We live in a fast-forward world where busy-ness is equated with importance and success. We think that because someone is busy, that person must be important. But the Lord says that the way the world sees things is not how he sees them. And the result of our busy-ness is just that—busy-ness. We’ve become too busy to listen anymore. One person from whom we can learn godly listening is through Read More
The Master’s Design Every single one of us started off in God’s design room. None of us is a mistake. It doesn’t matter who our father or mother is. We might think we were a mistake, but none of us is a mistake! God had each of us planned from the foundation of the world. We were in His design room and God looked at our future and what’s best for us, and He planned it out, step by step. Read More
The Goal of the Enemy’s Attacks: To Get You to be Dissatisfied with what You Have
The devil’s tactic was to try to tempt the King of Kings and Lord of Lords in the wilderness, and the same is true with you and with me. The devil’s bottom line to tempt you is to get you to feel dissatisfied with what you have. If he can get us to feel dissatisfied with what we have, when we are dissatisfied, we will play into his hands. This is the same temptation he used with Eve in the Garden of Eden.
If the enemy can get you to feel dissatisfied, then you will fall! When the enemy is successful, then you begin to make dumb decisions.
The enemies of the Israelites led by Sanballat and Tobiah, had a plan … to discourage the people of God from completing their task. If the Israelites gave up, the enemies of the Lord would have reason to rejoice. It would be chalked up as a victory against the God followers.
The enemy knew what was in them, but the question was whether or not the people knew.
A Pastor’s Devotion from the New Hope Team.
And when your children say to you, ‘What do you mean by this service?’ you shall say, ‘It is the sacrifice of the LORD’s Passover, for he passed over the houses of the people of Israel in Egypt, when he struck the Egyptians but spared our houses.’” And the people bowed their heads and worshiped.
Leadership in the past, has been defined in a myriad of ways: organizational, tactical, technical, executive and managerial. It has been used to describe the 360-degree leader, the 180-degree leader, the empty leader or the forward leader. They now come in every flavor, size and color. The Leadership Baton may very well be one of the most important rubrics of our era. Too often, we perceive leadership Read More
The differences between successful people and unsuccessful people are very small; but that which is very small is very big!
Some lead in order to gain the position of a leader. Others lead because they want to influence people for their good.
Some leaders love people so they live to make their lives easier for them. Others love the potential that lies within people and agitate them in order to bring their potential to reality.
Some are satisfied when people recognize them as a ‘leader’. Others are satisfied when others begin to recognize the leadership within themselves.
I recall struggling through a season of ministry some years ago when everything seemed to be falling off the shelves.
My family was in disarray, two board members were disillusioned, we had planted another church and many of our leaders left, and now we were low on funds. I prayed for God’s power and kept motoring forward. But things began to go from bad to worse. Staff problems increased and my health began to suffer. Knowing that the ministry had to continue, I shook it off and regrouped. A few weeks passed, and then I could bear it no more. Ready to pack it in and call it quits, I did one last thing.
The following post is written by Francis Chan, his and Pastor Wayne’s book, Sifted.
It’s hard to be a church leader.
We try so hard for people to love Jesus. And when they don’t, we ask why —again and again. Like: Why don’t you people serve more? Why don’t you tithe more? Why don’t you love the people in your neighborhood more? Why don’t you share your faith?