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'Shipwrecked!'
'Shipwrecked!'

Introduction

There’s a little acronym that’s become common in managerial circles—VUCA, which stands for “Volatility, Uncertainty, ...


When you find yourself sidetracked or shipwrecked: expect difficulty, exercise leadership, and express faith.


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The Glory of Fathers Who Stink
The Glory of Fathers Who Stink

Introduction

As I come to talk about fathers, I'm mindful that it's a very difficult day for some people. For some people, whose every thought about their ...


Fathers are called to be shepherds—so what does a shepherd look (and smell) like?


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Be Afraid of Not Fearing
Be Afraid of Not Fearing

Introduction

You need to look the other way, pastor. This is business. You're not cut out for this. My friend had been pastoring this church for a few ...


The righteous man fears God.


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Joyful Service

Introduction

We are looking at John 13 and drawing out four themes—four pillars of a healthy community. The first week we looked at "Humble Leadership." ...


A healthy community should be characterized by joyful service to others.


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Lessons after 26 Years of Planting Seeds
Lessons after 26 Years of Planting Seeds

Introduction

Today is my final message as the senior pastor at New Life Fellowship. You'll hear other messages from me but not as senior pastor. I've ...


A veteran preacher reflects on the simple work of ministry


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How a Servant Thinks

Introduction

Today I want to talk about how a servant thinks. Let's read Luke 17:5-10:

The apostles said to the Lord, "Increase our faith!" And the Lord ...

True servanthood stems from the crucified life, which seeks to give, not receive.


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Keep the Dust off the High Chairs

Introduction

A couple of months ago, a relative of mine passed away. The funeral service was at the church, and the burial service was at a cemetery next ...


The church has a responsibility to place a high priority on youth.


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Joseph Stowell Charge

Introduction

Leadership is not optional; it is essential. It is the one ingredient essential for the success of any institution. But leaders are quickly ...



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Purpose
Purpose

Introduction

What would you do if you suddenly won $34.5 million? It happened to a family from Hauppauge, New York, this week. Dad spent $5 on a winning ...


Living as a Servant


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Older People: The Future of Our Church
Older People: The Future of Our Church

Introduction

On October 29, 1998, the space shuttle Discovery launched with a seven-member crew. One of them, John Glenn, was 77 years old. John Glenn ...


Older Christians should model what God wants the next generation to become.


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Keep the Dust off the Highchairs

Text: Luke 2:52
Topic: Why the young people of a church are important

Introduction

I once attended the funeral of a relative of mine. The service was at ...


The church has a responsibility to place a high priority on youth.


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The Problem of Growth

Introduction

The map of global Christianity our grandparents knew has been turned upside down. At the beginning of the twentieth century, only 10 percent ...


How to counter challenges with sound leadership and encourage growth.


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Paying Your Dues

Introduction

How many of you would say, "The truth is, I really am more clued in than my boss"? Who would say, "My boss, my company, my manager, my supervisor, ...


When someone tells us what to do, the issue is not what but who.


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Eliab's Story

Introduction

My name is Eliab. All my life I wanted to be famous. My ambition was to have my life engraved in the memory of my people. But you don't even ...


If you want to be used by God, all you need is a heart that trusts him.


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Letters from Dad

Introduction

I'd like to talk on this Father's Day to the men. There will be obvious relevance to women as well, but my express purpose today is to speak ...


Fathers and mentors should encourage those they lead by celebrating, challenging, and clearing a way for them.


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My Favorite Heroes: Nehemiah

Introduction

The hero that we are going to look at today is a man named Nehemiah. I want to say just a couple of things as we get ready to walk into his ...


Five characteristics of Difference Makers in this world.


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The Right Way to Handle Church Conflict

Introduction

I am by nature an idealist. I start almost everything in life by thinking about the best-case scenario. As a young man, I had a best-case ...


The church can disagree in a way that does not threaten its unity and integrity.


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Whatever Happened to Zebedee?

Text: Mark 1:19–20
Topic: The importance of a father's spiritual leadership

Whatever happened to Zebedee?

I doubt that this is a question begging for ...


Men are called to be the spiritual leaders of their families.


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A Leader Tough and Tender

Introduction:

Today when we read this passage, we tend to think of how it applies to the pastor and the rest of the church staff. In fact, in several ...


Leaders need to learn to be tough enough to pay the price and tender enough to take care of their people.


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A Leader's Work Is Never Done

Today our series on the book of Nehemiah comes to a close. When we began this series, Nehemiah was a slave to the king of Babylon. He became consumed ...


Leadership is not something you do; a leader is something you are.


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One Step Closer

Introduction:

In the last days of Jesus' life, after the triumphal entry into Jerusalem, the religious leaders engaged him in a running battle of theology. ...


Evangelism isn't a one-shot presentation; it's moving people one step closer to God.


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Gifts From Above

Every year at Christmas, on my birthday, or at other appropriate times, my family and friends give me gifts. Usually these gifts reflect my individual ...


Jesus gives spiritual gifts to individuals and gifted persons to the church to be used for the common good and the glory of God.


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The People Connection

Exodus 17:1-7

A former professional football player got a job working for an insurance company. During a sales meeting, the manager of the agency began ...


Leaders make the effort to connect with people, and they help people connect with God.


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Six Things Every Leader Must Forget

Numbers 11:4-34

One of my favorite Old Testament characters is Moses. The reason I like him so much is because he was completely human—frail and ...


Effective leadership is a matter of forgetting those things that hold us back, and remembering that God has called us to move forward in his name.


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Level-Headed Leadership

Not long ago a friend told me one of his co-workers had been promoted above him. "You wouldn't believe this guy," he said. "Power has gone to his head ...


In times of conflict, a leader must lead with his head and not his heart.


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How to Influence Your Family

Imagine for a minute that a man is hired to manage a professional baseball team—the New York Yankees, let's say. But he doesn't go to all the games. ...


A man becomes the spiritual leader in his home when he leads by example.


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Who Are You Trying to Impress?

A friend dropped by my office a while back and saw on my desk a copy of John Maxwell's book Becoming a Person of Influence. He picked it up and said, ...


We need to be people of influence.


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The Difference a Coach Can Make

It's amazing, the difference a coach can make.

Lou Holtz is one of my favorites. He has become a living legend among college football coaches, but to ...


Get a coach; be a coach.


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You First

It's not breaking news when I tell you that marriage isn't easy. When Donald Trump was going through his divorce, he was quoted in the press as saying, ...


Becoming a godly husband is a matter of learning to communicate two words to your wife: You First.


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A Leaders Work Is Never Done

Today our series on the book of Nehemiah comes to a close. When we began this series, Nehemiah was a slave to the king of Babylon. He became consumed ...


Leadership is not something you do; a leader is something you are.


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High Pitch of Devotion

The story of David, the king of Israel, has ended. The ancient historian concludes it with one of David's psalms. It is fitting that he would do so. But ...


God’s loyalty toward us is to be the loyalty we display to those who choose to be our followers.


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Lord, Give Us Leaders Who Can Lead Us to Justice

I believe that justice might just be God's only concern. Everything we know about God might have its roots in God's concern for justice. And if justice ...


Biblical leaders are more likely to emerge from the right environment


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