Archive for October 2011

How to get a job

Learn how to learn. It’s about humility. We won’t go very far forward until we bow down and allow the lessons of God to permeate our souls. The good news…he is continually bringing us around to know what we don’t yet understand. We will never make make progress in our souls until we admit we…

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Strategy of attacks

As we live a life of obedience we run into obstacles. Chalk it up to the universal principle of attack and counter-attack. As you sign up to do good and the will of God there will automatically come opposition. You are no longer moving in the direction of agreement with the culture that opposes God.…

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When is it time to worry

I was always told not to worry. As a kid I was a natural worrier. When I couldn’t figure things I usually resorted to worrying. Is there ever a good time to worry? Does worry accomplish anything good or worthwhile? It always has the promise something productive but it never produces good fruit. Abandon it!…

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Leaders actually lead from the front

Phony leaders speculate from the sidelines but real leaders have a penchant for action. A pastor friend of mine understands this well. His phone message is, “I’m not here right now because I’m out doing good to all kinds of people and casting out demons (Acts 10:38). Please leave a message.” That would be funny…

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Empowered – the normal Christian life

As you reach out to bring others to Christ, how much of what you do is happening by the power of the Holy Spirit…and how much is happening in mere human strength? For the most part we tend to be mixed people. At times we know his empowering, then we slip back and walk in…

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Outreach is work and play

Outreach is at times both work and play. On occasion we need to rally our energies, roll up our sleeves and do whatever it takes to just go for it, but too much of the hyper drive approach can melt us down. We need to remember that ministry is the most enjoyable, the most energizing…

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Vision primer

We’ve heard it hundreds of times – Without a vision we perish… On the other hand, sometimes the problem isn’t an utter lack of vision – it’s unclear vision. In those times we can also perish. God calls us to persevere until we have gotten clarity. Sometimes we rely on mere data to convey what…

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Whose strength are you operating in?

How much of what you do is based on your ability versus the intervening strength of God? It’s possible to move forward in our strength for a prolonged time. For a time we don’t do all that poorly – at least on the outside. Jesus said his will for us was that we would bear…

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Whispering the Gospel

For the longest time I sought to shout my way into the lives of many who didn’t know Jesus. We’ve become like the culture around us. We’ve toned our message up so loud we too yell when something far quieter would do. We’ve lost the ability to listen. I suggest we tone it down a…

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Generosity changes everything

It’s easy to go through the motions of ministry – to appear to make progress when all we are doing is marching in place. Church history, modern and ancient, is filled with examples of two kinds of groups – those who made progress and those who regressed. What made the difference? Generosity of heart and…

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