I’ve been on crutches now for 7 days…I’m tired of the nuisance and inconvenience, even though my pain threshold tells me I still need them! When our son Nate was in middle school and high school he was off and on crutches for the better part of 7 years…it amazes me that he persevered for so long. I can’t imagine such a long stint on crutches, but then again that’s why we often said Nate’s middle name should really be “Perseverance” – he suffered long and hard, but over time God redeemed his pain and he’s been walking crutch-free for the past 7 years of his young adulthood, praise God.
Perseverance is a biblical concept, with passages like Heb. 12: 1,2; James 1: 2-5; Rom. 5: 3-5; and 2 Peter 1: 5-7 informing our understanding. Paul’s words in Romans 5 are clear…rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that they produce perseverance, character and hope. With what or whom do you need to persevere today? Cling to the promise that character and hope will be the fruit…and trust the Lord to give you the strength to persevere.


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Steve Macchia

Founder & President

Steve is a graduate of Northwestern College (IA) and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (M.Div. and D.Min.). His prior ministry includes serving on the pastoral staff at Grace Chapel (Lexington, MA) and as president of Vision New England. Since July 1, 2003 Steve has served as founder and president of Leadership Transformations, director of the Pierce Center for Disciple-Building, and adjunct faculty in the Doctor of Ministry department at Gordon-Conwell. He is the author of sixteen books, including The Discerning Life (Zondervan Reflective),  Baker bestseller Becoming a Healthy Church, and Crafting a Rule of Life (IVP). He lives in the Boston area with his wife Ruth and is the proud father of two grown children, Rebekah and Nathan, daughter in-love Ashley, and papa to his beloved granddaughter, Brenna Lynn and twin grandsons, Aiden Joseph and Carson Stephen. “My soul comes alive singing the great hymns of the church and enjoying the beauty of God’s creation. I’m in awe of God for fulfilling the dream for LTI that he birthed in my heart, for the team he has assembled, and the transformational impact experienced in the leaders and teams we serve.

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