Sunday, 15 July 2018 20:09

When the Past Upsets the Future

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Have you ever observed the past upsetting the future? This can happen in a number of ways: being in the wrong place at the wrong time, painful experiences that haunt you down the road, poor decisions, failed relationships, inappropriate behavior, moral failure, and the like. The bad thing about the past upsetting the future is that our past should compliment our future, not delay, sidetrack, or cause defeat as we face it.

Sunday, 08 July 2018 18:43

The Empowering Leader

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I recently spent time with a group of pastors walking through John Maxwell’s book The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership. I found myself comparing Jesus’ leadership with those advocated by John Maxwell. One principle, in particular, stood out like a golden nugget as I considered Jesus’ leadership. That principle was Empowering Others.

On a blog devoted to professional speakers, the author gave advice about “that great killer story you love to tell,” and then “the heart-rending windup.” I imagine every speaker wants one each of those in his messages.

Then, the blogger dropped the bomb.

Tuesday, 12 June 2018 09:08

The “Eyes” Have It

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In the political world there is a phrase “the ayes have it.” This phrase refers to the yes votes having the majority in an election. A paraphrase is this, the yes votes control.

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)

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