Spiritual Freedom (Part 3)

Chains_3Over the last two days we have been speaking about spiritual freedom. Jesus’ ministry included setting people free from demonic spirits. Satan and his kingdom of darkness are clearly still around today in the 21st century.

But how do we respond to all of this?… Read the rest

Spiritual Freedom (Part 2)

Chains_2The Gospels contain many stories of Jesus setting people free from the power of demonic spirits. These stories raise a lot of questions, such as: What are demons, are they real, how does a person give access to a demon, are demons still around, how would you know if one was around, and what do you do if you became aware of one?… Read the rest

Spiritual Freedom (Part 1)

ChainsAs we read the Gospels, we discover that Jesus’ ministry had three major components: (1) teaching, (2) healing, and (3) deliverance (see for example Luke 4:14-5:26).

Jesus confronted demonic powers and delivered people from their influence (Luke 4:31-37, 41). The early church carried on the ministry of Jesus as the apostles focused on these same three areas of ministry (Acts 5:12-16).… Read the rest

Leadership Selection

TO JESUS, SON OF JOSEPH,

FROM THE JORDAN MANAGEMENT CONSULTANT FIRM

By Dr. Fred Mueller

Dear Sir,

We would like to thank you for submitting the resumes of the twelve men you picked for management positions in your new organisation. All of them have taken our battery of test and each of them has had a personal interview with our psychologist and our vocational aptitude consultants.… Read the rest

Better Relationships (Pt.3) – Controlling Your Anger

Relationships_4James gives us some great advice to help improve the quality of all of our relationships. He highlights three essential keys to improving relationships: being a good listener, thinking before speaking and controlling your anger.

James 1:19-20. My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for human anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.Read the rest

Better Relationships (Pt.2) – Controlled Speaking

Relationships_3James gives us some great advice to help improve the quality of all of our relationships. He highlights three essential keys to improving relationships: being a good listener, thinking before speaking and controlling your anger. Today we will spend some time looking at ‘thinking before speaking’.… Read the rest

Better Relationships (Pt.1) – Good Listening

RelationshipsRelationships are one of the most significant elements of our life. We have been created for relationship with God and other people. When we find and develop healthy relationships, they are a great blessing to our lives. On the other hand, when we are unable to do this, there can be a tremendous amount of loneliness and sadness in our lives.… Read the rest

Climb a Tree

TreeThere is a big difference between leadership and management. Management tends to focus on “doing things right” while leadership focuses more on “doing right things”.

Here is a good story to illustrate this difference. Imagine a group of people cutting through a jungle.… Read the rest

Leadership Essentials

Leadership is a complex task!

There are multiple things that we need to be aware of and do well at – mission, vision, core values, strategy, goals, plans, systems, programs, culture, just to name a few. Therefore, having a clear “big picture” of how all these pieces fit together is essential.… Read the rest

What if God Had Voice Mail?

PhoneWe have all learned to live with voice mail as a necessary part of modern life. But have you wondered, "What if God decided to install voice mail?"

Imagine praying and hearing this: "Thank you for calling My Father’s House. Please select one of the following options:

  • Press 1 for requests
  • Press 2 for thanksgiving
  • Press 3 for complaints
  • Press 4 for all other inquiries

What if God used the familiar excuse, "I’m sorry, all of our angels are busy helping other sinners right now.… Read the rest

Leading Your Church Through Change

LeadingChurch leaders are “change agents”, called by God to initiate change by moving people forward to where they need to be.

I believe that every leader needs a “model” for leading change. I have put one together from the life of Nehemiah that has been a great help to me.… Read the rest