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Topic: Leadership

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Two Qualities That Make a Great Leader

Schools are soon in session and fall small groups are preparing to launch. In classrooms across the country, people will step into leadership roles—some for the first time, others having served so many times they’ve lost count. You may not be a school teacher or a Bible study leader, but […]

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10 Examples of Feminine Courage from Women in the Bible

A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver. (Proverbs 25:11) Have you ever wondered what a word fitly spoken looks like? The Old Testament has many examples of women who spoke words of courage and help and displayed a kind of God-confidence that is […]

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Four Things God Supplies to Overwhelmed Leaders

Have you ever felt out of your league as a leader? You may be surprised to know that one of the greatest leaders in the Bible, Moses, can totally identify with those feelings. Even so, God used Moses in the most amazing ways. The good news about being used by […]

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A Gospel Vaccine for the Authority Virus

The Zika virus has been a popular topic in the news lately. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) says that, if contracted, the virus causes a fever, rashes, even joint pain. In addition, infants have acquired deformities, citing the virus’ strain in their systems. This is horrible! Yet, the destructive […]

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Avoiding a Romantic Affair with Weak Leaders

Lately, the church has lost some great servant-leaders that have finished life’s race, such as Jerry Bridges, Charles Ryrie, Gary Smalley, and Ted Ward. Each of these leaders contributed to great works, particularly gospel-focused endeavors. Many articles have been published giving thoughtful tribute to their ministry. One of the great […]

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Pouring Water on the Hands of our Predecessors

One of my African American students at Crossroads will soon be replacing his current pastor, who is retiring from some 35 years at the same church. The experience of pastoral calling among African American churches and their ministers are quite different from traditional white Evangelical churches. Most African American pastors […]

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Four Marks of a Humble Ministry Leader

What a person treasures defines their spirituality before God. Such attachment to material possessions is where all Christians tend to live, what author Francis Schaeffer calls “ash heap lives” (No Little People, 228). In his book, Schaeffer writes that human materialism is a sign that personal possession, personal pride, and personal gain have […]

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Four Leadership Lessons from a King Who Finished Poorly

Unfortunately, we don’t have to look far to see failure in leadership. All leaders need to know what God wants them to do and not to do. The books of 1 and 2 Kings share many lessons on life and leadership from Israel’s many kings – the good, the bad, and the ugly. […]

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Five Effects of the Holy Spirit on Christian Leaders

And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ. (Ephesians 4:11-12) Every church leader is called to shape other leaders at church.  So imagine you make this calling a priority: You identify gifts to be “stirred […]

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Christian Parenting: Do You Feel Unqualified?

How would you answer the following question: “Who is responsible to lead your children in their spiritual development?” I know the answer to that question.  The answer is me.  And you.  As parents, we are responsible for teaching our children about the Bible and the gospel of Jesus Christ. Understanding […]

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Seven Questions to Evaluate Your Progress in the Christian Life

These questions came directly out of a fresh examination of my own life some years ago. When I first raised them it was during a significant year in ministry, having served in the States as long as I had served in London—sixteen years. I asked myself, “What’s happened to me […]

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The Best Way to Serve Your Family

  Forget balance. Pursue alignment. Pastor Colin Smith covers faith, parenting, and the family in his sermon “Forget Balance, Pursue Alignment,” shared at Moody Founders Week last month in Chicago. Preaching from Deuteronomy 6, Pastor Colin unfolds the following principle: Love the LORD first, and your family will be blessed. Love […]

The Preacher Who Rightly Refused to Pray for Me

One day I was at a conference in which one of my preaching heroes spoke. He had been a great blessing to me and there was an anointing on his ministry. I wanted that! The conference lasted three days and there was a group of about 100 people. I decided […]

Three Ways Christ Can Be Outside Your Church

The last book of the Bible opens with the risen Lord Jesus Christ seated on the throne of heaven, exalted in power and glory. The apostle John records the Words of Christ to the church of Laodicea in Revelation 3:14-22. Laodicea was church with relentless activity. There was a certain […]

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15 Questions to Help Christians Follow Jesus on Social Media

Social media is everywhere today. We can’t watch anything on TV without being reminded of the option to tweet about what we are watching.  Now with smartphones we can use social media in the car, in the bathroom, at a meeting, and even—gasp!– at church. While there are many advantages […]

Five Tips for Sharing the Gospel with Family and Friends

Question: I just wanted to let you know that I’ve been writing to my parents about Jesus for about 3-4 months now. I feel as though there is no change in them at all. I really miss talking to them and I love then. I just want them to be saved!!! […]

The Story of Samson in the Bible: Good or Bad?

I remember in Sunday school as a kid being taught the story of Samson. Who can forget the Bible’s strongman known for ripping the limbs off a lion, slaughtering roughly 1,000 people with the jawbone of a donkey (Judges 15:15), or setting the tails of 300 foxes ablaze as a […]

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Jonathan Edwards’ Powerful Example of Leaving a Godly Legacy

Leaving a godly legacy for your children should be the goal of all Christian parenting.  Although the faith and godliness of your children is ultimately the work of the Holy Spirit, God often uses the influence of parents to make a great impact on their children. A great example of […]

Christian Leadership: What Did God Want in a King?

In 1 Samuel 8, Israel asks God for a King to lead them.  Up until that point, Israel was led by God himself, bringing deliverance and battle and anointing prophets and judges to help lead his people.  Living by faith in God frustrated Israel, and for this reason they eventually […]