What Is the Secret of Joy in Suffering? – by John Piper
Paul tells us not to grumble, not to murmur in a setting where there is crookedness and darkness and evil. You can think of a dozen circumstances in your life where it just feels so right and natural to complain and murmur and grumble. And Paul says: Don’t go there. So, what is the opposite of grumbling? Contentment, peace, and joy. This is a reverse command to do all things with joy, even in circumstances where it would most likely be natural to grumble.
9 Bible Texts that Ought to Challenge Leaders – by Dr. Chuck Lawless
To be a Christian leader is no small calling. Whether you serve as a church pastor, a lay leader, or a Christian who leads in the secular world, you are under obligation to be a strong and faithful witness for Christ. Here are several texts that should challenge you—and provide you a grid through which to evaluate your life today.
1. 1 Timothy 3:2-7
While directed primarily at elders, this passage is not intended to be limited to those in that role. These texts describe a mature Christian whose lifestyle is clearly affected by his beliefs. I fear that we read these verses when first considering leadership, but fail to come back to them as regularly as we should.
5 Phrases Wives Can Say to Deeply Encourage Their Husbands – by Ryan Frederick
As a husband, I realize my primary role is to serve my family with Christ-like love and tenderness. I’m called to love sacrificially–and that means seeking Selena’s and Dela’s needs before my own. I don’t always succeed, but by God’s grace, sometimes I do (hopefully more than not).
How do I serve my family with Christ-like love and tenderness? Most days, half the battle is figuring that out! It changes. I wish it didn’t, but it does. I guess that’s life.
6 Tips for Staff Meetings that Don’t Stink – by Mark Dance
Is it fair to say that ministry staff rarely consider staff meetings the pinnacle of their week? I have personally led a lot of boring staff meetings, but I’ve also led a few that advanced the vision of our church and the unity of our staff. Here are six ways to help insure your staff meetings don’t stink.
How to Survive the First Week of School – by Amy Parker
No amount of denial will stop the inevitable.
Schedules will change.
Supplies will be bought.
Children will whine.
Who am I kidding? It’s already begun.
But as a seasoned back-to-schooler, I’ve learned through trial and error (okay, mostly error) a few things that make it easier to get back into the swing of school things.