Some Lessons We've Learned

Over the last 40 years of ministry

Slow productivity

By boblehman / July 16, 2024

I just finished reading a surprising book. I say surprising because it wasn’t what I was expecting. If you’re anything like me (now there’s a scary thought), you may be “driven” to be productive in everything you do. You wake in the morning thinking about all the tasks that are waiting for your attention. You…

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Breaking point

By boblehman / July 9, 2024

Have you ever found yourself saying, “I’m at my breaking point.” It’s something I find myself saying all too often. What does it mean? Stating the obvious, it simply means a person comes to the place where they give in to stresses or pressures and descend into crisis.  Put another way, it’s the time when…

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Temper tantrums

By boblehman / July 2, 2024

What do you do with a screaming kid? That’s no rhetorical question. Watching grandkids this week, I found myself asking that question repeatedly. Now I already know the practical things to do: provide books, a favorite stuffed animal, and some soothing music.  The fact is that you probably know the practical solutions already.  You might…

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Highlights for Children

By boblehman / June 25, 2024

Highlights for Children is an American children’s magazine. I can fondly remember spending hours thumbing through the pages. I always looked for the “Hidden Pictures” feature. I was so excited as a kid to look for the smaller hidden images found within one large picture. Actually, I hate to admit it, but I found a…

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Prejudice in our thinking

By boblehman / June 18, 2024

Here’s an observation that might be more “anecdotal” than actual. It seems that once adults make up their minds, they very rarely change them. For example, when it comes to watching or listening to the news, one person is drawn to the right and another to the left. You just don’t see people approaching the…

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A house divided

By boblehman / June 11, 2024

The present state of the United States has been termed a “divided nation.” We’re divided depending on where you stand in politics, education, climate change, gun control, immigration, “you name it.” Even the casual observer has to feel a tinge of fear or worry. Listening to a radio podcast, I couldn’t help but think of…

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Word police

By boblehman / June 4, 2024

There is a troubling trend in the world that should be troubling all of us. It’s the changing of language and words in order to fit a certain narrative or philosophy. I may sound like “Chicken Little” in the blog post, but I don’t believe I’m wrong. In George Orwell’s novel, “1984”, written in 1949,…

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Entitled

By boblehman / May 28, 2024

I’m on a flight to Portland, Oregon as I write this blog. It’s fascinating to watch people on a plane or at the airport. There’s the hurry up and wait group. There’s the anxious group. There’s the business person who’s finishing up last minute touches on a presentation. I often have a front row seat…

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Learning styles

By boblehman / May 21, 2024

Maybe you’ve heard of the term “learning style.” Although it can refer to a number of different things, I’d like to focus on the three most common types: visual, audio, and kinesthetic.  Now what are we talking about? Simply, we all have different ways for processing information. We tend to “lean into certain methods over…

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God shows up

By boblehman / May 14, 2024

What does it mean when we say, “God really showed up!” We tend to say that from time to time when we’re in the middle of an awesome Christian concert or at a moving church service. It can be an expression used when you have a difficult conversation with someone, and it turns out positively.…

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Disagreements

By boblehman / May 7, 2024

People don’t always agree, but you know that. But here are some questions to consider: “How do you communicate with someone that you disagree with?” “What happens if that person is a relative, close friend, or even a colleague?” The number one response is often avoidance. Don’t bring it up. Ignore the issue. But is this…

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True generosity

By boblehman / April 30, 2024

I don’t know if you’ve thought about this but generosity has little to do with money. It doesn’t. It has to do with heart, with attitude, with a mindset that makes generous choices. John Bunyan was an English writer who penned over 60 books. Perhaps the most famous is Pilgrim’s Progress. Concerning generosity, he said,…

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Using your platform

By boblehman / April 23, 2024

At the end of a championship game, I’m always encouraged when the MVP or another significant athlete immediately gives a “shout out” to Jesus Christ. ◊ The Kansas City Chiefs won their fourth Super Bowl in franchise history this year. When the MVP and quarterback, Patrick Mahomes, spoke while receiving the trophy, he said, “I…

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The crushing weight of stress

By boblehman / April 16, 2024

You might remember the headlines last summer of a terrible ocean disaster. The “Titan,” a submersible for deep sea exploration, imploded. A tourist company, OceanGate, operated it. It was taking tourists to explore the wreck of the Titanic in the North Atlantic. Many experts had raised concerns about the safety and readiness of the “Titan.”…

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The real power of a “mission trip”

By boblehman / April 9, 2024

You’ve heard the phrase, “It’s not the destination, it’s the journey.” Never was this truer than when describing a “mission trip.” First, I’ll define a “mission trip” like this: It is an experience where Christians go out into the world to help those in need, whether the needs are physical or spiritual.  That definition allows me…

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Age is just a number

By boblehman / April 2, 2024

You’ve heard the phrase, “Age is just a number.” People who use that phrase are usually on the “high side” of that number. Be that as it may, what does it mean? It’s a statement that age doesn’t define who you are. It clearly doesn’t represent what you have accomplished. It doesn’t indicate what is…

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Hospitals

By boblehman / March 26, 2024

Hospitals are unique. I’m not talking about the building, but the environment, the people, and the stories written on the faces of patients and visitors alike. Few people I know want to spend any more time than necessary there except for medical folks or hospital shareholders 😀. I’ve observed that this place tends to bring…

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“Atomic Habits”

By boblehman / March 19, 2024

Catchy book titles grab my attention. That’s the case with the book Atomic Habits. I discovered one fresh insight that was worth reading the entire book. Here it is: Whether good or bad, habits accumulate. They have a compounding influence I did not think about before.  Positive habits associated with productivity, knowledge, and relationships can…

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March Madness

By boblehman / March 12, 2024

If you’re a college basketball follower, you’ll be familiar with the term “March Madness.” This expression goes back to the Illinois’ statewide high-school basketball tournament. In 1939, a spokesperson with the Illinois High School Association, Henry V. Porter, wrote an article called “March Madness.” He wrote, “A little March madness may complement and contribute to…

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Seasons

By boblehman / March 5, 2024

I have a favorite season of the year. Spring. I love it for all the “sappy” reasons: trees budding, flowers blooming, life emerging. Sounds like an Emerson poem. My least favorite, don’t hate me, is Autumn. Yes, beautiful leaves are changing, etc. But, for me, it’s a reminder that the cold, the starkness of the…

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The Zeigarnik effect

By boblehman / February 27, 2024

Chances are high that you’ve never heard of Lithuanian-Soviet psychologist Bluma Zeigarnik. I never have either, but I have heard of something called the Zeigarnik effect. This occurs when an activity you’re doing has been interrupted. This principle states that the interruption will make the activity more easily remembered. Recently it has been called the…

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Grieving well

By boblehman / February 20, 2024

Today’s blog has to do with a subject that many of us avoid. It’s the subject of grieving, or maybe better said, “grieving well.” We tend to think of grieving as a major season in our lives. Like the loss of a loved one or a career change. It would certainly include a divorce or…

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Foreign travel

By boblehman / February 13, 2024

I’m getting ready to take a team of people to El Salvador to help a local multiplier (Church planter). There are several things necessary to prepare for such a trip, especially when many have never been out of the United States before. Passports and visas are first, followed by travel insurance, tickets, lodging, state department…

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Waiting for the other shoe to drop

By boblehman / February 6, 2024

I talked with a wonderful friend today. She’s had her fair share of life challenges. Those challenges include breast cancer, abandonment, and some financial struggles. But, she shared today that these past six months have been the best of her life. Then she confessed, “I’m just waiting for ‘the other shoe to drop.’” I understand…

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Shoes

By boblehman / January 30, 2024

Imelda Marcos was the First Lady of the Philippines from 1965 to 1986. She traveled the world buying expensive shoes. Her name became synonymous for people with large shoe collections because when she fled to Hawaii she left more than 1,000 pairs of shoes and 800 handbags in Malacanang Palace. The exact number she owned…

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Reflection

By boblehman / January 23, 2024

An important part of each day is a moment of reflection. It is the time to pause and take stock of your day. It is the time to think about what has gone well, and what could be done better. It is a time to acknowledge and appreciate the progress you have made, and a…

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History is Written by Victors

By boblehman / January 16, 2024

“History is Written by Victors.” The quote gets attributed to Winston Churchill, but nobody knows ‘for sure’ who the original author was. It implies that history is not grounded in facts. Instead,  it’s the winners’ interpretation of the facts that prevail. That statement is alarming, but is it true? Clever statements get turned into present-day…

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Idioms

By boblehman / January 9, 2024

Language fascinates me. It’s my understanding that every language has something called idioms as part of its vocabulary. It’s an expression referring to a group of words with a figurative, non-literal meaning which can’t be understood by looking at its individual words. Here’s an example. Give someone food for thought. Now you understand you are not…

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Make your bed

By boblehman / January 2, 2024

You might have seen the viral video of Admiral William H. McRaven. He delivered the commencement address in May 2014 to the graduates of the University of Texas. He is a retired United States Navy four-star admiral who served as the ninth commander of the United States Special Operations Command. The speech’s theme was this:…

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Coffee

By boblehman / December 26, 2023

I’m about to make a colossal admission. I don’t particularly like coffee. That’s right! Those of you who know me personally would say, “No way! I see you drinking it all the time.” You would not be wrong, but I drink coffee for other reasons other than the taste of the java.  You see, I…

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Helpful Links

Soul Shepherding

When you are busy with your work, family, or ministry it can be hard to fit in caring for your own soul. This can lead to burnout or becoming spiritually stagnant. That doesn’t have to be your story. Soul Shepherding offers resources and training for you and the people you influence to thrive with Jesus. Founders Bill and Kristi Gaultiere are Doctors of Psychology and Spiritual Directors who have developed a distinctive approach to intimacy with Jesus, personal wholeness, and fruitful ministry which they teach in their Institute.
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Beggar’s Daughter

: A ministry dedicated to walking with women who have an addiction to pornography.
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XXXchurch

XXXchurch, the largest site online and the most recognized voice on the planet on the issue of pornography, is your resource online to fight porn addiction. XXXchurch uses the web, social media and news media to tell a story often left untold and is committed to help men and women conquer sexual issues like pornography addiction and sex addiction and regain control of their lives.
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Net Nanny

Net Nanny protects families and helps them manage their experiences with digital content. Parents, spouses, guardians, and educators are given visibility and control in managing a child’s online experience.
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Enough is Enough

Enough Is Enough®; (EIE), a non-partisan, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, emerged in 1994 as the national leader on the front lines to make the Internet safer for children and families. Since then, EIE has pioneered efforts to confront online pornography, child pornography, child stalking, sexual predation, and other forms of online victimization. By leveraging its expertise, growing national partnership network, and positive reputation among the public, media, law enforcement, and Internet industry, EIE continues to advance innovative initiatives and effective communication strategies to protect children online.
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Every Man Ministries

With a mission to create a movement of God’s men who are empowered to lead others on a meaningful journey into personal character and leadership, ultimately having a positive impact on generations of women, children and families.
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New Life Spirit Recovery

To educate, equip, treat and deliver Christ-centered solution to struggling addicts and alcoholics and their family members. To take our message and testimony of freedom from addiction through Jesus Christ to the community, church and beyond.
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Freedom in Christ Ministries

The mission of FICM-USA is to resource and equip Christians in America to experience spiritual freedom and spread that freedom to others.
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RickThomas.Net

Helping people by providing practical tools and ongoing training for more effective living.
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PornProof Kids

This internet ministry is the work of Kristen Jenson, mother of three children. Her desire is to help parents inoculate their young children against the destructive and potentially addictive dangers of internet pornography. How? By making it OK to talk about pornography and explaining a little brain science in the process.
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