Listen to article When our daughter, Caroline, was born and severe health complications quickly ensued, Carla and I were driven to our knees, crying out to God for healing. Amid fear and fright, we sought his peace. When we felt less than confident that the story we’d imagined for ourselves as new parents wasn’t going to play out the way we’d thought, we sought God’s confidence. Here’s Carla’s story. For the squeamish, it does get detailed. March 1, 1994, was an incredible day. My due date had come and gone, and now Preston and I were anxiously awaiting the arrival...> Read More
Listen to audio version After I became a Christian in the eighth grade, I shared my newfound faith with everyone. I hoped my relationship with Jesus would be contagious. After a few months of sharing, multiple friends called and asked if they could come to church with me. I was so excited! Some came and responded to the gospel like I had. But others decided that the Christian faith wasn’t for them. These “friends” who’d rejected the message began to reject me as well. On several occasions, I was physically or verbally threatened because of my beliefs. I was ridiculed...> Read More
Listen to Podcast Version Do you remember Jerry Lewis? He was a famous comedian, actor, and philanthropist. One of his most notable accomplishments in life has been his partnership with the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). Muscular Dystrophy (MD) is “any of a group of hereditary diseases characterized by progressive wasting of muscles.”[i]Lewis helped create a telethon that raised sixty million dollars annually to help find an MD cure. Because of his partnership with the MDA, those afflicted with the disease became known as “Jerry’s Kids.” Lewis got involved with the MDA because of a childhood experience. He told a story...> Read More
“Hi Preston, I’m interested in taking on your project and representing you.” Those are the exhilarating words I’d longed to hear. But the journey to that shining moment was trying. You see, a few months ago, my former agent stepped away from the literary agency and publishing world. He dropped me like a hot potato. Seeking new representation, I sent out several agency inquiries with no response. I began thinking I was running out of options to publish my book traditionally. I felt broken, rejected, and disheartened. I’d worked onThe Discipled Leader(TDL) for ten years and began to question God....> Read More
Ever had one of those days when you’ve labored for hours with sweat and tears on a project but encountered a significant setback? I did this week. Here’s my story. . . Last Monday, I was leading a conference call and briefly looked at my phone to check emails. One of the subject lines caught my attention, “Changes at Tenet.” I immediately opened the email and read the grim news, “Unfortunately, this means that the representation agreement between you and our agency will be terminated”… .Ugh. I began writing The Discipled Leader in 2010. I’ve invested countless hours on The Discipled Leaderbecause I...> Read More
“Pray, but don’t pray too hard,” the doctor said with reservation. . .. “This is the most extreme case I’ve ever seen and I don’t want you to get your hopes up” . . . The words hit us like a ton of bricks. My wife, Carla, just learned that her teeth, gums, and bones in her mouth were rapidly deteriorating. She could lose five of her front lower teeth and may need implants. The doctor told her that she had a rare and unique case caused by a post orthotic permanent retainer on the back of her lower...> Read More
Panicked by the rapid footsteps closing in behind me, I began sprinting as fast as I could. My heart was racing, my chest became tight and I struggled to breathe. I was being chased by a pack of wolves. For some reason, the alpha male-targeted me and I was the pack’s prey. Maybe they sensed weakness or vulnerability. The wolf pack chased me for a long period of time and I could sense they were about to catch me. I dripped with sweat, fearful of what was about to happen. Exhausted from the chase, I slowed and was attacked...> Read More
A couple of years ago, I enrolled in a Christian Writers Conference in Estes Park, CO. Since the conference was held in May, I decided to commute back and forth to the YMCA from my parent’s home in Fort Collins. My typical route to Estes Park was closed due to flooding and road construction. The detour to Estes Park was through Hwy 36, a winding and scenic 90-minute drive. May is a beautiful time of year in Colorado. But sometimes the weather can be very unpredictable. That’s when I met Valarie – Winter Storm Valarie that is…On May 18, 2017,...> Read More
A long time ago, I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis in my right shoulder. Years of athletic wear and tear slowly eroded the cartilage to a point where my joint became bone on bone. Ouch! I lost range of motion and couldn’t throw a ball with my right arm. Fast forward to last year. My shoulder began freezing up regularly and my arthritic pain was unbearable. I could definitely tell when the weather was about to change by a deep ache stretching from my shoulder to my fingertips. I finally decided to ask my doctor about what I should do. He...> Read More
My team and I were invited to a strategic business partner’s corporate headquarters to think about what’s possible and innovate. I viewed the trip as an excellent opportunity to retreat, bond as a team and shape our future. I approached my manager, Kevin, about the opportunity. He hesitated and then said, “Most trips like these end up being boondoggles. Do you think you’re going to accomplish anything?” “Yes, I do. I’m confident that we’ll come back with fresh ideas and take our business to the next level”, I replied. Kevin said, “I have my doubts. I tell you what, put...> Read More
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