Recently, I stood to preach a sermon dealing with the the subjects of anger and hatred. I went through my normal preparation and was confident about the content of the message. But I had an issue with the posture of the message. Let me explain. Even though I knew the subject was serious, I really … Continue reading Just go with it!
It's date night for me. But before I enjoy a movie, popcorn, and snuggling with my boo, I want to encourage busy pastors to love their wives. “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her,” Ephesians 5:25 NKJV As pastors we must remember Christ loves the church … Continue reading Date night!
Early in my ministry, my pastor, H. Frank Centrallo, shared a valuable tip with me. He said he maximized his time by using his car like a mobile prayer closet. During commutes to and from his various appointments, Pastor Centrallo would play relaxing music, pray, and meditate on upcoming sermon concepts. Once he returned home, … Continue reading The mobile prayer closet
“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive … Continue reading Dealing with Doubt
Here’s a great post about saying Yes to No. Every busy person needs to read this.
Remember the anti-drug ad campaign, turned catch phrase, in the late 80’s and early 90’s “Just say no!”? It went viral!
The message of NO was empowering. It was a celebratory mantra promoting self-worth and a direct challenge to protect your future.
Today, NO is still a valid answer to issues that threaten our futures. The message of NO can be just as empowering today and can help you stay focused on reaching the goals that are most critical to your livelihood.
1. Say NO to time stealers. Some people will distract you simply to get you off your game. It makes them uncomfortable when you’re succeeding and surpassing their efforts. Stay focused.
2. Say NO to time wasters. Some things don’t deserve your time or attention. If it’s not critical to your current goal, skip it.
3. Say NO to…
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How do you handle the demands of life? Jesus shows us how.
“Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! For it is … Continue reading Success doesn’t equal identity
“Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written: ‘He shall give His angels charge over you,’ and, ‘In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you … Continue reading Your title isn’t your identity.
Last week, my friend Jeff Centers, pastor of Riverland Church, shared a thought with me. He said one of the primary ways the enemy attacks ministry leaders is in the area of identity. As we discussed this concept I began to believe Jeff was right. Immediately my mind went to the interaction between Jesus and … Continue reading Ability doesn’t equal identity
“And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’”Matthew 25:30 NKJV Jesus tells a parable about servants making investments for their master. The story takes a turn when one of the servants decides he doesn't want to make the investment because he feels he won't get anything … Continue reading How to deal with unprofitable people