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3 Habits of Wise Leaders (Feature Friday 11/15/19)

“That was foolish”, I remember thinking to myself. While it is one of the earliest times I remember saying that to myself, unfortunately, I have said it multiple times over my life. At 8 years old, the severity of the foolishness and consequences from it were not that large, but as we get older and begin to influence more and more people the consequences can be life-altering. As a leader, I never aim to be foolish, yet it still happens. In those moments, it’s tempting to think others are just smarter or have a unique gift. But that is just not true.

Wisdom is not something anyone is born with. It is not a gift you receive but a habit you form. It comes with a lifetime of practice. As leaders we must seek to practice wisdom and refine the skill, but how? Michael Hyatt has a great podcast episode sharing “3 Habits of Wise Leaders“. I found it encouraging and helpful as I seek to lead wisely.

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

Leave a comment below with which habit you found to be most helpful for your leadership.

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Make Sundays Uncomfortable (Feature Friday 11/08/19)

“I’ll meet you there a little bit after 9AM”, your friend tells you as they hang up the phone and text you the address. You leave your house slightly before 9 and arrive at the address right at 9:10AM. You’ve never been here before. You’re not even sure you could get out of there without GPS. You are not quite sure which door is the main entrance. And the worse part is your friend is nowhere to be seen and not answering your texts. So now you enter a place that is completely unfamiliar, knowing absolutely no one, and having no clue where to go or what to do. How do you feel?

Take that feeling and lock it into your memory like Rapunzel’s wicked step-mother locked her up in the tower. Why you ask. Because that is the feeling so many people have when they walk into a church for the first time every weekend. If people are left to those feelings for long, it is unlikely they will remain at church, let alone return ever again. In my mind, this is an emergency. Thus we need to be willing to “Make Sunday Mornings Uncomfortable“.

We need to make Sunday Mornings uncomfortable for us, not our guests. However, too often we don’t want to be uncomfortable but are ok with others being uncomfortable for our sake. It should not be this way. So if you are heading to church this weekend, I challenge you to be uncomfortable. It may be exactly what someone else needs from you.

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

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The Rest of the Gospel (Feature Friday 11/1/19)

The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. That line has been spoken countless times in courts, movies, and interactions. On the surface, we all want the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. However, at least for me, there are times when people give me just that and I don’t enjoy receiving it as much as I thought.

As a follower of Jesus, one who believes Jesus of Nazareth is the only one who can deal with my deepest problem and fulfill my greatest needs, I believe we think of the gospel the same way we view this statement about truth. We love the gospel, the whole gospel, and nothing but the gospel, but when the whole gospel is revealed to us it’s a difficult thing. I think the underlying problem is we don’t actually know or want “The Rest of the Gospel“.

As Craig Ethridge states in his article, “This is why so many Christians live defeated lives. They want salvation, but not change. They want to know God, but they don’t want to obey God. They want God’s love, but they don’t want Him to be Lord.” Ouch! But the reality is the gospel that soothes our souls is also the gospel that changes our lives.

Enjoy the article and as always be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day. I’d love to hear your feedback and thoughts as well. What do you think? Why is it so easy to accept a gospel that saves us from sin, but difficult to acknowledge that the same gospel transforms our lives?

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The Suicide Talk (Feature Friday 10/25/19)

About every other month it seems there is another high profile personality who just can’t take life any longer and decides to end the battle raging within them by taking their own life. The reality is that almost everyone I know has been affected by it. It crosses demographic, socioeconomic, religious, and cultural divides. Old and young, rich and poor, atheist and Christian – suicide seems to be prevalent to all. That is why it is such an important issue to talk about…especially with our kids.

Just thinking about talking with my kids on the issue of suicide conjures up so many objections. “No one in our immediate family is struggling with it (that I know of), so I’ll wait until it presents itself”. “I don’t want to put the idea or thought in their head”. “If I just guard them against it, protect them from the fact that it is happening, or brush it off as inconsequential, it will not affect them”. These statements and many more like them I have heard, read and even thought to myself, yet all of them are unjustifiable.

But once I came to grips with the gravity of suicide and remembered my God-given responsibility to talk to my children about all things in life the question shifted from why to how. How can I talk to my kids about suicide? At what age? In what setting? While I have not embarked on this specific “talk” yet, I have bookmarked and saved Parent Cue’s article “The Suicide Talk“. It answers many of my objections, gives helpful tips on how to have the actual conversation and even touches on the heart attitude in addressing the situation.

When my wife and I determine it is the time to have “this talk”, I will refer back to this article, use it as a guide, and compassionately interact with my kids concerning the reality of suicide in our world.

I hope you find the article helpful and if so, please pass it along. As always be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s Day!

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How to Keep a Discussion from Becoming a Debate (Feature Friday 10/18/19)

It is so routine we are subtly used to it. It surrounds us every day in every way. Turn on any news channel at any time and you are sure to find it. Even ESPN is filled with it these days. But the reality is – so are a lot of relationships and interactions. What is it? Debating!

I don’t know about you but it is becoming increasingly more difficult or rare for me to watch others engage in conversation that does not eventually escalate into a full-blown debate. It happens daily at my house among my children. It fills the TV broadcast or news updates I listen to. Debating seems to have taken over our world. But it doesn’t have to be like this…nor should it for those who follow Jesus.

While relationships always involve conflict and interaction with other people will constantly require some tension, this does not mean it must devolve into debates. So what are we to do? How can one maintain discussions without debates? Jim Putnam gives us “3 Simple Habits that Keep a Discussion from Becoming a Debate“.

This is a needed and timely article. I hope you enjoy it and please pass it along. As always be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day and leave any comments concerning the article below.

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Changing Shifts (10/11/19)

He had the best news ever to share. The message he received was one that could change the lives of many. It would revolutionize the way people relate to each other, love one another and get things done. All he had to do was communicate the good news. There was just one problem…

Everyone he could or would tell the message too were from a very different culture. They spoke a different language. They had unique practices. And the values they held were sometimes counter to his own. How would he share this life changing message?

While this is a fictional story it reflects a reality for anyone who follows Jesus and desires to share His story with others. How does one share the best news ever in an ever changing culture? Carey Nieuwhof steps in to at least begin to help us understand by sharing “5 Important Ways Evangelism is Shifting in Our Post-Christian World“.

Sharing your faith can be difficult as a Christian but it’s not impossible and it shouldn’t be weird. That’s why I love Carey’s reflections here.

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

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