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Three Prerequisites to Leading Others Well

Being loud doesn't make you a leader. Neither does being popular. Leadership is influence, and influence means taking people in a direction they wouldn't otherwise be going - hopefully forward. Ambition isn't enough to qualify you to lead. There is more to the equation. You need to be led before you can really lead. This one is tough for eager leaders, but in order to lead well, you must first be okay with being led. One of the greatest leaders I know who was in charge of …

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Ranting on Facebook versus Doing the Hard Stuff

Ranting and raving on Facebook about how the immoral, evil, liberal, leftist, socialists have taken over and will be the demise of our country doesn't equate to you "standing up for what is right" or "making a difference." It means you can type. Congrats. I understand posting about issues you feel strongly about and have no problem with anyone who expresses their beliefs publicly. But when you get hateful, think about how your tone reflects on what you say you believe (or …

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8 Reasons to Take a Sunday to Serve Outside the Church Walls

We called ours We Love NWA because that's how people refer to our community. Whatever you call it, we're glad we took a weekend away from having a worship service in our theater to serve our neighbors. We're not the first, by any means to have a weekend to "be" the church instead of "doing" church. Other churches have cancelled their regular weekend worship time to go serve in various capacities. But why? As we geared up for our big weekend, contacted local charitable …

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Chuck Swindoll: Serve God By Serving People

Men like Chuck Swindoll have a way of articulating profound truths in rather simple statements. In my own mind, I've struggled to figure out how to get the idea across that we need to serve people in order to serve God. In today's insight for living Chuck had this to say... We find it encouraging to think of ourselves as God's servants. I mean, who wouldn't want to be a servant of the King? But when it comes to serving other people, we begin to question the consequences. …

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How To Discover Your Spiritual Gifts

Every believer in Jesus has been granted abilities that are empowered by the Holy Spirit. We are all born with various talents, but spiritual gifts are given to us when we become a Christian. The seeds of those gifts are often evident from birth, but the Holy Spirit empowers believers for ministry in supernatural ways. In one sense, spiritual gifts are overrated. What I mean is that we often fail to examine the other aspects of how God has shaped us for His purposes. He …

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To God’s People: In Times of Gloom… Shine!

Early mid-morning yesterday, reports began trickling in from various sources that Walmart was laying off people from the home office (located here in Bentonville, Arkansas). By day's end, I think the number was around 850, maybe more. Walmart, McDonald's, and Dunkin' Donuts were three of the only companies that I had read about in the last month or two that seemed to be doing well in the midst of the recession. Something about the news reports, emails, and phone calls …

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The Depth of Life Is Relationships

People matter. Relationships matter. Family matters. Church matters. God's forever family and His Kingdom matter a great deal more than just about anything else. The depth of life is found in our relationships. We live in times when we're a click away from a whole new set of "friends," who are essentially strangers, all over the world. While this expands our missions opportunities and opens up our exposure to new cultures, it can also create a terrible disconnect between …

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