The Fourth of July

Independence Day in the United States of America commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence of 1776.  The day that the thirteen American colonies regarded themselves as thirteen newly independent sovereign states, no long under British rule.

The Declaration explained why Congress had voted to declare independence from great Britain.  One of the greatest documents ever written, the essence of it’s meaning is found in line two of the draft:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

This would include the “unalienable” right to freedom.  When the scriptures say that Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, that includes poverty, sickness, and death, I think of the purchased price of our redemption.

In America today, we are divided among many racial, political, and social-economic lines. I believe for us to function as a community, we must realize that unity is essential. You wouldn’t find this in Webster’s Dictionary, but UNITY is spelled, “You and I Tie.” What a powerful definition.

The Great Northern Geese give us a powerful example of working together: they fly in the “V” formation because flying in this formation is 70% more efficient than flying alone. The birds honk from behind to encourage the other birds to keep flying and keep up the pace. What a great lesson in working together.

We must continue to work together; to live together; and to stand together; And, to keep honking for our fellowman. The power to encourage others and to embrace what is different, sets us apart as God’s creation.

I dedicate this Independence Day to the families of all of our fallen First Responders, and to the families of Mr. Martin, Mr. Brown, Mr. Gray, Mr. Crutcher, and Mr. Castile. May we continue to remember our Unalienable right to freedom, life, liberty, and happiness. And oh yes, the freedom to take a simple walk down the street.

Happy fourth of July and Keep standing on the Rock!!



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No More Fear

The presence of fear can indicate a sense of impending danger, emotional stress or pain, whether the threat is real or imagined. The anxiety of fear can have a paralyzing and debilitating affect on those that will yield to it’s invading power. I heard an acronym for the word fear that really helped me years ago; F.alse E.vidence A.ppearing R.eal.

Many times the thing that we fear, never happens. When I was a kid, there was always a great relief when the creepy fingers of the monster outside my window, turned out to be the limbs on the tree in my front yard. Yikes! Yet the fear of failure, or spiders; Or the fear of falling; the fear of rooms, feels real for many people.  I was on an airplane recently and an older lady asked if I could open the window a little because she had a phobia of being closed in. My immediate thought was apparently she keeps getting back on the plane!

Eleanor Roosevelt once declared, “Do the thing that you fear, and the death of fear is certain.”  What a powerful declaration to those that struggle in the face of fear.  Claude Bristol in The Magic of Believing, revealed that thoughts become reality because of our subconscious mind, which produces our feelings, instincts, and actions.

What we focus on, is what’s growing in our lives. Focus can bring about fear if we’re focusing on the wrongs things.  Thomas Edison said, “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”

One great chapter of my mentors book, Failing Forward, by John C. Maxwell, is called “If you’ve failed, are you a failure.” The answer is a resounding, NO! In the seven abilities needed to fail forward, point number one is: Achievers reject rejection. (Read Failing Forward for the other six points)

Someone else’s opinion of you never has to become your reality.  If you have to do something afraid, I say do it anyways.  You can declare no more fear in your life because you simply did the thing that you feared.

“Fear makes come true that which one is afraid of.”  – Victor Frankl

Keep standing on the Rock!


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Posted by on June 1, 2017 in Uncategorized


The Best Steps Toward Your Success

I had the privilege  of dropping some knowledge on the 2017 graduating class of The Choose Life DEEP Bible Training Center this past week. Forrest Gump reminded the world that, “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you get.” I never approach life from the Forrest Gump perspective. According to the word of God, we get what the word says is ours.

In the book of life, Romans the 12th chapter reminds us that we are changed by the renewal of our minds. Having the right thoughts and thinking in line with God’s words, helps to keep you and I on the road to success.

Here are The Best Steps Toward your path to success:

  1. preparation. Preparation time is never wasted time. In farming, laying the ground work is one of the most important parts of the process. Prepare early.
  2. Persistence. Someone called persistence, “The iron quality of success.” Galatians 6:9 the message translation says, “we will harvest a good crop if we don’t give up or quit.”
  3. Right thinking. Leadership requires mental reconditioning. We must THINK in line with the principles that make us strong. The Psalmist David said, “Thy word is a light unto my path.”
  4. Right talking.  Proverbs 6:2 says we are snared by the words of our mouths. In other words, watch negative talk. The word snare means, a noose for small game. Our words can be considered to be a small thing, but what a big impact they have on our destiny.
  5. Make a commitment to grow daily.  Remember, we grow daily not in a day. King David once again said, “I will sing so I can daily perform my vows.” And growing is a daily commitment to change what I am doing.
  6. Stay humble.  The road to success involves the perspective of helping others. Zig Ziglar placed this nugget on the road to success: “You can have anything in life you want if you help enough people get what they want.” Humility is simply measuring yourself against a higher nature.
  7. Use whatever gifts you have to serve others.  “Service is the rent we pay for our room here on earth. Man is a traveler, and the purpose of life is not to have and hold but to give and to share.” I Tim.4:12 (TLB) Keep a close watch on all you do and think. Stay true to what is right and God will bless you and use you to help others.

Congratulations to all of you who have just had a commencement moment or graduation. This commencement  will start a new chapter in your life, to serve your fellow man, to help others win, and to leave a mark that cannot be erased.

Keep standing on the Rock!!

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Posted by on May 27, 2017 in Uncategorized


Leadership that Connects

One of my many mentors on the great subject of leadership was Dr. Myles Munroe.  I learned something great from one of our generations greatest teachers; “Leadership is not the maintenance of followers but the production of other leaders.” There are many principles involved in helping others to discover their destiny on the road of life.  None more important than finding your gift and serving that to the world.

As leaders, we must be willing to release others into the dimension of God’s divine calling for their lives.  Socrates once said, “The individual leads in order that those who are led can develop their potential as human beings and thereby prosper.”

If that’s not enough, embrace the thought that the leader is the servant who removes the obstacles that prevent people from doing their jobs.  Dr. Edwards Deming believed that there were many ways to connect with people and maintain quality control in any endeavor. The task of turning human frailties into genius and abounding progress, requires minds that are brilliant, and hearts that have a proclivity in the habitual inclination for producing leaders of excellence.

“The job of the leader is to create a complimentary team, where every strength is made effective and each weakness is made irrelevant.” Here’s what I know:  Momentum provides the energy for needed change.  Connecting with people, means caring about the things that they embrace as significant. Because, people don’t care about how much you know, until they know how much you care.

“Great leaders measure themselves by what they get done through others. That requires developing people in a leadership culture.” And, if we’re going to have any lasting success, it must be as a result of connecting, embracing, and trusting others, to bring to the table what only they can bring, THEMSELVES.

Connecting is all about others and goes beyond words, which means, it requires energy. when you’ve given others your best effort, look around and keep standing on the Rock!!

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Posted by on November 16, 2016 in Uncategorized


Pray For Our Nation

With this year’s presidential election looming, don’t forget about the 54 million evangelical Christians that stayed home last year and did not vote.  We have some serious issues to pray out in our nation.  Charles Finney once said, “It seems as if God is limited by our prayer life.  He can do nothing for humanity unless someone ask him.”

President George W. Bush declared over our nation, “Throughout our history, Americans of faith have always turned to prayer – for wisdom, prayer for resolve, prayers for compassion and strength, prayers for commitment to justice and for a spirit of forgiveness.”

“Since America’s founding, prayer has reassured us that the hand of God is guiding the affairs of this nation.  We have never asserted a special claim on His favor, yet we’ve always believed in God’s presence in our lives.”

We must continue that belief in the power of God and in the power of prayer. Get to the polls and cast your vote in this year’s election!

James 5:16 amp. – “The earnest heartfelt, continued prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available dynamic in its working.” You an I must continue the pursuit of prayer if our nation will continue to honor God and walk in it’s greatness.

Cast your vote and Keep standing on the Rock!!

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Posted by on October 18, 2016 in Uncategorized


Kathryn Kuhlman, “The Radio Chapel Years”

Being the historical buff that I am, I enjoy drinking from great books that have a historical, biographical, and personal- inspirational narrative.  I recently purchased and finished reading Shane Philpott’s new book entitled: “Kathryn Kuhlman, The Radio Chapel Years.”

Mr. Philpott is a provocative and intoxicating writer.  His ability to tell a story reminds me of Edgar Allen Poe, Hawthorne, or perhaps Henry David Thoreau in their prime. The pages from this new epic piece kept me coming back for more.  I must admit, I sat down as a causal reader and quickly found myself in the middle the author’s well articulated recollections and research of the “Radio Chapel Years.” I finished the book in a day.

The collaboration between Shane Philpott and Keith and Mary Williams is masterful, as together they recall some of the most spiritually powerful and moving moments of Kathryn Kulhman’s life, marriage, and ministry.  From the triumphs, to the burgeoning crowds, and the toxic poison of indifference, the mediocre could not grasp the enormity of the vision nor its immensity. These pages capture it all.

This book reminds us all of our humanity and the need to persevere in the midst of extreme jealousy, resentment, and ministerial espionage among well meaning Christian Zealots who will spend their time tearing down the best of God’s plans.

A must read for all Pastors and Christian workers, The Radio Chapel Years reminds us that even though some of God’s Generals have passed away, the message never dies, if you and I will keep those words alive.  By embracing the memory of our mentors who taught us “Your light will never burn brighter by blowing out someone else’s candle,’ we preserve the Radio Chapel Years in the here and the now.

Let me finish by saying, Ms. Kuhlman moved on to do great things in her ministry. But I don’t see The Radio Chapel experience as a hiccup or a failure.  I see it as a courageous undertaking, a divinely appointed chapter in the life of a splendid woman of God who stayed true to the call; who persevered, who triumphed; who never let distractions defeat her; And, who finished her course with joy. These are the qualities that you and I must strive to emulate.

In her own words, “Living with faith and courage is something that life requires of each of us.  Absolutely ever give up! Never give in, no matter what!  Fight it through!  And I promise you something with all my heart – God will help you.”

With God on our side, how can any of us lose? It sounds like Kathryn was reminding us that whether we’re in the midst of the victory or the battle, “Keep standing on the Rock!”

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Posted by on October 1, 2015 in Uncategorized


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The Black Wall Street Part 2

In American History there has always been the paradigm of cultural shifts.  In the late 1800’s, our country watched a group of Africans continue to rise from the cataclysmic sting of slavery into the main stream of financial wealth and economic freedom.

The Greenwood District of Tulsa, Oklahoma, before it was burned to the ground by an angry mob, was the source of inspiration for many blacks around the country.  A passion to spread the “American Dream” into the hearts of a group of dreamers, helped each philanthropic endeavor to spread across the city.  The modern day mantra “Spread out in your influence until everything feels your impact,” was indeed the battle cry of those seeking to break the oppression of the mental, spiritual, and economic tyranny that existed.

The self contained Black Wall Street, defined wealth as: “knowledge, wisdom, understanding, and experience, all working together to produce trans-generational economic, security, solvency, and stability.”  This attitude was the bench-mark in the opulence and comfort, found in their daily routine.

There were twenty-one churches that decorated the Tulsa sky-line during this prosperous period.  The citizens of this rich city, were richer still in personal integrity and moral consciousness.  And yet, there were men like Jeremiah G. Hamilton – the richest black man in New York- before the Civil War -who made $2 million dollars, the equivalent of $250 million dollars by today’s standards.  Ruthless and cunning, he was called “The Black Wolf” of Wall Street.  Perhaps he was forced to push the envelope in his favor, back toward the “negro” side of the economic table.  As one businessman put it, “We must have integrity in business if our contemporaries will take us seriously.  Others may lack a good conscious in business, but we will always side in with our best friend at night.”

During this tumultuous time, there were questions raised about Dick Rowland and Sarah Page, the two main characters of this mixed Shakespearean drama; Was Dick Rowland and Sarah Page in love? Maybe. Were they secretly engaged and planning a concupiscent elopement to California? Maybe. Did he in fact, step her foot in an elevator and cause the searing pain of her crumped toes, to cry out in agonizing and yet wanton desire for her lover? Maybe. Or, was the race riot the result of the disparaging gap between the Have’s and the use to “Have?” Maybe.

Richard Robert Wright, Sr., the American military officer, educator, college president, politician, civil rights advocate and banking entrepreneur, when asked by retired Union General Oliver Otis Howard, what message he should take to the North.  The young Wright reportedly told him, “Sir, tell them we are rising.”

From the 35 square blocks of the Black Wall Street devastation, WE ARE RISING!  To the White House, we are rising! From major telecommunication networks around the world, we are rising! From Fortune 500 companies, we are rising! From major positions in American culture, we are rising! From $1.5 million dollars in property damages in 1921, to $1.1 trillion dollars in buying power, the African American can still rise!

So, while your rising, remember to Keep standing on the Rock!

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Posted by on May 31, 2015 in Uncategorized


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