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Against the Majority

Deborah was an Israelite, one of God’s chosen people.  Deborah was leading Israel as a judge and a prophetess.  Deborah decided disputes among the people, and she also delivered messages of God to His people. History did not recognize women so let’s pay close attention to this woman named Deborah.  In this specific time, Israel was doing evil in the eyes of the Lord.  Israel has a reputation for walking close to God and drifting far from God.  At this…

Apart from the Crowd        

We are ALL leaders.  We all lead SOMETHING or SOMEONE. Our ability to lead and inspire others should increase throughout the course of our lives.  As we get older and our families grow, our children’s need for guidance and wisdom increases.  Those around us start looking for advice and direction.  The people of God should have influence on those around them.  Godly wisdom and direction are treasured things.  In today’s culture Christian wisdom is often contradictory to the world’s ways. …

Abdicating Credit

8 Barak told her, “I will go, but only if you go with me.” 9 “Very well,” she replied, “I will go with you. But you will receive no honor in this venture, for the Lord’s victory over Sisera will be at the hands of a woman.” Judges 4:8-9 (NLT) 14 Then Deborah said to Barak, “Get ready! This is the day the Lord will give you victory over Sisera, for the Lord is marching ahead of you.” So Barak led his 10,000…

Anxiety

6 “Be strong. Take courage. Don’t be intimidated. Don’t give them a second thought because God, is striding ahead of you. He’s right there with you. He won’t let you down; he won’t leave you.” Deuteronomy 31:6 (MSG) Wherever we go, God is first. When we keep him first there is no need to fear. All we have to do is do the right thing and follow God. Anxiety is one of the worst feelings we can have and a…

Do not Be Frightened

9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 (ESV) That is good news isn’t it. God is with us wherever we go. We don’t have to bear all the burdens of life by ourselves because God is there to be with us. Is life always easy? No, it isn’t. God is on our side though. He…

The Hard Thing

1 On the third day Esther put on her royal robes and stood in the inner court of the palace, in front of the king’s hall. The king was sitting on his royal throne in the hall, facing the entrance. 2 When he saw Queen Esther standing in the court, he was pleased with her and held out to her the gold scepter that was in his hand. So Esther approached and touched the tip of the scepter. 3 Then…

God’s Plan

14 For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?” Esther 4:14 (NIV) Esters uncle Mordecai is talking to her about the murder of her people sanctioned by the king and about her speaking out about it. The king’s first wife was killed for disrespecting…

Worship

8 Then Haman approached King Xerxes and said, “There is a certain race of people scattered through all the provinces of your empire who keep themselves separate from everyone else. Their laws are different from those of any other people, and they refuse to obey the laws of the king. So it is not in the king’s interest to let them live. Esther 3:8 (NLT) In this verse, it is talking about the Jewish people putting God first, instead of…

New Commandment

A new commandment I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you also must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another.”  John 13:34-35 (NIV) As God’s ambassadors in the earth, we are called to be different.  Jesus tells us not to judge others unfairly (Matthew 7:1).  Sometimes we forget that we have all sinned (Romans 3:23).  Since we are all sinners saved by grace (Ephesians…

Most Important One

One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.  Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love…

The Lord Hates

“There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to Him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers.” Proverbs 6:16-19 (NIV) God loves humankind. He created us out of an overflow of love. But God can hate the attitude of our hearts. He hates when…

Your Workmanship

You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a…

Source of Life

In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He existed in the beginning with God. God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him. The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. John 1:1-4 (NLT) God is the creator of everything.  He created day and night.  He created land and water.  He created animals on land, in the waters and…

Under Authority

26 … Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— 28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:26-28 (NIV) Christian leaders should go in the opposite direction of the world.  If you want to change the world, be a servant leader rather than leading from authority.   Before we…

Who Are You For?

13 Now when Joshua was near Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with a drawn sword in his hand. Joshua went up to him and asked, “Are you for us or for our enemies?” Joshua 5:13 (NIV) 14 “Neither,” he replied, “but as commander of the army of the Lord I have now come.” Joshua 5:14a (NIV)  (Joshua is experiencing a Theophany: An appearance of Jesus before He was born in the manger.)  14 Then…

A Lasting Legacy

31Israel served the Lord throughout the lifetime of Joshua and of the elders who outlived him and who had experienced everything the Lord had done for Israel.  Joshua 24:31 (NIV) Joshua’s great faith and courage inspired holiness among people.   Joshua is now an old man, he summons Israel to remind them of all God’s blessings and the curses.  Joshua spurs them on with his words in verse 8. 8 But you are to hold fast to the Lord your God,…

Growing Leadership By Growing Faith

8 But you are to hold fast to the Lord your God, as you have until now! Joshua 23:8 (NIV) We are ALL leaders.  We all lead SOMETHING or SOMEONE.  My sister wouldn’t think of herself as a leader.  The job she loves is closer to the bottom of the ladder than the top.  She is an aide to students. Kids watch her and witness the way she lives.  She models behavior and attitudes towards others, right ways to act…

The Servant Leader

For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give His life as a ransom for many.  Matthew 20:28 NLT A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other.   1 Corinthians 12:7 NLT Servant Leader:  Seems contradictory, doesn’t it?  Both are calls on our lives given by God.  Jesus is the head of the Church yet He Himself said He came to serve.  Leaders are equipped with…

God’s Love

22 The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. 23 Great is his faithfulness; his mercies are made new each morning. Lamentations 3:22-23 God loves every one of us so much. He sent Jesus to save us and be able to have that relationship for us. He shows mercy and forgiveness to us. Every day we wake up we are blessed to be made new. No matter how much we mess up we can always go to him and…

Baptism

1 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? 3 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of…

Paul

12 I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me trustworthy, appointing me to his service. 13 Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief. 14 The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. I Timothy 1:12-14 (NIV) If you ever think that there is no way that you can escape…

New

1 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Romans 8:1 (ESV) 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 2 Corinthians 5:17 (ESV) 26 for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. 27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. Galatians 3:26-27 (ESV) When you trust Jesus your life changes. You are made…

Old

21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. 2 Corinthians 5:21 (NKJV) Jesus never sinned but He became sin on that day, He did that for us. So that we can become righteous like Him. We can put our mistakes behind us because of what Jesus did for us. 22 To put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life…

Here I Am

Then I said, “Woe is me, for I am ruined! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I live among a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.”  Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a burning coal in his hand, which he had taken from the altar with tongs.   He touched my mouth with it and said, “Behold, this has touched your lips; and your iniquity is…

Full of His Glory

In the year of King Uzziah’s death I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted, with the train of His robe filling the temple. Seraphim stood above Him, each having six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one called out to another and said, “Holy, Holy, Holy, is the LORD of hosts, The whole earth is full of His glory.”  Isaiah 6:1-3 (NASB)…

Greater

He must become greater; I must become less.  John 3:30 (NIV) Oftentimes, we focus on ourselves.  We focus on what we want – our hopes, our dreams, our goals.  While there is nothing wrong with working on our plans, we need to make sure they line up with God’s plans first.  As we put our focus on God and seek His kingdom first, everything will follow the plans He has for us (Matthew 6:33).  He will become greater in our…