Defining Your Needs

Mentoring Leaders - Defining Your Needs

I’ve been spending some time reflecting on Jesus’ teaching from Matthew chapter 6. I’ve laid out 3 Treasure Principles; I’ve explained the Exclusivity of Treasure Pursuit; and I’ve discussed some applications of Earth-Bound Parenting. Today I want to talk about the word “need” found in verse 32. “Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ Read More

The Good and the Bad: Lessons from Both Sides

Mentoring Leaders - The Good and the Bad

There are two basic kinds of mentors in the Bible. Most of them, like Abraham, Daniel, and James, are godly mentors. They teach us how to live wisely, how to please the heart of Almighty God. But the Bible also features many mentors who, through their examples of foolish or even evil living, teach us how not to live. God includes the stories of Cain, Esau, Ahab, Jezebel, Herod, and Judas, allowing Read More

Dare To Be A Darius

Mentoring Leaders - Dare To Be A Darius

I don’t need to write this, because you know it’s true, but I’ll write it again as a reminder: many things in your life are out of your control. We live in a world filled with injustice, oppression, corruption, disaster, disease, and various other kinds of trouble. Many of us have experienced loss, tragedy, and suffering because of the condition of our fallen world. As I’ve traveled around the global Read More

Managing Discontent

Mentoring Leaders - MANAGING DISCONTENT

It does not matter how long one has been in ministry; we need to continue learning and be subject to correction. Unfortunately, as we move higher in ministry, fewer opportunities occur through which we will be corrected. When we are at the low end of the totem pole and on the bottom of the food chain, everybody loves to correct us. However, as we rise on the food chain, fewer and fewer people correct Read More

Appealing to Those in Authority

Mentoring Leaders - Appealing to Those In Authority

In life, each and every person will be under some kind of authority. Yet, “authority” is often misunderstood. Those in authority bear great responsibility. God has placed these people in our lives to help us — either to direct our lives or to help us learn life lessons. The good news is that God is able to work through all of these. Our responsibility is to learn what our role is, change if Read More

Working Your Way Up

Mentoring Leaders -Working Your Way Up

Why do we get haunted by bigger and better?

Why is it so difficult to be satisfied?

Why it is so hard to be content?

Maybe it’s a better job, maybe it’s a more succulent steak, maybe it’s a nicer boss, maybe it’s a prettier girlfriend, maybe it’s a nicer car, maybe it’s a more luxurious condo, maybe it’s a better vacation than last year, or maybe it’s as little as a better cup of coffee than yesterday; but the spiritual energies of your life can be consumed by working your way up.

Mary – Learning to Listen

Mentoring Leaders - MARY- Learning to Listen

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

With the Help of Our God

Mentoring Leaders - With the Help of Our God

Nehemiah 6:9,15,16

Observation

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.