The Bible is not a self-help book given to us to help us become better people, better leaders, or better at whatever it is we attempt. If it is about leadership, it is about God’s rule and reign and His relentless pursuit of people.
No one admits to being racist. Yet it may surprise you how many people actually are. And how about you? Is there a racist bone in your body? And, if so, what should you do about it?
Within this pandemic, our hearts long to go back to normal. But if our churches and our people are enslaved to our surplus, are we truly thriving as Christians and churches? Do we really want to go back to this?
For me, in the midst of our lament, the Lord is reminding us that He is there with us in the midst of this global pandemic. Things may get worse, and they will get better, yet God is there with us along the way.
In this series, we explore the blessings and dangers associated with them, as well as the best intentional responses to them to facilitate them in our lives. Today we discuss daily discipline.
How serious of a sin is it to not wait on God? Sure, all sins are equally evil in the sight of God. No debate there. But in terms of the consequences, it’s not that bad. Right? It’s just a little impatience. No different than getting impatient in traffic or a slow line at the grocery store. It happens to everyone.
In this series, we explore the blessings and dangers associated with them, as well as the best intentional responses to them to facilitate them in our lives.
Today we discuss the dramatic dealings of the Spirit.
If we walk on these three paths, God will transform our lives by the power of the Holy Spirit and we will be changed daily into Jesus’ image.
Prayer is vital to any ministry. Would you make the commitment to pray these prayers more? What other prayers do you need to pray?
The renewing of our minds does a great work within us. It helps us to become better leaders.
How accurately do you estimate your ability as a leader? Do you think too highly of yourself, not highly enough, or about right? The Scriptures teach that we are inherently prone to both self-deception and pride. It’s critical for leaders to guard their lives and not assume that failure only happens to “other, weaker” leaders.
God really loves me! Really, He does. When was the last time you contemplated that truth? In this article, Matthew reminds leaders that Jesus loves them always, and a strong illustration of this is when Jesus told His disciples to abide in Him. He also outlines a few practical ways to receive Jesus’ love every day, and to enjoy Him.
I realized the truth of Ecclesiastes 3: “He has made everything beautiful in its time.” God had planned this season for me.
Today, do you find yourself overwhelmed and not knowing what to do? That’s a perfect place to confess your insufficiency and cling to the Lord.
God offers rest, not just for our physical bodies but for our hearts as well. 1 Peter 5:7 says, “Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.” God is calling for our souls to rest.
Water is essential to life, and in some areas of the world, humans must dig deep wells to keep water readily available. In the midst of organizational change, we desperately need to draw on our spiritual resources. How easily we do this may depend on our spiritual habits – our rhythms of life. How deep have we dug our spiritual wells?
Gentleness is something that must be cultivated. The Holy Spirit must work in our hearts to soften them and mold them into Christ’s image. A leader is someone who, honestly, is willing to swallow his or her pride and do what is hard because no one else will.
While the old self wants to live in pride and self-assurance, the only true way we can get to know God for who He truly is, is in a broken state; a state of reliance on Him, realizing that He is our creator and our sustainer.
Jesus chose His new leaders in prayer. He was about to commit His entire future world-wide agenda to only a few men, so they had better be the right ones!
Trusting God means believing that even if the worst happens, God will be sufficient. Replacing “what if” with “even if” is one of the most liberating exchanges we can make. We trade our irrational fears of an uncertain future for the loving assurance of an unchanging God.
Vaneetha Rendall Risner