Friday, 02 October 2015 07:04

The Causes and Cure for Leadership Burnout

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Leadership is tough. Good leaders understand this and manage their lives and leadership demands to avoid burnout. Sometimes, however, even the best leaders get burned out. If you’re now facing it, examine the cause list below to see what factors may be contributing to it. Then, take one proactive step this week from the cures list to take better care of yourself.

Friday, 25 September 2015 09:48

Resurrection Nonsense

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The title of this article seems to represent the thoughts of a liberal thinker. That is not the case! It was Jesus’ apostles who had these thoughts! Yes, Jesus’ handpicked, chosen apostles/disciples. Consider the context. After the resurrection a group of ladies, “Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women” reported the empty tomb to Jesus’ disciples. (Luke 24:10) The first response of Jesus’ disciples was that the report was “idle tales” (KJV) or seemed to be “nonsense” (HCSV). In fact, the disciples were unmoved by the report. The Bible tells us they did not believe the report.

Thursday, 17 September 2015 09:40

They Won’t Follow

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One of the most discouraging seasons of leadership is when people will not follow. Such disheartening situations can be the actual facts or they can be our perception of the facts. Regardless of the reason we need to examine the cold hard facts of this problem.

Friday, 11 September 2015 10:58

Politics or Wise Leader?

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I recently presented a new idea concerning the youth ministry at our church. I used the following protocol in presenting the idea: I presented the idea to my pastor, then to the youth workers, and finally I met with the parents. After working this process my ideas flew to a successful destination.

“But as for you, keep a clear head about everything, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfil your ministry.” (2 Timothy 4:5)

The deacons in Church A promised the new pastor that if he would come, they would deal with a difficult situation they had been condoning and which was destroying the witness of the church.

Friday, 28 August 2015 10:01

Who Influenced You?

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Who has influenced your thinking as a Bible student? Up until the time I went to seminary, I had accepted an interpretation of Revelation based on my religious training and heritage. At seminary I adopted a new interpretation of Revelation based on the teachings of a professor. The professor greatly influenced my thinking.

Thursday, 20 August 2015 13:38

Dangerous Assumptions!

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Have you ever been guilty of making assumptions? I am tempted with this dangerous act almost every day. How does it play out?

Thursday, 13 August 2015 10:01

Is Impatience A Sin?

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My last name is Patrick. I am of Irish descent. Irish folks are given credit for being impatient people. That certainly holds true in our family. My grandfather was not a patient man. My father was not a patient man. I have struggled with patience. The roots run deep.

Saturday, 08 August 2015 12:50

The Irony of Strong Leadership

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“I am among you as one who serves” (Luke 22:27).

In the Kingdom of God, leaders are required to be servants.

Many a pastor misses this, and if he learns it at all, not before he has made many a bone-headed mistake and left a lot of good people bleeding in his wake.

We lead by serving. We do not lead by dominating.

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