Articles published in 2017

Bottom Line - May 2017

By Stan Bower

As I write this, I am flying back from Texas, somewhere around 30,000 feet at 11:30 at night. The purpose of my trip was accomplished. Robb Johnson, Jim Matush, Laura and I spoke to our guests at the 20th Annual Houston Gathering. Both of my Timothies shared their stories of how the Lord is working in their lives, then Laura shared her heart and the journey she has been on for the past two years in gaining a new understanding of herself.

Bottom Line - April 2017

By Stan Bower

The first conscientious objector to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor for actions above and beyond the call of duty was Desmond Doss. Doss served as an Army combat medic in WWII. His story is told in the film, Hacksaw Ridge, which was directed by Mel Gibson. This is an incredible story of a man who held on to his convictions – even in the middle of horrific circumstances.

Bottom Line - February 2017

By Stan Bower

Sometimes it seems that the speed of life … and the pain of life … are going at Mach 1. I recently met with a man and asked specific questions about how his family was doing. I saw the pain in his eyes, knowing his heart was bursting, and watched the tears well up like rising floodwaters. So what was the proper response to his pain? Two things needed to be considered: 1. what was his need in the midst of the pain 2. how should I respond emotionally to him?