Archive for: February, 2017

Week 45: Beware of Needing to Needed – Part 2

The father of the prodigal let his son “go his own way.” He allowed him to learn the lessons of life without interference. Once learned, the prodigal returned to a merciful, loving father who never berated or shamed him for his folly. Instead, he welcomed him back as his child, to pick up where they…

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Week 44: Beware of Needing to be Needed – Part 1

Some spiritual leaders, not all, grew up under controlling, legalistic (spiritual or natural) parents when they were young Christians. Ironically, when they became older in the Lord, some or most looked to be under the same type of authority without realizing it. They also then, by the example of their spiritual leaders, became dysfunctional leaders…

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Week 43: Dark Horse Potential

Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to [confound] the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to [confound] the strong.” —1 Corinthians 1:26-27  (NIV) This title speaks to the ability in a…

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Week 42: Integrity-Your Greatest Asset

The man of integrity walks securely, but he who takes crooked paths will be found out. He who winks maliciously causes grief, and a chattering fool comes to ruin. —Proverbs 10:9-10 (NIV) Integrity is a leader’s greatest asset when it comes to inspiring others to follow. Valuable because it’s a rare commodity in a fallen…

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Week 41: Palm Tree or Oak?

When I lived in the Florida panhandle, we experienced frequent hurricanes every year. Among the two most prominent trees throughout Florida—the palm tree and the oak—the oak stood the best chance of surviving the storms. Many times, I saw fully-developed palm trees hauled on trucks to places they were planted to adorn homes, hotels, neighborhoods…

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