Monday, March 29, 2021 10:50 PM

The Cross - the Center of Leadership

Monday, March 29, 2021 10:50 PM
Monday, March 29, 2021 10:50 PM

2000 years ago an unknown man called 12 unknown men who laid the foundation for a movement that transformed cultures, influenced multiple generations, brought down governments, and overcame all efforts to destroy it in every part of the world, all under the influence of a cross-bearing man. The man is Jesus, the men are His disciples, and cross-bearing men are all disciples who follow Jesus and bring others to Him. You can take them away but they will come back, and no one can stop them from returning. The movement has overcome every effort to destroy it in countries around the world.  No other men in history have changed the world as they did without armies or weapons or governments or any of the methods of power known on the earth.

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Monday, March 22, 2021 4:48 PM

The New Old Way

Monday, March 22, 2021 4:48 PM
Monday, March 22, 2021 4:48 PM

In today’s world there is a great lack of leaders, especially in the church. Would men like Peter, James, John, Andrew and other apostles and early believers be thought of as successful in our day? Do we realize that the only way to be successful in Christ’s world is to serve, not to be powerful nor to be superior nor to be rich? Of course, these are forms of success God can both give and use to make us His kind of leaders as He desires. This is why many regard accomplishments such as fame, recognition, power, money and other achievements as success for leaders. However, the Jesus model of success for His followers is radically different today in the church, even as it always has been.  We must see them only as God’s instruments to accomplish His purposes as He chooses. Remember, these are His instruments and not ours, and we must use them as He wills and not as we will.

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Tuesday, March 16, 2021 4:08 PM

The Principle of Except

Tuesday, March 16, 2021 4:08 PM
Tuesday, March 16, 2021 4:08 PM

 

Now Solomon loved the Lord except . . . (I Kings 3:3)
 
Solomon was the wisest man in the world.

 
So says God who made him wise at his request.  God also made him wealthy and gave him great honor and promised him long life if Solomon would walk in His ways (I Kings 3:4-14).
 
His wisdom and wealth became legendary in the ancient world, so legendary that the Queen of Sheba came to see if all she heard was true and she was not disappointed (II Chron. 9:1-12).

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Monday, March 8, 2021 11:40 PM

GIVE US A LEADER

Monday, March 8, 2021 11:40 PM
Monday, March 8, 2021 11:40 PM

 

Why do we seek to find a leader, someone who enables us to be ourselves and accomplish our desires? Or why do we seek to be a leader, a person who strives to have others follow us?

It can be someone who will solve our problems, meet our needs, free us from struggles, make us successful, resolve our problems, make life what we want it to be. That’s what a leader does, you know. A leader is a person who releases us to gain all that we want to accomplish and remove everything that holds us back. A leader arranges our situations, so we are free to live in peace, to be effective and fruitful, to be what we want to be, to live the way we want to live, and who never lets anything hold us back. You see, a leader is someone who wants everything the way we want life to be and who enables us to achieve our deepest desires. That’s what a lot of us think a leader does.

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Monday, March 1, 2021 10:48 PM

The Crisis of Leadership

Monday, March 1, 2021 10:48 PM
Monday, March 1, 2021 10:48 PM

The Crisis of Leadership - Men and women who can become His instruments to change leadership

No one put it better than Howard Hendricks when he said the greatest crisis we face today is the crisis of leadership. All over the world this crisis confronts us whether it be in Europe, Asia, Africa, Latin America, or the United States. Only a leader can show us the way out of this struggle, and that’s exactly what a leader does. A leader is a man or woman who takes others through an opportunity or a struggle from the present into the future, to a vision that all deeply desire through a passion that produces growth, confidence, and purpose. This is what Jesus did for to His twelve followers and it is what He commands us to do today if we are going to take those who know Him forward in 21st century leadership.

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The True Leader
Jul 29 12:25 PM

The True Leader

Jul 29 12:25 PM
Jul 29 12:25 PM

I am the true vine

John 15:1

 

A long time ago, on the night before Passover, twelve men walked the narrow streets of ancient Jerusalem going from an upper room to the Garden of Gethsemane. 

All of them were from Galilee in the north—fishermen, craftsmen, one tax collector—ordinary men with no value in the Roman empire, except for the tax collector.  They were led by, of all things, a carpenter, though by the time they were together He was a recognized Teacher. He had attracted a handful of men who listened to what He said and debated it among themselves. They had a different understanding of what He was saying, but He was radical, and they were radical, so they listened to Him with expectation that He meant what He said. Eventually they would become as radical as He was, but not yet.  Nonetheless, we need to understand His words to them in that upper room, today as much as they did if we are going to be used to make the difference He wants to make through us. Consider these few words.

I am the true vine.

I AM

For us this has the ordinary meaning of who He is, a statement of identity, but He means far more than that. He means I AM YAHWEH, the God of the Old Testament, the One Who Is, the Ruler of All, the Covenant Maker and Covenant Keeper, who delivered the nation out of Egypt and gave them the privilege of being His people. He is the One who met them at Mt. Sinai and made them into a nation, and who has kept His covenants with them. What it must have been like to walk along the streets of Jerusalem with Him after hearing Him declare that He was the Maker and Keeper of the New Covenant through the Cross.

THE

He is the One who made the New Covenant, the only One who makes eternal covenants and keeps His word, the One who we can trust no matter what happens. Jesus, in John 15, is talking to His leaders, those who will speak for Him, equip others for Him, reproduce for Him, and who will prepare one generation after another for Him.  We, as His leaders, must also lay the foundation for Him, bear fruit for Him, and matter for Him.  These are the aspects that give us life, strength, and value, all the elements that make us leaders.  There are many claims, but He is the only one who does what He does. The, a small word with an amazing meaning that speaks to us, His leaders, in the 21st century.

I AM THE TRUE

He is the true vine, the real thing, in radical contrast to all others who claim to be the true sources of life and success. Large numbers of leaders rely on false resources in the name of Jesus, and don’t even know they do that. The primary source of significance for many who lead is themselves. They do all the things they must do to become leaders, but what they produce is temporary, weak, without fruit, and then gone. Only Jesus does what is eternal, and He does this through us. No other vine can bear eternal fruit.

I AM THE TRUE VINE

He had to tell them this on His last night with them to prepare them for His departure and to get them—and us—ready for the Great Commission. This is part of the coming assignment.

Think about Jesus as the Stem in your life and ministry because He is the Source.

He is the Sustainer of your Life.

He is the Strength of your Life.

He is the Enablement of your Life.

He is the Stability of your Life.

He is the Fruit of your Life.

He is the Value of your Life.

He is the Identity of your Life.

He is the Reason for your Life.

He is the Hope of your Life.

All of this is what it means for Him to be our Vine.  As a leader, we must be radically dependent on Him because HE IS THE TRUE VINE.

The only way you can be effective as His leader is to be radically dependent on the Vine for life and fruit. You can have position, recognition, honor, authority, and all the other elements that are part of leadership, but you will never bear His kind of fruit without His enablement.  Draw on these truths and you will accomplish things you would never have otherwise. 

 

 

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