A Sobering Reality Leaders Must Realize by Eric Geiger
Leaders have major impact on the teams and organizations they lead. Their leadership impacts the direction and the future. Their leadership attracts the type of people who will join the team, and greatly influences the culture. Even the expressions and mannerisms of leaders are often picked up by others throughout the organization. Leaders have a major impact; either for the health or for the harm of those they lead.
But here is a sobering reality for leaders: The negative traits of leaders are amplified through the organization, and the positive traits are muffled. Another way to say this: A leader’s negative traits spread further and faster than a leader’s positive traits.
Marry Someone Who Loves God More Than They Love You by Debra K. Fileta
Individual relationships with God must trump our other relationships.
I have a secret I’d like to share with you: My husband loves someone else more than he loves me.
To the outside listener, that might sound totally strange and maybe even completely inappropriate. You might think we’re having marital problems or settling for a mediocre relationship.
But for us, that thought makes complete sense in light of our personal relationships with God, through Jesus Christ.
The Top 7 Bible Studies for Your New Year by LifeWay Women
It’s a new year and we think it’s a great time to start a new Bible study. Whether it’s your very first Bible study ever or it will be joining the ranks of many others on your bookshelf, we think a Bible study is a great way to stay in God’s Word this year.
But we also know picking a Bible study can be difficult. Especially at the first of the year. You want to set the stage right and gain momentum for the rest of 2016. We get it. That’s why we’ve created this list of the Top 7 Bible Studies for Your New Year. In no particular order…
We Lost a Child and Gained Something Greater by Kyle Porter
Charles Spurgeon once said this about suffering:
“It would be a very sharp and trying experience to me to think that I have an affliction which God never sent me, that the bitter cup was never filled by his hand, that my trials were never measured out by him, nor sent to me by his arrangement of their weight and quantity.”
Those are some of the most sobering words I’ve ever read. A month ago, I could not have known their depth nor their weight. Now I can.
Here is the story of how we lost a daughter, and gained so much more.
When Your Goodness Goes Splat by Tim Challies
At some point, each one of us becomes proud of our goodness. We become proud of a good thing we have done. We boast, even if only in our own minds, about the purity of an action, the extent of a sacrifice, the value of a gift. We elevate this good act as if it could be held before God as evidence that we aren’t really all that bad, or that we are working our way back toward goodness. We elevate it as if it is worthy of his attention, his favor.
These considerations of our goodness never come about in isolation. When we think about our own goodness, we always compare ourselves to others. It’s not that we are good by any objective standard; we are good compared to the parent, the neighbor, the stranger, the criminal. We choose our comparisons carefully.