I like to distinguish between a "goal mindset" and a "growth mindset." A church leader with a "goal mindset" has very tangible, numerical goals to achieve over a specific period of time. Nothing is wrong with clearly defined goals, but there's a better way of thinking that I call a "growth mindset." A growth mindset recognizes goals on the journey, but only as part of a process—not as the end results.
Leaders of successful churches are tempted to stop working on themselves, but when the pastor doesn't grow, the people don't grow. It's the Law of the Lid: a stagnant church leader stunts the growth of the church. I hope these thoughts on leadership will inspire you to maintain this “growth mindset,” for your personal benefit and for the benefit of those you lead.
Luke 18:8 - “…Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall He find faith on the earth?”
I believe with all my heart that the call needs to go out today more clearly than ever before for Christians to keep the faith.
William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army, said, “The chief danger of the 20th century will be religion without the Holy Ghost, Christianity without Christ, forgiveness without repentance, salvation without regeneration, politics without God, and Heaven without Hell.”
We are but one generation away from paganism. If this generation doesn’t keep the faith and pass it to the next, there will be no faith.
Are you passing the faith to the next generation? Here is your commission from the Lord: “Therefore shall ye lay up these My words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand, that they may be as frontlets between your eyes. And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt write them upon the door posts of thine house, and upon thy gates.” Deuteronomy 11:18-20 (Adrian Rogers)
As David records this portion of God's word we should remember he is the King and as the King he would have access to the best of his day. However as he pens down these word we find there is no mention of his material possessions as being good or being pleasant.
Notice what David writes:
Psalms 133:1.... Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!
The word good has the meaning of "beneficial".
The word pleasant has the meaning of "beauty".
The word dwell has the meaning of "a relationship as in marriage".
David recording words for eternity writes of the benefit, the beauty, and the relationship found only in unity of the believers. Just think... if David is this excited in seeing God's people in unity think how this must please our Lord.
May we all, as believers, strive to dwell together in unity.
WHAT'S AN INFIDEL ?
This is a true story and the author, Rick Mathes,is a well-known leader in prison ministry.
The man who walks with God always gets to his destination.If you have a pulse you have a purpose.
The Muslim religion is the fastest growing religion per capita in the United States , especially in the minority races!!
Last month I attended my annual training session that's required for maintaining my state prisonsecurity clearance.
During the training session there was a presentation by three speakers representing the Roman Catholic, Protestant and Muslim faiths,who each explained their beliefs.
I was particularly interested in what the Islamic had to say. The Muslim gave a great presentationof the basics of Islam, complete with a video.
After the presentations, time was provided for questions and answers. When it was my turn, I directed my question to the Muslim and asked:'Please, correct me if I'm wrong, but I understand that most Imams and clerics of Islam have declared a holy jihad [Holy war] against theinfidels of the world and, that by killing an infidel, (which is a command to all Muslims)they are assured of a place in heaven. If that's the case, can you give me the definition of an infidel?'
There was no disagreement with my statements and, without hesitation, he replied, 'Non-believers!'
I responded, 'So, let me make sure I have this straight. All followers of Allah have been commanded to kill everyone who is not of your faith so they can have a place in heaven. Is that correct?'
The expression on his face changed from one of authority and command to that of a little boy who had just been caught with his hand in the cookie jar.'
He sheepishly replied, 'Yes.'
I then stated, 'Well, sir, I have a real problem trying to imagine The Pope commanding all Catholics to kill those of your faith or Dr.Stanley ordering all Protestants to do the same in order to guarantee them a place in heaven!' The Muslim was speechless!
I continued, 'I also have a problem with being your friend when you and your brother clerics are telling your followers to kill me! Let me ask you a question: Would you rather have your Allah,who tells you to kill me in order for you to go to heaven, or my Jesus who tells me to love you because I am going to heaven and He wants youto be there with me?'
You could have heard a pin drop as the Imam hung his head in shame.
Needless to say, the organizers and/or promoters of the 'Diversification' training seminar were not happy with my way of dealing with the Islamic Imam, and exposing the truth about the Muslims' beliefs.
In twenty years there will be enough Muslim voters in the U.S. to elect the President!
I think everyone in the U.S. should be required to read this, but with the ACLU, there is no way this will be widely publicized, unless each of us get involved!
What defines an individual as a hero? A hero does not necessarily have to be an older individual. We should consider the young man Daniel. Faced with pressure to "give up" he continues to praying. Locked up he refuses to "give in" and keeps himself pure. Continuously persecuted Daniel purposed in his heart he would never "give out". We too should be a Daniel to the ones looking at our lives.
HERO - A person of extraordinary character, extreme devotion, and one with exceptional integrity. A person who is able to see past the the ever intriguing present and understand what is right for the future. One who will make decisions based on fact and not popularity. One who will stand consistently without ever giving in.
I'm certainly thankful for the "heros" God has placed in my life. Those individuals who were concerned enough about me and the choices I was making. The preachers who have continued without wavering and were never enticed to "give in".... "give up".... "give out".... It would be impossible to name all of them, but the truth is... they don't seek to be named... just another characteristic of a true HERO.
God has blessed us with three men He has called to preach His word. Yesterday was set aside as "Youth Sunday" and I preached all three men. Each man has his own personality and style of delivery, but God used all three in a special way to minister to the hearts of His people.
It's sad to say but we live in a day when preaching has been replaced with drama, puppets, singing, and motivational speaking.
Paul writes and tells Timothy "Preach the Word"; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine."