Are Two Better Than One?

In Ecclesiastes 4:9-12, it tells us that two are better than one.  For if one falls the other is there to help keep him up and a threefold cord is not easily broken. This is the picture of agreement.  We can help hold each other in faith.  This is powerful!  We see in Matthew 18:19 that when we agree about anything that we ask, we shall receive. Let’s make sure that we take advantage of this powerful tool of God’s word.  We can come together and agree.  Make sure you ask the right questions, so you are sure you’re both are in agreement, and then...

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Whose Kingdom are you Building?

Matthew 6:33“seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you”  “Okay Gabi, repeat after me: ‘My greatest desire is to do your will’” “My greatest desire is to do my will”.  This conversation would go on for half an hour sometimes, it just depended on how stubborn I was being at the time.  The first person speaking is my father (John Grunewald), and the second is myself. I had a track record of looking out for my own interests, and not being very willing to bend to others’ ideas. He would sit me down and...

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Your Voice: How to extend your reach in 2021

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...

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Rebuilding Faith in the Nations of the Earth

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.  Nehemiah...

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Lessons in Leading Teams & Difficult Personnel

A conversation between John Grunewald and Pastor JB Whitfield of Agape Faith Church in Clemmons, NC. Recently John Grunewald asked Pastor JB Whitfield some questions regarding hiring staff and some of the lessons he’s learned from this during his 35 years of ministerial experience. JB is a pastor to pastors, actively coaching and training leaders, and is senior pastor at Agape Faith Church in the USA. Q: Have you ever hired anyone (paid or volunteer) who didn’t work out?–      Did you feel bad?–      What did you do? These...

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A Team Members Responsibility: Advancing the Vision

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...

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How to Cast Your Cares

Have you ever had someone tell you, “don’t worry” or “just cast your cares on the Lord”?  It sounds so simple but how do you do that?  Do you just go to God and say, “I cast my care on you!” and automatically everything is great? In the world today we have many opportunities to worry and fret and have anxiety, so what are we to do? I love what God does in scripture.  He tells us not to do something and then tells us what to do. We see several places in scripture where we are told not to worry–it doesn’t just show up once. Take a look at Matthew 6:25-34, Philippians 4:6-8 and...

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The Power of Listening to a Good Story

There is a small yet plentiful mountain grocery store near where I live. Think “tiny, tiny, tiny Whole Foods”. As I entered on a recent evening there was a local mountain guy at the checkout counter telling a grand story. The checkout lady was smiling and listening and engaged. She is always like that, and that is one reason I like to shop there. As I shopped I could hear his story, and for the next seven to ten minutes the man was still talking as customers went through the checkout.  Finally he finishes his story and ends by saying, “Well, I just wanted to tell someone.” He was...

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I Can

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13 “I don’t think I can do this”, “Maybe I’m just not cut out for this”, “How will I do this for another week?”… those were the thoughts running around in my mind, and the words I said to my dad as we sat in the tent our first night on Mt. Kilimanjaro. I had just killed about 50 ants that were crawling all over my legs under my pants, and now I was nauseous.  I had told myself before the trip event started that I wouldn’t let statements that started with “I can’t” come out of my mouth. I had been...

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5 Responsibilities of a Leader

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...

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