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Contemporary Christian articles by Dave Kahle and other authors.

The pursuit of self-improvement eventually and inevitably leads to confrontation with your spiritual side.  In this series of articles, Dave and other authors challenge you to think differently about your spirituality.

R-22 When You Are in a Financial Career CrisisThanks for sharing some of the difficulties you are facing right now. I consider it an honor and a blessing to be able to listen to you, and to offer some insights from my experience. There have been four times in my career when I faced insurmountable obstacles, and a bleak situation, when I didn't know how I was going to make grocery money, much less the house payment. Looking back, I could clearly identify the beginning and end to those periods of trial. The first one lasted six months, the second two years, the third two months, and the fourth lasted about two and a half years. [Read More]

R-21 Bezalel"Then the Lord said to Moses, 'See, I have chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, ability and knowledge in all kinds of crafts - to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, to cut and set stones, to work in wood, and to engage in all kinds of craftsmanship.'" (Ex. 31:1-6) The issue was the creation of the ark of the covenant and Moses was charged with its construction. And, true to form, God had already put in place the resources necessary for that work. [Read More]

R-20 Can I Teach Ethics? A personal note from Dave: To my readers... I take the answer to this question to a level that I rarely reach in this format. If you are going to be offended by my moving from a question about sales to a response about life, read no further.
Q. Dave, I have hired a new, young, aggressive sales person. I want to make sure he understands the ethical boundaries of his job. Is there some recommended way to teach ethics to a new sales person?
A. You can teach him ethics, but I'm not sure that he will learn them.
Let me explain. [Read More]

R-19 For Sales People - Are You Seeking to Live a Richer, More Fulfilling Life? For most of my life, I have been a sales person and an educator of sales people. One of the things that I have enjoyed the most about my career in sales is the intensely demanding nature of the job. Human beings are incredibly complex creatures, whose motivations and emotions seem to swirl like smoke from a bon fire, changing directions in unpredictable ways, always elusive and hard to corral. And, as sales people, we work with multiples of these elusive human beings, trying to influence them to do what we want them to do. It is intense and demanding work. [Read More]

R-18 The Muddle We Are In by Dave Kahle
I'm on the board of one of my clients. A fellow board member, a financial services professional, opinionated at the last board meeting that the economy was in a "muddle." Not growing at any substantial rate, not sliding backwards dramatically, just muddling along. His prediction for the near term? More muddle. [Read More]

R-11 Second Class Christians
For much of my Christian life, I've struggled with a difficult and painful image of myself: I was a second-class Christian. No one ever said that to me in so many words, but the practices of the Christian community made it perfectly clear. Those practices have evolved in response to a belief that permeates our Christian culture so deeply that few Christians would ever question it. Unfortunately, the result of this belief is that millions of Christians, like myself, lead lives that are far less productive than God wants. And that means that the Church's influence and impact is light years away from that which it could be. [Read More]

R-10 Of Sacred or Secular?
Many followers of Christ sort their universe into Sacred things, Sinful things and Secular things. We all know what Sacred things are. They are those things that are holy -- the Holy Bible, Holy Spirit, Holy Matrimony -- or, that belong to the Lord -- the Lord's Supper, the Lord's day, the Lord's Table - or, that are otherwise associated in our minds with the spiritual. Missionary work may be spoken of as a "sacred profession" or church related topics as "spiritual matters." Likewise, we know what Sinful things are. They are those things that are not holy, that corrupt a person spiritually. Sinful things are also called "worldly"... which stands opposed to "heavenly," of course. [Read More]

R-9 So, You Want to Work on Your Spirituality?
Thinking about your spirituality? Wondering if there is something deeper and more meaningful for your life? You're not alone. [Read More]

R-7 The Making of a Christian Radical
Read Dave’s personal story. [Read More]

R-8 Leading a House Church
A guide on the side, not a sage on the stage. [Read More]

R-6 House Churches
A unique expression of God’s love. [Read More]

R-4 Three myths of the modern church and their devastating impact on you and your family
While we can look at others and see some of the false beliefs in their lives, it's very difficult to see them in our own. Since we too are raised to accept certain beliefs, these beliefs gradually embed themselves into the core of our minds, dictating the quality of our lives, while we often remain blissfully unaware of their impact. [Read More]

R-3 Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People?
Sooner or later, every Christian experiences a painful event that leads them to this question. It's one of the most difficult questions that people ask. We look around us and see people who have no morals, aren't Christians, and who seem to go through life with few real difficulties. And others - who seem to be good people -- have adversity and difficulty in their lives. It doesn't seem fair. [Read More]

R-2 How Do You Make a Sound Christian Decision?
We all face turning points in our lives and need to make good decisions. I've certainly struggled with a number of difficult decisions during my Christian lifetime. Because many of these decisions have major consequences for us and the other people they affect, we want to make as good a decision as possible. So, how do we do it? When faced with a serious decision, how do you make that decision? Are there some guidelines or some procedures that will help us? [Read More]

R-1 Is It Time to Leave the (Institutional) Church?
A few years ago, at a time in which I was heavily involved in my local church, the congregation went through a nasty split. At the time, it was a shock to me. I've since learned, however, that congregational divisions are something that happens regularly. See if any of this sounds familiar. [Read More]

How to Eliminate Worry by Tom Pryor
Worry is something we wish to avoid. How can we eliminate worry? And more importantly, how do we prevent it? Here are ten ways to eliminate and prevent worry in our personal and professional lives. [Read More]

Be More Successful by Reining in Your Pride by Mike Hawkins
Thinking you are more important than others or God is a sin and despised by God. Arrogance and pride are equated to wickedness over 100 times in the Bible. God said through Solomon in Proverbs 8:13, “To fear the Lord is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech”, and in Proverbs 16:18, “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall”, and in Proverbs 11:2, “When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.” Pride is self-centeredness. It is selfishness. It is putting yourself ahead of God and everyone else. It is taking credit for what God and others have done. [Read More]

Unleashing Your Spiritual Gifts
The Apostle Paul wrote to the first century Christians, "About Spiritual Gifts, brothers, I don't want you to be ignorant." But most of the 21st Century church is woefully uninformed about this most important subject. As a result, the church is not nearly as forceful and dynamic as it could be. And individual Christians lead lives that are far less fulfilling and meaningful then they could be. [Read More]

Unlocking the Business Brain
It is not unusual for people to ask what more they can do for God. When this question is asked by business people, the answer (or at least the clear expectation) is often a new, direct role in their church. Some serve as deacons or elders, "supervising" pastors. Others enter directly into ministry as pastors, youth ministers or other ministry leaders. Based on stories and personal observations, such transitions are rarely successful. [Read More]

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