In This Is Love

One of the chief characteristics of the Lord Jesus as a leader is his love for people.  Like Jesus did with disciples in the gospels, he calls us to follow him and become like him. This means loving people like he does! 1 John 4:9 "By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another." The Greek word for ...

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People read your life. What does it say about Jesus?

The Lord desires his word to be incarnated, not just perused or preached. People in the world don't tend to read the Bible. However, they do 'read' you and me! Asw Christian leaders, our lives are to 'advertise' Jesus. We are to be 'living letters' written to the world by the Holy Spirit. Sadly, there are far too many of us who do not practice what we preach.  Our mouths say one thing, but our attitudes and actions say another. What are we advertising?  An inconsistent testimony gives people the right to question our integrity. And if they question our integrity, ...

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Beware the Slope!

Stone Mountain is full of warning signs. "Do not cross the fence!" "200 foot falls ahead. Fatalities have occurred here. Use extreme caution!" "Injury or death possible. Stay on the marked trail!" A few years ago, I read the heart-wrenching story of a hiker who, ignoring the warning signs, went over the safety fence at sunset on Stone Mountain in Georgia. An 'independent thinker' and experienced rock climber, this individual somehow felt that the rules did not really apply to him. He often crossed such fences. However, at a certain point, as the slope increased, he ...

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Becoming ‘Great’

Do not pursue position and recognition. Instead, seek to represent the Lord Jesus by humbly serving and blessing others. In God's eyes, this makes you 'great'!

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“By my Spirit”, says the Lord

In about 520 BC, along with Joshua the high priest, Zerubbabel was tasked with the responsibility to rebuild the temple in Jerusalem. It was a monumental responsibility, and the challenges were many. During this period, God spoke to the prophet Zechariah through an angelic being in a vision. The prophet was told that Zerubbabel would not overcome the obstacles and complete the temple through corporate or individual strength and ability. It would be by the Spirit. Zechariah 4:6 Then he said to me, “This is the word of YHVH to Zerubbabel saying, ‘Not by might nor by ...

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What type of leader are you?

Though I greatly appreciate the many specialized ministries that exist around the world, I am a strong believer in the local church. Over the years, as we have conducted research, interviewed church leaders, engaged in training, and interacted with church members, I have realized that there are several types of church leaders. Some leaders are ‘sold out’, totally committed to God’s purposes for their lives and God’s people. They are servants who love Jesus and love people. They see their life calling and purpose not only as a great privilege, but also as a ...

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Investing in emerging leaders

Acts 20:4 "And he [Paul] was accompanied by Sopater of Berea, the son of Pyrrhus, and by Aristarchus and Secundus of the Thessalonians, and Gaius of Derbe, and Timothy, and Tychicus and Trophimus of Asia." Just like Jesus, Paul placed priority on developing the next generation of leaders. He understood the value of 'team' and learning in community, recognized the importance of  modeling and 'with-ness' (creating an environment in which emerging leaders can learn from more mature leaders in an up close and personal way), facilitated experiential on-the-job learning ...

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