Category Archives: Service Saturdays

“Service” can sound difficult and – to be honest – sometimes boring. Right? After all, most of us serve someone Monday through Friday, and Sunday belongs to God. So many of us are strongly tempted to see Saturday as our one day in the week.

In this weekly series, I invite you to journey with me in seeing service to others as one of the greatest ways to experience the joy of Christ. For that reason, I will be equipping and encouraging you for loving relationships with the people God has given you: counseling basics, reviews of Christian movies and books that you can enjoy with family and friends, example apologetics (how to defend the Christian faith to non-believers), links to other Christian websites to help your loved ones, devotionals and other articles, links to Christian comedy, and more.

“When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, ‘Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?’ He said to him, ‘Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.’ He said to him, ‘Feed my lambs.’” (John 21:15)

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Leadership and Myers Briggs Personality Types (4 of 4)

This mini-series offers a great variety of topical videos and a few consistent questions to prompt your reflection and discussion of three key issues in leadership: vision (where to lead others), influence (why they will choose to follow – or … Continue reading

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Leadership and Myers Briggs Personality Types (3 of 4)

This mini-series offers a great variety of topical videos and a few consistent questions to prompt your reflection and discussion of three key issues in leadership: vision (where to lead others), influence (why they will choose to follow – or … Continue reading

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Leadership and Myers Briggs Personality Types (2 of 4)

This mini-series offers a great variety of topical videos and a few consistent questions to prompt your reflection and discussion of three key issues in leadership: vision (where to lead others), influence (why they will choose to follow – or … Continue reading

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Leadership and Myers Briggs Personality Types (1 of 4)

This mini-series offers a great variety of topical videos and a few consistent questions to prompt your reflection and discussion of three key issues in leadership: vision (where to lead others), influence (why they will choose to follow – or … Continue reading

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Leadership and 10 Strategies for building Trust (2 of 2)

Building and maintaining trust is essential anyone is a position to lead others:  parents, supervisors, mentors, coaches, and more.  Over the last several weeks, we’ve considered the importance of trust through “circles of proof and circles of access“, understanding “hindrances … Continue reading

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Leadership and 10 Strategies for building Trust (1 of 2)

Trust is essential to lead as a husband, parent, teacher, mentor, supervisor, and all others who are in a position of responsibility to care for others.  Over the last three weeks in “Service Saturdays”, we considered the importance of “circles … Continue reading

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Leadership and building Trust (3 of 3), Pathways to Trust

Trust is essential to lead as a husband, parent, teacher, mentor, supervisor, and all others who are in a position of responsibility to care for others.  Over the last two weeks in “Service Saturdays”, we considered the importance of “circles … Continue reading

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Leadership and Building Trust (2 of 3), Hindrances to Trust

Trust is essential for leadership.  So parents, teachers, supervisors, and others must always build trust.  Last week in “Service Saturdays”, we considered how to do that through “circles of proof” and “circles of access”.  But we also need to know … Continue reading

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Leadership and Building Trust (1 of 3), Circles of Access & Proof

Every few weeks in “Service Saturdays”, we will alternate a mini-series on leadership and a mini-series on counseling.  We start with a foundation of leadership:  trust. I originally produced these videos as an Army Chaplain for my unit’s personnel stationed … Continue reading

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Leading as a Servant of the Lord (3 of 12), Joshua 1:12-15

The simplest definition of leadership is influence:  equipping and encouraging others to move in a certain direction.  Christian leadership is influencing others to follow Christ by faith in Him because we are primarily servants of the Lord.  The following devotional … Continue reading

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Leadership Principles and Strategies, an Introduction

The following video is the introduction to a series on leadership.  If you’ve read or viewed other posts on this blog, you may remember that I am relating leadership and counseling as two duties of all Christians.  Christian leadership, as the Apostle … Continue reading

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Counseling as a Person of Understanding (12 of 12), Proverbs 28:2

Second opinions and even more can be great when you are looking at possibly having surgery, buying a house, taking a vacation to somewhere you’ve never been or any number of situations with viable options. But when it comes to … Continue reading

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Counseling as a Person of Understanding (11 of 12), Proverbs 20:5

“What’s really going on here?!” Maybe you’ve wondered that when your child was bawling or clamming up, and you couldn’t get anything out of them; or your even keeled co-worker was unusually touchy; or your supervisor was more subdued than … Continue reading

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Counseling as a Person of Understanding (10 of 12), Proverbs 19:25

He was a cute little boy about three or four years old, grinning and wiggling, stretching toward the brightly colored candy just out of reach. As a parent, I had to smile. . . . at least until his mother … Continue reading

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Counseling as a Person of Understanding (9 of 12), Proverbs 17:28

What do they want from you or me? Our family, friends, co-workers, neighbors – even our enemies? If we are in a position that they associate with wisdom, one thing they expect is occasional silence. Proverbs 27:18 reminds us that … Continue reading

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Counseling as a Person of Understanding (8 of 12), Proverbs 17:27

A cool head and a warm heart.  That’s an amazing combination, isn’t it?  A nextdoor neighbor who cares about you and doesn’t drop you when you neglect your yard work.  A parent who loves you and doesn’t freak out when you’ve blown … Continue reading

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Counseling as a Person of Understanding (7 of 12), Proverbs 17:10

“Talk to the hand!”  You’ve probably heard it said  – or more vividly, seen it said.  If I remember correctly, “Martin”, a TV comedy series in the 1990s popularized the phrase in the U.S.  And it was usually in response to some unwanted advise, … Continue reading

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Counseling as a Person of Understanding (6 of 12), Proverbs 15:21

“No, thanks.  I’m on a mission.”  You’ve probably been there.  But sometimes the distractions and hurdles make it feel ike a scene from Mission Impossible. Shopping as a family comes to my mind. I can’t tell you how many times we’ve been in a store, and each member … Continue reading

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Counseling as a Person of Understanding (5 of 12), Proverbs 14:33

Proverbs 14:33 tells us that “Wisdom rests in the heart of person of understanding, but in the hearts of fools it is made known.” Of all the proverbs about the person of understanding, this one may be the least immediately … Continue reading

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Counseling as a Person of Understanding (4 of 12), Proverbs 14:6

The GPS in our car has prompted more than a few memories in our family.  “In 1,000 feet, take a slight left onto highway 7.”  And I sometimes respond (as if it’s listening and might dialogue with me based on my superior … Continue reading

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Counseling as a Person of Understanding (3 of 12), Proverbs 11:12

Your neighbor just did something foolish. What should you say? Proverbs 11:12 tells us, “Whoever derides their neighbor has no sense, but the man of understanding holds his tongue.” It implies that the neighbor has acted in some way that … Continue reading

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Counseling as a Person of Understanding (2 of 12), Proverbs 10:23

“A fool finds pleasure in wicked schemes, but a man of understanding delights in wisdom.” If you read last week’s devotional, you know that one of the characteristics of a “man of understanding” is what he (or she) does. But … Continue reading

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Counseling as a Person of Understanding (1 of 12), Proverbs 1:5

God willing, over the next 12 Saturdays, we’re going to look at the practicality of wisdom in Christ, to which I’ll refer as “counseling”.  For, before we can equip and encourage anyone else in what Jesus says, we must first … Continue reading

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4 Levels of Peer Counseling

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Peer Counseling: Discerning your Family Values

Has the Lord put someone in your path who seems to feel stuck or is clearly wayward from a good path?  They need godly counsel to help them get “unstuck” or back on track.  And, while the contents of godly … Continue reading

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