Showing posts from November, 2014

Credit Card Leaders

Polling is not leadership. The most popular decisions are not always the right decisions. Rather leadership requires someone to maintain the course chosen even in the face of adversity. It may not be popular, but it must be right.
Over the last decade there has been a lot of emphasis on leadership, but there has been little emphasis on being right. Politicians, the leaders of our countries, are generally thought of as liars who do whatever it takes to win the next election. Unfortunately, they are simply a reflection of ourselves which leaves us very little to be upset about.
The difference between good leadership and bad leadership ultimately comes down to truth. It has the perspective of eternity, not seconds. There are too many credit card leaders out there: Those who want immediate acceptance of their leadership, but have no idea if where they are going will pay off. 
Popularity and tradition not the pillars of truth, and indecision is not the pinnacle of decision making. Now ther…

Illiterate Men

Instead of men leading their families in accordance with the word of God they are sitting on the couch and behaving like boys. Playing sports, watching TV, hunting, and going out with the boys are considered the tasks of a man. What happened to providing, protecting, and piloting their families?
Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that He might present the church to himself in splendour, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish (Eph. 5:25-27). It is a total abdication of responsibility to have your wife running the home. This is not an endorsement of mutual submission or of totalitarian rule, but of leading with the best interest of your wife at heart. This goes for children too. God has not made you a parent for your kids to tell you what to do. It is your job to teach your children so that they are bless…

Fools Questionaire

Do you listen to advice?The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice (12:15).Whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered (28:26).Do you react immediately to every insult or do you hold back your emotions in the heat of the moment?The vexation of a fool is known at once, but the prudent ignores an insult (12:16).A fool gives full vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back (29:11).Do you listen carefully to what others are saying or are you only waiting until your chance to speak?A prudent man conceals knowledge, but the heart of a fools proclaims folly (12:23).A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion (18:12).Do you seek understanding?The heart of him who has understanding seeks knowledge, but the mouths of fools feed on folly (15:14)Do you consider what people say when they rebuke you?A rebuke goes deeper into a man of understanding than a hundred blows into a f…

Unity in Truth

It is telling that the church seems to divide more than it reconciles. Churches seem to divide mostly because people don't like each other. Instead of it breaking their hearts they rejoice that they are right, more concerned about being right than about the people they are leaving behind. Ironically, they often divide over issues that are less important/critical than the unity that Jesus desires for His Church. Jesus prayed,
I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me (John 17:20-21).  A situation that causes division should be considered against the unity that God desires, since it would be clearly going against Jesus' prayer for us. But, as often is the case, that is not the end of the story. Earlier in the prayer, Jesus prayed,
Sanctify them in truth; your word is truth. As you sent…

Good Advice

Do not eat the bread of a man who is stingy; do not desire his delicacies, for he is like one who is inwardly calculating. "Eat and drink!" he says to you, but his heart is not with you. You will vomit up the morsels you have eaten, and waste your pleasant words (Proverbs 23:6-8).  Make sure that you don't borrow or ask favours from somebody who is cheap because in the end you will regret it. Cheap people insist that everything be fair when somebody is borrowing from them, but will take what they can get when they are borrowing from somebody else. If they are getting a good deal the other person must be getting a bad deal. Borrow and get money from them at your own risk, because they will require every last penny and even more, since they always get the better end of the deal. The end of the matter is that they will not like you, or you will not like them.