Friday, October 31st, 2014

“God loves to decorate.  Let him live long enough in a heart, and that heart will begin to change.  Portraits of hurt will be replaced by landscapes of grace.  Walls of anger will be demolished and shaky foundations restored.  God can no more leave a life unchanged than a mother can leave her child’s tear untouched” (Max Lucado, Just Like Jesus).  It’s not enough for Him to own you; He wants to change you.

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Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Our natural tendency when we feel walked on is to build up walls.  No one likes to get hurt, and we will pay a great price to ensure we are not.  But God calls us to stay broken and open to Him, especially since that price was already paid by Him.  Forgive.  Let things go.  You will never regret it.

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Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

The true God-centered people of God will always reproduce the nature of Him in their worlds around them.  Fruit happens (this should be a bumper sticker).  But the fact is, as we deepen our faith in God, fruit will develop on the branches of our lives.  It’s just the natural by-product of His presence within us.  “When you’re joined with me and I with you, the relation intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant. Separated, you can’t produce a thing” (John 15:5).

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Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

“The natural condition for human life is shared rootedness in one another.  Just like a tree is rooted in the earth and where it gets nourishment, human beings were created to be rooted in the hearts of other human beings.  The very assurance that somebody loves me, is for me, pays attention to me, and watches over me, is the indispensable condition of a healthy, stable life.  Our well-being depends on it” (Dallas Willard).

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Monday, October 27th, 2014

No matter what’s going on, no matter what the world may suggest, no matter where the winds might blow, may we bow to no other but God.  Paul writes, “Stand firm and keep a strong grip on the teaching we passed on to you” (2 Thessalonians 2:15).  As the ageless hymn so powerfully states, “all other ground is sinking sand.”

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Saturday, October 25th, 2014

“Trust in the Lord with ALL your heart, and lean not on your own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5).  Solomon is not suggesting that we surrender our ability to think, just that we understand that in the end, God gets the last word.  The late E.V. Hill once said, “Do everything you can as if there’s no God.  But once you’ve done everything you can do, trust as if there’s ONLY God.”

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Friday, October 24th, 2014

“God rewards those who seek Him.  Not those who seek doctrine or religion or systems or creeds.  Many settle for these lesser passions, but the reward goes to those who settle for nothing less than Jesus Himself.  And what is the reward?  What awaits those who seek Jesus?  Nothing short of the heart of Jesus” (Max Lucado).

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Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

The greater the intimacy we have in God, the greater the awe we will have of God.  Paul tells us that “no one’s ever seen or heard anything like this, never so much as imagined anything quite like it – what God has arranged for those who LOVE Him” (1 Corinthians 2:9).  If we would make God our wonder, it’s promised that we would see the wonders of our God.

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Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Arsene Houssaye wrote, “Tell me whom you love, and I will tell you who you are.”  The Scriptures tell us that the mouth speaks that which is in our hearts.  We could say in reverse, ‘what lies in our hearts, our mouths will speak.’  As Jesus said, “All who love Me will do what I say” (John 14:23).  So check your heart – it says a lot.

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Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Charles Spurgeon stated, “If God does not save a man by truth, He certainly will not save them by lies.  And if the old gospel is not competent to work a revival, then let’s do without the revival; we will keep to the old truth, no matter, come what may.”  While we can do great things without God, we just can’t do anything eternal.

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Monday, October 20th, 2014

A.W. Tozer once said, “Worship is the missing jewel of the church.”  I’ve heard it said that we are becoming a generation of people who worship our work, work at our play, and play at our worship.  If we’re going to be a people of worship, we must forget what lies around us and focus first on Who it is that is within us.

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Sunday, October 19th, 2014

“Example is not the main thing in influencing others.  It is the only thing” (Albert Schweitzer).  Remember, vision is caught, not taught.  Despite what our words may suggest, our actions will always speak louder.  “Let everything you do reflect the integrity and seriousness of your teaching” (Titus 2:7).

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Saturday, October 18th, 2014

Leadership is a patient quality of which the Lord gives.  It is an awesome responsibility as well as audacious.  Thus, I’m always suspicious of those who want its authority without paying the epoch price.  As wine tastes best with age (so they tell me), so is leadership.  I guess we could say, then, “There is no leadership, before its time.”

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Friday, October 17th, 2014

I think one of the great tragedies of our generation is how prematurely we give someone a title – especially the title of leader.  Let’s be honest, it’s a right that’s earned over time.  If we prescribe anything less, we’ve ultimately undermined the very authority the word represents.

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Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Paul encouraged the church in Corinth, “Finish what you started…” (2 Corinthians 8:10).  He wrote in Hebrews, “Finish the race…” (Hebrews 12:1), and went on to say, “Keeping our eyes on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from start to finish” (Hebrews 12:2).  Be a finisher.

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Monday, October 13th, 2014

Leaders don’t give up – they can’t.  It’s not part of their vocabulary.  For they understand that the moment they do, they quit leading.  It’s been said that starters are a dime a dozen, but finishers are one-in-a-million.  And the leaders understand God made us one-in-a-million – thus, they finish.

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Sunday, October 12th, 2014

David Lloyd George once said, “There is nothing so fatal to character as half-finished tasks.”  Character cannot permit a half-hearted effort because that’s not character.

I’ll take the person every time who always gives their absolute best, yet maybe in the end comes up short.  For at least when they lie down at night they know they did their best.

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Saturday, October 11th, 2014

Don’t see failure as a setback; it’s part of success.  No one wins all the time.  So don’t give up or push back.  It’s been said that the average man fears new opportunities because of the past while the leader fears missing out on them because of the future.

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Friday, October 10th, 2014

Winning may decide who gets the trophy, but character reveals who deserves it.  How you lose speaks volumes about whether you should win.  And to be honest, I’m more impressed by how someone loses than how someone wins.  Remember, anyone can act gracefully at the top.

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Thursday, October 9th, 2014

I’m convinced that character only grows on the anvil of pain.  It’s part of life.  You can’t avoid it.  And thus, if you understand it, it can become the leader’s great gift.  Allow me to explain.  Leighton writes, “Adversity is the diamond dust Heaven polishes its jewels with.”  And as my high school coach said often, “No pain; no gain.”  Therefore, leverage it.  Learn in it.  And lead through it.

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Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

It’s no wonder why words like endurance and perseverance are throughout the Bible.  It’s the product of character.  Paul says, “Endurance develops strength of character (Romans 5:4).  James writes, “For when your endurance is fully developed, you will be strong in character and ready for anything” (James 1:4).  Hang in there.  It’s worth it.

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Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

Nothing removes the mask of the charlatan quicker than adversity.  Storms happen.  However, true character can withstand any unmerited winds of criticism because of the commitment on which it has been built.  It boasts, “Tough times never last, but tough people do” (Robert Schuller).  I’ve heard it said that “character is the will to do what’s right even if it’s hard.”

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