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Faith, Family, Ministry, and Everything in between

Feature Friday (12/08/17)

It’s beginning to look a lot like…Christmas! Every year, after the turkey has been stuffed, cooked, eaten, and enjoyed there seems to be a week or so of a lull before the December litany of scheduled events ensues. It was during that week of a lull that my wife and I discussed how we would ensure that our family would not get sucked into a hectic schedule of preparing for and attending one event after the other. Our conclusion? Reading an advent together. Now the question was which one?

There are a plethora of choices when it comes to advents out there. Simply Google “Christmas Advent” and over 9 million results are at your fingertips. So how does one choose an advent with so many options? While there may not be a correct answer (honestly, doing something to keep focused on the reason for Christmas is better than doing nothing), a great solution and resource we found and have loved thus far is Paul David Tripp’s “Come, Let Us Adore Him“.

It is a daily advent devotional that challenges the most mature Christian to refocus and remember the One who truly is at the center of the Christmas story as well as engaging young children by having a discussion question for each day. While we have not read it every day so far in December, the days we have sat down together and been reminded of the Christ child, it has been a joy and much-needed encouragement.

So if you need some help remaining focused on the Christ of Christmas over the next 3 weeks or simply a daily encouragement, make sure to grab a copy of “Come, Let Us Adore Him“. As always be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day.

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Feature Friday (12/1/17)

Influence. We all have it to some degree. Whether it is just with our family, or our friends, or a larger span, the truth is we all influence others. And as John Maxwell has stated well, “Leadership is influence”. So in every situation of life that you have influence, you are a leader.

For me, that means I am a leader in my family. I am a leader in my social networks. I am a leader at work. And I am a leader at church. It is this last realm that so often seems convoluted and blurred when it comes to leadership principles. Are church leadership principles just like business leadership principles? Are church leaders only held to biblical standards? Where is the balance?

In steps Paul Sohn to give us ample direction and guidance. In his article “The 4 C’s of Christian Leadership” Paul gives us a great framework to work from as Christan leaders and as those who may be looking for leadership skills in others.

Check out the article, and as always be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day.

Feature Friday (11/17/17)

“We have to move.” I remember telling my wife this right after getting off the phone with our landlord. We had been renting this townhouse for the past year and now it was forced upon us to move out. The city we lived in was engineering a new road that would cross right over our current home. They offered the landlord a nice buyout and we were the recipients of an early evacuation notice. But there was an upside to all of this.

We now had the joy and privilege of choosing what part of town we would love in next. And there were many factors to consider: distance to shopping and grocery stores, the safety of the neighborhood, crime rates, and the list went on and on. But there was one factor we did not give much thought to at first but I believe should be a high priority when choosing where to live. Which is where this weeks article comes in handy.

Bryan Ellis shares: The Church Commute: Why Where You Live Matters. I believe how close you live to your church is an important factor when deciding where to put down roots.

Enjoy Bryan’s article and as always be with Thebes Lord’s people on Thebes Lord’s day!

Photo by Brandon Jacoby on Unsplash

Feature Friday (11/03/17)

What a story? A breath-taking beginning, some terrible conflict, an unbelievable resolution, and a happy ever after ending. It was and is the kind of plot every movie, book, and storyteller imitates. And it has made a lasting impact on my life. The story is still changing my thinking and feelings every day.

Reality is, the story I am talking about above is the best selling book of all time. It has been translated into seemingly countless languages. And it was written many centuries ago. It has been read by countless people, changed countless lives, and given life to countless societies throughout all of history. What story is it? What book could I be talking about?

The Bible! That’s right, God’s Word has not only an amazing storyline but an uncanny ability to change lives. Yet for a doubt and uncertainty in trusting the Bible has grown among churches and church leaders. That is why I love Andy Davis’ article “Rely on God’s Word, Not on Techniques” challenging pastors, church leaders, and Christians alike to trust God’s story.

Enjoy the read and as always be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day.

Feature Friday (10/27/17)

A kind friend. A financially responsible young adult. An upstanding citizen. A committed church member. A hard worker. A faithful spouse. And the list could go on and on and on. There are so many things, as a parent, that I want to instill and see my children grow up to be. Some have to do with competencies, others have to do with conduct. But by and far the greatest desire I have for my children is in the character department. Above all else, I want my children to know, love, and serve Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

I want my kids to have a faith that stands firm beyond the walls of our house and the years of our direct influence. It is an overwhelming task. It is a burden I can only bear when I recognize I am not the one who is ultimately responsible for the salvation and sanctification of my children. But I do play a role. Research shows a parents influence far exceeds any other in terms of faith development. But what exactly should I be seeking and developing in my children to see a lasting faith in their lives? 

There are 10 influences that Jana Magruder unpacks in her research backed book “Nothing Less“. But since we all don’t have time to read an entire book this weekend, Eric Geiger “Reveals the 5 Biggest Influencers on Your Child’s Spiritual Health“. If you are a parent, you NEED to read this.

Enjoy the article and as always be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day!

Feature Friday (10/20/17)

Part of leadership is improvement. Every leader must constantly be looking for ways to improve, grow, and excel to the next level. Whether you are a coach, CEO, father, or just leading yourself. Truth is all leadership involves development.

Truth is the larger of an area or responsibility one has to lead the more critical progress becomes. If I am just leading myself, improvement primarily affects me. As a dad, growth affects not just myself, but my wife and kids. As a pastor development or the lack thereof impacts the entire ministry that I lead. With each increase of leadership, responsibility comes an increase of important on development.

So how does one seek continual improvement? One of the best ways is evaluation, asking good questions. Which is why Steve Gladon’s article “5 Leadership Attributes for Every Leader to Work on” is a resource I come back to again and again. In the article, Steve lists 5 questions he uses regularly for evaluation.

I hope you enjoy these 5 questions and find them helping for improvement in your leadership areas. As always be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day!

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