I meet with a couple of guys every few weeks to encourage one another. We have decided that for our next consideration we are going to start a new consideration on what it means to lead. We'll be using a book called The Ascent of a Leader: How Ordinary Relationships Develop Extraordinary Character and Influence by Bill Thrall, Bruce . . .
How an Eeyore became a Pooh...
Who doesn't like A.A. Milne's classic tales of Winnie-the-Pooh!
I grew up reading the books, and then we read the books to our daughter as she was growing up. And then there were the cartoon movies, and the toys, and...and...and. Well, you get the idea. Bottom line...they are classics and so are the characters.
Who . . .
When Hope Was Dead
Abraham, when hope was dead within him, went on hoping in faith, believing that he would become “the father of many nations”. He relied on the word of God which definitely referred to ‘your descendants’. Romans 4:18 (J.B. Phillips New Testament)
"When hope was dead within him"...what a remarkable and terrifying . . .
When in doubt...
I struggle with doubt...and worry...and fear. These things have always plagued me in some measure or another. I have to admit that there have been times that they have absolutely paralyzed me and left me utterly useless for my family, friends and God. Part of the struggle has been the result of my overwhelming need to try and control . . .
Know Your Place
I again have to share a section of Paul Tripp's book Dangerous Calling. As I have said before, this book has challenged me to look at my calling and service to the Lord in a powerfully candid and honest way. He is a pastor, writing to pastors and ministry leaders, and he pulls no punches and makes no excuses. So here is an excerpt from . . .
Taking Up Crosses
Is there any difference between being a 'believer' and being a 'disciple?'
If asked, I doubt if many Christians today would feel there was much, if any, difference between the two. Part of the reason for that is that there is little, if any, teaching or training on what it means to be a true disciple of Jesus Christ. . . .
Catalyst or CEO?
What kind of leader are you?
One of the things that always comes up when I discuss authentic community with someone is, "what kind of leadership should we have?" I think the simple, straightforward answer to that is, "the kind God wants you to have." While that certainly is true, it comes off a bit sarcastic or cynical and is not very satisfying.. . .