How to Lead Effectively During Difficult Times

Leaders must know how to lead through the most difficult times.  Here are eight tips to help you lead effectively through troubled waters.

MARK 16:9-11  “Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils. And she went and told them that had been with him, as they mourned and wept. And they, when they had heard that he was alive, and had been seen of her, believed not.”

When Jesus Christ was in the grave, the disciples were devastated. Understandably, those who walked away from this world and centered their lives around Christ were crushed when they saw Him crucified and buried.  They did not understand the teaching of our Lord concerning His death, burial, and resurrection.

This was a difficult time.  But wait a minute.  Jesus had been training twelve men to lead for the last three years.  Where (more…)

Spiritual Decisions That Don’t Fail

Making a spiritual decision is great. Keeping it is better. Make decisions that don’t fail using these three tips.

As I write this, I am in the chapel before an evening service of New England Baptist Teen Camp. God has been working mightily. Friendships of a lifetime have begun. Happy memories have been made. Powerful sermons have been heard. The altar has been full after every message as tender hearts surrender to God. Several people have been born again. Hundreds of life-changing choices have been made.

I am thankful to God for every decision made this week. Imagine the wave of change that would take place if every decision took root and bore the fruit of righteousness!

However, as an experienced youth worker, I am saddened to know that many of the decisions will not stick. I’m not being cynical. I believe that the decisions were from God. I heard God’s power in the messages. I felt the same Holy Spirit conviction. I saw the tears of repentance.

Nevertheless, the statistics are undeniable. Many decisions will not last past 60 days. Some people will fall into the old sins before they walk in the door to their home.

How can this be? How can God move so powerfully, on a heart with no lasting fruit? (more…)

5 Reasons Pastors Need Extra Prayer

Pastors are on the front lines of spiritual battle.  They need an abundance of prayer to survive and thrive. How much do you pray for pastors?

1 Thessalonians 5:25   Brethren, pray for us.

This verse is the cry of every pastor. They are keenly aware of their need for God.

Here are five reasons to pray fervently and often for your pastor.

1. Pastors represent God.

Wow.  Think about that statement.

Pastors represent the Almighty Creator of the Universe in a community. They are the undershepherd of Jesus Christ leading local congregations. This high calling is a great privilege and a terrible responsibility.

A humble pastor knows that he is not worthy of the title. Yet, he accepts it in obedience to God’s call.

1 Corinthians 9:16  For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!

1 Timothy 1:12  And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry;

Only through God’s grace and intercessory prayer of others can a pastor hope to satisfy his high calling. (more…)

3 Elements of Powerful Faith

Do you wish you could make a more significant impact for God?  You can!  Add these elements to your faith and watch your power with God and men increase.

There is little doubt that the Apostle Paul is one of the most effective Christians of all time. His inspired teaching makes up much of the New Testament. His powerful preaching changed the lives and destinies of Jews and Gentiles alike. His missionary efforts are legendary. God used Him to shake the world with the Gospel.

The same God wants to use you to make an impact on your world. You too can be a force for good and God. We can find three elements of Paul’s powerful faith in Acts chapter 26. How will you apply them to your life?

Personal

Paul gave his testimony often. He recounts his personal faith to King Agrippa in Acts 26.

Acts 26:4–6
“My manner of life from my youth, which was at the first among mine own nation at Jerusalem, know all the Jews; Which knew me from the beginning, if they would testify, that after the most straitest sect of our religion I lived a Pharisee. And now I stand and am judged for the hope of the promise made of God unto our fathers:”

Acts 26:9–12
“I verily thought with myself, that I ought to do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth. Which thing I also did in Jerusalem: and many of the saints did I shut up in prison, having received authority from the chief priests; and when they were put to death, I gave my voice against them. And I punished them oft in every synagogue, and compelled them to blaspheme; and being exceedingly mad against them, I persecuted them even unto strange cities. Whereupon as I went to Damascus with authority and commission from the chief priests,”

Acts 26:13–15
“At midday, O king, I saw in the way a light from heaven, above the brightness of the sun, shining round about me and them which journeyed with me. And when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking unto me, and saying in the Hebrew tongue, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. And I said, Who art thou, Lord? And he said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest.”

Powerful faith is personal. New life begins when you (more…)