Good leadership requires good management. And it starts with you and me effectively managing ourselves.
Greg Baird from pastors.com believes there are at least 3 critical areas that leaders must manage in order to lead well, and they are all connected. These 3 areas are:
It’s easy in our busy lives to forget some important truths that are crucial to our faith. Matt Reagan has an excellent post at desiringgod.org on Ten big daily reminders he constantly keeps reminding himself:
1) God exists. (Exodus 3:14; John 8:58)
2) God loves you. (Romans 5:8; John 16:27; Jeremiah 32:40–41)
3) Jesus died for you, and the Father has now bound himself to give you only good things. (Romans 8:28; Romans 8:32)
4) God sees you as perfect. (Hebrews 10:14; 2 Corinthians 5:21)
5) That is because of Jesus’s perfection, not yours. You deserve hell. (Romans 3:10; 1 Timothy 1:15)
6) You will die. (James 4:14, Hebrews 9:27)
7) You will live forever in the new heavens and new earth. (Romans 8:18, Hebrews 10:34)
8) For now, you are an exile on the earth. (Hebrews 11:13–16)
9) Nothing on earth is truly worth putting your hope in. (Jeremiah 2:13; Galatians 6:14)
10) You have no right to be unhappy. (Philippians 4:4; 1 Peter 1:8–9)
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From The Resurgence, Jose Rijo-Berger shares five lessons parents can look to instill In their children through sports.
The odds of getting a full-ride scholarship or a big pro contract are long, but in sports there is a 100% chance that your child will learn lifelong lessons about faith, effort, attitude, playing on a team, and giving God the victory regardless of the outcome.
1)Teach gratitude and humility
2)Life is about what we give to others
3)Focus on what your child can control
4)Encourage a balanced life
5)Put your own words into practice
The following is from Os Hillman’s great daily devotional Marketplace Leaders:
“Remember Tobiah and Sanballat, O my God, because of what they have done; remember also the prophetess Noadiah and the rest of the prophets who have been trying to intimidate me.” – Nehemiah 6:14
Nehemiah set out to rebuild the wall at Jerusalem that had been destroyed. Nehemiah held a position in the Persian Empire that would be comparable to Chief of Staff in our government. Nehemiah wept over the destruction of the city wall and repented for the sins of his generation and the generations before him that had led to the fall of Jerusalem. Nehemiah responded to the news by seeking approval from his superior to take time off to rebuild the wall. Tobiah and Sanballat met Nehemiah’s action with resistance, as did Noadiah the prophetess and other prophets. These were the religious and political leaders of his day. They became distractions to his work and opposed him.
Whenever God does a new work, it is often met with resistance by those in the established religious community, and sometimes among those from whom we would expect support. Jesus met the same resistance when He began His public ministry. This same phenomenon happens today. When God begins a new work that cannot be easily explained based upon prior experiences, many make the mistake of assuming it not to be of God. The very people who should embrace and encourage the work become the source of skepticism and opposition. God tells us that His ways are not our ways. He does things in ways beyond our limited understanding.
Before you are tempted to criticize or oppose something that looks different from your past experience, ask God for wisdom and discernment. Examine why you might be tempted to oppose it. The Lord cannot be put in a box. He delights in doing things in ways that may not fit our former paradigms.
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One more post about St. Patrick. The Resurgence (a ministry of Mars Hills Church) has a list of 7 things you may not know about St. Patrick:
He was one of the greatest missionaries who ever lived.
He considered himself “a sinner, a most simple countryman, the least of all the faithful, and most contemptible to many.”
He was actually more of a blue man (not sad, but the color), than a green one.
As a teenager, he was stolen from his home and sold into slavery for six years in Ireland. He would later return to preach the gospel there.
Satan attacked him violently in his sleep to the point where he couldn’t move.
Legend has it that he contextualized and used shamrocks (an already-sacred symbol in Ireland) to teach people about the Trinity.
He begged God to grant him to die a martyr’s death, even if it meant being torn limb from limb by dogs or pecked to death by birds. (Maybe St. Patrick inspired Alfred Hitchcock?)
Today, many are celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. Sadly most do not know the real origin for the day. Patrick was not even a saint – as he was never canonized by the Roman Catholic Church. Patrick should be known as a great missionary. Pastor Mark Driscoll shares more on Patrick:
In faith, the forty-something year-old Patrick sold all of his possessions, including the land he had inherited from his father, to fund his missionary journey to Ireland. He worked as an itinerant preacher and paid large sums of money to various tribal chiefs to ensure he could travel safely through their lands and preach the gospel.
Upon entering a pagan clan, Patrick would seek to first convert the tribal leaders and other people of influence. He would then pray for the sick, cast demons out of the possessed, preach the Bible, and use both musical and visual arts to compel people to put their faith in Jesus. If enough converts were present he would build a simple church that did not resemble ornate Roman architecture, baptize the converts, and hand over the church to a convert he had trained to be the pastor so that he could move on to repeat the process with another clan.
Patrick gave his life to the people who had enslaved him until he died at 77 years of age. He had seen untold thousands of people convert as between 30-40 of the 150 tribes had become substantially Christian. He had trained 1000 pastors, planted 700 churches, and was the first noted person in history to take a strong public stand against slavery.
Christianpost.com Columnist Thom Rainey conducted an informal survey of pastors to find out what pastors wish they knew before becoming pastors:
1)basic leadership skills
2)personal finance issues
3)advice on how to deal with power groups and power people in the church
4)don’t give up your time in prayer and the word
5)wish someone told me I needed business training
6)there are mean people in the church
7)how to help my kids grow up like normal kids
8)continue to date my wife
9)about the expectation of being ominpresent
10)ministering to dying people