Were You There on Easter?

Were-you-there-on-EasterWere you there on Easter?

The Christian Easter message has a powerful story for the world to hear!

After his crucifixion Jesus was placed in a tomb that was given to him by one of his rich followers.  After three days some of the women, who were his followers, went to the tomb to tend to the body of Jesus.  When they came to the graveside they found that the tomb had been opened and the body of Jesus was not there.  The Gospel of Mark says,

“As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed.  ”Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him.  But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’ ” (Mark 16:5-7)

Were you there?

Scripture About the Easter Story

Matthew 27:33-37

They came to a place called Golgotha (which means The Place of the Skull).  There they offered Jesus wine to drink, mixed with gall; but after tasting it, he refused to drink it.  When they had crucified him, they divided up his clothes by casting lots.  And sitting down, they kept watch over him there.  Above his head they placed the written charge against him: this is Jesus, the king of the Jews. Read more »

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Leadership Lessons of Jesus’ Actions

Leadership Lessons of Jesus' ActionHave you thought about the leadership lessons of Jesus’ actions along with his spoken words?

The verbal teachings of Jesus are very powerful.  The words that Jesus spoke and the stories and parables that Jesus taught have no equal. The statements of the Nazarene are the best lessons known to humanity.  However, there are many lessons that people often ignore when it comes to the teachings of Christ.  These teachings are not his words but rather they are his actions.

What Jesus did was as powerful as what he said.  A perfect example of this can be seen in an encounter that Christ was engaged in while dealing with a woman who had been caught in the act of adultery.

“Jesus returned to the Mount of Olives, but early the next morning he was back again at the Temple. A crowd soon gathered, and he sat down and taught them.  As he was speaking, the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in the act of adultery. They put her in front of the crowd.

“Teacher,” they said to Jesus, “this woman was caught in the act of adultery. The law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say?”

They were trying to trap him into saying something they could use against him, but Jesus stooped down and wrote in the dust with his finger. They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said, “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!” Then he stooped down again and wrote in the dust. Read more »

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Dominant Leaders Kill Teamwork

Dominant-Leaders-Kill-TeamworkWhat exactly is a dominant leader?

Dominant leaders can be defined as a clear line of authority that gives a leader the power of delegate. This type of personality usually claims the power to control subordinates.  They usually claim authority in the decision-making process of the organization they lead.  Some believe that this is the most common form of leadership in most organizations, charity groups, volunteer teams, businesses and congregations.

The sad truth is that dominant leaders kill teamwork!

Why is this statement true?

Dominant Leaders Ignore the Skills of Others

Have you ever been park of a group that is dominated by one or two people?  This type of experience can be frustrating for anyone who has a thought or idea but realizes that their opinion is going to be ignored.

When leaders focus only on their own ideas they basically are ignoring the skills and talents of others. 

John Bryan once said, “You have to be willing sometimes to listen to some remarkable bad opinions. Because if you say to someone, ‘That’s the silliest thing I’ve ever heard; get on out of here!’—then you’ll never get anything out of that person again, and you might as well have a puppet on a string or a robot.” Read more »

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Church Business Meeting? Is It A Good Idea?

church-business-meetingI have been in church my entire life.  The first memories I have of church are standing on the back of a pew with my grandmother’s arm around me while the congregation is singing a hymn.  I have many fond memories of powerful worship services, dinner-on-the grounds, Easter and Christmas celebrations and good “Sunday School” teachers. 

These memories have a healthy and warm place in my heart.

There are some other church events that do not hold that place of pleasant memories and just about all of them had to do with church business meetings.

I have come to believe that the reason that many congregations are dying and are declining has something to do with how the ministry decisions of those fellowships have been handled over the past few decades.  This conclusion has not only come from my own personal experiences but also from conversations I have had with other people concerning their church experiences. Read more »

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4 Reasons to Find a New Job

By Jack and Suzy Welch

What criteria can you use to determine if you have been with the same company too long?

A friend of ours, an investment manager at a highly regarded company in the Midwest, who drove to work one morning, parked his car in the usual spot, and then found he simply could not bring himself to get out of the car. “I guess I stayed on the farm one day too long,” he joked later. When we asked him what went wrong, he answered, “It wasn’t one thing. It was everything.” No wonder he drove home and called in his resignation. Read more »

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J.R.R. Tolkien Leadership Quotes

J.R.R.Tolkien-quotesHere are some of J.R.R. Tolkien’s quotes reflecting upon the subject of leadership.

Tolkien is best known for his work as the author of  The Lord of the Rings trilogy: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King.

The video below is a collection of some of Tolkien’s reflections on the development of leadership. Read more »

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3 Fundamentals of Christian Leadership

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What are 3 fundamentals of Christian leadership?

Every congregation needs strong leadership.  The Bible is very direct and clear as to what healthy leaders look like.  The Old Testament and the New Testament both show the practices and wisdom of leadership examples.

Here are 3 fundamentals of strong Christian leadership development.

Attitude Adjustment

One of the first steps for progressive leadership development deals with the attitudes of the leader.  The Old Testament book of Exodus tells a story in which Moses received advice from his father-in-law, Jethro, the priest of Midian, on how he should adjust his approach to leadership. Read more »

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Perfect Teamwork Flash Mob

Perfect Teamwork Flash MobFlash mobs are a perfect example of teamwork.

Flash mobs occur when a group of people appear in one location unexpectedly and usually put on a rehearsed performance. The flash mob video below is a powerful and perfect example of unified teamwork.

Good Quotes About Teamwork

Work and self-worth are the two factors in pride that interact with each other and that tend to increase the strong sense of pride found in superior work teams. When people do something of obvious worth, they feel a strong sense of personal worth.

 ~Dennis Kinlaw Read more »

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