I came to realize that despite this situation my Christianity is based on my relationship with God, I love God and whether I stay in this church or not I'm still going to serve him.
My family and I currently go to another church, but I can honestly say that I forgive the Pastor and his wife; I have no hatred towards them and wish them well in all they do.
Know what you want to do. You cannot lead someone to a destination if you don’t know what the destination is. There are ways to reach the destination, and you may not be successful from the beginning, but knowing what it is, is what counts. Leaders are born leaders, and develop according to their environment and education. Management on the other hand, can be learned, obtained by sufficient training, education and acquiring additional skills. Leaders are necessary to drive the vision home, make sure it stays alive in the hearts of the staff, members and contributors. Decisions that have to be made, need to have solid backing, and for this leadership has a greater spiritual responsibility to contribute to the success, while managers could also be part of this responsibility, but would focus more on the strategic planning to ensure the growth and achievability.
Let's admit it. We all have leftovers from our past lives prior to accepting Christ. It might be an affair that was left hanging or whose embers were left flickering if ever so dimly. Or it can be an evil obsession that keeps resurfacing, like peeping into pornographic sites once in a while.
Leaders don’t wait for someone else. Leaders are that someone. They see the need and they look to see what they can do to fill it. They see the problem and look for how they can help to solve it. They see the conditions and they take steps to improve it.
“Stop believing the lie that someone stopped you,” Thelma Wells says. “Stop blaming folks for you being here. People have to earn your respect and you theirs before you can preach to them. You have to have love and show it to win people and respect.”
Leaders need to think through what it really means to be a friendly church, what it would really take for people to feel at home at our place of worship. When people come over to my house we do everything we can to set the stage for an enjoyable time at the Hardys. My wife has me mowing the yard, cleaning the garage ...
The children of the well-known “Prof” who served as chaplain for the Dallas Cowboys during the legendary Landry years and mentored big-name speakers such as Tony Evans, Chuck Swindoll, and David Jeremiah, had big shoes to fill.
By Amy Scales While some people are busy arguing about whether God is for or against prosperity, others are striving to make life better for themselves and those around them. A look at what some inspiring and famous Christian business owners and leaders have achieved proves otherwise. The bottom line is prosperity comes with hard work, […]
No matter how novel an idea is, it will remain just an idea until something happens to propel it from the realm of vision to tangible reality. Your success or failure in transforming an idea or desire that is implanted in your mind into a viable enterprise is largely determined by your knowledge and application of certain principles and building blocks.
I find it interesting that sometimes the person with the most knowledge and experience makes the least application of that knowledge and experience in their own lives. It’s kind of like the plumber who always has the leaky faucet at home. Or the doctor who is way overweight and eats the greasiest food he can find.
The pastor’s present ministry in the local church is his or her only identity. While it is important that we focus on what God has called us to do, this is too single-dimensional in that it does not develop a life outside the church. In fact, in some cases it could be seen as arrogant. The church needs me so badly that I can’t afford to develop any other part of my life.
By Dick Hardy s leaders of churches, we preach and practice the truth of scripture. However, in our humanity we do not always tell ourselves the truth. Men and women alike have mastered the art of self-deception. Sometimes it lies so far below the surface we do not recognize it until it is too […]
“When you stand in front of Him, who is going to stand behind you?”
That is the question that led to John “Smokey” Reaves' transformation. Though Reaves had it all in the early 1980s—five nightclubs, seven restaurants and other businesses—he still felt a void. However, when a friend posed that question, Reaves began reading his Bible and attending Bible study until conviction occurred. In 1982, he stopped selling alcohol and no sooner closed down all his nightclubs. His decision cost a lot of money, but brought him unsurpassed peace.
Celebrity chef, Richard Chamberlain, loves to serve great fish and go on fishing trips with his chef friends. It makes sense, because he’s also the owner of award winning Chamberlain’s Steak and Chop House and Chamberlain’s Fish Market Grill both in Addison, TX. Chamberlain was born in Dallas to a professional struggling father and a working mom. He grew up poor.
Another local car dealer had gone belly-up in 1991, and a broker was selling off the pieces. But the Isuzu franchise, with rights to sell the popular Rodeo and Trooper SUVs, had already been promised to another dealer, so the broker offered Huffines the Hyundai franchise instead. Ray Huffines was not impressed. It wasn’t too long ago that the South Korean automaker was the target of jokes on Letterman because of its notoriously unreliable Excels.
You would expect the daughter of H.L. Hunt, the late oil tycoon and one of the wealthiest people in the world at the time of his death in 1974, to act a certain way, to move in expected circles, and to maintain an intimidating aura that can shake even the bravest of hearts. This is not the case with June Hunt, the 12th of 14 Hunt children. Witty, charming, kindhearted, and extremely down to earth, her presence exudes peace--not the kind that comes from the world, but the one from the Word of God that surpasses all understanding
Dorothy Moore was born on July 25, 1935, in Sycamore, Illinois, with more than a silver spoon in her mouth. She was the fourth and last child of a hard-working company president and a mother whose family came from a classy, well-to-do background. Her parents owned a mansion in Irvington, New York, and a summer home in Sycamore, Illinois. They were members of their city’s elite society, traveled extensively, and raised their children on a foundation of privilege.
Deepak Mahtani had everything he ever dreamed of in life: money, a flourishing company, class, and business degrees from Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan, and American College, Switzerland. He followed his family’s tradition of serving the Eastern gods and rested assured that he was living life to the fullest.