Top Four Leader Character Qualities

A recent survey was published in a book by James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner called, The Truth About Leadership. They asked each respondent to select seven characteristics out of twenty. These percentages represent respondents from six continents so it was a fairly large data base. Here are some…

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11 for 2011

Eleven Suggestions for 2011 1. Read the Bible consistently. Lamentations 3:22-23 says, “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” We need to experience God’s love and faithfulness to us every morning. Set aside…

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Shepherds or Firemen

“Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them,…

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10 Post Thanksgiving Ideas

Ok we all over did it at the table. I could not resist three desserts, chocolate pie, pecan pie, and fresh apple cake. So what now? How do we keep the true spirit of thanksgiving going? Here are a few post thanksgiving suggestions. 1. Get out and walk! You will…

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Waiting

I am in a car dealership waiting room as I compose this blog. I put off for a long time taking this Camry in for the much publicized recall that was issued months ago. To be honest, I did not think it needed it nor did I look forward to…

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Disciples and Doubt

The Great Commission text in Matthew 28:16-20 is very familiar to most of us.  We have quoted it, preached it, and taught it numerous times.   We must be careful with Scripture that is most familiar lest we overlook some truth that has escaped our notice. Matthew 28:17 is one of…

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Discipleship-The Divine Connection

When you think of descriptive passages of Scripture that relate to discipleship, what comes to mind? Maybe Mathew 28:16-20 where Jesus said “make disciples,” or Jesus’ description of what a kingdom person is and does in the Sermon on the Mount or in one of the Gospels like Luke 9:23,…

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Discipled by the Cooperative Program

OK do I have your attention?  Everyone is talking about the Cooperative Program these days.  Suddenly the CP is headline news.  It’s in all our state papers and there are lots of opinions about where CP giving will go in the next five years.  My intentions are not to debate…

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7 Steps to Stagnation

In 1870, the Methodists were having their annual conference in Indiana. The presiding Bishop was asking a group for an interpretation of current events, when the president of the college where the conference was held volunteered his input: “I think we are living in a very exciting age. I believe…

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