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Get Your Debt Under Control

Today's post is one that was sent to me from a Christian website I regularly get things from. Debt is such a huge issue and it cripples so many from being able to like the way God intends, so I wanted to share it with you. Maybe today you could use the inspiration!

At the end, be sure to check out the author info and, if you'd like to know more, see her website!


By Jill Cooper
I had a dog once who, when I scolded him, would run and hide under the bed. He knew he'd done something wrong, and he thought that by hiding he wouldn't get into as much trouble. I think he figured if he couldn't see me then I couldn't see him, and he wouldn't get scolded any more.

There was just one slight problem. He couldn't fit under the bed. Only his head and front paws were hidden but his back half was in full view. He had put himself in the worst possible position but since he had buried himself under the bed he didn't know that.

It's human (and critter) nature …

Learning and Leading

Today's post is a great reminder about what being a leader is all about. Even though I will have been in it for 14 years this year, I constantly find that I don't know as much as I think I know, and usually that is when i am able to learn the most!

Even if you're not in 'full time' ministry, you can gain a lot from these principles.



5 Leadership Lessons
By Pastor Daniel Darling

I'm nearing my fourth year as Senior Pastor at Gages Lake Bible Church, which means I'm just beginning. I'm still learning. John Maxwell need not fear. I won't be dethroning him from the position of Leadership Guru anytime soon.

However, being on the job has taught me a few things about leadership, especially for young guys. Some of these lessons I've learned the hard way, others through the wise mentoring of older men. Here are five:

1) Young Leaders Must Resist the "Push-Off" Model of Ministry. 

In their book Sifted, Larry Osborne, Francis Chan, and …

5 Lessons

I'm not gonna say that these are true stories, because I didn't verify that their authenticity. However, they are touching little tales that have great principles to them about the way we treat others.

So, I wanted to share them with you. How are you valuing and treating those around you...?


Five (5) lessons about the way we treat people

1 - First Important Lesson - Cleaning Lady.

During my second month of college, our professor
Gave us a pop quiz. I was a conscientious student
And had breezed through the questions until I read
The last one:
"What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?"

Surely this was some kind of joke. I had seen the
Cleaning woman several times. She was tall,
Dark-haired and in her 50's, but how would I know her name?
I handed in my paper, leaving the last question
Blank. Just before class ended, one student asked if
The last question would count toward our quiz grade.

"Absolutely, " said the professor.. "In you…

Resources In Our Area part 1

The Northern Kentucky area and Greater Cincinnati as a whole has some incredible organizations in it that exist to help people when hard times hit. Depending on the need, there are different places to look for help, and each one will have its own process for how to approve and verify people.

That said, today I want to share what will be a series of three posts with information about some of the places you can go (or refer someone) if assistance is needed. Where possible, I have provided a phone number and website with each organization, and list them under a category of assistance provided

Employment Education Assistance:
Life Learning Center- 859-431-0100 Rehabilitation- 859-292-3042

 New Hope Center- 859-341-0766 House- 859-344-1191

Single Parent Help:
Single Parents Alliance-

Help …

Integrity Matters

I love the National Center for Fathering. First off, how cool is that name? Secondly, what dad couldn't use a 'center' devoted to helping him be the best dad he can be? I know I can!

Check them out here:

And then, enjoy this article below, and go look for more great info on their website!

Carrying On,


Have you looked at Titus chapter 2 in a while? There's a section of Scripture there that's deep for us dads. Paul was encouraging Titus to coach people in the church about how to behave. In verse 2, it says, "Teach the older men to be temperate, worthy of respect, self-controlled, and sound in faith, in love and in endurance." I am in my fifties, so I guess that's for me. He goes on to speak about teaching women, then comes back to younger men. He says, "encourage the young men to be self-controlled." Then, in verse 7, Paul writes: "In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching sh…

The Process of Faith

I've encountered a lot of people over the years who struggle with the concept of faith.

"I just don't have faith," they say. Or, "I'm not sure my faith is working."

It is such a struggle in our minds sometimes because we think in terms of logic when it comes to our faith. But much to do with faith defies logic. Consider most of the examples in the Bible and you see that logic doesn't really play into it at all:

Moses reaching out his hand over the water and parting the Red Sea Joshua commanding the Army of Israel to shout at the walls of JerhicoDavid taking a slingshot and some rocks to fight a battle-hardened giant warriorJesus commanding a who was dead and buried for 4 days to come out of the graveJesus put mud on a blind man and telling him to go wash so he could seePaul and Silas praised God while chained in prison and the doors swinging open...
These examples, and many more, on their surface, seem larger than life. They are incredible. And to m…

Determining Crime Data As You Buy

I have three kids. To me, a house is great, but if the area its in isn't safe then as a father and husband I don't really care how great a deal I might get on it. However, as a Realtor© giving out information can be very sketchy. After all, I am not an investigator or a law enforcement official. I am a real estate professional.

Anything I say could easily be considered opinion, and most likely would contain some opinion in it! So instead of saying 'oh this is a safe area' and then you finding out that a former death row inmate who was pardoned lives next door and I go to real estate jail, what is much safer for me and effective for you is for me to provide you with resources which will help you find the information you want on your own!

I get it, that is more work when you are already doing a lot of work trying to buy a house. But it's important. Because what might be a deal breaker for you might not really mean much to me! A 75 year old widow who doesn't want…

A Flying Lesson

Here is a nugget about trusting God that came in a little story I ran across recently. Just read it, and think about your life in this context today... and rejoice in how awesome God is!

Carrying On,


James Brown, Evangeline Baptist Church, Wildsville, LA, in Discoveries, Fall, 1991, Vol. 2, No. 4

Some years ago when I was learning to fly, my instructor told me to put the plane into a steep and extended dive. I was totally unprepared for what was about to happen. After a brief time the engine stalled, and the plane began to plunge out-of-control. It soon became evident that the instructor was not going to help me at all. After a few seconds, which seemed like eternity, my mind began to function again. I quickly corrected the situation. Immediately I turned to the instructor and began to vent my fearful frustrations on him.

He very calmly said to me, "There is no position you can get this airplane into that I cannot get you out of. If you want to learn to fly, go up there a…

Traits Of an Effective Team

I've been on good teams; I've been on bad teams. As a basketball coach, retail manager, volunteer leader, assistant pastor, and lead pastor I've seen teams that shouldn't succeed that have and teams that should thrive come up far short.

I once coached a group of 4 year old kids in Broken Arrow, OK in a rec league. These kids had never played basketball before. Beyond that, I was specifically given the 'reject' kids that weren't as athletic. Did we win the rec league championship? No. But each one of those kids learned, grew, and had a great time. Their parents all were amazed that I put in so much work with them, not just teaching basketball, but talking to them about the importance of listening and following directions. They didn't win many games, but they still won.

Today, I want to share an article on 7 characteristics of highly effective employees. Reading it made me think about those 4 year olds, now all in high school about to graduate and how we…

The Data Shows...

I am a data person. I love to see stats and monitor trends. I do it in ministry, I do it in politics (I am a political junkie and love election season with debates, watching ads, and monitoring exit polls!), and I do it in real estate.

The great thing about data is that it If the information is collected properly, you can't argue it. You can work to change it, but what it tells you just is!

That said, the National Association of Realtors, or NAR, constantly monitors buyer and seller data. It helps those of us in the industry see what is happening and know where the market is going. If we see certain trends, they might tell us that the market is a buyers or sellers market. This data then lets us help you, our clients and customers, better understand your position as you look to buy or sell.

Recently, the NAR released some info on the 2017 market that helps us see the bigger picture of where the housing market is. Take a look at the date NAR provided:

Home Buyer Statisti…

Tips for Marriages that Last

My wife and I have been married 10 years this May. It's been good, really. Not that we have never had problems to work out or communication issues to overcome, but we both understand a few things about marriage...

~First, we understand it is a covenant, not a contract. Contracts have loopholes and you can get out of them. Covenants are meant to be for life.

~Second, we realize neither of us is perfect, therefore we need to extend grace and mercy just as we need it for ourselves. That really helps when we want to maybe be angry.

~Third, we realize that we're much better together than apart, and nothing that happens can't be worked out if we'll put aside our own selfishness and focus on that is best for our family first.

Those simple tips have helped us over the few years we've been together, and I know they'll guide us for many more. Along with that, I read a great list of essentials for making marriage last from Dr. James Dobson recently. It was posted on the …

Don't Be A Dead Sea

Here's a post from the archives. This was from an early morning prayer time back when I was a Children's Pastor in Kansas. It was a powerful concept then, and I believe just a applicable now!

Enjoy (again!),

This morning I managed to drag myself out of bed early and make it in to church for our Thursday morning men's Bible Study. Noting the next youngest person in the room was a good 10 years older, I'm going to consider that an accomplishment for today. However, that's not what's significant about the time I shared from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. this morning.

Our Pastor was talking our of the gospels, using the stories of Jesus feeding the 5,000 and then the 4,000. Then, shortly after he is done with the second miracle, Christ and the disciples get into their boat, which as an aside may very well have been from Peter's former fishing fleet. As they're traveling, Jesus says in Matthew 16:6:

Be careful," Jesus said to them. "Be on your guard a…