Success doesn’t equal identity 

“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 [...]

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Your title isn’t your 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 [...]

Ability doesn’t equal 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 [...]

Keep learning about culture. 

   “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me; Because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.” ‭‭Hosea‬ ‭4:6‬ ‭NKJV‬‬ http://bible.com/114/hos.4.6.nkjv This verse makes me shudder. As a minister and leader, I would [...]

Good Morning Baltimore

The movie "Hairspray" opens with the song "Good Morning Baltimore". It's a happy song about the finer points of the city. But as the movie progresses, the very serious issues of body image discrimination and racial segregation take front stage. In the end, it takes a galvanizing leader and a courageous teenager to open the [...]

Correcting with Grace

When those around Him saw what was going to happen, they said to Him, “Lord, shall we strike with the sword?” And one of them struck the servant of the high priest and cut off his right ear. But Jesus answered and said, “Permit even this.” And He touched his ear and healed him. (‭Luke‬ [...]

Leading Ways

He who walks with integrity walks securely, But he who perverts his ways will become known. (Proverbs 10:9 NKJV) Honesty lives confident and carefree, but Shifty is sure to be exposed. (Proverbs 10:9 MSG) As a leader, how would your followers describe you? Proverbs 10:9 describes two extremes of what of person or leader can [...]