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Preserved by Purpose – Seeking Your Preferred Future (Part 2)

Last week, I wrote about the concept of creating a  preferred future (living focused on your future and not focused on the past).      This transformative concept was created by author Dr. Lawrence Lippitt and is widely used in the field of organizational leadership training.    It requires strategizing and taking a leap of faith in time beyond where you are to ... Read More »

Preserved – Christmas Blessings 2016

I’d like to offer a special prayer as we continue in the celebration of Christmas.  We say and hear others say that Jesus is the reason for the season.  My prayer is that no matter how hard it may be to see God’s hand in what is going on in our lives, we make the choice to choose to submit ... Read More »

Preserved by Purpose – Christmas Questions

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. – Isaiah 9:6 In addition to ways to bless others, some of you may be spending this time of the year ... Read More »

Preserved – Stop Lying on God!

It’s been a week since the most divisive presidential campaign on modern history ended with former reality show star Donald Trump being elected the next president of the United States.      One of the most disturbing things I heard since the election results was an explanation by an African American pastor of why Trump won.   He boldly declared that God allowed ... Read More »

Praying in the Spirit

Most people know about, have heard about or have lived a life of prayer.   Simply put, prayer is talking and listening to God. Prayer includes worship, petition, communion, and fellowship.  Jesus considered prayer so important that he said, “men ought always to pray and not to faint.” Let me share an experience that I had that may bless you.  Many ... Read More »


  But Peter and the apostles replied: “We must obey God rather than any human authority.” Acts 5:29, NLT.   As you may know, there is a discussion going on in our nation about Colin Kaepernick, the quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers, and his decision to sit during the National Anthem before his team plays a game. I decided to share ... Read More »

Preserved – Holy Spirit: Still Guiding After All these Years

“Should I take my black flat sandals to work?” was a question that took me nearly 10 minutes to answer one morning last week as  I was getting ready for work….and I got it wrong.  At first, I thought I should take them just so I could have an extra pair of shoes at work.  On the other hand, I ... Read More »

Preserved by Purpose: You Have to Do Your Part

“You didn’t tell us we had to do that.”   During the first weeks of school, I hear this phrase at least once per day per class (probably an average of 15-20 times a week) from my college English Composition students.   A few years ago, I heard it so much that I started to doubt that I’d given clear instructions on ... Read More »

Preserved by Purpose – Leaving Baggage at Home

“Everyone’s got baggage.”  True or false?  Some may say that they have no baggage because God or 6 weeks with a psychotherapist took care of that.  There are so many different types: emotional, physical, spiritual, financial and sexual.  Some baggage that we carry is the result of our poor decisions while others are a result of us being victimized by ... Read More »

Preserved by Purpose – Forgiving the Unforgiveable

  It’s been nearly 10 years since the world was horrified at the deaths of 10 teen-aged girls at an Amish schoolhouse in Pennsylvania.   Rather than seeing the normal images of grief-stricken family members promising revenge for the killings or violent acts of retaliation, in 2006 the world watched in amazement as the Amish families illustrated Christian idea of forgiveness.  ... Read More »