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Sharing lessons that I am learned or have learned in over 50 years of Christian ministry, leadership training, mentorship, and life
2024-06-18 11:24
External Show of HolinessBut all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments, Matthew 23:5.The Trap of Outwa… Read More
Distorted Gospel: Origins And Redemption
2024-06-17 11:23
Only One True GospelBut I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. 12 For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the reve… Read More
My Health Journey, Lost My Right Kidney
2024-06-11 11:15
After the Emergency Room doctor confirmed that I had kidney cancer, I faced finding a surgeon who could remove the tumor. Where do you go? Who do you call? It is all new to you since you hav… Read More
Navigating Your Cancer Diagnosis
2024-06-07 11:44
Navigating a cancer diagnosis can be a daunting and overwhelming experience. It’s a journey with hard decisions, emotions, and unforeseen challenges. As you embark on your road to reco… Read More
The Blunder Of Brooding On Bad News
2024-06-06 11:53
The Blunder of Brooding on Bad NewsLiving with the constant dread of bad news can weigh heavily on a cancer warrior’s spirit, affecting their emotional well-being and ability to thrive… Read More
How To Give To Missions
2024-06-03 11:39
The following story takes place sometime back in the 1800’s. It teaches us a great deal as we see how our brothers in Christ handled giving to missions.The article cites the following… Read More
2024-06-01 13:27
Dearest friends,Thank you so much for all you do every month. I know you have seen that God is doing great things in and through several wonderful people that you are helping through Alignme… Read More
2024-05-25 13:38
I rarely do this. We have to help this Bible College Student.A Bible College student, Johnatan Roca, just severely broke his arm and tore the tendons. He has to have immediate surg… Read More
Preach To Yourself: Self Talk
2024-05-24 12:16
All the self stuff, self-esteem, self-talk, self-confidence, etc, has always seemed like a bit of positive thinking and pride more than godly. I was wrong. Bibl… Read More
Are You Distant?
2024-05-22 11:09
Do you feel like you and your spouse are drifting apart? Are you longing for the emotional and physical connection that you once shared? It's not uncommon for a marriage to hit a rough patch… Read More
2024-05-17 11:49
Steps to Strong and Authentic RelationshipsBe genuinely interested in others and their lives. People want to know if you care, want to help, and can be trusted.Listen actively and empatheti… Read More
Unstuck: Finding Your Way Out Of A Rut
2024-05-16 11:28
Do you feel stuck in a routine or pattern? Are there any areas where you need more progress or satisfaction? Do you know stagnation, monotony, or feeling trapped in a cycle of unfolding and… Read More
Ministry Update From Austin And Betty
2024-05-14 11:32
Betty and I very much enjoyed our trip to Peru. Our friend Robert Canfield took a large group, and seeing God touch their hearts blessed us beyond words. God is using Robert in his ministry… Read More
2024-05-13 11:52
There seems to be a significant lack of love in the world, and the conflict seems unending.Escalating ConflictsContinuing warfare and conflicts persist in various regions, sparking chaotic s… Read More
I Was Not Treated Fairly.
2024-05-09 15:01
Corrie ten BoomCorrie was a remarkable Christian who exhibited unwavering faith and resilience in the face of injustice and adversity during World War II. As a member of the Dutch resistance… Read More
Treat Others The Way YOU Want To Be Treated
2024-05-03 11:04
Before we launch into my article, let's consider what the Bible says. Does it actually teach the golden rule? Are we serious about how we treat others as believers? Does this apply to our ti… Read More
2024-05-01 11:27
Francisco Penzotti, born September 26, 1851 in Chiavenna, Italy. His dad died when Francisco was six years old. His mother was a devout Catholic, and the parish priest took charge of Penzott… Read More
Lessons From The Common House Fly
2024-04-30 11:30
Betty and I are in Arequipa, Peru. There are flies, typical house flies, everywhere. They are annoying. My son has a "Bug A Salt" Rifle, meant as a play on the word. It is an air-pressure gu… Read More
Friendship Test
2024-04-26 11:47
Subscribe nowAre you more concerned about the well-being of your friend or primarily worried about your interests?Are you genuinely supporting and caring for your friend, or do you pretend t… Read More
Lost In The Numbers Game
2024-04-24 11:31
One of the biggest mistakes that brand new church planting missionaries make is focusing on attracting a large crowd rather than making disciples. This mistake, often called "lost in the num… Read More
Twenty Killed Due To False Accusations
2024-04-22 11:57
Consider with me what God says about gossip. I gave many verses, but I thought the following ones should be enough.Bible verses about gossipA talebearer revealeth secrets: But he t… Read More
Where Did The Joy Go? Thieves Of Joy.
2024-04-19 11:52
Did you know that joy is something you choose?Actually I know we can choose it because the Lord commanded it. He told us to rejoice.Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. … Read More
What Was Wrong With Wanting To Eat Meat
2024-04-18 11:36
In my devotions, I recently prayed through the following Psalm and considered how often I tempt God in my heart. I want what I want. I wonder why God doesn't do certain things for me, which… Read More
2024-04-16 11:14
The "Principle of Control" suggests that 10% of life is made up of what happens to us, while the remaining 90% is determined by how we react to those circumstances. In essence, it emphasizes… Read More
Don’t Waste Your Life!
2024-04-12 11:15
Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: 14 Whereas ye know not what shall be on the… Read More
2024-04-11 11:19
Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled; Hebrews 12:15Bitterness CheckupDo you often see t… Read More
It Takes Longer To Train Than To Do
2024-04-10 11:07
II Timothy 2:2  And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.Some of the most common comp… Read More
More Than Goal Setting And Motivation
2024-04-08 11:58
Photo by Cristofer Maximilian on UnsplashGodly leaders are human, with both strengths and weaknesses. The Bible portrays leaders’ humanity, mistakes, and failures without hiding them f… Read More
2024-04-04 11:46
Before you can lead others, you must lead yourself. Leading yourself may be the most challenging job in leadership. Practice self-evaluation to understand your strengths, weaknesses, values… Read More
Frail, Weak, Transient, Fleeting Life
2024-04-03 11:02
My health proving my weaknessI was 58 years old before I realized I was weak at all. I never went to the doctor. I could live anywhere, eat anything, survive without sleep, walk all day, or… Read More
2024-04-02 11:55
Thank you to our dearest friends,Thank you for your generous giving and prayersBecause of you, we can support a wonderful pastor, James Wilson, in Northern Ireland. God has been at… Read More
Navigating Leadership Challenges
2024-04-01 11:51
Photo by Denise Jans on UnsplashUnderstanding where we areA high turnover rate damages team morale and productivity. We need to understand the unique needs of each team member. This requires… Read More
What Does The Bible Word Forgive Mean?
2024-03-29 11:51
Photo by Alex Shute on UnsplashAnd forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. Matthew 6:12.The Greek word behind this word forgive is defined in the A Greek-En… Read More
2024-03-28 11:57
Our mindset affects how we see life, its challenges, opportunities, success, or failure. We interpret situations and respond based on our overarching perspective and thought processes.The wa… Read More
To Listen You Must Tune Out The Noise
2024-03-27 11:06
And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks befo… Read More
How Do Men Die?
2024-03-26 11:45
Photo by Ron Szalata on UnsplashMen die in many ways and there are many famous quotes to accompany the cause for each death. I love the Toby Keith song with the video of Clint Eastwood, &ldq&hell…Read More
2024-03-22 11:28
Here are a few ideas to help.What got me thinking about this problem was reading the following quote:A light that does not shine, a spring that does not flow, a germ that does not grow, is n… Read More
Helping Hurting People
2024-03-21 11:24
Consider legalism versus grace. Photo by Tingey Injury Law Firm on UnsplashEvery spiritual leader needs to understand the difference between grace and law. Everything about the ministry will… Read More
2024-03-20 11:16
Photo by Dewang Gupta on UnsplashAs believers (salt), we are not merely to exist. We are called to flavor, preserve, enhance, and purify all around us. We do that by sharing the gospel of Je… Read More
2024-03-18 11:45
Photo by Brett Jordan on UnsplashFollowing this, you will find some ideas that might help your leadership of whatever group you lead. These ideas form a list of some ways we destroy the trus… Read More
2024-03-17 11:13
anxietyDoes worry and fear consume your thoughts and actions, leaving you feeling trapped in a cycle of unease?Do we allow anxiety to dictate our every move? Are we stuck on the treadmill of… Read More
2024-03-16 11:30
Humans so desperately want to be in control of their destinies. We want and expect that we can control what happens or repair whatever messes up. The story of Gideon teaches us a different l… Read More
2024-03-15 11:37
Photo by Jon Tyson on UnsplashThe world is a very negative, hostile place full of unhappy and discontent people. As God’s people, we are called to live in the attitude of gratitude. We… Read More
2024-03-14 11:06
Photo by Oscar Omondi on UnsplashMoses grew up bi-culturally. His own Jewish mother had raised him after being found in the river. Then, they raised him as an Egyptian in the palace. I can o… Read More
2024-03-13 11:32
And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and… Read More
2024-03-12 11:51
Photo by Jens Lelie on UnsplashGod calls His people to be separate from the world. In the Old Testament there was a clear distinction to be made between the clean and the unclean. In the New… Read More
2024-03-11 11:13
Photo by Brooke Lark on UnsplashWe learn many lessons from Joseph that will propel us forward in our leadership growth.Maybe the most vital characteristic we can learn is flexibility.&n&hell…Read More
2024-03-10 11:32
Let my lord, I pray thee, pass over before his servant: and I will lead on softly, according as the cattle that goeth before me and the children be able to endure, until… Read More
2024-03-09 11:18
Photo by niu niu on UnsplashBitterness will consume us and contaminate all those around us. We must get victory over bitterness. We have to break the bonds that bind us in bitterness.We have… Read More
2024-03-08 12:42
Photo by Sander Sammy on UnsplashJoseph’s brothers were so jealous of him it consumed them. Their envy caused them to betray their brother, contemplate murdering him, throw him in a pi… Read More
2024-03-07 12:46
Photo by Christopher Sardegna on UnsplashMaintaining a positive mindset and fostering motivation to enact positive changes are crucial aspects of life. It's important to take initiative in i… Read More
2024-03-06 12:07
Photo by Aslı Yılmaz on UnsplashI have no desire to get caught up in a debate or fight over words. But something’s not right. Jesus sent His church to take the Gospel to the… Read More
2024-03-05 12:49
Photo by Stanley Dai on UnsplashThere are several known and discussed measures to distinguish between a leader and a manager. The first question to consider is:Can you instigate positive cha… Read More
2024-03-04 12:17
Photo by Fleur on UnsplashWe long for results in our ministry. Often, we measure ourselves by budget, baptisms, and butts in the seats. What is the proper way to measure faithfulness? Is the… Read More
2024-03-03 12:59
Photo by Randy Tarampi on UnsplashWill you reach your full potential as a leader? Most fail to accomplish their dreams, but do not have to fail. Think with me for a few minutes.Leaders fail… Read More
2024-03-02 12:10
Photo by Hanson Lu on UnsplashI believe that in the heart of every believer, there lies a desire to be used by God. Fear pushes that desire into the corner. Peer pressure tells us that atten… Read More
2024-03-01 12:50
Photo by lilartsy on UnsplashHow do we learn to be content? I love this verse. Notice the words I have put in bold print. Austin Gardner is a reader-supported publication. To receive new pos… Read More
The Phone Call
2024-02-28 12:26
After our first date in December 1972, my hope for a relationship seemed lost. Betty was back at her “mansion” home in Roswell, Georgia. I was back on the farm in Bold Springs… Read More

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