CROSSWALK Ministries

Posted: November 10, 2015 in Church, Life Applications

CROSSWALK Ministries is a new church in Omaha, NE. This is not just another church, but a ministry helping the business community and leadership development in the U.S. and into the world beginning with Costa Rica.


Committed To Faithfulness

Posted: February 25, 2015 in College Leadership


Posted: February 20, 2014 in Life Applications

When the Lord returns, He wants to find His servants doing a good job with the things He has entrusted to them. Being good stewards of our time, resources, and our God-given talents is what is expected of our lives. From the beginning, mankind was given the task of being good stewards for what God provided. 

Robert Morris, author of the book titled, The Blessed Life, ask the question, “When the Lord returns, will he find you being a good and faithful steward? Are you doing the best with what God has given you? Do you know where your money is going every month? Are you tithing, giving, witnessing and praying?”

The question asked by Morris is, are we generous people, following the example and teachings of Jesus the Christ? God is a generous God and He expects us to live as generous people.

What does GENEROSITY look like? It begins with a heart of gratitude, then expressed through living a thankful life. From giving to the local church, to Christian Higher Educational, ministry to the poor, to reaching across the oceans, generosity is willing to give without strings attached. GENEROSITY is putting yourself in a position where and when God reveals a need, you’re able to respond in a timely manner.

GENEROUS people find joy is helping others, knowing God will continue to provide the means to be a conduit of resources. In other words, when we stop giving to others, then God sees you’re not being a good steward and limits what you would otherwise be given. If we don’t steward / manage well what we have, then how can God trust us with even more? Jesus said, “For everyone who has will be given more, and he will have abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him” (Matthew 25:29). If we are NOT good stewards and we do NOT practice generosity then the Lord God cannot trust us more.

Therefore, GENEROSITY begins in the heart and is expressed through letting go of what we have so we can truly invest in Kingdom things. The amazing thing of all this, when we let go and give, it is then that God replenishes what has been given away. We become the conduit, the river by which great resources flow.

So the question I have for you, does your GENEROSITY trickle like a stream, or flow like a raging river by which great things are accomplished through you?

In a recent article readily available on the Internet you can read 20 Different Habits Between the Wealthy and Poor. These are not situational wealthy or poor where people were born into a life-situation, but life choices commonly made that differ between the more wealthy vs. the poor. From the list provided I would like to draw our attention to a few noteworthy findings in the list of top 20 habits:

#2       80% of wealthy are focused on accomplishing some single goal. Only 12% of the poor do this.

#3       76% of wealthy exercise aerobically 4 days a week. Only 23% of poor do this.

#5       81% of wealthy maintain a to-do list vs. 19% for poor.

#9       67% of wealthy write down their goals vs. 17% of poor do this.

#10     88% of wealthy read 30 minutes or more each day for education or career reasons vs. only 2% of poor read daily.

#14     6% of wealthy watch reality TV vs. 78% for poor.

#16     74% of wealthy teach good daily success habits to their children vs. 1% of poor.

#19     86% of wealthy believe in life-long educational self-improvement vs. 5% of poor.

My point is this, if you want to have a successful 2014 it will depend greatly upon the everyday choices you make. For over 25 years I have taken the time to write down annual goals that are measurable. I have never met all my goals, but often times I have met most of my goals because I have given them priority in my life. Typically I divide my goals into five (5) major categories: Personal, Physical, Professional, Spiritual, and Financial. I have also included a reading list of books I want to read over the course of the year. If you are not currently doing this, I encourage you to begin this year taking the time to write down your personal 2014 goals, then sharing them with a trusted friend.

Allow me to leave you with a couple thoughts from the Bible:

Psalm 90:12 “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” (Prayer of Moses)

Colossians 3:23-24 “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” (Apostle Paul)

I know it’s fun to give and receive gifts at Christmas, and I personally have a lot of good memories sitting with my family celebrating the season. Yet it takes intentionality to place our focus and attention on why the Church has set aside December 25th. Every year hundreds of thousands of churches and Christian ministries across our nation and around the world do their best to provide meaningful Advent Sundays and Christmas programs helping us to draw our attention to Christ Jesus, the Son of God. Yet in our own homes, Christmas morning comes and the focus quickly turns to opening up the presents under the tree, and Christ Jesus is placed in the background of our thoughts.

So what are some ways you and your family can honor the Lord on Christmas Day, teaching your family the importance of celebrating Jesus – the true gift given by God? Allow me to make a few suggestions:

  1. If you have children in the house, on Christmas evening, December 24th, take time to pray together prior to tucking your children in bed. One of the most important things we can do as Christians is pray together, thanking God for giving us His Son Jesus Christ.
  2. Before opening and exchanging gifts read the Christmas story found in Matthew chapters one and two, or Luke chapters one and two. If there are children in your house, find a good Bible storybook with pictures to help your children see and hear the true story of Jesus. Remember, most children love to hear their parents & grandparents read to them.
  3. Take time on Christmas Day to sit down together and talk about you faith in Jesus and why you are thankful for His love and forgiveness. This can be done sitting around a table after enjoying a meal together, or at time specified during your morning or afternoon celebration.
  4. When my children were young my wife made a birthday cake and as a family we sang happy birthday to Jesus. We also sang other songs honoring Jesus, as well as making sure Christian Christmas songs were played on both the radio and recorded music. I personally can testify that my memories of my mother playing Christmas music during the month of December honoring the Lord made a huge impression on me. These are the songs that have been tucked in my heart over the years that remind me of the Lord’s birth to save mankind.
  5. If you like to decorate your home, purchase an attractive Manger display and place it in a predominant location. All my life growing up as well as the growing years of my children, the Manger has been displayed in the house we live. My wife has done a beautiful job making this the focal point of our home, decorating with lights and ornaments. Each morning I wake up and plug in the lights surrounding the Manger reminding me why we celebrate Christmas.

“Mary gave birth to her firstborn, a Son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed Him in a manger . . . and the angels appeared praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom His favor rest.’” Luke 2:7,14

May your Christmas be filled with the love and peace of God given through Jesus.


Posted: September 4, 2013 in Life Applications

Investing in the future – good reason to give to George Fox University. The great thing about giving to the Annual Student Fund at GFU is it goes to help students who would other wise not have the opportunity to attend the university. Take a couple minutes and listen to the link attached – very inspiring!


Posted: August 27, 2013 in Life Applications

Change, Transition, Flexibility, Fluid, Open Minded, Willing, Teachable, these are all words required if we are going to grow as an individual. The best advice I received when leaving graduate school preparing to enter into my new profession was – “remain teachable and willing to change”. This becomes harder as we grow older. We become more ridged, unmovable, set in our ways, closed minded, stubborn. The words are in direct conflict with the first set of words needed to grow.

I was also impressed with my grandfather Davis. He was also willing to learn, to grow, to experience something new. At age 75 he became the oldest man in California to receive his life-saving certification. At 90 he began to take piano lessons. In his mid-90’s he preferred to attend the Young Adult Sunday class rather than hang around with those his age. The reason, he wanted to grow, to learn, to be a part of the discussion where people were talking about life, future events, new experiences, topics that were long forgotten by the aged.

The small devotional book called Daily Bread once described a man named Charlie who decided in his mid-70’s to begin memorizing Bible verses – one for every book of the Bible; then he continued to add on as he went. When he died in his 80’s he had memorized well over 100 verses in the Bible. Charlie wanted to grow, to learn, keep living for something new. He had an open mind and a willing spirit to learn something new.

How are you doing with Change, Transition, Flexibility, Being Fluid, Open Minded, Willing, and Teachable? Better yet – how do others think you are doing in these areas? You might ask those who know you best. If age and experience teaches us anything it should be that we do NOT know it all. Just maybe there is something more we learn and we should be about the MIND-SET to GROW.