Benefits to Serving in Leadership: Imitate

Do you have a desire for leadership? And there is nothing wrong with such an honorable desire.

If your answer is yes, then my next question is why? What is the lure of leadership for you?

It is the prestige? The power? The privilege?

For some people, it is all of the above.

But an honorable ambition for leadership has an underlying motive of leading likBlog-Benefits2e Jesus and moving others to a sincere desire to do the same.


In this series of blog posts, I have identified 10 benefits of serving as a small group Bible study leader. Today we will discuss the first benefit! Probably the biggest benefit of being a small group Bible study leader, in my appraisal, is the privilege of imitating Jesus. Jesus was a small group leader! Though many times he was surrounded by large masses of people, in the most intimate settings, he could be found doing life with his twelve disciples.  Continue reading

The Key to Surpassing Peace

BLOG - Keys to PeaceSerious is the temptation to worry and become anxious about the cares of this world. Some days it’s hard to grab hold of the surpassing peace that Paul so eloquently wrote about in Philippians chapter 4.

Asserting that the believer has protection through the peace of God and the reassuring presence of the God of peace, Paul instructs us on how we can ascertain the peace that will cause others to marvel.
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Launch a Counterattack

Blog - Counterattack - keep workingVicious attacks, trials, and persecution from expected sources (those who hate Christ) and the most unlikely sources (those who profess to be Christians but have little desire to firmly follow Christ). We can launch a counterattack as we hold fast to our faith in Christ.

But what are we to do? Continue reading

When We Are Struggling…..

It’s a bad idea.

For believers to be alone.

To decide to live in isolation.

Blog - IronWe need others to come alongside us and sharpen in us what might otherwise be a dull blade.

A blunt knife is still a knife, but its effectiveness and its usefulness are greatly reduced. So it is with the believer who is left to herself – without the benefits that other sisters in Christ provide.  Continue reading

From a Place of Dependence

Blog - Place of DependenceTight schedules.

Relentless demands.

Growing expectations.

Challenging tasks.

Some days it seems almost unbearable! But each day is quite bearable when we consider our position in it all.

These next several weeks are much more taxing than many other weeks I’ve had in recent times. Preparation. Deadlines. Availability. Schedule. Reschedule. These terms have been a regular part of my vocabulary this week and seemingly for the very near future. As my recent vacation accelerated toward its end, the temptation to worry would soon begin. Continue reading

Half Empty or Running Over?

Blog - Cup Running OverFor the past two days, this question has been pressing on my mind. . . . or shall I say pressing on my heart: is the glass half-empty or is it running over full?When the promise is delayed, this question begs to be answered.

Sometimes, it seems like my timetable and God’s timetable are like two ships sailing adjacent to one another in a huge tumultuous sea. The timetables are side by side, but they fail to intersect when I think they should. They are in sync, but they don’t seem to be crossing paths as quickly as I would like.

Am I the only one who is tempted to look at the glass as “half-empty” when I should realize the “my cup runs over” aspect of my relationship with my Father? Continue reading

Adding Value

Blog - Added ValueIf you’re not adding value to another person’s life, then what are you doing here?

It’s a profound question. And profound questions warrant very thoughtful and deliberate answers.

God could have created each one of us to live in isolation on a deserted island, but He didn’t. Instead, He made us to dwell in community with one another in the context of family, friendships, partnerships, and in varying degrees of relationship. Community undoubtedly involves sharing and depositing, but many times we are not sharing and depositing what matters most. On the contrary, in some cases, we have been making large withdrawals from others with no intention of making larger deposits.

Is that you? Are you draining others of their emotional, mental,  spiritual, and material resources while contributing little in return? Continue reading

His Designated Presence

blog-prayer-closetWhat do you like to do first thing in the morning? Grab some coffee? Scoff down some breakfast? What about dash out to the gym? I used to do the latter quite a bit. That is, until I learned a more fulfilling and God-centered approach to my day.

I remember times when I would dash out the door, vowing to read my Bible and pray earnestly when I returned. Needless to say, this rarely ever happened as planned. I would return home from the gym and something urgent would claim my attention. Urgent, but not important.

Now though, things are quite different. Every day is a new surrender! Continue reading