Saturday, 10 January 2015 09:42

Sloppiness in ministry: Not allowed

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“Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically, as something done for the Lord and not for men, knowing that you will receive the reward of an inheritance from the Lord–you serve the Lord Christ.” (Colossians 3:23)

Last night, sometime along about 3 or 4 a.m., unable to sleep, I did something I rarely do: I turned on the television. Usually, I’ll read or just lie there thinking until sleep returns. But last night, I channel-surfed and ended up watching one of those true-crime re-enactments.

Law enforcement investigators had painstakingly built their case against this fellow in Jacksonville, Florida, who reported his wife missing on a trip to Miami. Facts eventually indicated he had murdered her and buried her body in an abandoned golf course near home, then driven south. His plan had been for the police to focus on south Florida rather than his hometown.

Monday, 05 January 2015 08:51

Lessons from a Horse

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My wife and I recently obtained two horses. I love horses, but it has been years since I spent time around them. The horses we got are three-years-old and very much in the training stage. In the past the horses I owned were trained and I enjoyed the fruit of someone else’s labor. Not so this time. I am taking up the training that was begun by someone else. I am learning valuable lessons about working with people, from a horse. Consider these lessons, as you work with people.

Tuesday, 23 December 2014 09:35

Seek Something New

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This coming week welcomes a new year, 2015. As each New Year begins I ask myself this question: Am I going to seek anything new or watch things remain the same? It is easy to teach, preach and challenge others about the New Year, but what about me? Am I seeking something new? Am I seeking fresh inspiration? Am I seeking fresh ideas? Am I seeking fresh ways of serving God?

Saturday, 20 December 2014 08:27

How Jesus Solved Problems

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Pastors are continually solving problems! You know the ritual of disturbed sleep when your mind subconsciously works to solve a problem. Or, your wife recognizes that blank stare when your body is present but your mind is not. It is impossible to avoid problem solving. So the question becomes, what am I learning or how am I resolving the problems I face?

All of us are in learning mode. Each day offers a new adventure and new lessons. This past week I considered Jesus’ approach to problem solving. These lessons are not new but they certainly added to my resume as a problem solver. Also, they can reduce our stress load as we seek a more balanced approach to problem solving.

Friday, 12 December 2014 00:00

5 Ways I Expand My Leadership Potential

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I think the best leaders expand their influence and leadership potential by continuing to learn and grow in experience. It takes an intentional effort to improve as a leader. You can read books, follow blogs and Tweets, attend conferences, and hang out with other leaders. These are all good practices to improve as a leader.

In my experience, however, my leadership influence grows the fastest when it grows through the people I’m supposed to be leading. Let me explain.

Here are five ways I expand my leadership potential:

Friday, 05 December 2014 00:00

Thanks for Co-workers

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In Romans we find a warm word of thanks from Paul for his co-workers Priscilla and Aquila. “Greet Priscilla and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus, who risked their own necks for my life, to whom not only I give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles.” (Romans 16:4)

As we are in transition between the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons, I want to take this opportunity to give thanks for you and to offer a holiday greeting.

Sunday, 23 November 2014 00:00

Thou Shalt: The 7 Commandments of Leadership

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Thou shalt protect thy character. Who are you when no one is looking? Is who you claim to be who you really are?

Friday, 21 November 2014 00:00

A Difficult Church Member

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All of us have them, difficult people.  This is not new.  Leaders and writers of the Biblical era also faced difficult people.  While reading this morning I was reminded of one such situation.  When John wrote 3 John, he mentions one person with whom he had to contend.

Saturday, 15 November 2014 00:00

Show Us How It's Done, Church Leaders!

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“Be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.” (I Timothy 4:12)

When attempting something I’ve never seen done, I need to look over the shoulder of someone doing it. I don’t learn how to do hard things just by reading plans.

The Air Force has instructor pilots. They sit beside the student in the cockpit, showing how it’s done, and then giving hands-on instruction when the pupil takes the stick.

The educational system has interns who sit in the classrooms of veterans and learn from them. Other occupations have apprentices, associates and trainees.

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