Month: August 2017

How Embracing Rest Can Change Your Life – RELEVANT Magazine

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What happens when we get burnt out in ministry? “Unfortunately, in some Christian circles, the response to people burned out is this: It’s your fault. You’re not resting.” When rest becomes just another thing to be burdened with or another task we have to complete as Christians, the contradiction of that wears us out. What does the Bible say about the kind of rest that God calls us to? 

Source: How Embracing Rest Can Change Your Life – RELEVANT Magazine

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How These Four Words Could Keep You From Sin Today – The Gospel Coalition

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“I am with you.” In the interest of avoiding click-baiting, these are the four words that the article is talking about.  However, do give it a read, as it helps to clarify and apply the words to our own daily living.  The idea of God being with us, even in the midst of our sin, can be earthshaking because of the idea that we ought to be perfect before coming to God to pray, that we have a choice to only show Him our good sides and have Him love that good side.  This is simply not the case because of these four words.  Read on here:

Source: How These Four Words Could Keep You From Sin Today

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Senator Ben Sasse’s Speech at the Gospel Coalition 2017 Conference

Theology for the People

Take a minute to watch this short address given by Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska at the Gospel Coalition 2017 Conference a few weeks ago in Indianapolis.

Sasse is a graduate of Yale and studied in Oxford. He is a Christian and in this address he sounds more like a pastor than a politician. He has served as an elder in his church and on the board of trustees of Westminster Seminary California.

Here’s an article about him and his faith that was published in World Magazine: Ben Sasse: a Reformed reformer.

Here’s the video of his session: “What Does Washington Have to Do with Jerusalem?”:

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Faith Filled

Just A Minute

So that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men (human philosophy), but in the power of God.

1 Corinthians 2:5 AMP

When your faith rests in the wisdom of man, it falters because at it is best, it is a human attempt to explain the divine.

When your faith rests in feelings, it surges and wanes like the waves of the sea.

When your faith rests on experience, it morphs into whatever you are experiencing now, good or bad.

When your faith rests on God?s power, it is the rock upon which the waves of emotion break, the wisdom that confounds the wise and the truth that gives your experience perspective.

Stop worrying about how you feel, what others say or what happened in the past. Put your faith in God and who he is.

He is bigger than your fears, knows what to do with your…

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Leadership Word Of The Week…Possibility

One of the most significant words in the leadership vocabulary is “possibility.” Words such as potential, feasibility, and probability are involved in guiding our understanding of possibilities.

Possibilities are directly linked to the application of opportunities. Opportunities are circumstances presenting possibilities. If we are unable to see the possibilities we never take advantage of the opportunities.

Couple this with the idea that God has the power to do far beyond all we ask or think according to the power that works within us (Ep. 3:20).

God’s power, presence, and knowledge should help us recognize that He will provide numerous opportunities, but we need to look for the possibilities.

Consider the goals we have set: are they feasible, what are the probabilities, and do we know the potential that exists?

The answer to these questions can make the difference in not only seeing the possibilities, but also taking advantage of the…

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A Developing Moment…

Development is described as a specified state of growth or advancement, a new and refined idea, an event constituting a new stage in a changing situation.

All three ideas express thoughts directly related to leadership.

Leaders should focus on growth and advancement. They are looking to grow personally and help advance the cause for which they lead. At the same time, they are striving to help others reach their greatest potential.

Leaders look for new and refined ideas that promote opportunity, innovation, and creativity. The abilities that exist among followers is amazing, and leaders need to seek ways to involve everyone in using their gifts for the greater good of God’s kingdom.

Leaders also recognize the world around them and the changes ever present. The development of God’s kingdom is not about changing the message, but the methods need to allow for ideas that reach out to an ever changing…

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Daniel H Pink: Money as a motivator

Quite a Quote!

The best use of money as a motivator is to pay people enough to take the issue of money off the table: Pay people enough so that they’re not thinking about money and they’re thinking about the work. Once you do that, it turns out there are three factors that the science shows lead to better performance, not to mention personal satisfaction: autonomy, mastery, and purpose.”

—Daniel H Pink.

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