Praying to Trust in the Lord

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Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight.  In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6)  Heart.  Ways.  All.  Part of my confidence in the Scriptures as a divine work-product is the quality of the writing: only God could use human writers to pack so much meaning … Read More

Praying to Serve

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Jesus called them together and said, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them.  Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all.  For even the … Read More

Effective Christian Leadership: Leading Through Restoration

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Sometimes, you mess up.  Sometimes things go wrong, you experience loss or defeat, you become overwhelmed by change, or you fall under insurmountable obstacles.  Whether it’s your fault or not, it all falls apart, and then you experience shame, chastisement, rejection, and other consequences, and you’re left wondering what you are supposed to do next and questioning everything you’ve been … Read More

Effective Christian Leadership: Strategic Planning

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I was fairly young and had just become the headmaster of a small Christian school. I knew that the school had been operating with an interim headmaster, that enrollment had drastically declined over the previous couple of years, that they had recently gone through a major shift in identity, that resources were very limited, and that a desired plan for … Read More

Praying to be Still

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God says, “Be still and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10) My lack of stillness comes from trying to be God.  I multi-task, stay digitally connected, keep up with news/sports/entertainment, track my steps and sleep hours — it’s like I’m trying not to disappoint my cell phone.  But God reminds me the position of ‘Lord of My Life’ has … Read More

Effective Christian Leadership: Take Time to Celebrate

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We celebrate many things.  When we grow another year older, we celebrate. When we add another year to the length of our marriage, we celebrate. When our favorite team wins a championship, we celebrate.  When we graduate – from kindergarten, from high school, from college – we celebrate.  When our child is born, we celebrate. When we get a promotion, … Read More

Praying for God’s Timing

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When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed at home. “Lord,” Martha said to Jesus, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.” (John 11:20-22) One of the most interesting-troubling-confusing aspects of our relationship with God … Read More

Praying for the Way

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“You know the way to the place where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”  Jesus answered, “I am the way… ” (John 14:4-6) What do you suppose he meant by “the way”?  Jesus said so very much with so few words — that’s why … Read More

Effective Christian Leadership: Motivating Your Followers

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For over twenty years, I lived my life in the same (over)weight range, always believing that I needed to lose some weight, but never really doing so.  I tried a variety of diets and exercise regimens, but nothing ever moved me out of that range, nor did any of them ever become a long-term lifestyle.  I finally convinced myself that … Read More