Wednesday, 18 September 2019 11:13

The Seat Belt—part 3—Fasten before You Crank!

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Several weeks ago I wrote an article about a frustrating episode with a seat belt. Here’s the story. As I was leaving our house, I forgot to fasten my seat belt. As I drove down our gravel drive, I tried to fasten the belt but could not get it to release from the restrainer. That frustrated me! (This is part 1.) When I got on the smooth asphalt road the seat belt released smoothly. I discovered the rough gravel drive (somehow) triggered the belt mechanism to not release.

Friday, 30 August 2019 16:15

Eleven Bad Listening Habits Leaders Must Avoid

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Editor’s note. This is a short article. Work on it for a week and see how you’re doing.
Jesus took time to listen to those around Him. (John 4:4-26)

Friday, 16 August 2019 08:00

Hopeless, BUT

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It’s disturbing to think that a servant of Christ could become hopeless! I don’t mean hopeless about eternal things, but hopeless about life. You might say, no way!

Thursday, 08 August 2019 16:26

When we run from God: 7 Insights from one who did

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The book of Jonah is quite revealing. The book describes the prophet Jonah’s call by God to preach to the city of Nineveh (a quintessential sin city of antiquity). Jonah initially ran from His call. As a result he spent three days in a big fish before God got his attention and Jonah decided to obey Him. Jonah 1 reveals these 7 interesting life lessons when we run from God.

Thursday, 01 August 2019 04:20

A Key Role Every Pastor should fill each Sunday

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Several years ago I attended a Rick Warren conference where Mark Beeson, pastor of Granger Community Church spoke. I’d never heard him speak before then, but now ten years later I still remember two qualities about his talk. First, he knew how to tell a funny story. Second, he believed that of his primary roles each Sunday was to be a cheerleader for the people.

Thursday, 25 July 2019 16:14

That Frustrating Seatbelt!

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Do you ever get frustrated? Yesterday I got frustrated, had a learning experience, and laughed at myself - all in one episode. As I was leaving our house, I forgot to fasten my seatbelt. As I drove down our gravel drive, I tried to fasten the belt but could not get it to fasten. It would not release from the restrainer. That frustrated me. However, when I got on the smooth asphalt road the seatbelt released smoothly. I discovered the rough gravel drive (somehow) triggered the belt mechanism to not release.

I learned several lessons this episode and they are applicable for those of us who serve in ministry. First, and most obvious, do not let your frustration get the best of you. All of us face frustration. Difficult people, frustration with scheduling, ministries that do not go smoothly, church not growing…the list goes on.

There is so much anger and hostility in the Christian community. It sometimes shows up as envy and resentment. At other times it manifests itself as one ups man ship and sarcasm.

Where does it come from?

From hell. From the devil. From the flesh. From unbelief. From mistreatment by professing believers. From bad mental health. From unconfessed sin and from unresolved guilt. You name it.

Sunday, 30 June 2019 12:52

His Grace is Wonderful

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This morning I read the story of Gideon, once again. After reading that story, I burst out singing the old hymn Wonderful Grace of Jesus.

Let me tell you what I saw in Gideon’s story. Hopefully, Gideon’s story will encourage you. God’s grace encourages, enriches and strengthens us for ministry.

“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate to themselves teachers in accordance with their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth, and will turn aside to myths.” (2 Timothy 4:3-4)

Ear-tickling sells.

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