Heart Messages

Do you believe that you need other people? Deep down, most people are egoistic and don’t believe they need other people. A common mantra is “Nobody else knows me like I know me” or another similar one is “You don’t know what is going on inside me.” At a very young age, the belief starts in doing life "by myself." The truth is, the person that you are the most deceived about is you. Proverbs 16:2 starts with “All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes” and Proverbs 21:2 gives a slight variation saying, “Every way of a man is right in his own eyes.” The instinct of fallen man is to believe self and for the most part to see little or no need for others or for the input of others. Simpl

Good Self Vs. God Self

Most people see life in terms of good vs. evil. The deeper battle is actually good self vs. God self. When God is not given preeminence, the battle degenerates into good vs. evil, but that is actually several steps later in the process. Working with addicts, it would be easy to focus on the kinds of things that trigger drug use. I find that when I focus on that level of “overcoming evil,” I seldom am able to help them get to a place of victory. When I look to a deeper heart level, victory is much more consistent. One man I have helped through the transformation process is a born leader. If you have read previous blogs, leadership is his glory. It is his name. Whenever his wife or his

An Amazing Trust

I have been heavily involved in Christian leadership for almost 40 years and I have never experienced what I am experiencing now. I regularly get the privilege of walking into a room and feeling a level of trust that is both humbling and exhilarating. We are now completing our 10th year with the Omega Project. I know what it feels like to be glared at and stared at with little or no trust coming my way. In the early years, most of the men who came into the program gave little pieces of begrudging trust in exchange for a roof over their heads. I’ve lived through years where any progress was hard fought and seemed like we were trying to tunnel through the Rocky Mountains with a fork. So to

Your Name

I can’t get away from the concept of each man’s personal glory. 1 Cor. 15:41 says, “There is one glory of the sun, another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for one star differs from another star in glory.” If that is true for the stars, how much more is it true for us as human beings? Romans 1:19 says, that “what may be known of God is manifest in them”—even in the unrighteous person. Basically in Romans 1:18, God declares that He is angry at the unrighteous person because he is hiding the very glory of God entrusted to him—a glory that should be making the goodness and life of God known to the rest of the world. Instead, the wicked man hides the very glory of God and t

Do You Struggle with Motivation?

It starts small—a simple giving in to the flesh that is seemingly insignificant. It might seem to be very justified or even a reasonable reward for having made a significant effort. Ultimately, it comes down to a question of who or what is in charge. With laziness, with self indulgence, with those who seemingly have no motivation … the answer is the body. It is a paradox. Those who seemingly have no desire … who have no motivation, actually have fed the desires of the flesh. The flesh becomes all consuming to the point where it wants everything for nothing. It wants but it is not even willing to make the effort to get. I want becomes I deserve. I deserve is covered with excuses and a

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