10 Phrases Every Leader Should Use More Often by Chris Brown
As leaders, we need to always be aware of our words and how the affect those around us. Take time to read Chris’ insight:
I’ve been reflecting on what makes a pastor effective. A big part of it? Word choice. It’s so simple! I love that.
So check this out: Here are 10 phrases that pastors should add to their vocabularies. When church leaders make these words a regular part of their daily conversations, they can make an incredible difference in the lives of people in the pews. I pray they encourage and challenge you.
Why Older Women Must Invest in Younger Women in Your Church by Chuck Lawless
It’s no secret that I highly value mentorship and take seriously the importance of pouring into the next generations of women seriously.
Two months ago, I wrote a post about ways to minister to young men in your church. The same ideas can easily be applied as women minister to young women in your local church body. With my goal to encourage older women to accept this responsibility, here are some reasons for them to reach out to the next generation and minister to younger women:
The Most Important Reason We Work by Phillip Holmes
How we view work matters, and Phillip does an excellent job unpacking why our fundamental understanding of work as worship is important.
Since God is ultimately our provider, our motivation and understanding of work must change. This honorable, meaningful labor is done as an act of worship, not unto man, but unto the Lord.
Man is finite, and a finite being can only observe so much. If we only work when others are watching, our work becomes insincere because we will cut corners and slack off when people aren’t watching. More importantly, working in order to please man reveals a self-serving pursuit of glory that belongs to God. Our work should point men to our Father, not us. Any time we attempt to rob God of his glory, we consequently rob ourselves of joy because we make ourselves slaves to the opinions of men.
How to Pray When You Don’t Feel Like It by Jade Mazarin
Sometimes it’s hard to know what to pray and there are seasons when you don’t feel like praying. This is a great article addressing those seasons:
Have you ever thought of King David as a good teacher for prayer? Reading his Psalms the other day, I became very aware of how much we can learn from the way he prayed. The way he viewed and treated God and the way he saw himself through God’s eyes—these gems show themselves brightly through David’s prayers.
If we prayed more like him, I bet we could have the same kind of closeness he had with God.
Here are six features to David’s prayers that we would be blessed to follow:
Three Things that Are Guaranteed to Hurt Your Faith by Michael Kelley
Sometimes life and circumstances get in the way, hurting our faith as a result. Michael shares how to remember who God is in the midst of those times.
Believe in God’s promises. Sounds simple, right? But it’s not. Maybe even more so for adults than children.
There are certain things that can erode our confidence in either God’s ability or His willingness to keep His promises. What are those things?
Well, the easy answer is circumstances. We encounter times of difficulty and trial, and we think that those circumstances chip away at our resolve to believe. While that might be true, there are other things, too, that erode our confidence. But worst of all, they also can hurt our faith, if they go unchecked.