Sunday, November 30th, 2014

Stop counting minutes; instead, embrace moments. Two things come to mind as I think about this: One, we can easily miss the journey when we get consumed by the destination. Second, we go through the motions – we watch the clock, and end up missing out on the great gift that is right in front of our eyes.

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Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

The smallest package I’ve ever seen is a man wrapped up in himself. “Pride goes before the fall” (Proverbs 16:18). A great leader is only great because of the people they work with. If you’re going to wrap yourself up in anything, may it be that of love – and then lead with that love.

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Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

Saying yes to a few things means that you must learn to say no to many other things. We’ve all heard the validity of doing a few things well, and many things just okay. No effective leader is spread thin. Do what you must, and empower others to do what they can. As one of my mentors always told me, “Less is always more.”

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Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

Satan is not always concerned that we’re in sin, but many times that we’re just distracted. Either way, we’re not about the Father’s business. What are the distractions in your life – those things that keep you from the keeping ‘the main thing the main thing?’

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Friday, November 21st, 2014

There are three successions that we must understand as leaders. First, we LOVE. It’s the foundation for everything we do. “And the greatest of these is love” (1 Corinthians 13:13). Secondly, we LAUGH. Joy is contagious. It moves a person from feeling like they are on the outside to being on the inside. Finally, we LEARN. I truly believe that knowledge for the mere sake of knowledge is useless. To know something, yet do nothing with it, makes no sense to me. Thus, this part of the succession is teaching people to take what they’ve learned and teach it to someone else.

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Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Leadership is best provided in the moment, not in a class or seminar. Classroom-type instruction and guidance is necessary, but it’s ‘in the moment’ that reveals what a person truly learned. So learn to walk WITH them (in the moment), don’t just talk TO them (in the classroom). Jesus, time and time again, took His disciples out into their world around them and coached them in the moment.

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Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

I want to give you three plausible steps to leadership: EMBRACE them; EQUIP them; EMPOWER them. Think of these three as being in a circular pattern where those whom we empower will go out and embrace others as we had embraced them. I truly believe that the goal of raising up leaders is not to have them serve us, but to go and serve (love) others.

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Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

Have you ever gotten upset by the simplest thing like driving through a construction zone and/or having to take an alternate route? How about having to change your clothes after you spilled something? Always remember, change represents an inconvenience, but it’s the inconvenience that reveals much about ourselves. Watch how you face them and handle them.

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Sunday, November 16th, 2014

“Until I am committed, there is a hesitancy, a chance to draw back.  But the moment I definitely commit myself, then God moves also, and a whole stream of events erupt.  All manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings, persons and material assistance which come my way begin to flow toward me – the moment I make a commitment” (John C. Maxwell – “The Recipe for Leadership,” INJOY Life Club).

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Saturday, November 15th, 2014

Martin Luther used to say that when the devil came knocking on the door of his heart, he would send the Lord Jesus to answer.  And Jesus would tell him every time, “Martin Luther used to live here, but he’s moved out.  I live here now.”  I just love that.

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Friday, November 14th, 2014

Don’t expect your faith to grow if you have too much else going on.  For the number one way God speaks is through His Word.  Paul wrote to Timothy, “Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful…correcting our mistakes, and training us to live God’s way” (2 Timothy 3:16).

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Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Biblical illiteracy is plaguing the church.  God’s people are just ignorant of His Truth.  For example, one of the most frequently quoted passages from the Bible is, “God helps those who help themselves” – and the fact is, it’s not even in there.  “Thy Word is a lamp to my feet,”the Psalmist wrote, “and a light unto my path” (Psalm 119:105).  It’s crazy to think that in today’s world a child cannot read their Bible in school, but they can in prison.

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Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

If we want to hear God’s voice, then we must separate ourselves from the world.  “Happy are those who reject the advice of evil people, who do not follow the example of world, or join those who have no use for God” (Psalm 1:1).  Paul tells us that “the wisdom of this world is foolishness to God” (1 Corinthians 3:19).  The Christian life begins when we step away from the world and step toward His Word.

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Monday, November 10th, 2014

“Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are NEVER satisfied” (Proverbs 27:20).  A recent poll revealed that the average child, from birth through high school, will watch 18,000 hours of TV – that’s roughly two full years of television.  My friends, our eyes have appetites, and it’s where all our thoughts begin.  Guard your eyes.

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Sunday, November 9th, 2014

Jackson Brown, Jr., an American author, once wrote, “I’ve learned that if you give a pig and a boy everything they want, you’ll get a GOOD pig and a BAD boy.”  This is why John tells us to not “love the world’s ways or the world’s goods.  For the love of the world squeezes out our love for the Father” (1 John 2:15-16).  Satan will use all kinds of things to amuse our eyes because he knows that the eyes are the lamp to the body.  Thus, if he can get us to glance, he will eventually get us to gaze, and our bodies will follow.

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Friday, November 7th, 2014

Every time we feel stepped on and get hurt, we have one of two options:  stay broken before God or build of walls of defense.  Just remember that in a bitter soul God’s seed cannot grow.  This is why Paul tells us to “Get rid of all bitterness…” (Ephesians 4:31).

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Thursday, November 6th, 2014

“It takes more than bread to stay alive.  It takes a steady stream of words from God’s mouth”(Matthew 4:4).  When our roots go down into Him, His fruit will always grow up in our lives.  Solomon tells us that “the Godly have deep roots” (Proverbs 12:3).

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