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Lead Like Jesus

What can you learn from Jesus as a leader?

Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

Leaders define reality by developing a worldview and perspective that enable them to interpret life from the eternal vantage point of God’s truth.

The truth, even when it’s hard, sets people free from ignorance and deception.

Reflect on these truths from Scripture as you evaluate your role as leader in your home, workplace, church, or among your peers. 

1. Leaders submit themselves to the ultimate Leader, God. (Mark 3:14)

2. Leaders develop teams in community, sharing life and responsibilities and gaining strength from mutual encouragement and accountability. (Matthew 7:28-29)

3. Leaders equip and release those they lead. They provide the wisdom and experience necessary, then let go and allow others to take responsibility for the tasks. (Luke 10:17, 20)

4. Leaders have a clear sense of mission and dedicate themselves to fulfilling that mission. (Acts 1:8)

5. Leaders accept expressions of genuine love and gratitude. (Matthew 26:37-38)

6. Leaders are vulnerable. (John 13:1, 4-5)


From TouchPoints for Leaders by Ronald A. Beers, V. Gilbert Beers, and Douglas J. Rumford

Helping readers find what God has to say about their particular needs is what the TouchPoints series is all about. TouchPoints for Leaders puts God’s words of encouragement and affirmation at the fingertips of today’s Christian leaders. Each section starts with a key question, which is answered through Scripture, and ends with a promise from God’s Word.

Learn more HERE.

Because I Said So: Why Parents Don’t Need to Give Reasons

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.—Ephesians 6:1

Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.—Colossians 3:20, NIV

One Sunday when Willie and I were visiting a church in the mountains of North Carolina, the pastor happened to be preaching on parenting.

It quickly became obvious that he had been greatly influenced by psychological theory because his sermon could have been taken right out of my college child development textbook.

He was talking about how important it is for parents to help their kids develop high self-esteem and how children need lots of attention and praise.

Toward the end of his sermon, he said, “I don’t think it’s right for a parent to say, ‘Because I said so.’” Willie and I looked at each other with raised eyebrows.

Had this pastor never read Ephesians 6:1 or Colossians 3:20? Those passages simply instruct children to obey, and the only reason given is because a child’s obedience is pleasing to God.

A parent’s authority is assigned by God. As such, a parent is called to reflect God’s unconditional love and unequivocal authority.

It is a sufficient reason for us to obey God because he is the one holy and almighty God—because he says so. That is, therefore, a sufficient reason why a child should obey his or her parents (assuming that they honor God in their parenting).

Note that Paul does not say that children should obey their parents because their parents provide good reasons. Rather, children should obey “in everything” simply because that’s the way God wants it.

Children who experience the joy of obedience to their parents are taking a huge first step toward experiencing the joy of obedience to God.

To Ponder and Discuss

Do you often feel obligated to give your children “good” reasons for the decisions you make and the instructions you give them? If so, can you identify the social and cultural factors that have caused you to try to reason with your kids?

Do you find yourself engaging in frequent unproductive arguments with your kids? Are you ready to reclaim your authority and stop arguing with children who are only satisfied when they win?


From Grandma Was Right After All! by John Rosemond

Today’s parents are all but completely disconnected from the commonsense parenting wisdom of their parents and grandparents. The self-esteem parenting revolution has erased the practical insights gathered by generations of parents about the best way to raise kids. In this book, John Rosemond seeks to recover this wisdom by resurrecting what parents of yesteryear tended to say. Maxims such as “because I said so,” “children should be seen not heard,” and “you’re acting too big for your britches” are more than cute sayings for John. They are parenting principles, springing from a biblical view of the world. John makes the case that these principles from the good old days are just as valid today and will help parents to pass on values to their kids so that they can succeed at life. Grandma was right after all!

Learn More HERE.

FREE Devotions for Active Boys

The One Year Devotions for Active Boys devotional includes 365 upbeat devotions, each with a special twist or dose of humor to keep active boys engaged.

The devotions combine Scripture and a spiritual message with jokes, riddles, puzzles, and hands-on activities to engage tween boys.

Themes include how to navigate the Bible, make good choices, discern God’s will, use good and uplifiting language, avoid temptation, choose good friends, trust God, etc.

 

Click on the cover below for the first 7 devotions!

Learn more about this devotional HERE.

Hymns for Every Day of the Year from The One Year Book of Hymns

The celebrated songs of our Christian faith express timeless truths.

The One Year Book of Hymns shares them in a brand new way! Each day’s devotional includes the text of a classic hymn or song, the inside story about the author or origin of the song, and a related Scripture passage.

You’ll be refreshed by the mighty words that have uplifted God’s people through the ages.

Click on the image below to download these beautiful songs:

There Is a Fountain Filled with Blood by William Cowper (1731–1800)

Am I a Soldier of the Cross? by Isaac Watts (1674-1748)

Wonderful Grace of Jesus by Haldor Lillenas (1885–1959)

I Will Sing of My Redeemer by Philip Paul Bliss (1838–1876)

I Know That My Redeemer Lives by Samuel Medley (1738–1799)

Redeemed by Fanny Jane Crosby (1820–1915)

My Faith Looks Up to Thee by Ray Palmer (1808–1887)

Depth of Mercy! by Charles Wesley (1707–1788)

Learn more about The One Year Book of Hymns and other One Year devotionals on Tyndale.com.

Make the Ordinary Extraordinary

The following post is from A Day at the Beach Devotional by Jedd and Todd Hafer. Save 20% when you order the devotional in April 2017!

You’ve folded that last T-shirt, paid all of your bills, and (finally) replaced the lifeless light bulb.

Caught up on e-mail? Check.

Urgent call returned? Affirmative.

Then, instead of crossing a few more tasks off your to-do list, you smile.

Breathe deeply.

You feel satisfied, centered—like you’ve just finished final exams and summer vacation lies ahead.

Being faithful in even the small things?

Such devotion elicits a reward . . . a hard-earned break.

Somewhere, there is a beach with your name on it.

True, you haven’t cured a disease or solved world hunger, but you’ve done something well.

Your home, your life—brand it as more organized and efficient. Better.

For this, it’s good to thank God.

In the common tasks of every day we can find ourselves at our most focused, disciplined, and poised as we work to move our lives forward.

Keeping the shore in view and not drifting out to sea.

This is about bringing skill and dedication and, yes, love to the mundane.

This is transforming the mundane into the meaningful.

Do you love every one of your daily tasks? Probably not.

Most of them are no day at the beach.

But can you do every task with love—love for a spouse, a child, and life itself? Yes.

Can you do it with love for God, who makes it all possible?

Yes. Most definitely, yes.

When we are present in the everyday moments, we find that God is present with us.

And where God is, the flicker of a holy flame can help us see the commonplace in a whole new light.

“Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.” Matthew 6:21

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Download the entire first chapter of A Day at the Beach HERE. Learn more about the devotional and the Hafer brothers on Tyndale.com. Browse all devotionals HERE.