I must say that yesterday was one of the most stressful days of my ministry thus far at Bethel. It seemed as though God had a bulleted list of tests for me to take. Last night as I sat through the church-wide interview with our potential Associate Pastor, my mind was taken to a familiar passage of Scripture, 1 Peter 5:6-7, which says, “Humle yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” (ESV)
“Remember therefore form where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place – unless you repent.” -Revelation 2:5 (NKJV)
Throughout the book of Judges, we see the phrase repeated again and again, “in those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes.” The word “right” always sounds good, but what was really happening was a postmodern revolution… in the ancient world. Moral and religious relativism pervaded the land.
Every leader has to be a good decision maker, and an even better decision manager. We often assume that great leaders are instantly decisive, but often the best leaders take a great deal of time to think decisions through and consult wise people.
“And Samson said, Let me die with the Philistines. And he bowed himself with all his might; and the house fell upon the lords (of the Philistines), and upon all the people that were therein. So the dead which he slew at his death were more than they which he slew in his life… And he judged Israel twenty years.” -Judges 16:30-31
And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.”—2 Timothy 2:2 (NKJV)
Today, my daughter Ella turned four years old. We spent part of our day traveling to the Mall at Fayetteville to exchange doll houses (I’d bought the wrong one, of course). While there, we managed to pick up a few rooms worth of furniture for this new house. I couldn’t believe the way the manufacturer had paid attention to detail. Ella chose a kitchen set with mock stainless steel appliances including a fridge (with ice and water dispenser), microwave, and little tiny phone.
“Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth graet things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!” -James 3:5
“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.”—2 Corinthians 4:7
“I also will not henceforth drive out any from before them of the nations which Joshua left when he died: That through them I may prove Israel, whether they will keep the way of the Lord to walk therein, as their fathers did keep it, or not.” -Judges 2:21-22