Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Restoration in Amhurst, Ohio





Join me in praying for Dan Samm's efforts to lead people to restoration in Amhurst, Ohio. This short video explains his heart and mission there.

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Robert's Story

A great story. My prayer is that it will inspire others to do the same.


What is God saying to you right now?

What are you going to do about it?

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Bible Banned In Broward County

"Bible Banned In Broward County" (by Gary Bauer)

"We (CWF) reported yesterday about the narrow victory at the Supreme Court upholding Christian prayers at government meetings. But no one should doubt that there is an ongoing assault against the free exercise of religion. All too often the victims of this secular assault are our children. 

The latest example comes from Broward County, Florida, where a fifth-grade student was told he could not read the Bible during a period of time in which the students were supposedly free to read whatever they wanted. 

Every few weeks we hear about a situation where a student has been told that they can't pray, can't read the Bible or can't share their faith. Men died so that our children could enjoy these rights! 

...there is tremendous hostility to faith. Evidently a significant number of teachers still believe that anything to do with religion is banned once a child enters the schoolhouse door... 

When I (Gary Bauer) was in the Reagan Administration, we did inform all 16,000 school districts that children have the right to express religious ideas. And so too did the Bush Administration in 2003. 

The culture war is real, my friends. Elections have consequences, and personnel is policy."


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I share this not as a political statement (although it is relevant) but as a wake-up call that there are plenty of people (on both sides of the political aisle) who are hostile to the free exercise of religion. We are a nation of people who love their rights. But we seem to be unaware of how quickly we are losing them. No doubt we will miss them once they're gone. DRG

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What are you going to do about it?

What is Worship? A definition



Worship is 
our response
both personal and corporate, 
to God for who He is
and what He's done
expressed in and by 
the things we say 
and the way we live.

- Louie Giglio



Friday, April 04, 2014

Ingredients of Great Leaders #SOAP

“O lord, you are the God who gives breath to all creatures. Please appoint a new man as leader for the community. Give them someone who will guide them wherever they go and will lead them into battle, so the community of the lord will not be like sheep without a shepherd.” The lord replied, “Take Joshua son of Nun, who has the Spirit in him, and lay your hands on him. (Numbers 27:16-18 NLT)


Moses is about to die.

Moses knows that Israel needs a new leader to replace him so he prays for this. But he already has someone in mind. 

Joshua son of Nun.


Joshua has been his apprentice...for forty years! He's ready.

What's interesting is that Moses doesn't ask for Joshua by name when he prays. He prays for a leader that describes Joshua.

"...someone who will guide them wherever they go and will lead them into battle, so the community of the LORD will not be like sheep without a shepherd."

The LORD answers his prayer by naming Joshua as that leader. The LORD further describes Joshua as a man "Who has the Spirit in him."

What things does Moses see as important in their leader?

1. A guide. "someone who will guide them."

2. A general. "someone who will...lead them into battle."

An interesting combination, to be sure. But then Moses qualifies this leader by saying why he asks for these qualities: "So the community of the LORD will not be like sheep without a shepherd."

A shepherd. Sounds an awful lot like Jesus. 

Joshua is in fact a foreshadowing (type?) of Jesus. They even share the same name. (Jesus/Joshua means "The LORD is salvation")

The LORD himself adds one more essential quality: A man "Who has the Spirit in him." God would have to do that part--and he did.


Takeaways

To be an effective leader, I need to be myself (not Joshua). However, these qualities are still important, if not essential.

I need to shepherd whomever I lead like a guide and a general filled with the Holy Spirit.

A guide because people are looking for direction. Not just any direction. Direction that is consistent with God's kingdom mission. Direction that will equip and empower them to live out that mission. Sheep want a shepherd who will lead them to green pastures and quiet waters. 

A general because people are looking for protection. People are in a war (whether they realize it or not). They need shepherd leaders who will lovingly feed and lead them through the wisdom of God's word. Teaching them what it says AND showing them how to live what it says. Teaching them how to put on the whole armor of God and to "Stand firm" in it.

Whether I am leading myself, my wife, my kids or my church, I need the Spirit of Christ to shepherd me. By God's grace, I plan to do just that. 


What's God saying to you right now?

What are you going to do about it?