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Monthly Archives: August 2016

Isak Dinesen in Out of Africa has this fascinating statement about what that means for us as human beings to get our identity from God [his idea of you] verses the quotation of the day [what others say]. “Pride is faith in the idea that God had, when he made us. A proud man is conscious of the idea, and aspires to realize it. He does not strive towards a happiness, or… Read More

Originally Posted by Michael Hyatt Be honest. You’re distracted, right? In fact, that’s probably why you are reading this blog post instead of working on that project you should be working on now. Maybe you’re like my friend, Justin, who told me he was having real trouble making progress on his book. “The deadline is looming,” he admitted. “But I can’t seem to get focused.” I know the feeling. If that describes you, I… Read More

John 5:41-44The Message (MSG) 41-44 “I’m not interested in crowd approval. And do you know why? Because I know you and your crowds. I know that love, especially God’s love, is not on your working agenda. I came with the authority of my Father, and you either dismiss me or avoid me. If another came, acting self-important, you would welcome him with open arms. How do you expect to get anywhere with God… Read More

Burnout comes when we are unable to share the load.  Sharing the load is not just physical or emotional but also spiritual.  We share the load as we can vulnerably open our lives up to a few trusted friends love you enough to challenge, pray and encourage you. As ministers, we struggle to do this but this is vital to life and our congregation! I would be dead in the water if I… Read More

Originally posted by Dave Kraft “For they loved human praise more than the praise of God.” -John 12:43 (NLT)` Jesus, may this not be true of me.  I know I come back to this theme over and over, but it’s such a big deal to me…and to you. It’s all about YOU not me. When I receive praise, respect, accolades from people, help me quietly thank them and pass it along to… Read More

Posted originally by Dave Kraft. As some of you may know, I pick a verse or a short passage to memorize each month for my own personal growth. Some are ministry oriented and others are more life oriented. These verses usually come out of my daily scripture reading. The verse that I’m praying over, meditating on and applying to my life and ministry this month is Deuteronomy 11:16: “Take care lest your… Read More

by Scott Lowe Personal thriving and leading with passion comes when we resource our lives with vision, passion, words and schedule: Vision – This is writing down what we are after for a better future.  Consider vision statements for our spiritual life, spouse, children, work, finances and leisure. Passion – How do you recharge your passion?  Bill Hybils described passion as protein. You have to refuel your passion.  He says that he refuels his passion… Read More

By Scott Lowe Scott Thomas said “Ministry leaders tend to be the most underresourced members of the church, often receiving the least amount of support and attention.” Recently I read that doctors, lawyers, educators, accountants, engineers, and people in a wide variety of professions and businesses participate in professional development to learn and apply new knowledge and skills that will improve their performance on the job. This is not just a need in jobs,… Read More

Originally posted by Dave Kraft Leadership from the Heart. It hit hard and it hit home. It opened my mind to a whole new way of thinking about ministry and motives. In the NIV John 5:41 reads, “I do not accept praise from men.” In the NLT it reads, “Your approval or disapproval means nothing to me.” I knew the minute I read it that it would have a profound effect on what… Read More

Excerpt from 48 Days to the Work You Love by Dan Miller “Are you a goal setter? Do you typically set goals at the first of the year? If not, why not? Goals give you a starting point and a destination. It is the easiest way to give meaningful direction to your life, which releases you to effectively use your talents. Identify 5-year goals then work backward to what you need to do… Read More