Abraham: father of many nations, rockstar negotiator

Abraham: father of many nations, rockstar negotiator

  I recently read a book called “Negotiate This! By Caring, But Not T-H-A-T Much.” I really liked the author Herb Cohen. Not only is he funny, but he has some impressive negotiating credentials, like being hired to successfully negotiate a hostage crisis for the White House.   This book has a lot of great suggestions. In one section, Herb uses a biblical example to illustrate some key negotiation tactics….

Checking the state of your flock

Checking the state of your flock

  I was having lunch with a good friend and investor named Emmett, recently. We talked about the current market and strategies we’re implementing, and we discussed what we see our other investor friends doing.   One of those friends hasn’t done many deals lately because she got her start when the market was at the bottom. Now that the market is moving so much, she is afraid it will…

Remember to be Thankful

Remember to be Thankful

  Ashley and I went up to Kentucky to see her side of the family for an early Thanksgiving. It was great. Her Dad lives in Pulaski County, and the mountains there are just beautiful. We spent our time riding the kids through those mountains on four wheelers and visiting with family we see only a few times a year.     We came home the day before Thanksgiving. Traffic…

A land of abundance

A land of abundance

  I read a familiar story with Ashley and the kids last night out of the biblical book of Numbers. In chapter 13 we read that Yahweh had just led the children of Israel out of Egypt, they’d organized themselves into an army, and were planning to spy out the Promised Land.   They chose 12 men for the recon mission inside of Canaan. Among them was Kaleb, son of…

Make a life, not just a living

Make a life, not just a living

Make a life, not just a living:   I had a very spiritual moment last week as I was out door knocking. I found myself on a little country road in Adairsville named Hall Station; it’s the road you take to get to Barnsley Gardens. Way down on Hall Station, almost to Kingston, there’s a pull-off on the west side of the road where kids go to jump off the…

Knock on the door of success

Knock on the door of success

Knock on the door of success:   It’s that time of year again. It’s time to evaluate last year, to celebrate your successes and investigate where you need to improve. Once that’s done, you can move on to the all-important task of setting goals for 2017. Are you excited?   Something I love about this time of year is that personal development goes into overdrive. If you’re like me, you’re…

How the Fourth Commandment will make you a successful investor

How the Fourth Commandment will make you a successful investor

How the Fourth Commandment will make you a successful investor   It never fails: each time we start a new property a contractor will ask me why they can’t work for us on Saturdays.   You see, our job sites shut down on Saturdays. That’s because I observe Sabbath from sundown on Friday night to sundown on Saturday night – and no it’s not because I’m Jewish.   Believe it…

Investors need to have faith like potatoes

Investors need to have faith like potatoes

Investors need to have faith like potatoes:   Since Ashley and I got married, I’ve been trying to grow potatoes – notice I said “try”- It’s been crazy: every year something happens.   The first year I didn’t know you were supposed to mound. Mounding is when you put dirt around the stalk of the plant. If you mound as the plant grows, it stimulates the plant to produce more…

I Am

I Am

I Am:   I’d like to invite you into a night ritual my three year-old daughter and I share most evenings in her room.   I lay her on my chest while we sing songs and pray.   Before I lay her down, I ask her:   “Are you beautiful? Are you funny? Are you strong? Are you fast? Are you smart? Are you a princess of Yahweh?”   With…

Yohanan’s Might

Yohanan’s Might

Yohanan’s Might:   We learned late last Thursday evening that something terrible had happened in our community. A family in our congregation had lost a child. Their 18-month-old son, Obadiah Dillard, had died due to an accidental drowning. Obadiah was the fifth of six children born in the Dillard house.   As I lay down Thursday night, I wondered what could be done to help. It dawned on me that…