aniel and his three friends are some of my favorite Biblical characters. They modeled what it means to live a life of integrity, which is taking a beating today. Several years ago, James Patterson and Peter Kim authored the book, The Day America told the Truth. They conducted a survey by asking Americans what they would be willing to do for 10 million dollars. Here’s what they learned.
Have you failed in some endeavor in life: marriage, business, school, a relationship, or an investment?
These are the tip of the iceberg of endeavors that individuals have tried and failed. The good news is that failure is never fatal or final.
In 2010, a bank foreclosed on the church property and building of the church I was serving. Foreclosures do not occur with churches, do they? We are supposed to be people of faith. God does not allow His people to fail. Continue reading!
A few days ago I visited my mother and helped with several projects around her home. I spent the night and left early the next morning. After getting in my truck I realized I needed gas. I came up with a plan. I reasoned that when I arrived in Alexandria I would buy gas and another cup of coffee for the ride home. There is nothing like riding down the road, in a quiet truck, with a fresh cup of coffee.
Written by Charles Stone – Reprinted with permission
Some people have a green thumb and others don’t. Those that do can grow plants and flowers that seem to flourish with life, color and vibrancy. Leaders also fall into two categories - those who flourish and those who don’t. What are common traits of flourishing leaders? I believe what happened in the early church gives us clues to traits of a flourishing leader.
Written by Ron Edmonson -reprinted with permission
love working with younger leaders. It keeps me young and it helps me know I’m investing in something and someone who will likely last beyond my lifetime.
I also love sharing some things I’ve learned from experience - some of it from hard experiences.
If you can learn and practice some of what I’ve learned early in your career it will help you avoid having to learn them by experience.
Editor’s Note: We are sharing a 10-part series entitled, “Lessons They Don’t Teach You in Seminary.” This is article 10, taken from Moses’ life, as described in Acts 7:20-36.
I walked into church that day discouraged and defeated. I walked out feeling ten feet tall. What happened? The scripture reading was, “And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has enabled me, because He counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry.” (I Tim. 1:12)
God used I Tim. 1:12 to remind me that HE called me into the ministry. God reminded me that my authority came from HIM.
Editor’s Note: We are sharing a 10-part series entitled, “Lessons They Don’t Teach You in Seminary.” This is article 9, taken from Moses’ life, as described in Acts 7:20-36.
Have you ever seen something you never forget? I remember the pictures of the two planes crashing into the World Trade Center in New York. I will never forget the mental picture of that event.
A friend challenged me to write an article under this title. She noticed I had posted a number of possible subjects to help preachers get their creative writing juices flowing. The one titled, “Write about the most fun you ever had in the ministry” intrigued her.
I told her I’d give it a try.
Editor’s Note: We are sharing a 10-part series entitled, “Lessons They Don’t Teach You in Seminary.” This is article eight, taken from Moses life, as described in Acts 7:20-36.
Are you always right? Obviously none of us are always right. It is one thing to agree with this principle, but another to accept it. There is something flattering to think that we are “the spiritual leader” and our decisions are always on target.
On Monday mornings do you sometimes wonder to yourself, “Is it Monday already?” For those of us who serve in ministry, Mondays roll around quickly. I don’t intend to be negative or pour cold water on a good day, but this concept is a fact of life when you serve in ministry. Many articles have been written about ministry blues, which often visit on Monday mornings.
I once heard a pastor say he refused to take Mondays off. His reasoning was that he refused to take a day off when he felt so flat. LOL!
Editor’s note: As we enter 2016, we need to pause for the teachable moments God has in store for us.
Written by Charles Stone (reprinted with permission)
Two experiences several years ago on the same day caused me to pause not only my body, but my mind as well. Too often as a pastor I get stuck on “hurry” mode. This makes me miss moments in life that God intended that I pay attention to. Here are those two sobering experiences and what I learned.
Do you remember a time when a gift you gave lit up the face of a child or someone special? During the holiday season we are given the opportunity to repeat this action a number of times. As a believer it is my prayer that I would always remember the joy of giving.
Editor’s Note: We are sharing a 10-part series entitled, “Lessons They Don’t Teach You in Seminary.” These articles are interspersed with other articles of interest.
In a recent conversation I was asked to identify my greatest strength. I answered that I am a people person. I love being with and around people. In the same conversation I was asked to identify my greatness weakness. I said, “I am a people person.” These answers seem like double talk, but that’s not the case. I recognize that a strength can become a weakness when it is not managed properly. In my opinion a strength can become a weakness turned inside out. For instance, a people person can become a people pleaser. Thus, balancing strengths and weaknesses is an important skill.
Editor’s Note: For the next few weeks, we are sharing a 10-part series entitled, “Lessons They Don’t Teach You in Seminary.” These articles will be interspersed with other articles of interest.
Are you a problem solver? Most pastors find themselves in this role. It goes with the terrain. The bad news is that problem solving has its pros and cons. WE are often tempted to jump in, solve the problem and move on as quickly as possible.
Have you heard any positive words lately? I use this question because, unfortunately, ministers often hear more negative than positive words. These negative words come from numerous sources. First, there are the negative, condemning words that sometimes flow from our own hearts.