A good leader will lead from the front, a good leader does not push from the rear. A good leader will lead by example, they will demonstrate the behaviour that they want from their followers. Leaders who are respected and considered to be good, typically do not ask anyone to do something that they are not willing to do themselves. The Apostle Paul was such a leader. He leads his followers by example not just by command. In First Thessalonians, we will look at the Three Marks of a Good Leader by examining the example that the Apostle Paul left for us.
Paul gives us the example of what the characteristics of a good leader should be: Continue reading Three Marks of a Good Leader
In the Apostle Paul’s farewell address to the Ephesians, he gives us a template for what the required characteristics are for the New Testament Local Church:
- A Teaching Church
- A Testifying Church
- A Preaching Church
- A Feeding Church
- A Building Church
These are the things that Paul emphasised during his ministry at the church of Ephesus for the three years that he was present with them. Paul is the Apostle to the Gentiles, and we are to follow his example. Continue reading Required Characteristics of the Local Church
In Acts 16, Paul and Silas find themselves in the prison of pain and suffering. In that prison, they experienced the grace of God. This article will point out, by examing this passage, that God can turn pain into praise. In this podcast, we will discuss Three things to notice about this prison of pain that Paul and Silas experienced.
1. A place of discomfort
This prison of pain and suffering is a place of discomfort. Paul and Silas were in the will of God, doing what they were called to do, saying what they were called to say, but still found themselves in a place of discomfort that manifested itself in three different ways: Continue reading Breaking Free
An anchor is that which gives stability or security; that on which we place dependence for safety. We have some anchors in the faith that help to keep us rooted and grounded and keep us from being tossed to and fro when the storms of life assail us. We are going to look at the four anchors of the faith, that we have as demonstrated by the life of the Apostle Paul, that will keep us rooted and grounded as we journey through this life.
1) The presence of God (Acts 27:23)
The first anchor that we will look at is the Anchor of the Presence of God in your life. If you have accepted Jesus as your personal Lord and Saviour, then the Bible teaches that you have the presence of God within you: Continue reading Four Anchors of the Faith
In some areas of life, a small margin of error won’t really make much of difference in the outcome; however, when it comes to your faith, even a small margin of error is unacceptable. For instance, in 1983, an Air Canada flight ran out of fuel above Gimli, Manitoba. Canada had switched to the metric system in 1970, and the plane is reported to have been Air Canada’s first aircraft to use metric measurements. The plane’s onboard fuel gauge was not working, so the crew used measuring “dipsticks” to check how much fuel the plane took on during refueling. Things went wrong when they converted this measurement of volume into one of weight. They got the number right, but the unit wrong – mistaking pounds of fuel for kilograms. As a result, the plane was carrying about half as much fuel as they thought. Luckily, the pilot was able Continue reading Infallible Proofs
In the Gospel of Luke chapter 4, we find recorded, the return of Jesus to Nazareth, the town where he grew up. First, it is important to note that the scriptures teach us that it was the custom of Jesus to attend Synagog on the Sabbath. As a Christian, it should also be your custom to attend church (Hebrews 10:25) on the appointed day, which is Sunday (1 Corinthians 16:2). Your friends, neighbors, and family, should know exactly where you will be each and every Sunday.
When Jesus arrived at the service, he stood up to read out of the Book of Isaiah, and once finished he sat down, and told them all that “today this prophecy is fulfilled in your ears.” The people in attendance knew full well that this passage was about the Messiah, and by saying this Jesus did in fact claim to be the Messiah.
Jesus delivered them some Good News and some Bad News. What makes the news good or bad, Continue reading Good News and Bad News
We all know someone who always has to have the last word in a conversation. If you are struggling to think about who always gets the last word in your conversations; It’s probably you! I’ve had conversations with someone even over a test message where they have to get the last word. Even when a further response isn’t necessary. For instance, they may wish you a happy birthday or something, and you respond with a thank you, and then they say you’re welcome, just to make sure that they get the last word in the conversation.
In 2 Corinthians chapter 13, the Apostle Paul had some departing words for the local church, that are crucial for us to follow today:
- Be Perfect
- Be of Good Comfort
- Be of One Mind
- Live in Peace
If we will earnestly strive to accomplish these four things, then our
No-one likes to admit a weakness. We go to great lengths to hide our weaknesses. When interviewing people for a new position or job, one of the most likely questions that will be asked is, what are your strengths? What talents or abilities will you bring to our company? Most people rather enjoy answering this question. It gives them the opportunity to brag on themselves, and even though most people would deny it, they love talking about themselves. In most conversations that you find yourself in, the other party isn’t listening to what you are saying; they are just simply waiting for their turn to talk and usually about themselves or some experience that they have had. On the other hand, probably the most disliked question in an interview is, What are your weaknesses? Who wants to talk about weaknesses in an interview? In an interview, you are attempting to put your best foot forward, not talk about where you are weak! Most people have covered up their weaknesses so well and often, that they forget that they even have any. For instance, just yesterday, I was reminded of how easily a small weakness can completely dominate your actions. Yesterday I was moving a gas grill down some steps (with help) and somehow managed to twist and pull in exactly the wrong way, and pulled a muscle or something in my lower back. Today, I can hardly stand up straight. Before that happened I was just like everyone else, thinking that I didn’t have a weakness to worry about.
In this podcast, we are going to look at a few things that can Continue reading What Makes You Weak?
A simple internet search for the term “Extreme Makeover” will net you 4.3 million results. That is a lot of results! You will see everything from weight loss programs to make up videos. There was a program on ABC titled Extreme Makeover and was about plastic surgery. My favorite, however, was Extreme Makeover Home Edition which also aired on ABC. In this show, they provided home improvements or complete replacements of homes for less fortunate families. They would send the family on a paid 7day vacation, while volunteers remodeled their home. The best part was always the great reveal at the end. All the volunteers would gather around with the family, the home is obscured by a big bus, and everyone would be yelling “move that bus!” revealing the finished home.
I work in the cleaning industry, and at times customers expect us to Continue reading Extreme Makeover