Faith & the Pygmalion Effect

Faith and the Pygmalion Effect

“While He was still speaking, someone came from the house of the synagogue official saying, “Your daughter has died; do not trouble the Teacher anymore.” But when Jesus heard this, He answered him, “Do not be afraid any longer; only believe, and she will be made well.” (Luke 8:49) This reminds me of the Pygmalion effect. In simplest terms it means that what we believe may eventually come to pass. Read More

Looking in the Wrong Places


A daily devotional journal entry by Wayne Cordeiro. Scripture But the word of God continued to increase and spread. – Acts 12:24 Observation It reads like a fictional thriller. A brilliant escape from an impossible Roman jail confounded even those who were a part of the escape team. The escapee, Peter, was bound with two (not one) chains directly to the guards themselves. Those assigned to insure Read More

Life Skills – Etiquette and Manners

Life Skills

This post was one part of the multiple post series Life Lessons. To view the previous post of the series: Life Lessons – Six Indispensable Lessons click here. Etiquette rules help us value other human beings. Each of us should behave respectfully toward others, regardless of their age or gender. Manners are important because they build character, build self-esteem and help create a positive environment. Manners Read More

Ambassadors For Christ

Ambassador for Christ

If you’ve heard me speak or if you’ve read any of my books, what I’m about to write shouldn’t be new to you: if you’re an adopted child of God, you’re not just called to be a recipient of saving grace; you’ve now been called to be a participant of that same redeeming grace. In other words – pastors aren’t supposed to be the only Christians in ministry. Every believer is called to be in ministry, Read More

Bold Faith or Rash Impulses?

Mentoring Leaders - Bold Faith or Rash Impulses

A Pastor’s Devotion from the New Hope Team. SCRIPTURE Then Thomas (also known as Didymus) said to the rest of the disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.” – John 11:16 OBSERVATION Thomas is commonly known to be the “Doubter!” He along with the other disciples fled the scene of the gloomy garden, when Jesus was arrested. John records Thomas displaying Read More

Caution to My Heart as Clergy

Mentoring Leaders - Caution to My Heart as Clergy

A Pastor’s Devotion from the New Hope Team. SCRIPTURE The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it.  The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. – John 10:12 OBSERVATION Jesus challenges and corrects the Pharisee’s Read More

Why You Aren’t a Leader

Mentoring Leaders - Why You Aren't a Leader

I meet a lot of people in their 20’s and 30’s who are really smart. The reason I know they are smart is because they tell me. Typically, in your 20’s, you are always the smartest person in the room, especially as it relates to churches. I get it. I was the same way. I’ve had to since apologize to some people I worked under for my arrogance. If you are in your 20’s and 30’s, there is Read More

The Power of a Blessing

Mentoring Leaders - The Power of a Blessing

The Inheritance God wants us to have a wonderful life, our inheritance. However, often what begins as a blessing seems to end in a curse. How do we return to that original state of the blessing? Peter walks through this. He talks about receiving that inheritance, having a taste of the blessing as we had in the beginning of our relationships. Returning to this stage again is possible, but it only Read More

Against All Odds

Mentoring Leaders - Against All Odds

God Turns the Tables God loves to turn the tables and beat the odds makers by His miraculous power and He loves to surprise us by His grace and wisdom. The odds makers think that, in the real world, God is somewhat irrelevant or non-existent, but the wisdom of God is real, unmatched and unparalleled. The Word of God says: “… the wisdom which none of the rulers of this age has understood; Read More

How to Love the Unlovable

Mentoring Leaders - How to Love the Unlovable

Doing vs. Knowing In John 13, it says, “If you know these things you are blessed if you do them.” Does God say if we know He will bless us? No, but if we do, He will bless us. The Bible says sometimes we think the more we know, the better we are, but God says, “No, if you know these things, you are blessed if you do them.” Is it through the knowing that our blessing will come or through Read More