How To Publicly Thank Jesus

Last night I attended our local “Judge of the Year” awards banquet.

The judge that won is a Christian. I’ve known him for many years and knew he was a Christian.After last night, all 220 attorneys and judges in attendance know he is a Christian.

Toward the end of his acceptance speech the judge publicly thanked Jesus for what He had done in his life. He did a pretty good job. Most people don’t.

You know what I’m talking about. The mic is shoved in their face after a big win or exceptional athletic performance and they say, “I just want to thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” By the time they get to “Lord,” my eyes are glazing over.

Why? Because it’s become a cliche. It doesn’t mean anything any more. Usually I get the feeling the speaker is rubbing the bottle hoping the genie will emerge. Continue reading “How To Publicly Thank Jesus”

Ephesians 1 (Part III)

View from Arcadiane to The Great Theatre, Ephesus

As I explained in Part I of this series, when the Apostle Paul wrote to the Ephesians, he probably believed it was the last time he would ever communicate with them.

He had much to tell them, but there were two things that were foundational. In Part II I mentioned that the first thing Paul wanted the Ephesian Christians to understand was their identity in Christ.

Paul told them they were chosen, adopted sons of God, redeemed and forgiven. It was essential the Ephesian Christians understood their identity because without that understanding they could not understand their destiny.

Their destiny, Paul said, was an inheritance in an administration whose purpose was the “summing up of all things in Christ….” (v. 9-12). Continue reading “Ephesians 1 (Part III)”

The Power Of Words

I’m a golfer, and I’m a member of a country club where one of the founders is a former professional golfer who won the Masters and the PGA tournaments. Modern tour professionals come to him for help with their games.

On Saturday I was out on the practice range hitting balls. I was hitting them pretty well, and after one shot I looked behind me and saw him walking by. He said, “Your swing is looking good.”

Needless to say, that made my day.

I thought about it later. What he said to me cost him nothing but a few breaths, and yet it encouraged me tremendously. Continue reading “The Power Of Words”

Speaking Truth To A Secular World

Today I attended a luncheon for employment law attorneys.

I had arranged for the speaker. He is one of the best employment attorneys I know, an excellent speaker and a friend. He also happens to be a Christian.

I knew his general topic (“How To Lose An Employment Case”), but I didn’t know what he was going to say. The setting and group to whom he spoke were secular.

Somewhat to my surprise, in the context of discussing his topic, he spoke about the importance of church, obedience to God and integrity, but he did it in a way that was persuasive and was not self-righteous or religious.
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Go And Be Famous

I had some business in California this week on two cases I’m handling. I planned it so the wife and I could spend a week in Palm Springs with two of our best friends in between the deposition in the one case and mediation in the other.

Palm Springs is a playground for the rich and famous. It’s warm year around, has beautiful scenery and more nice golf courses than any other place in the world.

If you’ve been to Palm Springs, you know one of the trademarks of the city is streets named after celebrities. There are streets named after Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope, Gene Autry and others. They are a constant reminder of who once lived and played here, famous people, people everyone recognized, people other people dreamed of being. They are gone now, but their street signs remain. Continue reading “Go And Be Famous”