Stay Connected and Strong

Craig Abbott

READ : Daniel 6:10-12 There’s nothing like a good fire when you’re camping. It keeps you warm, cooks your food, and creates the atmosphere for good conversation. The coals, if they’re kept close together, will provide warmth for hours. But if they’re spread apart, away from the main fire, they’ll quickly grow cold and die out. Daniel’s faith is tested yet again as he faces the prospect of being thrown into the lion’s den. But seemingly, Daniel isn’t phased by …

Trust God for Success

Craig Abbott

READ : Daniel 6:1-3 Recently, the company I work for downsized and restructured in response to several consecutive years of declining sales around the world. The process for retooling the organization created uncertainty and frustration for many of the employees, including me. Many of the seasoned executives were no longer with the company. Numerous long-term relationships were severed. As the reorganization continued, many of us found ourselves working for individuals with whom we had no history or experience previously. Daniel …

Expect the Unexpected

Craig Abbott

READ : Daniel 5:29-31 Craig and I recently debated with one of our youth group members who was convinced he would live to a ripe old age and thus had plenty of time to straighten out his life. We pointed out that no one knows if they’ll live another day, another minute or just one heartbeat. Each morning when I wake up I thank God for life. I ask for strength to do his will throughout the day. I’ve come …

Delivering Bad News

Craig Abbott

READ : Daniel 5:18-28 I once acted as a consultant to a large hospital facing a major decision. After weeks of interviewing physicians, staff and community members, I concluded that management’s decision was so unpopular it would have a tremendous negative impact on everyone involved. Presenting my final report to the hospital’s CEO was not a pleasant experience. Delivering bad news is never easy, but it’s often necessary. When Daniel delivered his final report to Belshazzar, he didn’t pull any …

Spiritual Insight Not for Sale

Craig Abbott

READ : Daniel 5:13-17 It’s no secret that money and power play huge roles in society. They’re obviously large motivators for athletes and entertainers, who continually negotiate new, more lucrative contracts with astronomical salaries. In the corporate world, if you want to attract the best talent, you must be willing to pay with preferential positions and grand compensation packages. In order to solve a baffling, threatening mystery, King Belshazzar called Daniel out of retirement. None of the king’s highly paid …