That Idol That You Love, It Doesn’t Love You Back
Here’s what you need to know about your idol: That idol that you love, it doesn’t love you back. False gods don’t love you. Idols don’t keep their promises. Anything you worship and build your life on other than God will suck the life out of you and destroy you.
The Pastor’s Job is to Be the Lead Disciplemaker
The pastor has to take the lead because at the end of the day, it’s all about making disciples! That’s what Jesus sent His disciples to do. If the pastor isn’t making disciples, He’s a disobedient pastor.
The shepherd’s responsibilities and liabilities
There may be no rewards on earth. There may be little to show for his years of affliction and labour, but – if God be with him – there is a reward to come: he does not walk away empty-handed if, in dependence upon God’s grace, he has faithfully discharged his responsibility. He may have nothing in the present age, but he is rich in the age to come.
Pastors: keep your “gray” areas off the stage
Don’t raise gray issues to the level of black-and-white. When you do, you’re speaking authoritatively where God has chosen to be silent. Which is not ground on which I want to find myself.
It’s a Strange Thing Being a Pastor
This is strange work, being a pastor. But I wouldn’t trade it for the world.
You will be amazed at the fruit the Holy Spirit produces when you focus on grace, rather than threats and incentives. Grace motivates.
I Think I’ll Just Be A Normal Christian From Now On
Sometimes all the labels can be a burden to me … So I think I might just be a normal Christian from now on.
When it comes to winning a client, or inking a new partnership, or developing a new friendship, there are some key things I’ve learned over the years that might be helpful.
Lead Pastor, I would argue that outside your weekly sermon preparation and leadership development, guest follow up is one of the most important things you should do. Don’t overlook it, don’t give it away, and don’t neglect it. Do the important work of following up and let’s shepherd the people Jesus is drawing to our churches.
When we don’t control our email habit, we are controlled by it. Everyone I know complains about email overload.
Email pours in, with no break to its flow. And like addicts, we check it incessantly, drawing ourselves away from meetings, conversations, personal time, or whatever is right in front of us.