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Seven Ways To Develop Your Leaders

As spiritual leaders, we have the opportunity to work with some incredible volunteers and staff members who dedicate their lives to following Christ and leading others to follow Christ. We have a God-given responsibility to develop them in such a way that they can develop others who will in turn develop others (2 Timothy 2:2).

God has plans to use these leaders to minister to people in times of need, to lead people to faith in Christ, and to teach people to walk in the way of Jesus. So how do you develop leaders?

1. Pray for them. Talk to God on their behalf. Ask Him to bless them, encourage them, and use them greatly for His glory.

2. Inspire them. Tell them stories of God working in the lives of others. Give them examples from the Bible of God using ordinary people in extraordinary ways. Share with them a clear vision for their role as a leader.

3. Equip them. Give them the training and tools they need to do their job well. Provide ongoing support and help as needed.

4. Listen to them. Show them that you care about them by listening to them. You will discover they have great ideas and an important point of view that will make your team stronger. As you listen to them and share with them, you also will discover the depth of who they are and a real friendship will develop.

5. Encourage them. Find specific ways to offer an encouraging word. Compliment them. Tell them when they are doing a good job. Thank them.

6. Problem-solve with them. When they run into challenges, make yourself available to them. Help them to think through options for next steps and how to choose the best option.

7. Minister to them. Be aware of their needs and meet them as the Lord leads, according to your ability. Create a sense of community among your team where everyone meets each others’ needs. Some practical things to do to meet needs: prepare a meal for them, visit them, pray with them, and point them toward other resources that are available, about which they may be unaware.

What a blessing to be able to lead leaders. Lead them well.

 
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Posted by on August 19, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Driving Tip #241

Driving tip #241: Move your vehicle over to the side of the road when you encounter a funeral procession

Different cultures show respect to grieving families in different ways. One of the ways that we show respect to grieving families here in the USA is to move our vehicles over to the side of the road when we encounter a funeral procession, whether that procession is driving toward us or if it comes up from behind us. But let me assure you that plenty of people who have lived in America all of their lives don’t follow this driving tip.

Let me encourage all of you to follow this tip, and while you’re pausing there on the side of the road, offer a prayer for the grieving family. Pray that the Lord will comfort them during their time of loss. Pray that family members and friends who may not yet have saving faith in Jesus will put their trust in Him. 

For those who may be new drivers, here are some ways to recognize a funeral procession coming down the highway:

  • A long, single-file line of vehicles driving slowly with their bright headlights on
  • A hearse leading the procession
  • Police vehicles many times are in front of the procession, stopping traffic at intersections so that the procession can go through traffic lights and stop signs without pausing
  • Other vehicles that have already recognized that this is a funeral procession will have already moved over to the side of the road out of respect for the family

Now I know that some of you are thinking that you may not have time to pause for the procession. You may already be running late for your next appointment. This is why you may want to leave a few minutes early for the places you go, in case you encounter surprises along the way. (That’s the subject of another Driving Tip post… coming soon.) And whether you are running late or not, try to think how you would feel if you were the grieving family and someone came zooming by the procession. Obey the “golden rule” — treat others the way you want to be treated. 

So to sum up this driving tip: when you see a funeral procession, move your vehicle to the side of the road, and wait until the funeral procession goes by before you resume your safe driving. While you are pausing, pray for the family and friends who have lost a loved one. The Lord who hears our prayers will strengthen and comfort them.

And how cool would it be to get to heaven and hear someone say something like this: “One day I was driving in a funeral procession and I had this overwhelming sense of God’s love. On that day I heard the gospel of Jesus Christ, and I put my trust in Him. I’m in heaven because someone prayed for me.” 

Safe driving!

 
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Posted by on August 15, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Driving Tip #52

Driving Tip #52: Be ready when the light turns green

How many times have you been behind another vehicle at a red light waiting for the light to turn green, and then when it turns green the vehicle ahead of you doesn’t move at all?

You quickly notice that the person ahead of you has their head down, usually looking at their smartphone. They may be sending a text, updating their status on social media, or advancing to the next level on their favorite game. Or they may doing something else that’s distracting them: talking to their passengers, changing the radio station, or eating a sandwich.

After you gently tap your horn to get them to notice the green light, they frantically look up, pause for a moment, then accelerate, and barely make it through the light while it turns yellow, preventing everyone behind them from making it through the light as it turns red.

So here’s a tip: when you’re at a traffic light and the light is red, keep looking at the light. It’s going to turn green pretty soon, and the people behind you will be ready to go through the intersection quickly and safely right behind you. Be ready when the light turns green.

Happy driving everyone!

Special thx to my wife Kim for her idea for this post!

:-)

 
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Posted by on August 1, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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The Beauty of Cathedrals

What makes a cathedral beautiful? wpid-20140609_135031.jpgSome people measure beauty by the architecture, size, cleanliness, paintings, relics, sculptures, age, colors, and in many other ways.

On our recent trip to Italy, I thought about this a lot. We saw some elaborately decorated cathedrals. We visited the Pantheon, St. Peter’s-in-Chains Cathedral, the Duomo of Florence, the Cathedral of Pisa, St. Peter’s Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, more.

wpid-20140606_061003.jpgEach of those buildings is beautiful for many reasons. Without a doubt, they were built and decorated by talented builders and artists who used their God-given abilities to create magnificent places of worship, and we appreciate their skill, dedication and work. In addition, we are thankful for those who have preserved the buildings for centuries.

But the real beauty of the cathedrals is in the One who is worshiped there. If you enter the building and only admire the architects, engineers, painters, sculptors, and others who constructed the cathedral, or if you only take the time to admire the colors, size, shapes, and age of the building, then you have totally missed the point.

wpid-img_787459955786.jpegThe God of the universe should be worshiped there. The purpose of the building is to provide a place where people can gather to worship God, and to hear of the good news of Jesus Christ who lived, died and rose again to offer salvation to all who will believe. Of course this can happen anywhere. It can occur inside or outside of buildings. God speaks by the Holy Spirit through the Bible, His Word. You can worship God while you are by yourself or in the midst of millions of people. We are not dependent on buildings to admire Christ. We do not need cathedrals to find salvation.

The real beauty of the cathedral lies in the beauty of Christ’s sacrifice and love for us. Nothing can match His radiance and beauty. In one of the cathedrals we visited, a radiant sunbeam shone down through the opening in the dome, a great reminder that Jesus is the light of the world.

 
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Posted by on July 25, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Legacy of a Warrior: The Sword of the Spirit

ColosseumRecently I visited the Colosseum in Rome. This outdoor arena held 50,000 screaming spectators, and witnessed some of the most dramatic, traumatic and gruesome events in human history. Gladiators battled there. Criminals fought lions and other wild animals to the death. Christians were fed to the lions there.

Life is a series of spiritual battles. We face fear, guilt, temptation. depression, pride, and all sorts of evils. Our enemy, the devil, knows our weaknesses. He knows how, when and where to attack each of us. Yet, in Christ we are champions. We are more than conquerors through Christ.

Our strong and loving Heavenly Father has provided all the resources we need to be victorious. We arm ourselves to prepare for the battles of life. Here are the links to the first few posts in this series if you’d like to read more about each part of the armor of God:

All of the weapons mentioned above are defensive weapons, intended to protect us. But the next weapon – the sword of the Spirit – is both a defensive weapon and an offensive weapon. It defends us and attacks our enemy.

Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is God’s word. (Ephesians 6:17)

The Bible helps us overcome temptation. As we commit verses of Scripture to memory, God brings them to mind at just the right time. As we say them in our heart and mind, or even say them out loud, we have clarity and power to stand victorious over the temptation that is coming against us.

I have treasured Your word in my heart so that I may not sin against You. (Psalm 119:11)

The Bible shows us how to obey the Lord. As we read and study the Bible, the stories, principles and verses jump off the page and give us direction for life. They show us what to say, how to relate to others, what to do, and how to focus our life. The Bible is our guide for the big decisions in life and also for the daily decisions of life. The Bible shows us how to obey the Lord.

Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light on my path. (Psalm 119:105)

Here are seven ways for you to interact with the Bible.

  1. Read the Bible
  2. Study the Bible
  3. Understand the Bible
  4. Memorize verses from the the Bible
  5. Meditate on verses from the Bible
  6. Discuss the Bible with others
  7. Apply the Bible to your life

Pick up your sword. Use it. Let God’s word change your life. Let God’s word be your weapon to live a legacy of faith worth passing on to those who follow you. That’s the legacy of a warrior that we need. If you need help on getting started with reading God’s word, read my post about that HERE.

I like to keep it simple: read the Bible and do what it says. Because of Christ and through Christ you can!

 
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Posted by on June 26, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Mars Hill

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In the first century AD, the apostle Paul stood in Athens on a rock formation known as Mars Hill (aka, the Areopagus). Just a few days ago, I stood in that very spot. It was a deeply moving experience.

My wife and I, along with our friends Kip & Amanda, were on vacation in Greece. In Athens, we toured the Acropolis, a plateau that contains the archaeological remains of the Parthenon and other temples to Greek gods and goddesses.

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At the Acropolis, people worshiped Athena, Nike and other false gods at the Greek temples. When Paul arrived in Athens in the first century these false gods had been worshiped there for more than four hundred years. A few hundred yards away from the Acropolis is Mars Hill. We went there too, just as Paul had done two thousand years ago.

In Acts 17:16-34 (see below) you can read the story of Paul sharing a powerful message with the Athenians at Mars Hill, a message about their altar set up to an unknown God. You see, Paul knew God. Personally. He knew the Sovereign, Eternal, Creator. This God who was unknown to the Athenians was the God who had changed Paul’s life. Paul knew the One who sent His Son to provide the way to eternal life. Paul knew Jesus, who was God-in-the-flesh, the One who died and rose again.

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Paul’s message convicted the hearts of some people and they put their trust in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Others rejected Paul’s message.

When Kim, Amanda, Kip and I stood on Mars Hill, we read Acts 17:16-34 out loud. We discussed the fact that we were standing in the very spot where Paul preached. We thanked God for Paul, and asked the Lord to use us to point people to Christ just like Paul did, because we live in a day when people worship many gods but they don’t even know the One True God — Jesus.

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Paul’s message at Mars Hill:

While Paul was waiting for them in Athens, his spirit was troubled within him when he saw that the city was full of idols. So he reasoned in the synagogue with the Jews and with those who worshiped God and in the marketplace every day with those who happened to be there. Then also, some of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers argued with him. Some said, “What is this pseudo-intellectual trying to say?”

Others replied, “He seems to be a preacher of foreign deities” — because he was telling the good news about Jesus and the Resurrection.

They took him and brought him to the Areopagus, and said, “May we learn about this new teaching you’re speaking of? For what you say sounds strange to us, and we want to know what these ideas mean.” Now all the Athenians and the foreigners residing there spent their time on nothing else but telling or hearing something new.

Then Paul stood in the middle of the Areopagus and said: “Men of Athens! I see that you are extremely religious in every respect. For as I was passing through and observing the objects of your worship, I even found an altar on which was inscribed:

TO AN UNKNOWN GOD.

Therefore, what you worship in ignorance, this I proclaim to you. The God who made the world and everything in it — He is Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in shrines made by hands. Neither is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives everyone life and breath and all things. From one man He has made every nationality to live over the whole earth and has determined their appointed times and the boundaries of where they live. He did this so they might seek God, and perhaps they might reach out and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us. For in Him we live and move and exist, as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring.’ Being God’s offspring then, we shouldn’t think that the divine nature is like gold or silver or stone, an image fashioned by human art and imagination.

“Therefore, having overlooked the times of ignorance, God now commands all people everywhere to repent, because He has set a day when He is going to judge the world in righteousness by the Man He has appointed. He has provided proof of this to everyone by raising Him from the dead.”

When they heard about resurrection of the dead, some began to ridicule him. But others said, “We’d like to hear from you again about this.” Then Paul left their presence. However, some men joined him and believed, including Dionysius the Areopagite, a woman named Damaris, and others with them. (Acts 17:16-34)

 
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Posted by on June 18, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Legacy of a Warrior: The Helmet of Salvation

A helmet protects your head. Whether it be an athlete, a motorcyclist or a soldier, or even a kid just learning to ride her bike, people know that helmets are important cranial protection. In chapter six verse seventeen of his letter to the Ephesians, Paul used the analogy of a warrior’s helmet to describe how our salvation through Christ protects us.

First, our salvation helps us to know something vitally important. And second, our salvation helps us to think in certain ways. Knowing and thinking — two functions of our brain, things that need protection by the helmet of salvation.

Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is God’s word. (Ephesians 6:17)

First, God wants you to know that you are saved. Here are three evidences of salvation:

1. You turn away from sin, and you trust in Christ.

This is how we are sure that we have come to know Him: by keeping His commands. The one who says, “I have come to know Him,” yet doesn’t keep His commands, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps His word, truly in him the love of God is perfected. This is how we know we are in Him: The one who says he remains in Him should walk just as He walked. (1 Jn 2:3-6)

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away, and look, new things have come. (2 Cor 5:17)

2. The Holy Spirit produces fruit in you.

This is how we know that we remain in Him and He in us: He has given assurance to us from His Spirit. (1 Jn 4:13)

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23)

3. You continue to walk with Jesus over time.

As He was saying these things, many believed in Him. So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, you really are My disciples. (John 8:30)

Second, God wants you to think like a saved person. As a person who has been saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, set your mind on Christ. Learn to think like a saved person. Right thinking leads to right living. Let God transform your mind so that you think in ways that honor Him. Right thoughts produce right words, right decisions and right actions. God will help you. Immerse yourself in the Bible, His Word. The Bible will teach you to think like a saved person.

For those who live according to the flesh think about the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, about the things of the Spirit. (Rom 8:5)

Therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God. (Rom 12:1-2)

Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable —if there is any moral excellence and if there is any praise—dwell on these things. (Phil 4:8)

 
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Posted by on May 31, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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