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[30 Nov 2010 | No Comment | 117 views]

It is the quality of leaders that they can bear to be sat on, absorb shocks, act as a buffer, bear being much plagued… The wear and tear of the continual friction and trials which come to the servants of God are the greatest test of character.

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[29 Nov 2010 | No Comment | 130 views]

Here are some interesting insight from marketing guru Seth Godin on the birthplace of ideas. How many of these would apply to sermon thoughts, and vision-casting?

Ideas don’t come from watching television
Ideas sometimes come from listening to a lecture
Ideas often come while reading a book
Good ideas come from bad ideas, but only if there are enough of them
Ideas hate conference rooms, particularly conference rooms where there is a history of criticism, personal attacks or boredom
Ideas occur when dissimilar universes collide
Ideas often strive to meet expectations. If people expect them to appear, …

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[26 Nov 2010 | No Comment | 375 views]

As cited inLeadership Journal, the statistics are alarming:
Rainer Research estimates that 70 percent of young people leave the church by age 22. Barna Group argues that the figure increases to 80 percent by age 30. The Southern Baptist Convention, America’s largest Protestant denomination, recently observed that growth in their churches is failing to keep up with the birth rate. Taken together, these findings suggest a startling fact: not only are we failing to attract younger worshipers, we’re not holding on to the ones we have. (Summer 2009)

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[25 Nov 2010 | No Comment | 128 views]

The service we render to others is really the rent we pay for our room on this earth.

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[23 Nov 2010 | No Comment | 138 views]

The local church must think big. It’s mission must embrace not just local causes by the needs of the world beyond. The more the congregation can give away, the more it will take in.

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[19 Nov 2010 | No Comment | 145 views]

Not quite half way through his first term, President Barack Obama has appointed more than 150 openly homosexual officials, exceeding all other presidents. They have been appointed as everything from agency heads and commission members to policy officials and senior staffers. The previous high, of about 140, was during two full terms under President Bill Clinton. [FoxNews.com]

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[18 Nov 2010 | No Comment | 132 views]

Life will throw surprises and unexpected events your way. What you do with those is what makes all of the difference. You can either “respond” or “react.” Just as it is with medicine, reactions are negative; responses are positive. The seemingly unattainable goal is to stop long enough before doing or saying anything in order to make sure you respond and not react. I keep adding chapters to my life on this one.
~ Ron Wofford

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[16 Nov 2010 | No Comment | 154 views]

Lord, grand that I may always desire more than I can accomplish

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[15 Nov 2010 | No Comment | 135 views]

From Jason Dulle‘s blog:
“So God created man in his own image….  And God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.’” (Genesis 1:27a, 28)

“And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the …

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[12 Nov 2010 | No Comment | 247 views]

Vision without work is Visionary. Work without vision is Mercenary. Vision and Work are Missionary.