Profit and Loss Statement

Any organization that requires money to fulfill its mission goes through the regular discipline of closely examining its profit and loss statement.  The P & L is a financial statement that summarizes the revenues, costs, and expenses incurred during a specific period of time - usually a fiscal quarter or year.  Organizations that neglect to... Continue Reading →

5 Secrets to a Healthy Marriage

A few years ago I was sitting in a coffee shop not far from a 30-something friend of mine. "Hey Bruce, how long have you and your wife been married?" "Forty years." "Wow. That's a long time." The brief conversation ended, and I went back to what I was doing. But not without reflecting on... Continue Reading →

My name is legion.

I lived in Minnesota in the 70's when the movie, The Exorcist, made its debut on American screens. The movie terrified audiences, and some people even imagined being stalked by demons trying to capture their lives. When I first started working on the sermon I will deliver on February 24, my mind floated to that... Continue Reading →

5 Ways to Cause Others to Quit Listening

Keeping another person engaged in conversation is an art.  It cannot be assumed that others will be interested in what we are saying, and failing to pay attention to that fact can cause a person to become boorish, irritating, and repelling.  Who wants to be the person that sends others scurrying for the nearest exit?... Continue Reading →

THAT kind of person….

Simon was a Pharisee.  He lived a monochrome religious life that was “cut and dried” and had no room for questioning or grace.  One day he invited Jesus to his home, presumably for some quiet conversation and theological debate. So when a woman burst into his polite dinner party, he and his guests were horrified. ... Continue Reading →

Sowing and Reaping

Our business networking group works according to certain principles, the most important of which are showing up every week, getting to know everyone in the group, and referring business to fellow members. People who neglect to perform these disciplines generally leave after several weeks or a few months saying, "I never got any business from... Continue Reading →

Lord, I love mankind….

Lord, I love mankind Beautiful, lovely humanity Humanity, the ideal Humanity, full of potential Humanity so vast I can’t touch it Or be inconvenienced by it.   Lord, I love mankind, It’s people I can’t stand. Troublesome, problematic people. People who treat me rudely. People whose language I don’t understand People who won't hold the... Continue Reading →

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