Friday, 10 August 2018 11:47

The Night God Showed Up

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Do you remember an occasion when God showed up in a special and unique way? My experience was a night visit. I had been serving as a pastor for approximately ten years when this occurred.

I was tired, discouraged, and burned out. In addition to these emotions, which pastors encounter on a regular basis, I was hurt by the loss of a large group of people from the church I was pastoring. The hurt was intensified by several people making disparaging remarks, as they were leaving the church. The disparaging remarks were like pouring salt into a tender wound.

Do you ever feel torn between the flesh and the spirit? This morning my wife and I said goodbye to our son and his family, who are missionaries overseas. We shared a refreshing ten-day visit in our home. We said our goodbyes at the airport at 5:00 a.m. The last image I have in my mind is our seven-year-old granddaughter standing at the door of the airport, waving goodbye to us.

Friday, 27 July 2018 09:35

Be Patient!

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Be patient! Does this exhortation eat at you as much as it does me? This gnaws at me because I am an impatient person. I inherited this tendency from the males in our family. I think it runs in the Irish bloodline.

Monday, 23 July 2018 12:47

Let the Deacons Handle it

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(This post is outside the normal parameters of our web site, but Bro. Joe shows some unique wisdom in sharing this post. Thanks, Bro. Joe.)

“Therefore, brethren, seek out from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business…” (Acts 6:3)

The original trouble-shooters–the Lord’s S.W.A.T. team perhaps–in the New Testament church were the deacons. They still are best at this risky business.

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?

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