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What Happens When I Fail to Delegate

Always in the back of my mind is this thought, "Don't be the factor holding back the growth of Grace Hills Church." I believe in John Maxwell's Law of the Lid. So if my leadership is sub-par, and I'm supposed to be at the head of the pack, where does that leave other leaders for whom I am responsible? I need to be keenly aware of my blindspots, which means allowing other leaders, especially my wife, to look and speak into my life. I have some leadership flaws I'm working …

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Don’t Lose Your Moral Authority

I am currently reading Andy Stanley's book Visioneering and have just completed the chapter about having moral authority in leadership. Stanley gives a couple of examples of how moral authority works in our lives. One example was Mother Teresa's harsh words about abortion during a National Day of Prayer breakfast in Washington. Though the Clinton's and Gore's gave little response, the room erupted into a standing ovation after she spoke. Why would such a small woman have such …

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Preaching the Word

"But (God) hath in due times manifested his word through preaching, which is committed unto me according to the commandment of God our Savior." -Titus 1:3 When preachers preach, they do so as frail and fallible human beings, holding forth the precious words of eternal life. There is, however, a sense in which the preacher communicates on God's behalf. Only when his words match the content or the intent of Scripture do they carry any heavenly authority, but when he faithfully …

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Meekness: The Leverage of Leadership

"Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth." -Numbers 12:3 In today's world, meekness = weakness. God does not view it that way, however. In a world where power is everything, Jesus entered the scene in a wooden manger surrounded by barnyard animals. He grew up in an humble village, the son of a carpenter, of modest means. He lived His life serving others, yet Jesus was certainly the most influential leader in all of history.If …

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Astounded By His Authority

"And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, 'Who can this be, that even the wind and seas obey Him?'" -Mark 4:41 (NKJV) Early in the ministry of Jesus to his disciples, He offered them a powerful demonstration of His power and authority. They were astounded that the forces of nature were totally obedient to His voice. This respect for His authority would create in them a tremendous respect for Him throughout His earthly ministry. Indeed, Peter would be willing …

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Living in Jesus’ Name – Part 3

The third aspect of living in Jesus' name, in addition to living with His approval and under His authority, is to live for His acclaim. All of our lives are to be directed toward the goal of bringing glory and honor to the name of Jesus.I once worked at Rose's Discount Store and had to wear a nametag that had the Rose's logo on it along with my name and position. How I interacted with customers determined how they would view the store, and even the company. I was their …

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Living In Jesus’ Name – Part 2

In my last blog, I explained that living in the name of Jesus means living with His approval. Today, we need to learn that living in the name of Jesus also means living under His authority, and also living in the power of His authority.Jesus said to His church, "All power in heaven and in earth is given unto me... Go ye therefore..." We are commanded to go in the authority of Jesus. We can be victorious over life's struggles only in the power of Jesus. This authority over …

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God’s Will For Every Believer

"For this is the will of God, even your sanctification... For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness." (1 Thessalonians 4:3, 7)It's very easy to get caught up in the pursuit of something secondary to God's great purpose for us as believers. We constantly face the temptation to be driven toward success or popularity, possessions or prestige. But God has caught us and called us to a higher purpose, a better life, a heavenly goal. We've been called to …

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