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Spiritual Olympians

“Discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness; for bodily discipline is only of little profit, but godliness is profitable for all things, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.”  1 Timothy 4:7-8 Olyimpian athletes push themselves to extremes in order to “hopefully” win a medal.  How much […]

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Perspective on Success

The following insights from Dr. Jim Denison (Denison Forum, January 9, 2018) are an excellent reminder of the difference between success and significance. “I would say my poise comes from my faith. I just pray for peace.” That’s how Alabama’s freshman quarterback Tua Tagovailoa explained his amazing calm in leading his team to an incredible […]

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Stay Alert

You are more likely to get shot in a battle when you forget you are in the heat of the battle. Believe me, the battle is on! I was recently reminded of the power of evil.  Soon after sending the Impact Insight last week, I received a call from a friend who informed me that […]

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Spiritual Intensity

According to the following two passages, what mattered most to Paul? “I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.” (Acts 20:24). “Whatever […]

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More Lessons from the Battlefield

“Fight the good fight of the faith.” 1 Timothy 6:12 May I remind you that we are at war?  If you fail to recognize the battle, you are certain to lose.  Another way to lose is by fighting with the wrong weapons. “For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as […]

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Lessons From the Battlefield II

“Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No one serving as a soldier gets involved in civilian affairs — he wants to please his commanding officer.” 2 Timothy 2: 3-4 The recently released movie, Lone Survivor, is the true story of Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, who miraculously survived a mission in the desert […]

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Components of Consistency

How’s your forward progress?  Are you advancing toward your goals?  Are you seeing incremental, consistent improvement in the areas where you want to grow?  What do you think it takes to consistently move forward in any aspect of life?  Try AAA (awareness, alignment, accountability). 1. Awareness – This life is not about you or me.  […]

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Stay Alert

You are more likely to get shot in a battle when you forget you are in the heat of the battle. The devil disguises himself as an angel of light.  (2 Cor 11:14)  He is deceptive, dangerous and deadly, so stay alert. Stand firm in God’s strength, wearing His full armor.  (Eph. 6: 10-18) Guard […]

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Stand Firm

Our world has a seductive way of luring us into a “peacetime mind-set” versus a “wartime mentality.”  Scripture reminds us to prepare for battle every day, and to remember that our struggle is not with other people.  We are engaged in a spiritual battle and therefore need to be spiritually prepared.  Anchor your life deep […]

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God and MeMe

Following is a story from the front page of the Sport’s section in the Birmingham News, entitled  “Reflected Glory.”  It’s the story of a high school senior, T.C. Brown, who won the 2009 Bryant-Jordan Achievement Award. But it’s also a story of a great-grandmother who has made an impact with her life. “Ask Brown about […]

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