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[29 Apr 2010 | 0 | 73 views]
Leaders are Getting Harder to Find

by Danny A. Hernaez
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I visited with a friend over dinner the other night. He is an attorney. A really good one. He works for a prestigious firm and does some of their most important work for its biggest clients. He was talking about leadership. “Law schools are producing some sharp graduates these days and sending them our way,” he said. “As you can imagine, we get lots of applications from the best and brightest. I don’t think it would ever be the case that we worry about one of our …

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[29 Apr 2010 | 0 | 71 views]
There is Time

by Danny A. Hernaez
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Because of several deadlines I have set for myself I am finding myself feeling rushed, a bit overwhelmed by all that has to be done, pressured, even talking to myself. One of the things I could be heard saying is, “There is not enough time to get everything done that needs to be done.” I have found myself running from place to place, task to task, and hour to hour trying my best to get everything done on my “to do” list before the day is done. …

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[22 Apr 2010 | 0 | 109 views]
Man Does not Live on Bread Alone

by Danny A. Hernaez

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“‘… Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” (Matthew 4:4)
Is it really that important to have a quiet time with the Lord everyday? I mean the Lord knows how busy my life is, so if I just toss up a few prayers and listen to a Christian song on the radio while rushing into my day, that should suffice. Right? It’s easy to let the busyness of life crowd out time for prayer, Bible reading, and …

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[15 Apr 2010 | 0 | 110 views]
Do not Forget

by Danny A. Hernaez
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The key to wisdom is locked up in your memory. This living wisdom, not your achievements or net worth, becomes your legacy – your gift to the next generation. These collected memories make you a living testimony, or a dying breed. Whether you realize it or not, our memories are sacred things, fingerprints of God. From the beginning, God has placed them in our hearts for a purpose – to keep us wise.
Before God’s people entered the Promised Land, Moses spoke repeatedly about memories. “… be careful, …

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[8 Apr 2010 | 0 | 99 views]
Stop Judging by Mere Appearances

by Danny A. Hernaez

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One of the concerns Jesus expressed during His earthly ministry involved in seeing and hearing. He spoke on more than one occasion about having ears to hear and hearing correctly and about overcoming our spiritual blindness. In one particularly heated discussion on the correct understanding of who He was, He spoke these words: “Now if a child can be circumcised on the Sabbath so that the law of Moses may not be broken, why are you angry with me for healing the whole man on the Sabbath? …

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[1 Apr 2010 | 0 | 51 views]

by Danny A. Hernaez
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At the end of the first century, the town of Laodicea was a thriving commercial center. It was a wealthy city, one of the few towns to refuse government aid after a devastating earthquake in the region. Clothing manufactured in Laodicea was sold throughout the Roman empire, especially garments made of beautiful black wool. Situated at the juncture of three trade routes, the city was ideally located for doing business. In addition, there was a world-famous medical school in Laodicea, famous for the treatment of optical diseases. …

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[25 Mar 2010 | 0 | 44 views]
I Am Thankful for Your Love

By Danny A. Hernaez
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“Be thankful and say so to Him, bless and affectionately praise His name! For the Lord is good; His mercy and loving-kindness are everlasting, His faithfulness and truth endure to all generations.” (Psalm 100:4b-5)
I remember the late-night conversation with my dad 22 years ago. The one about God, and Jesus, and salvation. I understood these things myself for the first time, and now it was my desperate hope that my dad would understand them too. But even more than grasping their meaning, I wanted my …

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[18 Mar 2010 | 0 | 62 views]
The Failure to Communicate

By Danny A. Hernaez

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This line from the 1967 film Cool Hand Luke seems almost prophetic in today’s world, “What we have here is failure to communicate.” We have “failure to communicate” in extreme proportions.
A couple of years ago a friend and co-worker gave me a notepad with these words printed at the top: “I KNOW THAT COMMUNICATION IS A PROBLEM, BUT I DON’T WANT TO TALK ABOUT IT.”
We hear it over and over again. “Communication is the key to relationships.” “Communication is what it’s about.” “We have to learn to …

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[11 Mar 2010 | 0 | 94 views]
A Holy Mystery

By Danny A. Hernaez
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I am sure you played a game called Clue when you were a child. It is the classic whodunit board game! Poor Mr. Buddy’s been murdered in his own mansion. Who could have done it? How? And where? With six suspects, six possible murder weapons and nine rooms in the mansion, there are hundreds of possibilities, and plenty of clues to investigate! It is a mystery every time you play. Like the game, life is also a mystery with hundreds of possibilities. Each day is filled with …

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[4 Mar 2010 | 0 | 120 views]
When God Calls

By Danny A. Hernaez
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“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness’.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)
If there is one thing that is consistent throughout Scripture, it is this: God calls people when they are not ready. God will never call you into service when you think you are ready. This is intentional on God’s part.
And, you can be sure when God calls you, you will have similar responses as Saul did when he was called to be the first king, or …

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[25 Feb 2010 | 0 | 116 views]
Look at Him

by Danny A. Hernaez
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“For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.” (Matthew 23:12)
I love Stacie Orrico’s song “Don’t Look at me.” She sings, “Don’t look at me if you’re looking for perfection. Don’t look at me, I will only let you down. I’ll do my best to point you in the right direction. Don’t look at me, look at Him.”
These lyrics remind me of a resounding theme I noticed recently in Mark 15:9-10, Matthew 23:1-39 and Luke 18:9-14: leaders who shined …

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[18 Feb 2010 | 0 | 93 views]
You Will Be Made Rich in Everything

By Danny Hernaez

Greetings from Frisco TX!
Just as you excel in everything – in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us – see that you also excel in this grace of giving. (2 Corinthians 8:7)
Dr. F. W. Meyer once commented on this verse, saying, “Probably there is no greater test of our true religion than our behavior in giving. How few, comparatively, give in proportion to their income! How few give systematically! How few have learned the joy and luxury of giving, so …

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[13 Feb 2010 | 0 | 159 views]
Ang Tagak at ang Lobo

by Rev. Sonny T. San Pedro
Ang lobo ay isang tuso, salbahe at maloko na hayop. Sa maraming lugar gasgas na gasgas na ang lobo sa pagganap ng mga karakter na nabanggit. Sa kabilang banda, ang tagak ay hindi naman kasing sikat ng nauna, tinitignang patpatin, mahina at walang ka porma-pormang ibon. Minsan ang dalawang ito na magkasalungat ang katangian ay nagkaroon ng hindi malilimutang karanasan sa isa’t-isa. Nagsimula ito ng yayain ng lobo ang tagak sa isa di umanong espesyal na hapunan, kung saan ang lobo ay naghain ng isang …

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[11 Feb 2010 | 0 | 145 views]
Humility

by Danny Hernaez

Greetings!
“The person that serves you like a servant is the greatest person among you. Every person that makes himself better than other people will be made humble. Every person that makes himself humble will be made great.” (Matthew 23:11-12)
Humility is a greatly under-emphasized quality among humans.
We don’t know what it means. We don’t know how to appreciate it. We don’t know how to do it. And we are not all that sure we want to have it.
Culturally we’re much more drawn to the energetic, dynamic, charismatic, crowd-drawing leader. …