Some Lessons We've Learned

Over the last 40 years of ministry

Love and Respect

By boblehman / November 2, 2018

Romans 12:10 “Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.”             I do a lot of weddings. I’m always looking for appropriate bible verses that help express the core of love to the couple and those in attendance. This one is one of my favorites for several reasons. The verbs “be devoted”…

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Loving to the End

By boblehman / November 2, 2018

What does it mean to love to the end. Country music is filled with emotional ballads about loving until the end. Scotty McCreery penned these lyrics, “At 86, my grandpa said, ‘There’s angels in the room’ / With all the family gathered ’round, we knew that time was coming soon,” / “With so much left to say,…

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Scary Statistics

By boblehman / September 19, 2018

Are you ready for some scary stuff? If you’re in ministry, these should motivate you to make sure you and/or your pastor are healthy. More than 70% of pastors do not have a close friend with whom they can openly share their struggles. The dominant cause for pastors to leave the pastoral ministry is burnout.…

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FEARING CONSEQUENCES – Issues of Fear

By boblehman / September 4, 2018

The Book of Proverbs is filled with pithy sayings that God uses to set the direction of life. For example, Proverbs 29:25 says, “Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.” There is nothing innately wrong about pleasing others.  In fact, I love people and so do you. You…

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SPEAKING THE TRUTH – Issues of Integrity

By boblehman / September 4, 2018

Martin Luther said some amazing things…convicting things. This one stands out to me:“Peace if possible, truth at all costs.”  Leaders should be called to a higher standard. But the unfortunate reality is we can be found in the camp of fudging…the truth that is. I’m not sure how lying became so easy. OK, for you…

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DISCOVERY AND ADVENTURE – Issue of Confidence, Parenting

By boblehman / September 4, 2018

Depending on how you look at it. Teaching is a noble profession. I think you’d have a hard time finding someone who doesn’t believe that. However, if most people are high on teachers, I can’t figure out why they are paid so poorly… but I digress. A good friend of mine was teaching a gathering…

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JUSTICE AND WHOLENESS – Issues of Integrity

By boblehman / September 4, 2018

Justice in its deepest meaning involves making people whole, by keeping goodness and impartiality. In the book of James, it’s defined as the center of true religion.  He says it’s the kind of “religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and…

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IGNORING THE TRUTH – Issues of Integrity

By boblehman / September 4, 2018

Ignorance is bliss. Have you ever said that or thought that? I don’t want to know the truth because I’ll be responsible for that knowledge. There is a prevailing thought in this information age. “Knowing something is enough.” Historically, that has not been the definition of “to know.” To know something should compel us to…

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HUMILITY AND PRIDE – Relationships

By boblehman / September 4, 2018

I love how the Apostle Paul states the obvious in Galatians 6:3“For if anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself.”  Isn’t that how you and I would talk? “Thinking we’re something when we’re not.” Vincent de Paul cut to the chase when he said, “Humility is nothing but the truth,…

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BITTERNESS CAN DESTROY – Relationships

By boblehman / September 4, 2018

There are certain things we all do that we regret. Working so much at the expense of your family. Not standing up to a bully at school. Staying in touch with a good friend. Worry about what others think about me. I don’t know what your list is, but you have one. We all do.…

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