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Corrective Action

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"This requires an immediate Corrective Action", says the boss with furrowed brow.  If you've ever worked in a mid to large sized corporation, you know these dreaded words can mean possible product recall, or manufacturing line down, or at minimum a slight production delay because something has gone wrong with the process. It also means that an aggressive search for the root cause begins, and a time-consuming, costly process of risk assessments followed by preventative measures to avoid further problems.

For whoever is found responsible, there is also the strong possibility of disciplinary action.

We strive to preserve our companies' reputations by preforming corrective actions which prove we have resolved issues that would otherwise call into question our integrity.

God's Word is a risk assessment. The issues with humanity are spelled out plainly, followed by the "process improvement" steps required to remedy what appears hopeless. It begins with identi…

Bullet Proof

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I recently heard a story told by a private investigator.

One day his fellow officer pulled over a drunk driver. The driver got out of his car and, unbeknownst to the officer, had a gun in his waistband. That day the driver decided he was going to kill an officer.

He pulled his gun out and pointed it at him. He was standing just far enough away that the officer couldn't preform a gun take-away. In that split second, thoughts flashed through his mind. He could duck behind the car, hit the deck, or charge him. But he decided to trust his bullet proof vest to do what he knew it could do. Taking a couple of rounds while grabbing his own gun, he chose to enter the gunfight.

That officer didn't just have faith that he was wearing a vest - he had faith in the vest itself because he had repeatedly seen it stop bullets at the shooting range.

Likewise, those of us who have placed our faith in Jesus Christ have seen and experienced His redemptive power in our lives and and in the lives of…

Paradise

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Sitting in the spa waiting room, I noticed a large book on the table next to me titled "Eden Restored". The botanical garden photograph on the cover was stunning. The book was filled with the most beautiful gardens found throughout the world.  I found myself being drawn into the pages as a lilac scented candle burned nearby, adding to the floral ambiance.

Each photograph was accompanied by a description and location of the garden featured along with a "how-to" article for creating a similar look in your space.

What struck me was the feeling of serenity that came over me simply by looking through pictures and breathing in the sweet aroma. There seems to be some kind of need within us to return to a "paradise", whatever that means by our personal definition.

If what I was feeling in that moment was based on a simulated reality, what must the original Garden of Eden have been like? Breath-taking in beauty beyond anything we have ever seen or imagined, it can…

In the Way

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We were having a small group discussion on legalism when a friend shared a situation that had occurred in a church she once attended.

People were always gossiping and complaining about how things should be done according to their own personal views or traditions. The pastor became concerned about legalism that had crept into his beloved church. So he placed a large wooden cross in front of the congregation during worship and asked that they focus on it. My friend said that afterward people still complained about aspects of the worship (ie; too loud, too soft, off-key, too many hymns, not enough hymns, too contemporary, etc)... you get it. Shaking her head she added, "someone even complained about the cross being 'in the way'!"

We all suffer from this blindness; unable able to see the forest for the trees.
Just yesterday in fact, I complained all the way to work about the icy roads when suddenly my attention turned to the majestic snow-capped peaks straight ahead. It was…

Logos

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One of the challenges I enjoy in my work is designing logos. I am honored when a client trusts me to create something that reflects what their business is about in a simple, recognizable icon that will be used for branding their product.

The word "logos" comes from the greek word Λόγος meaning "word", "discourse" or "reason". This is the same word used by the Apostle John to describe Jesus Christ; "In the beginning was the word and the word was with God and the word was God. The word (logos) became flesh and dwelt among us." (John 1:1).

Over and over, Scripture depicts Jesus as the "image of the invisible God". A perfect replica, a precise copy, the exact representation of His being and in Him all the fullness of deity dwells in bodily form (Colossians 1:15; 2:9). Phillip once asked, "when will we see the Father?", to which Jesus replied, "when you have seen Me, you have seen the Father".

The Jews were unders…

Construction Zone

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Every weekday, I grumble at the construction blocking my way to and from work. It makes me late. It makes me grouchy. It makes me say things under my breath (and sometimes not) that I shouldn't. The light turns green but what's the point? No one can move. People start laying on their horns as it turns yellow, then red.... repeat. I look into the faces of my fellow commuters and see the so-called "3rd Street Improvement" brings out the worst in all of us.

A few days ago, I decided to take a good look at what those no-good construction workers were actually doing. "What's in it for me?" I thought. Then I saw it. They were making a bike trail that will go under the highway. I had an instant flash back of the many times I crossed that intersection on my bicycle knowing that in a matter of time I would become road kill.

"Wow", I thought with a smile, "that will make riding to work so much easier next summer... or the one after... or however lo…

You Don't Say

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At the end of a recently completed CPR certification class, the instructor said, "with this training, you will now be held responsible if you are in a situation where medical assistance is needed and you do nothing." Suddenly I imagined coming upon one of the terrible scenes we had been discussing. I'm standing there with my hands in my pockets waiting for someone else to take action, knowing all the while exactly what needs to be done.

Although it may seem like a no-brainer, it got me thinking about the responsibility that goes along with knowledge and how many of us try to blend in with the crowd when we are equipped to make a difference.
Interestingly, new data from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York shows that in 2010, only 27.3 percent of college graduates actually held jobs that were related to their majors.
Why would we do that? Why would we go through the time, expense and effort of learning something without putting it to use? I submit that we all are guilty of t…