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What If There Were No Resurrection?

Today is Holy Saturday. It is the day after Good Friday, when we remember the death of Christ on the cross, and the day before Easter, when we celebrate the resurrection. Holy Saturday is a day in-between.

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Leading in a Crisis: Don’t Do It Alone – Scripture and Story

Thus, Christians who lead, whether in church or family, business or school, government or non-profit, should regularly consult with, and if appropriate share decision-making with, their brothers and sisters in Christ. As I have written before, one of the major differences God makes for leaders in times of crisis is the opportunity not to be alone. When we find ourselves leading in difficult times, we need the wisdom, perspective, expertise, and support of others.

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True Strength & Capability

The pressure we feel to achieve and succeed in culture is real and painful, and our desire to be capable is a beautiful character trait. However, if our desires have not been submitted to God, tested and tried by God, our strength is indeed limited, and what we thought looked like building the kingdom really only served our agendas.

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Legacy of Love – Part II

In honor of Black History Month, and every other month, may we sit under the teachers and leaders of African-American history—which is American history.

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If I Don’t Have Love – Part I

If leadership speaks in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but does not have love, leadership is a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if leadership has prophetic powers, and understands all mysteries and all knowledge, and if leadership has all faith, so as to remove mountains, but does not have love, leadership is nothing. If leadership gives away all their possessions, and hands over their body so that leadership may boast, but does not have love, leadership gains nothing.

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Do I Stay or Do I Go? Part 2

If you have a job you don’t like, you may be wondering whether you should stay or go. The answer isn’t always clear. While 1 Corinthians 7:20 suggests staying put, there are also plenty of biblical reasons to change jobs—including but not limited to slave-like conditions. For example, you may change jobs because God is calling you to more responsibility, as a “good and faithful servant” naturally moves on to bigger and better tasks (Matthew 25:21). Whatever you decide – stay or go – the message from 1 Corinthians 7:21 is that freedom through Christ is possible anywhere.

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Do I Stay or Do I Go? Part 1

But the meat of 1 Corinthians 7:20 is that your calling to follow Christ isn’t tied to any particular job or location. I’m not meant to follow God away from a cubicle and out to an island. I’m meant to follow Jesus in my attitudes and actions right here, wherever I am today.

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Help Me Help You: From Bad to Good to Best

In today’s scripture passage… [Paul] admonishes these believers to consider the differences between lawfulness and expediency—in other words “just because you can do something, doesn’t mean that you should, nor that it is the best course of action.” As leaders, we often have the right and the ability to do whatever we choose. However, when a team is involved, our actions affect every member of our team.

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Your Labor is Not in Vain

In this Life for Leaders devotion, I want to focus on labor, that is, on the work we do. As I was thinking about what to write for today, I was reminded of a verse in Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians: “Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain” (15:58).

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What’s Your Function?: Family

The Kingdom of God is not contained by ethnic, racial, gender, class, political, or geographical divides. Governments across the globe are failing to strike the appropriate balance in dealing compassionately, humanely, and appropriately with family dynamics, dysfunctions, and realities. Perhaps it is time for the Kingdom to make space for these truly knowledgeable voices to lead us into God’s solutions to these problems.

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What’s Your Function? Governance

When I look at the scriptures I resonate with the narratives of Esther, the intercessor and advocate who saved her people from extinction; Joseph, the brilliant economic strategist that saved a world in famine; and Daniel, the advisor to numerous kings, who functioned as a vice president in Babylon. These narratives are an inspiration to me and serve as broad templates as I navigate through the realm of governance.

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What’s Your Function? A&E

What you do matters to the Kingdom, and ultimately it matters to God. Your task is to tell whatever narrative(s) God has given you.

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What’s Your Function? Introduction

What are your strengths? What are you good at? What tools have you already been given to help you carry out our mandate as ministers of reconciliation?  You must figure out your functionality so that you can determine what your Kingdom contribution is to God’s plan.

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What Motivates You?

I am constantly working on finding tools and exercises that help me become more self-aware. John Calvin argues in his Institutes that you can’t really know God if you don’t know yourself, and that you cannot know yourself without knowing God. I see my pursuit of self-awareness as part of my growing relationship to the God who created, called, and redeemed me… As we begin 2019, let’s commit to growing in our knowledge of self and knowledge of God in our daily work.

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I’ll Come to You

A couple of years ago, for the very first time that I can ever remember, I missed Easter. When my alarm went off to get me moving in time to make the sunrise service, I felt a little bit “off.” I thought it was a headache, so I rolled over and made the decision to skip sunrise and get myself to the 10:30 service. It wasn’t long, however, before I knew something was wrong. It was vertigo. My husband was eight hours away on a ski trip in Colorado. When he called to report on the fun he was having, he could tell something was wrong.

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