones.
– Laugh their way to and from trips.
– Enjoy great activities.
– And, do so safely for more than 20 vehicles!

Apr 28

Exposing Blind Spots

Posted on Monday, April 28, 2014 in Education, Emotional, Financial, How To, Intellectual, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values

God-hand-flickWe all have blind spots in our life; misguided thinking, bad decisions and the like. Often times other people can see our blind spots but we either ignore, deny, or dismiss them.

Last week in Rules Are FOR People I explained that we live in a reckless, rule-ignoring, freedom-focused society. Far too often in our quest for freedom we create a new blind spot.

Mar 30

How High Will You Climb? by John Maxwell

Posted on Sunday, March 30, 2014 in How To, Reviews, Values

Book.1162.cover“Christ gives us a perfect example to follow. His high standard was not given to frustrate us but to reveal areas in our lives that need improvement. Whenever I study Philippians 2:3–8, I am reminded of the healthy attitude qualities that Jesus possessed.”

He was selfless, secure and submissive, and author John Maxwell challenges us to assess and examine our attitude and the impact of our attitude. Subtitled, “Determine Your Success By Cultivating the Right Attitude” this book challenges readers to become more insightful and incisive leaders.

Mar 29

Love Does DVD by Bob Goff

Posted on Saturday, March 29, 2014 in Reviews, Spiritual, Values

Book.1050.coverLove Does, subtitled “Discover A Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World,” is based on Bob Goff’s New York Times best-selling book, Love Does.

“Living a life fully engaged and full of whimsy and the kind of things that love does is something most people plan to do, but along the way they just kind of forget. Their dreams become one of those ‘we’ll go there next time’ … The sad thing is, for many there is no ‘next time’… love is never stationary. In the end, love doesn’t just keep thinking about it or keep planning for it. Simply put: love does.”

Jan 8

What I Want by Laisha Rosnau

Posted on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 in Emotional, How To, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values

Rache Scott LanceIt’s been said that opposites attract.
Those same opposites tend to attack.

Identical twins don’t always get along. Best friends with “a million-things in common” don’t either.

Good communication skills and a high level of honesty aren’t sure things; but in a relationship recipe mixed with love they sure do help!

Relationships always involve levels of risk and reward.

A couple weeks ago my friends Rachel and Lance celebrated their love with a wedding. At their wedding, the best man Alex read a poem. I’m not often engaged by poetry, but this one was an exception.

Oct 27

This Beautiful Mess by Rick Mckinley

Posted on Sunday, October 27, 2013 in Relational, Reviews, Social, Spiritual, Values

bookThis Beautiful Mess: Practicing the Presence of the Kingdom of God is full of intriguing examples, thoughtful stories and comfort-challenging perspectives.

Some readers will argue that while “Practicing the Presence of the Kingdom of God” author Rick Mckinley has wandered astray and abandoned the proclaimed kingdom message to turn from sins and instead he’s chosen to proclaim a social gospel of deeds and good works.

Still other readers will find the authors’ choice a fitting response to the challenge of James, “What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them?”

Oct 30

Batman, Superman & Perspective

Posted on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 in Emotional, How To, Relational, Reviews, Social, Values

“If you support _____ immediately delete me.”

That was posted on Facebook, tweeted and repeated passionately in the last few weeks leading up to our national election.

It’s interesting how much anger and vitriol arises during election years.

I see it everywhere.

Even among comic book readers.

At the risk of alienating fans of other fans I’m only going to refer to two set of loyalists, the Batman and the Superman fans.

Recently I read a graphic novel called Trinity by Matt Wagner featuring Wonder Woman, Superman and Batman. In the Trinity there is a conversation between Wonder Woman and Superman about Batman.

Oct 26

What is INTEGRITY?

Posted on Friday, October 26, 2012 in Emotional, How To, Intellectual, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values

What is INTEGRITY?

Integrity, according to dictionary.com means, “adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty.”

I following through consistently on true beliefs and healthy values.

I cannot begin to think through what a mangled mess “integrity” can be.

Who decides what’s true/truth?
What value are beliefs? How about facts?
And, for that matter, whose beliefs?
Who determines what and whose values are healthy?
And, what value are values?
Do some values have precedence over other values?

Oct 25

Who Are You?

Posted on Thursday, October 25, 2012 in Emotional, How To, Intellectual, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values

We watch the presidential debates.
We try to make wise decisions who we choose as leaders.

We watch him.
We watch her.
We try to make wise decisions who we date and marry.

We wonder, “Who are you?”
And, “Are you the right one?”

People are asking the same things about us.

Who Are You?

Jesus Christ answered that question for anyone who would listen and learn, “You, beloved, are the salt of the earth…and you, beloved, are the light of the world. Let your light shine everywhere you go, that you may illumine creation, so men and women everywhere may see your good actions, may see creation at its fullest, may see your devotion to Me, and may turn and praise your Father in heaven because of it.” 1