Viktor Frankl was a prisoner of war during WW2. He said a lot of insightful things, and here is one:
“There were always choices to make. Every day, every hour, offered the opportunity to make a decision, a decision which determined whether you would or would not submit to those powers which threatened to rob you of your very self, your inner freedom; which determined whether or not you become the plaything to circumstance, renouncing freedom and dignity.”
Frankl recognized the importance of our power to choose. More specifically, he understood how free we are to choose our own attitudes...
This year reminds me of part of the life of Nehemiah. Everything was going along kind of smooth then God gives him an assignment. Exciting right? Yes and no… there is no God assignment that won’t require prayer, work, people issues or come without opposition. In fact most God assignments will have more opposition than compliments.
Today as the Church on the earth, we certainly have an assignment from God. Did we think as we entered these last days we wouldn’t have opposition? 2020 could be called the Year of Opposition. I like to call it the Year of Opportunity.
Excerpt from The 5 Responsibilities of a Team by John Grunewald
Leaders share vision and others are responsible to run with it. This must be a team effort to be effective for wider influence. It isn’t just accountability to the leader or even to the other team members, but each team member is also accountable to God to accomplish His Vision, Mandates and Assignments in His timing.
Wow, that seems like a lot doesn’t it? Maybe… but He doesn’t require we do it in our own strength either.
What does it take to achieve a vision? Habakkuk 2:1-4 tells us.
1) I will stand my watchAnd...
1. Where are we going?
Leaders must provide Direction. This might mean God’s Vision, Mandates or Assignments he has for a Church, Ministry or a Team. It could even be a simple goal the leader has for the organization or team. Whatever we expect, we must direct. This could also be a certain culture we want to establish. Something as simple as being on time or how we talk to each other.The Leaders question to God is: “God, what do you want us to do? or Who do you want us to be?”The leader must be able to give God’s wisdom on what He wants. Then the leader must articulate to...
There is never just one thing. But if there was one thing to work towards, it would be delegation. The business world knows this well. Walmart would be a mom-and-pop store if they didn’t train leaders and delegate. It’s a key to growth and replication.
In Exodus 18 Moses’ father-in-law Jethro came to visit. After observing him work, Jethro told Moses that the way he was doing things was not good. Why? Moses was doing it alone without delegating to qualified individuals. There were 2 million-plus people and everyone with problems was only coming to Moses. How would you like...
You might know the story of Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, coming to visit him in Exodus 18. If every visit we had with relatives paid off like this visit did, we would encourage more visits.
Moses was leading the nation of Israel, 2 million plus people who had grown up in slavery. That’s not a job one volunteers for, it has to be a calling. Even when it is a calling that comes with certain gifts and talents, there is still so much more to learn, to lead well.
After their greeting, dinner and a sleep, Moses goes back to work the next day. Jethro observes how Moses stands before the...
When Jesus was revealed as the Christ in Matthew 16:18, He immediately declared His purpose for the Church Age (2000 years from the birth of Christ until he is to return for the Church). He said, “I will build my church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it”… I believe this is the Greatest Commission of all – everything else fits under this.
Paul said in 1 Corinthians 3:10,
“According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise master builder, I have laid the foundation, and another builds thereon. But let every man take heed how he builds...
Happy New Year!A New Year can bring new possibilities. If you are a steady and growing person, then keep doing the things that have kept you on this path. But also, reach out for more. Challenge yourself. If you find yourself in trouble often, then 2019 is a year to make some new choices that will keep you out of trouble. God is always available to help and so are we if we can. We aren’t omniscient or omnipresent like He is, but sometimes we can help.I want to encourage you to Reflect on 2018 and before. Reflection is necessary to get the most out of an experience. We all have...
As we come to the close of another year, we all want to wish you the very best Christmas with family, friends and your local church. We celebrate the birth of Jesus and all that means to us and God’s plan for mankind.
Christmas isn’t the happiest event for everyone on this planet though. With broken relationships and families, holidays can be painful and not the easiest of times. Let’s look out for people like this during the holidays, it’s an excellent opportunity to share the love of Christ.
One of the beauties of the church today is that we are the Body of Christ. That means we are...