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Joe Savage

Real-World Leadership

In this radio interview with Bob Crittenden of Faith Radio’s “The Meeting House,” Dr. Joe Savage shared some principles of leadership, relating some real-life examples of the application of leadership principles consistent with Scripture.

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New Beginnings: A School Story

Dr. Joe Savage, Director of the Center for Leadership and Executive Dean of the School of Christian Ministries at University of Mobile, provided some encouragement for the beginning of the school year and shared an inspiring story about a young man who overcame a speech impediment to become an in-demand motivational speaker.


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God in American History

What evidence exists that God truly “governs in the affairs of men”? Center for Leadership Director Joe Savage talked with Bob Crittenden about the Christian principles that are evident and necessary in the preservation of American freedom.

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Read the “God in American History” Series here

A Summer of Service

In this radio interview with Bob Crittenden of Faith Radio’s “The Meeting House”, Dr. Joe Savage discussed the concept of making the summer a “summer of service”, challenging families to engage in doing good to others in the name of Christ. For more information on the Center, go to www.umcenterforleadership.org.

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The Power of Prayer

In this radio interview with Bob Crittenden of Faith Radio’s “The Meeting House,” Dr. Joe Savage shared about the role of prayer in historical revivals, as well as the importance of prayer in spiritual leadership.

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Happy Thanksgiving and the Amazing Story of Squanto


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Dear (Contact First Name),

I simply want to say Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. I so appreciate your involvement in my ministry and work and count it an honor to have you as a reader of my emails.
In 2005, while pastoring a small church in Mulberry, Florida, I launched my first email devotional. The devotional was sent to a little more than 100 individuals across the National Football League (NFL). Soon word began to spread and my simple devotion became the most requested devotional of its kind in all professional sports. This expansion of influence was totally a God-orchestrated work.
Today the devotion has expanded and now includes articles written by various individuals and targeted toward different audiences. Through my work with the University of Mobile Center for Leadership, the readership still includes NFL coaches, executives, and owners, but also now includes politicians, teachers, business owners, stay-at-home moms, ministers, members of the media, and others. In all, my office at UMobile will send more than 500,000 inspiring and informative emails this year alone! I am so thankful for this privilege and count it a huge blessing to work with such quality people as Dr. Mark Foley, Quin Hilyer, Dr. Faron Hollinger, Amy Wright, and a team of brilliant college students from the University of Mobile. God is good!
I pray and hope you are inspired by our articles and thoughts. Thank YOU for reading faithfully and responding with such encouragement! If you are not already my friend on Facebook, I invite you to send me a request. I can be found at facebook.com/drjoesavage
Below is a little article about the first Thanksgiving. I hope you enjoy!
Happy Thanksgiving!
Joe Savage
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Starving Children & a Dead Wife: The Pilgrim’s Struggle to Survive – Part 1
pilgrimsThe year was 1620. The small ship was called The Mayflower. Those on board were called the Pilgrims. Their purpose was to establish self-government and freedom of religion. They set sail with 102 passengers. The voyage took 66 days.

On November 21, 1620 they reached the Cape Cod coast. As they sailed looking for appropriate land for settlement, they encountered a horrific storm causing them to anchor at Cape Cod. Before coming ashore, 41 men aboard the ship signed an agreement which would set up a new style government. The agreement was called the Mayflower Compact. It would be the first document of self government in the New World.


With sea weary legs, the men began exploring Cape Cod for suitable land to settle. The women and children stayed on board. Winter was upon them. Temperatures began to plummet at night. Urgency began to set in. The journey was becoming quite difficult, but their toughest days were still ahead!


As they began to settle, natives appeared with arrows flying. The Pilgrims fired back. Knowing they would never have peace, the Pilgrims board The Mayflower and set sail again. This time they would land at the place they called Plymouth. It would be here that they would settle; more out of desperation and urgency, then out of finding the perfect Utopia.


Several members of their group became sick. Others passed away. William Bradford’s wife would drown – either by accident or by suicide. No one knows for sure. Being ill-prepared for a harsh winter and all that came with settling a New World, the Pilgrims would begin to die at a rapid pace. In no time at all, half of the Pilgrims would pass away leaving them with only 53 individuals counting women and children.

They didn’t know where to fish. They didn’t know how to grow crops in this new type soil. They didn’t have enough housing to protect them from the bitter cold. They didn’t know if natives might attack and kill them. They didn’t have shipments of supplies on the way or a new group of people to join them. They didn’t know how to stop the death of so many. To put it mildly, the Pilgrims were in grave trouble and if they didn’t receive some help soon, they would all die only to be remembered as Christian fools looking for freedom.


Then the incredible happened! 

The Amazing Story of Squanto – Part Two
On March 21, 1621, as the Pilgrims were going about their daily duties, they heard a rustling in the woods nearby. The men grabbed their guns thinking this might be the dreadful attack they had so often feared.


Suddenly, an olive skinned native named Someset stepped out of the woods and greeted the Pilgrims in a broken form of their own language, explaining how he had learned English from fishermen and traders in what is now Maine. A few days later, Someset brought a friend named Squanto to meet the Pilgrims. Squanto would be a man who was both peaceful in approach and fluent in the English language. He would turn out to be God’s answer to their persevering prayers.


Can you imagine the shock and amazement as the native dressed Squanto emerged from the wildness of the woods with an outstretched hand and an English vocabulary?


As Squanto, William Bradford, and the other Pilgrims sat to talk, Squanto began to tell them his life story. They were dumbfounded by the story of Squanto as the providential hand of God was being unveiled!


At the age of twelve, Squanto and some other natives were kidnapped by Englishman Thomas Hunt. Hunt took the natives to Malaga, Spain to sell them into slavery. Some local friars discovered Hunt’s plans and purchased Squanto. Soon after, they allowed Squanto to attempt a voyage back to his homeland. Squanto managed to get to London where he lived and worked with John Slany, a shipbuilder who assisted Squanto in learning more English. After a few years, Squanto traveled with Slany to Newfoundland and then on to his native homeland in New England in 1619 to be reunited with his family and tribe.


Sadly, upon arrival, Squanto found only skeletal remains and empty homes as the majority of New England tribes including his family had all died from an epidemic plague, possibly smallpox. He would remain in the area alone and saddened. For months, he would mourn his great loss and remember the bountiful times he shared as a boy with his family fishing and hunting.


It would be less than two years later that the Pilgrims arrived and unknowingly formed Plymouth at the same exact location where Squanto’s family once lived. And it would be the English speaking and heart-broken Squanto who would teach the Pilgrims where to fish, how to grow crops, and how to live at peace with neighboring tribes.


Squanto would adopt the Pilgrims as his new family and he would become their answered prayer!

Ninety Wampanoags & Fifty Pilgrims: The Tradition Begins – Part Three
That summer, the Pilgrims reaped a bountiful harvest. Pilgrim Edward Winslow exclaimed, “God be praised, we had a good increase of corn”; “by the goodness of God, we are far from want.”

The grateful Pilgrims declared a feast in December 1621 to thank God and to celebrate with their Indian friends. Ninety Wampanoag Indians joined the fifty Pilgrims for three days as they feasted (which included shellfish, lobsters, turkey, corn bread, berries, deer, and other foods), played (the young Pilgrims and Wampanoags engaged in races, wrestling matches, and athletic events), and gave God thanks.


Squanto would remain with the Pilgrims for years serving as a helper and peacemaker. According to Bradford, Squanto “never left [us] til he died.” When Squanto lay dying of a fever, Bradford wrote that their Indian friend “desir[ed] the Governor to pray for him, that he might go to the Englishmen’s God in heaven.”

Chuck Colson observed, “Who but God could so miraculously convert a lonely Indian and then use him to save a struggling band of Englishmen? It is reminiscent of the biblical story of Joseph, who was also sold into slavery–and whom God likewise used as a special instrument for good.”


On this day of Thanksgiving, may we look again to God for His amazing providence in our lives. May we give Him sincere thanks and may we each by faith acknowledge that God’s Word is true that “all things work together for good for those who love the Lord and are called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).


Happy Thanksgiving!


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The Primary Cause of America’s Decline by Joe Savage

(The following is quoted from my newest book entitled, “We Forgot.”)

There is little doubt that morality and consciousness in America have steeply declined over the past four decades. A recent Gallup poll reveals that 45% of those surveyed describe morality in the United States as “poor” while only 15% say that morality is “good” or “excellent.”[i] One does not have to look far to see that America has a declining moral standard that it is only getting worse.

But could it be possible that the current political and economic hardships we are facing as a nation are directly linked to our moral condition?  Continue Reading…

Fraudulent Voting Plagues America by Quin Hillyer

Note from Joe Savage: Voting fraud cannot be tolerated in America. It undermines everything that this country stands for. Those who commit or participate in this selfish, undemocratic practice should be immediately imprisoned or better yet kicked out of the country and stripped of U.S. citizenship. It cannot and should not be tolerated at any level!

The following is an article written by my friend and colleague Quin Hillyer. I encourage you to read it and volunteer to help “True the Vote.” Continue Reading…

Interview with Aaron Beam: From Wall Street to Prison – His Thoughts on Fraud, Ethics, and Success

Aaron Beam Jr.’s story reads like the “Great American Success Story”: start a company from zero, raise some venture capital, take the company public in two years, become a millionaire overnight and see the company become the darling of Wall Street. But this success story didn’t end there. Instead, Beam found himself in the middle of a corporate scandal, lost almost everything and ended up in prison in 2005 (excerpt from www.aaronbeam.com). Beam recently sat down with students at the University of Mobile to give his thoughts on fraud, ethics, and success after the HealthSouth disaster. The following are some of his excerpts:

In 1806, Webster published a dictionary that defined success as being “generous, prosperous, healthy and kind.” Today, Webster’s defines success as “the attainment of wealth, fame, and rank.” We need to go back to the old definition. This new definition is not success.

We have to conduct ourselves ethically every day. I’m very sorry for what I did. A lot of people got hurt because of what I did. I hope that I can make a difference, and I believe that students coming out of college today can help change this unethical culture. Continue Reading…

A Good Friday Black Out!

“Now it was about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour. Then the sun was darkended and the veil of the temple was torn in two. And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, He said, ‘Father into Your hands I commit My spirit.’ Having said this, He breathed His last” (Luke 23:44-46).

The blog is to remind you that it was right now that the earth stood dark as Jesus paid for your sins while dying on an old rugged cross. His death for you was brutal. His sacrifice for you was great. His love for you was and is enduring.

If you have not done so already, will you take a moment to stop what you are doing and give Jesus thanks and praise for His personal love and great sacrifice for you?

Here are a few Scriptures to consider:

“He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again” (2 Corinthians 5:15). Do you live for self or Christ?

“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). Do you recognize that God loves you so much, that He willingly reached out to you and paid a sin penalty for you, so that you can have a relationship with Him?

“Jesus Christ made himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death on the cross. Therefore, God has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow . . . and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:7-11). Have you bowed to Jesus today and confessed Him as Lord, to the glory of God the Father?

If you do not have Jesus as your Savior, His death will still not be in vanity, but certainly your life will be. Think about it!

Let me know if I can do anything for you. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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