Friday, 03 April 2015 08:25

Moving Beyond Silence

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Silence is an awkward visitor! This past week my wife was away visiting friends and family. The silence created by her absence created an empty spot in my spirit while she was gone. I talked to our dog Lucy more than ever. She seemed to understand. At times like this I can sense the loneliness widows/widowers face. Silence is a companion to loneliness.

Friday, 27 March 2015 10:34

Self-Pity

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How would you define the thought behind this statement? "I have been very zealous for the LORD God of hosts; for the children of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, torn down Your altars, and killed Your prophets with the sword. I alone am left; and they seek to take my life." I Kings 19:10 (NKJV) Obviously the title of this article reveals my take away on this statement by Elijah. Do pastors struggle with self-pity?

Bottom line: Every organization—whether a church, business or nonprofit—needs change in order to continue to grow and remain healthy.

But here’s the thing about change. If you’ve ever been in leadership you know this. Change is hard. Very hard.

And it’s especially hard for some people. In fact, in my experience, the most common reaction to change—at least initially—is rejection or rebellion.

Monday, 16 March 2015 08:28

Look Out!

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Look out! This phrase could be used in many different contexts. It could be used by a logger to warn of a falling tree. It could be used around a bad dog to warn of a dog that is preparing to bite someone. It could be used to warn of an oncoming car. The phrase could also be used with believers to warn of sin issues.

Thursday, 05 March 2015 13:02

Great Men Die!

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This past week I read in Genesis 25 of the death of Abraham. I have read this passage many times. However, this time I was keenly reminded that great men, like Abraham, die. Great men, just like all other people, die. Presidents die! Movie stars die! Sports heroes die!

Editor’s Note: This article and the last two articles focus on limits. All of us must identify our limits, learn to say no, and identify the important values we treasure. These lessons will sustain and enrich an effective ministry life. May God bless you in this endeavor.

Starting each day well is certainly important. We must prioritize our goals, prepare our soul, and schedule our time wisely. When we discipline ourselves to begin each day with intention and thoughtfulness, we do ourselves and others good. I suggested 7 questions to ask yourself each morning in an earlier post. http://charlesstone.com/7-questions-leaders-ask-every-morning/ But what about preparing to end your day? How can we end it well? Consider these 7 questions to ask yourself as you end your workday or before you go to bed.

Editor’s Note: This article, last week’s article and the article to follow next week focus on limits. All of us must identify our limits, learn to say no, and identify the important values we treasure. These lessons will sustain and enrich an effective ministry life. May God bless you in this endeavor.

I hate disappointing people. And, every time I say the word “No,” someone isn’t happy with my answer. That’s reality.

Saturday, 14 February 2015 10:56

What a Day!

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Last night as I drove home from a late speaking engagement I thought to myself, “What a day.” I was encouraged that I had several speaking opportunities. I was pumped because I had a good day. However, I was emotionally drained. I taught Sunday at 10:00, preached in my home church at 11:00, preached a deacon ordination at 3:00 and led a discipleship seminar at 5:30. These engagements amounted to three hours of speaking.

Saturday, 07 February 2015 11:01

A Call to Faithfulness

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Have you ever wanted to quit? Obviously all of us have experienced days when quitting looked like a good option. During those periods of doubt, remaining faithful is both challenging and needed. I am praying that this call to faithfulness will ring true for you.

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