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Be Still and Know that God is God

When the earth shakes, we can never put it back together just as it was before. We can never quite replace the moments we missed or the things we hoped for that didn’t pan out. God invites us to take any hopelessness or discouragement and be still.

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When the Earth Shakes Beneath You

Sometimes change feels like the ground is shifting beneath us. Right in the middle of those moments of chaos, God promises to be near—a very present help in trouble.

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Mental Models

The best leaders change the way that we see the world by changing “mental models” – just as Jesus did.

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God Gives the Increase

Christian leadership is like farming.  There are no guaranteed outcomes.  All we can do is create the environment for growth and then pray that God gives the increase.

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Generous Giving

Jesus tells his followers to give, and to give generously. He promises that if we do, we will receive overflowing blessings from God. These blessings may or may not be financial. But when we give unsparingly, we have the assurance of knowing God is pleased. Plus, we are able to rejoice in the good that our giving supports. Our generosity makes a difference, not only “out there,” but also “in here,” in our hearts.

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Do Not Judge

Sometimes we Christians can be some of the most judgmental people. How ironic and sad that we who have been saved by God’s grace are unable to be gracious to others. Jesus told his followers not to judge or condemn. Yes, we should discern truth from falsehood, right from wrong. But our attitude toward others should be like God’s attitude toward us. “Be merciful,” Jesus said, “just as your Father is merciful.”

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God’s Gift of Impossible Love

According to Corrie ten Boom, who once suffered terribly in Nazi concentration camps, when Christ “tells us to love our enemies, He gives, along with the command, the love itself.” Christ, alive in us through the Spirit, enables us to do the impossible, to love even our enemies. We can do all things through Christ, who gives us strength.

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Via Dolorosa (Way of Suffering), Jerusalem

The Good News of Christian Leadership – The Way of Weak Leadership?

In our various vocations in business, government, non-profits, churches and homes, pain and suffering are the unexpected consequences of being lead servants. From a Christian perspective, to be a “strong” leader means learning to be a “weak” leader. “That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses … For when I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Corinthians 12:10, NIV). This final servant song reminds us that following Jesus in leadership means we must enter other people’s pain and suffering, the way Jesus did.

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Road to Emmaus by Robert Zund (1877)

The Good News of Christian Leadership – Following and Enduring?

Why is a Christian vision of leadership good news? Leadership is inescapably about the use of power and influence. In this series, we explore how a Christian vision of leadership reframes our understanding of how that power and influence are exercised.

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Enlightened Eyes

The Apostle Paul prays that not that God will do anything new, but instead that the Ephesians will see what God has already done.

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Tumbleweeds

Christian leaders do not have followers; they have people entrusted to their care.  And sometimes God rolls those people into our lives like tumbleweeds.

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The Possibility of Impossible Love

What will help us to love people who bug us, those we dislike, even our enemies? The more we experience God’s merciful love for us, the more we will be empowered to love mercifully. The closer we are to God, the more we will be able to imitate God’s own “impossible” love. How can we love our enemies? Only through the powerful love of God at work in us.

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