Friday, February 25, 2011

A Leader's Heart

A Leader’s Heart
Tomorrow, I will speak to the leaders of Remix (the youth ministry at Trinity, Baltimore). I was asked to speak on two topics: "A Leader's Heart" and "Self-Leadership". Here is my outline for "A Leader's Heart."
A Leader has:
A Seeking Heart: Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need (Matthew 6:33 NLT-SE)
A Hungry Heart: Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied (Matthew 5:6 NAS95)
A Pure Heart: God blesses those whose hearts are pure, for they will see God (Matthew 5:8 NLT-SE)
A Healthy Heart: This represents a holistic lifestyle
A Unified Heart: Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God. Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace (Ephesians 4:1–3 NLT-SE)
A Brave Heart: How could I leave this out?
A Cheerful Heart: A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength (Proverbs 17:22 NLT-SE)
A Wise Heart: Proverbs 2
A Servant’s Heart: So I am willing to endure anything if it will bring salvation and eternal glory in Christ Jesus to those God has chosen (2 Timothy 2:10 NLT-SE).


Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Celebrating the Word

This is an amazing testimony to the power of the Word of God. As I saw this I was reminded of the many Bibles that are on my shelf and the variety of translations. I never want to take it for granite.
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Monday, February 07, 2011

An Adventure or a Quest?

This is one paragraph that I can't help but quote. Kevin Ford, in his book, Transforming Church, writes about helping a church change to become outward focused:

"I believe most churches fail in the journey of change because they start off offering people an adventure rather than a quest. As I state in chapter 1, Tolkien writes that an adventurer seeks treasure without the necessity of transformation, while someone on a quest is forever changed, often in the very process of losing a treasure. Church leaders often promise that being a Christian will yield great treasure, but they fail to understand Christ's central paradox concerning purpose: 'If you give up your life for me, you will find it' (Matthew 10:39). Reaching out involves loss - a loss of comfort, a loss of self-focus, and perhaps a loss of some personal enjoyment."
(pg. 125)

Thanks Kevin for this insight.

Enjoy the journey, it will change your life.