Tuesday, February 28, 2012
The Importance of Exercise for the Brain
I am a book lover so one of my dreams is to have a library like one of these.
Evaluating Movies in Light of Scripture
7 Marks of Humility
Al Mohler, President of Southern Seminary, has written an interesting article on Republican Presidential candidate Rick Santorum and "the fate of conservative candidates and conservative convictions in the public square."
Saturday, February 25, 2012
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
The map has been replaced by the compass
The map keeps getting redrawn,
because it's cheaper than ever to go offroad, to develop and innovate and remake
what we thought was going to be next. Technology keeps changing the routes we
take to get our projects from here to there. It doesn't pay to memorize the
route, because it's going to change soon.
The compass, on the other hand, is
more important then ever. If you don't know which direction you're going, how
will you know when you're off course?
And yet we spend most of
our time learning (or teaching) the map, yesterday's map, while we're anxious
and afraid to spend any time at all calibrating our compass.
- T Durham
Jim Hamilton, a professor at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and a lover of sports, answers the question: "is it more important to honor God or win in sports?"
"If athletics are going to be anything other than a training ground for
thuggery, athletes have to know that it’s more important to honor God than to
win. For kids to accept the bodies they’ve been given and refuse
performance-enhancing drugs, they have to know that it’s more important to honor
God than to win. For us to be able to honor our opponents whether we win or
lose, we have to know that it’s more important to honor God than to win. For
sports and competition to bring out the best—rather than the worst—in us, we
have to go at it like it’s more important to honor God than to win."
Read the whole thing here.
- T Durham
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
You can read the article here. What do you think? Can a sold out Christian achieve greatness in sports, while not compromising his or her Christian values?
Saturday, February 18, 2012
It comes down to that age old question of what are your priorities. Here's the most common answer... "God, family, job, friends, hobbies. I'm close anyway. But, here's how I think we should amend that answer. Let's make Jesus the center of everything. Lets have Jesus be the rock of our family, lets let our God dictate how we do business, and allow His Holy Spirit to shine over our friendships. There's a great book that hits on this concept amazingly called "Lead...For God's Sake". If you are a coach please, for God's sake, read that book. Here's the deal. When we place God at the center of everything, His greatness shines in everything. We are called to be lights in a dark world. Let's get over ourselves and let God light us up from the inside out. Anybody feeling me here?
Monday, February 13, 2012
I just finished a short essay for a class that I am taking. The essay is on the prayer requests of the apostle Paul found in Romans 15:30-32, Ephesians 6:18-20, Colossians 4:2-4, 1 Thessalonians 5:25 and 2 Thessalonians 3:1-2. It would definitely help to read those few verses before reading the post below.
Instructions for My Prayer Life from the Prayer Requests of the Apostle Paul
The apostle Paul’s prayer requests for himself illustrate what is truly meant by praying in the name of Jesus. In each of the five verses studied, Paul’s central concern of his requests is the advancement of the gospel. He makes no request for any material provision and expresses no concerns about his own personal health despite being imprisoned at the time that he records a couple of these requests. Paul asks for deliverance from unbelievers and the wicked, but even this was because of his desire to spread the gospel without hinderance. The Christ-centered focus of this “ambassador in chains” serves as a powerful testimony of one who presses on toward the eternal goal knowing that his citizenship is not of this world.
Meditating on the prayer requests of the apostle Paul encourages and instructs me on how to truly pray in the name of Jesus. Jesus consistently prayed in accordance with the will of God. We do not know what to pray for as we ought, but we do know that if we ask in accordance with God’s will, He hears us. And although we can have confidence that the Spirit helps us in our weakness, we can also consider the heart of Paul in his specific requests for prayer. Prayer in accordance with God’s will is prayer that seeks first the glory of God. Paul’s intense focus and passion for the advancement of God’s glory challenges me to break these chains of self-centeredness and to embrace a life of complete dedication to the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
All too often throughout my journey with Jesus, I have remained idle in the face of conviction. This must stop. I have grown tired of allowing my heart to be stirred while my feet remain still. This examination of the heart of the apostle Paul will change my posture before the Lord. I desire to remove my attention from myself and fix my eyes upon the advancement of God’s glory. Is my comfort and the safety of my family more important than the glory of God? My mind knows the correct answer, but my heart seems indecisive. Paul’s prayer requests demonstrate unity of heart, mind and soul. Such harmony is the trademark of true worship. My desire going forward is to pray in such a way that seeks first the kingdom of God trusting the promise that all other things will be added to me.
With peace thanks to Jesus,
Sunday, February 12, 2012
One leader said that you can tell who someone will become in five years based on the books they read and the people they hang out with. I believe him.
Bill Hybels, pastor of Willow Creek Church in Chicago, said that "leaders have a responsibility before God to constantly get better, and one of the most reliable ways to do so is to read. Great leaders read frequently. They read voraciously" (Axiom, 196).
Very few people read and those who do normally read for entertainment, not growth. What about you? What books have you read recently? Are you reading books that stretch your thinking or do you just read books that are easy? Do you read a wide variety of books or do you just read the latest bestseller?
Wherever you are in life become a reader. Make it a priority to read at least a half an hour a day. I promise it will help you stretch and grow as a leader.
Monday, February 6, 2012
Free Audio and Video from John Piper's Latest Conference on God, Manhood, & Ministry: Building Men for the Body of Christ.
How Jesus Chooses and Uses Our Failures
Interesting Article Titled "Can We Trust the Contemporary Worship Music Industry?"
The Top Ten Blog Posts from the Christian Counseling and Education Foundation (CCEF). These blogs deal with topics like depression, anger, anxiety, fear, and many more.
Friday, February 3, 2012
"How can you have charisma? Be more concerned about making others feel good
about themselves than you are making them feel good about you" - Dan Reiland
(Vice President of Leadership Development, INJOY)
"In humility count others more significant than yourselves." - Philippians 2:3
Focusing on others is a very difficult thing indeed. Nonetheless, this is a necessary attribute of an effective Christian leader. Whoever it is that is under our leadership must know that we have their best interests in mind; in fact, they must feel that we consider them more significant than ourselves.
This week focus on serving those who work for you. Be intentional about making them feel significant.
Thursday, February 2, 2012
O eternal and everlasting God, I presume to present myself this morning before thy Divine majesty, beseeching thee to accept of my humble and hearty thanks, that it hath pleased thy great goodness to keep and preserve me the night past from all the dangers poor mortals are subject to, and hast given me sweet and pleasant sleep, whereby I find my body refreshed and comforted for performing the duties of this day, in which I beseech thee to defend me from all perils of body and soul. Direct my thoughts, words, and work, wash away my sins in the immaculate blood of the lamb, and purge my heart by thy holy spirit, from the dross of my natural corruption, that I may with more freedom of mind and liberty of will serve thee, the ever lasting God, in righteousness and holiness this day, and all the days of my life. Increase my faith in the sweet promises of the gospel; give me repentance from dead works; pardon my wanderings, &direct my thoughts unto thyself, the God of my salvation; teach me how to live in thy fear, labor in thy service, and ever to run in the ways of thy commandments; make me always watchful over my heart, that neither the terrors of conscience, the loathing of holy duties, the love of sin, nor an unwillingness to depart this life, may cast me into a spiritual slumber, but daily frame me more &more into the likeness of thy son Jesus Christ, that living in thy fear, and dying in thy favor, I may in thy appointed time attain the resurrection of the just unto eternal life bless my family, friends &kindred unite us all in praising &glorifying thee in all our works begun, continued, and ended, when we shall come to make our last account before thee blessed saviour, who hath taught us thus to pray, our Father.
George Washington 1752. Age 20