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It’s Easier NOT to Lead

Leadership is a hot topic with plenty of aspiring and hopeful people clamoring for success in its arena. But the reality is that it's easier NOT to lead. When we aspire to leadership, we envision the good stuff - the people who will look to us for direction, the success of our organization, and the accolades of those who follow us. What we can't really anticipate is the tough stuff - the people who will question us, leave us, and criticize us unfairly. If you're reading …

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Influence Is Great, But To What End?

I like the word "influence" as you probably do too. I want more of it. It's why Christians are left on earth after being saved and not drafted instantly into heave - so we can influence others to follow Christ. But I see a trend within our culture of downsizing the value of influence. We now assume that if a lot of people follow you on Twitter or if you hit the limit of "friends" on Facebook, you have influence. Really? If a Hollywood celebrity has 5 million followers on a …

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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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The Praise of Men

“Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue: For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.” –John 12:42-43Don’t assume for a moment that peer pressure is something new, nor is it simply something school-agers face. All of us have felt the pressure of the world demanding that we conform to the image of humanity’s elite. In Jesus’ day, the …

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