In the midst of challenging, isolating, and heartbreaking circumstances, we must stop occasionally and build an altar of thanksgiving to remember God’s faithfulness to us.
How can people who love God deeply and passionately and who know much Truth be so easily deceived? There are at least four reasons for this:
1. Christians Are Used to Believing Strange Things
2. Christians Expect to Be Rejected
3. A Low Level of Prophetic Revelation
4. An Entanglement with the World’s Political System
God does not typically speak in an audible voice, but God is speaking to us. Will God’s voice be a background noise which competes with the noise around us?
Like Jesus sat by the well, God is calling us to rest. Let us not be afraid of empty spaces but instead be thankful for those moments of rest.
For most of my life, I was one of the "good guys" praised by family and friends. Now that I've lost everything they were so proud of in me, I am not considered much. Not even my accumulated years of goodness count at this stage.
Dr. Stanley Arumugam
Periodically every leader needs counselling - whether formal and professional, or simple informal friendships and accountability partners. In 2020, during this time of forced isolation I saw the need to seek professional counselling.
For many, the focus is on what’s happening “out there.” For me? I realized early on that the crisis of this season revealed what’s going on “in here.”
During this coronavirus pandemic, for every question we answer, another ten are left unanswered. Is this from God? What is He doing? How should I pray? If you are like me, you’re reading the Bible with more attentiveness, hoping that in your reading you’ll stumble across something that will give some insight. So, when I noticed [...]
With the multiple demands and unrelenting pressure of leadership, it is very difficult to pay attention to God’s voice.
At Christmas we celebrate the good news that Jesus came here to defeat our enemies but perhaps we need to be reminded who our real enemies are. After all, our Christian faith teaches us that our real enemies are not flesh and blood.
Having a grateful attitude, literally counting our blessings each day, makes a huge and practical difference. No wonder the Bible encourages us to be thankful. Just like plants, we are made to grow towards the light, to what gives us life.
To be unhurried like Jesus is to abandon outcomes to God. You’re not trying to make anything happen. You’re not trying to get anyone to do anything. You’re waiting on God. You’re patient. You’re free to enjoy the moment, love God and be loved by God, and love your neighbor.
What we need is a relentless appetite for the divine. We need a holy ravenousness. Our craving souls can turn and become enthralled by a goodness that is found in the presence of an all-glorious God. There is only one infinite source of satisfaction that can satisfy our bottomless cravings.
How bad was my living nightmare? No sleep for two weeks, and being terrified of the quiet at night and the sunrise next morning – that’s how bad! Anxiety and depression hits leaders disproportionately. A leader who suffers with this affliction, especially in isolation, is a person at risk. However, biblically, this kind of weakness can [...]
There is a list of unending task that needs to be done. We get overwhelmed and stressed out. Sadly at times, our tiredness and irritability because of too much work pressure shows in how we deal with our daily lives.
I find it helpful to create some space to explore prayerfully my real motivations for doing things. It helps me re-align what I’m doing with my sense of God’s calling.
Tough situations under the sovereign hand of God actually make us better leaders because we then lead in His power, not ours. Trust Him if today is a difficult day.
We have all staked out our plot in the Temple grounds, so to speak. Carefully set up our ministry tables in a manner befitting someone of our experience and training. If Jesus made a surprise visit, would ours be one of those tables upended, its contents scattering about the floor? Or would He simply smile approvingly as He reviewed each [...]
Your pivot points can provide great encouragement to others who are facing their own. Bear witness to the plot line that marks your journey. They are the handprints of God on your life. Honor Him by telling of His faithfulness.
We, the church leaders, teach so many truths such as salvation, victorious Christian life, worship, prayer, evangelism, giving to the Lord etc., to our congregations, but do we teach them the fear of God?