In days gone by, preparing for the future was tantamount to not believing in the return of the Lord. The problem for some elderly pastors is that the Lord hasn't returned yet, but their days of effectively moving the church forward are over or close to it.
A fellow faculty member asked Celestin Musekura what he was doing to prepare for his upcoming mission trip, and the Dallas Theological Seminary adjunct professor told her that he was working out to strengthen his back—in case he got beat up.
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.
The best leaders are those who have been broken by God. Like Jacob, they have wrestled with God and walked away with a limp. Their own ego has been subdued. Leaders will become dangerously self-centered if they skip this process.
So in this world of greed and illegal business practices how can you as a Christian stand up and do business and make decent money? The bible is not against business but against sinful business practices. The bible says that unethical, illegal and deceptive business practices are frowned upon by God. But he blesses a righteous business man.
“The older I get and the more I learn about God’s way, the more I become convinced—I’m not in control of much of anything,” Huffines says. “I can’t help but recognize how blessed I am.”
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.
We had no money,” he says, “but between the covers of those books, I could go anyplace, I could be anybody, I could do anything. And, I began to learn how to use my imagination more because it doesn't really require a lot of imagination to watch television, but it does to read …. You have to actually exercise your mind in order to get it to be active and to get it to be creative, and reading is a tremendous way to do that.”
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.
Munroe lived with his parents and 10 siblings in a two-bedroom shack in the Bahamas. They spent their early years sleeping on the floor among rats and cockroaches. At the age of 5, Munroe had his first vision while seated on a heap of dirty clothes. He saw himself as very successful, wearing nice clothes, driving nice cars, and traveling around the world in a private jet.
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.
The hustle and bustle of our daily lives have a way of pulling us in different directions that either make or break our day. There is nothing as refreshing as seeking solace in the Word of God and encouragement from great quotes.
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 ...
Once the cap and gown are returned to the closet as memorabilia planning toward college becomes the immediate focus. Navigating new financial waters will soon begin for your new graduate; let’s look at five truths to help your college student make wise financial decisions.
Have you stopped going to church? Maybe God is beginning to nudge you back toward a church home? What will you look for in a pastor? While there are many qualities that define a good pastor, there are ten extremely important attributes that every outstanding pastor will possess.
“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.
In 2006, I was enmeshed in an emotional and mental turmoil that needed divine intervention. When it got to an unbearable level, I was pushed to seek answers from God or continue suffering and smiling. I chose the former as I checked into a hotel room in Desoto, TX and declared a 3 day dry fast.
This is the growth plan for The Village Church and its young pastor, Matt Chandler. The Village has increased from 160 people in 2002 to an average weekly attendance of 8,200 today at the flagship church in Flower Mound and its campuses in Dallas and Denton, which beam in Chandler’s sermons.
The life of Sujo John as of today is full of trips to one mission field or the other sharing his testimony and assuring people of the goodness of the God he serves. God has used his ministry to impact hundreds of thousands of people in North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Africa. To date they have had successful crusades and evangelistic events in United States, Canada, Singapore, India, United Arab Emirates, Finland, Norway, Sweden, France, Switzerland, Ireland, England, Romania, Philippines, Peru and Ghana.