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May 10, 2015 - Faith, Leadership    2 Comments

FACING A GIANT

Sharing your faith with others can be like facing a giant.  So what is the name of the giant that prevents you from sharing your faith in Jesus with others?  This is a question that every single child of God needs to ask.  I, myself, find it very interesting that people are willing to share so many things with total strangers.  Where you’re from … What you do for a living … Things about our children.  But when it comes to sharing their relationship with Jesus, for many of us, that’s a whole different story.  Especially, when it comes to our loved ones.  I know this to be true from my own personal experiences.  For along time the name of my Giant was “DO NOT OFFEND.”

This giant, named “DO NOT OFFEND,” would cause me to start imagewhispering whenever I was talking about Jesus and someone was approaching.  In the back of my mind I was thinking, I don’t know if this person is a believer and I don’t want to offend them.

I was reading the story of David and Goliath.  A story many are familiar with but this time I began looking at the “giants” in our lives that keep us from being bold about what we believe.  Bold enough to share our faith.

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Apr 25, 2015 - Faith, Hearing From God    2 Comments

THE EMOTIONAL TRIANGLE

Ever heard of the Bermuda Traingle?  It’s that stretch of the Atlantic Ocean somewhere off the coast of Florida between Bermuda and Puerto Rico where ships, planes, and people have mysteriously disappeared.  Well, I got thinking about another kind of dangerous and mysterious triangle … The Emotional Triangle.

imageFear, shame and doubt … if you have ever fallen prey to these three things you have entered into the Emotional Triangle.  The emotional triangle is a place where life gets swollowed up in death.  It can happen to anyone of us at any given time when we choose to navigate these waters of life.  But just like the real life Burmuda Trianglenot all who enter end up in disaster (death).  Matter of fact, stranger occurrences have been linked to other parts of the globe.  So what is the reasoning behind the mistery of the Bermuda Triangle?  Truth is, just like fear, shame and doubt some things just defy logic.

SOME THINGS DEFY LOGIC

Disasters in the Bermuda Triangle have been linked to everything from navigational interferences, magnetic interference with onboard compasses, rapid change in the weather disabling vessels and taking them off course, to simply human error.  And some are just unexplainable.  So as humans we often find ourselves filling in the blank in our feble attempts to make sense of those things that defy logic.

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Apr 13, 2015 - Faith, Leadership    6 Comments

LOYAL LEADERS

Leaders are only as good as the people they surround themselves with …  A close friend recently share a message he heard given by Andy Stanley.  “Good leaders surround themselves with people who speak into their lives.  Bad leaders surround themselves with people who have noting to say.”  I am not sure, but I would guess that he’s referring to Yes Men.

You’ve heard it said that it’s lonely at the top.  So then, it’s safe to say that  leaders need friend, not Yes Men.  Especially, friend’s who are loyal.  But, not people who are LOYAL TO A FAULT.  I’ve come to realize that true friends aren’t equated to how often you see one another. The bond of true friendship is so much more….it’s the mutual respect that you earned from each other.  It is trust that has been gained through mutual honesty, and when these two have been met, the byproduct is loyalty. Loyalty that is mutually given to each other, not demanded.

In my experience as a city cop I’ve seen the pitfalls of misguided loyalty.  You know the kind that I’m talking about – blind loyalty.  Those who expect your loyalty without ever gaining your trust or earning your respect … but because of the position only. Don’t get me wrong, believe you me, I know the importance of being in a position of authority and having loyal people support you.  But how you lead others will not only impact your life but it will change the lives of those who submit to your authority.  Your leadership style can be for the good of others or their detriment.  A leader who shows faithful loyalty to those who serve alongside him or her earn the respect and trust of the people they serve.  This kind of loyalty moves the very heart of our savior, Jesus.  A Roman Centurion was such a leader.

FAITH THAT’S LOYAL

Matthew 8:5-13

When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help.  “Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed, suffering terribly.”

 Jesus said to him, “Shall I come and heal him?”

The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come imageunder my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”

 

When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, “Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith.  I say to you that many will come from the east and the west, and will take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven.  But the subjects of the kingdom will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go! Let it be done just as you believed it would.” And his servant was healed at that moment.

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