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Tuesday, 12 June 2018 09:04

Leadership is Lonely!

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Do you ever feel the loneliness of leadership? When I feel like having a pity party, I often tell my wife I feel “so” lonely. Why is this the case? Why do we feel this pressure?

Monday, 11 June 2018 06:33

Avoiding Impulsive Leadership

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Have you ever been guilty of impulsive leadership? Impulsive leadership happens when you plan an activity as an afterthought or in a hurry. Most often these occur because the activity is expected or the calendar dictates. For instance, if you serve in a location where a fall revival is a part of the church tradition, impulsive leadership can creep in. And the results will show your impulsiveness.

Monday, 21 May 2018 06:08

Lord, This Isn’t What I Planned

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“Mr. Jon,” my young son asked, “what is the purpose of Skyler’s life?” I gasped with embarrassment that he would ask such a question, and then thanked God for our friend’s response. “Skyler’s purpose is to bring glory to the Lord.” Jon’s daughter Skyler is confined to a wheelchair and unable to speak, yet, her dear father sees a deep purpose in her life - to glorify God. No matter our life’s situation, no matter how much or little we think we can accomplish, God has big plans for us.

Wednesday, 16 May 2018 07:53

The Integrity of Approachability

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Our approachability is vital. Our integrity is at stake.

 “Did you read my email?” A ministry friend asked me this question – he was following up on an earlier promotion that had sent me. At times like this you have several choices: lie, act dumb, or admit the truth. By the time the question was posed (truthfully) I could not remember the email correspondence. My answer was, “I cannot remember getting the promotion.”

Friday, 04 May 2018 13:11

Self-Glory

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Are you ever guilty of worshipping yourself? What a disturbing possibility! In his book, Dangerous Calling, Paul David Tripp says, “Perhaps in ministry there is no more potent intoxicant than the praise of men, and there is no more dangerous form of drunkenness than to be drunk with your own glory.” (p. 167)

Monday, 30 April 2018 09:15

The Hard Work of Communication

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Let me say up front, I AM NO EXPERT ON THIS SUBJECT! There, I’ve cleared my conscience.

Sunday, 22 April 2018 21:15

Smart Leaders stay close to their Critics

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MEN WANTED FOR HAZARDOUS JOURNEY. SMALL WAGES, BITTER COLD, LONG MONTHS OF COMPLETE DARKNESS, CONSTANT DANGER, SAFE RETURN DOUBTFUL. HONOUR AND RECOGNITION IN CASE OF SUCCESS. Little did those accepted for this job out of the thousands who applied realize how true those words would eventually become.

Friday, 13 April 2018 15:13

IN SPITE OF

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Years ago I cut an article from a magazine entitled, “In Spite Of.” The writer, J.B. Fowler, was editor of a Christian newspaper. Fowler referenced people who had significant life accomplishments “in spite of” challenging circumstances. Some of the examples he used included:

Saturday, 07 April 2018 21:00

Light Houses Don’t Compete

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Have you ever been envious of another church or another minister? Come on, all of us have been affected by such emotions!

As a young preacher I sometimes dreamed of walking in Billy Graham’s shoes. As a pastor I sometimes dreamed of leading the next Saddleback. Our desire to reach such heights varies in intensity and scope, but it is there.

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