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Posted on May 22, 2018 at 8:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Lessons Learned as a Juror Part III

Recently, I spent three days serving as a juror. One lesson I learned is the importance of restitution.

During the jury deliberation the jury struggled with how to assess an amount for the intangible value of “pain and suffering.”

In Numbers 5, God told Moses, “Any man or woman who wrongs another in any way, and so is unfaithful to the Lord, is guilty and must confess the s...

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Posted on May 22, 2018 at 1:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Lessons Learned as a Juror Part II

Recently, I spent three days serving as a juror on a personal injury case. There were many lessons learned that I would like to share.

One lesson I learned is that justice doesn’t always prevail in the courtroom. My naïve belief going into jury deliberations was that twelve reasonable people would come out with a fair and impartial verdict. That didn’t happen.

Despite my passionate objec...

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Posted on May 18, 2018 at 12:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Lessons Learned as a Juror Part I

Recently, I learned several lessons as I spent three days as a juror. The first lesson is how differently people can view the same set of facts.

The defendant had run a red light, then crashed into the plaintiff’s car. The plaintiff’s car was “totaled,” and, she racked up $107,000 in emergency room and subsequent medical bills.

Her request for repayment seemed reasonable and credi...

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Posted on May 18, 2018 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Itty-bitty Lies

My friend, Phil, isn’t proud of it, but admits that occasionally he lies to avoid confrontation, to protect someone’s feelings, and/or to cover forgetfulness or errors. For many of us, lying happens without thinking.

Some call them “white lies.”

Proverbs 6:16-19 says. “There are six things the Lordhates, seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed...

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Posted on May 16, 2018 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Gracious Words

When I was a child, encouragement and affirmation were qualities I rarely received nor witnessed. Therefore, it’s harder for me to offer those gifts to others.

Fortunately, my wife, Kathy, is the best I’ve seen at encouraging and affirming others.

Kathy will stop a stranger to give them a compliment. This often leads to Kathy sharing with them that “God has a special plan for their life.” Then she&...

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Posted on May 15, 2018 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Financial Reserves for the Flock

According to a Wall Street Journal article, Pitt Ohio, a Pittsburgh trucking company, learned from a University of Pittsburgh survey that drivers who reported financial stress had more accidents.

To improve their safety record and their driver’s lives Pitt Ohio established a goal of every employee having a $1,000 emergency fund. Each employee who saved $19 a week for 6 months received $56 from the company.

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Posted on May 14, 2018 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Feeling Empowered


Empowering others is a great leader’s strength. Whether as an individual or part of a team, people who feel empowered can achieve amazing successes.

The greatest example of empowerment is found in John 21. Jesus had been crucified and resurrected. Jesus seeks out His disciples and finds them fishin...

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Posted on May 11, 2018 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Feeling Empowered

Empowering others is a great leader’s strength. Whether as an individual or part of a team, people who feel empowered can achieve amazing successes.

The greatest example of empowerment is found in John 21. Jesus had been crucified and resurrected. Jesus seeks out His disciples and finds them fi...

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Posted on May 10, 2018 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Chasing Fantasies

Frequently I receive calls from young people who have new business ideas. The excitement of youthful leaders tends to lend itself to chasing fantasies.

The most successful businesses, however, are the ones who take their new idea, develop a plan and work that plan diligently.

There’s a distinct difference between focused entrepreneurs who have a new idea and creative people who have dreams that will never succeed...

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Posted on May 9, 2018 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (0)

A Mother's Calling

During my childhood my mother worked outside the home full-time and somehow managed to raise five kids. With that as a backdrop, when I married Kathy, I assumed she would always work outside the home as well.

She did, until we discovered that my son, Jeremy, had autism and needed more help than a daycare could provide. Kathy’s new vocational calling became a stay-at-home mom.

Both of her vocations proved critic...

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