A few posts which caught my attention~~
Small churches and their leaders still matter.
What quality in a leader do you think is most important? Is it this one?
A well balanced life requires more than incessant Bible studies.
Oh to be an introvert in church.
For my archaeology friends.
A life giving perspective on the decisions we make. The comments on this one may be just as good as the article.
The travesty of the flesh, the upcoming Olympics, and the greed associated with both.
Pretty awe inspiring time lapse video of Yosemite.
I have heard it said that no other game can draw out the true character of a person than golf. This writer seems to agree.
A fun article on scribes of the bible and the additional notes they scribbled in the margins of the text.
In the vein and of the ilk of Clive Staples Lewis, a poignant writ about how to destroy a pastor.
Immature Christ followers get confused about temptation and sin. Unless it is thought through, the former can be confused with the latter.
I almost wrote this article a while back. When should a leader shut something down? How does one deal with sacred cows?
The epitome of dry humor.
I just saw a quote on Facebook today from a pastor friend of mine, Chris Hodges, as RT’d by my friend Layne Schranz, “If you don’t get better at what you do, you will criticize those who are.”
Socrates at his trial for heresy as found in Apology 38a said, “The unexamined life is not worth living as a human being.”
The first quote set me on a course to think about how humans work symbiotically either for growth and healing or desecration and decay. It is easy to be critical just for the sake of criticism. After all it is our right as Americans, I think some call it ‘free-speech.’ It is harder to be critical for the sake of wanting things to be better. Judgmentalism to damage another takes no character, honoring each other enough to look for ways to grow and improve takes wisdom and love.
As we go through life, are we cruising aimlessly or are we finding out our purpose and explioting it to the fullest? Are we looking at the ways we do things and asking if it is Father’s will or something for our own glory? Are we asking if what we are saying passes the “Who Cares Test?” Are we looking in God’s Word to see if we are continually working at conforming ourselves into the image of the Son? Are we honest and courageous enough to receive information, no matter how difficult it may be to hear, in order for us to grow?
Ezekiel the Watchman
How are things going? Keep up the good work. Regardless of where you are on the schedule, I am certain Father is working in each of your hearts. Whether you are already finished, right on the date, or no where near where you want to be, it is OK. Father is just so glad you are reading every one of His words. This is not easy. It requires much diligence and fortitude. It is so doable though. We only have 29 days to go! I was talking to someone today who said, I am going to finish with everyone else if it kills me. She reads in the car (not driving), during TV commercials, in bed, at work on breaks, everywhere she can. Others around her are getting an earful on what it is we are all about. You go girl! Continue reading