Leadership is Influence & Servanthood

A Daily Leadership Essentials Quote
from Veritas Leadership Journal at HeartPathJournal.net
Online Publications by David J. Hall

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Leadership is Influence.

( John Maxwell / Pastor, Author )

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Leadership is not a dictatorship, it is servanthood, serving and influencing others to achieve the highest good in their lives.”

( djh )

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The Refiner’s Fire & Reforming Hammer

Is your surrendered-to-God life being heated almost to the melting point, and then being beaten upon seemingly without mercy?

Stay on the anvil of God. Your outcome will be beautiful, powerful, and glorifying to Him! He isn’t punishing you, He is forming you into the greatest person that you can be.

He didn’t say that you would love the sculpting process, but you WILL love the final RESULT of His sculpting process!

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Theology is for Everyone

To most Christians, the idea of learning “Theology” is an overwhelming and daunting suggestion. “I’m not a scholar,” or “I’m not interested in working for a Ph.D” is a very common thought process that shuts the door on the subject.

However, Theology is NOT just a scholar’s domain. The learning and the application of Theology to our own heart, mind, and daily life is of the utmost godly value!

“Theology”—though it does include some branches with extremely deep waters—is basically the study of God: The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit, and how He interacts with humanity. Every believer who is committed to Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior needs to know as much as they can from the scriptures about their God.

As attenders of [good] churches, we have a tremendous number of opportunities to grow in our knowledge about God (“Theology”) so that we can also grow in knowing Him personally. Faulty thinking about who God is and how He interacts with humanity leaves us very, VERY susceptible to failures and deceptions.

The writer to the Hebrews (most consider this author to be the Apostle Paul, as do I) was teaching and developing their understanding of God and their walking through life in the Spirit of Jesus. Here is what he summarizes as being the foundation or elementary teachings [of Theology] that every believer SHOULD have well established so they can build and grow the rest of their life.

“Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, of the doctrine of baptisms, of laying on of hands, of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.”‭‭

( Hebrews‬ ‭6:1-2 )

Unfortunately, there are too many believers who have had their faith in Christ for 10, 20, or 30 years, but their maturity in truly knowing the things of God and living a godly life are at an “elementary” level. Using a school analogy, by now they should be graduates, instead they are repeating the 1st Grade over and over, not having grasped the basics and not yet demonstrated a practical proficiency in godly knowledge, wisdom, and behavior.

To be clear, though I used a school analogy, growing in Theology is not necessarily about formal academics. It is about growing in the personal study of God’s scripture, and the prayerful application of the scriptures to personal and daily life.

“Let us go on to perfection” means to grow in maturity. It means to shed more and more imperfection, and to draw closer and closer to Christ and the perfection He represents.
Most of us will never be “Theologians” in an academic setting with a Ph.D next to our name, but each of us should be growing in our Theology of God. Anything less than our constant growth in our knowledge of God is not part of God’s great plan for our life. Let’s be sure, every day, that we progressively “go on to perfection” in Him.

See you at the altar of Christ as we read the scriptures, pray, and build each other up in the Theology of our great God.

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Walking in The Holy Spirit

A Daily Thought Provoker Quote
from Heart & Path Journal at HeartPathJournal.net
Online Publications of David J. Hall

During our times of Public Discourse, let us be mindful of our partnership with The Holy Spirit:

“The acts of the flesh are obvious: … hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy… and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control… Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.”‭‭

( Galatians‬ ‭5:19-26‬ )

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Impassioned through Pain

A Daily Thought Provoker Quote
from Heart & Path Journal at HeartPathJournal.net
Online Publications of David J. Hall

Some passions can only be learned through pain.”

( Max Lucado / from his book: “A Gentle Thunder” )

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True Love in All Things

In view of the current dialogues in our society that are promoting “Love, not Hate” and the variety of calls-to-action that are being sounded, let us remember the characteristics of True Love, as God defines it.

Anything that we do in the name of love and social justice should be in accordance with TRUE love. True Love is not weak, it is strong, but it is strong in a particular way!

Any social movement and any public protest in which we might participate, let us be careful and selective about joining them; their likely methods and how their message may evolve over time is a very important consideration. Will they be acting and expressing themselves in accord with God’s definition of True Love?

“Love is patient, love is kind.
It does not envy,
it does not boast,
it is not proud.

It does not dishonor others,
it is not self-seeking,
it is not easily angered,
it keeps no record of wrongs.

Love does not delight in evil
but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always trusts,
always hopes, always perseveres.”

‭‭( 1 Corinthians‬ ‭13:4-7‬ )

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Portland Protesters, PLEASE Beware!

Portland, Oregon has (in recent history) had a very active army of protesters. Their purposes and messages are usually distorted by their chaotic antics, and at times are outright incoherent.

Anarchists and mobsters usually join the public foray, instigating the unlawful destruction of property and creating dangerous situations for well meaning and law abiding protesters, business owners and employees, and police and emergency personnel.

PROTESTERS, PLEASE BEWARE!

I do NOT want the following tragedies to transpire, however will you hear the following warning?

Please, beware of the possible outcomes of your actions. You are entering an atmosphere in our community when playing with fire just might end up burning you. I do NOT want these things to happen, so please do not erroneously interpret my warning as a threat, or a wish list, or a veiled call for people to revolt against the revolters.

So far, your demonstrations and associated actions have been mostly tolerated by the general public. However, the toleration of SOME citizens is wearing very thin, and they themselves are on the borderline of becoming criminal in their reactions to you. Your destruction of property, your blocking of roads, and even your in-your-face screaming at non-protesters may be met with deadly force.

The next few roads and freeways that you block as a mob tactic, there may be one or two drivers who might genuinely feel their own lives are endangered enough by the surrounding mod to prompt them to plow right through your arm-in-arm road blocks. You may be hurt, maimed, or even killed!

Even if you are convinced in your own mind that you would “never hurt anyone,” your actions are communicating a very different message. Other citizens do not have the privilege of reading your mind and knowing your heart; all they are able to do is look at the mob that is surrounding them with signs on wooden 2×4’s, facial expressions of anger, voices that are loud and incoherent when raised with 100 other voices at the same time, and seeing reports of buildings and vehicles being destroyed.

If you feel the need to demonstrate and protest, then do so with intelligence and common sense, not with mob-sense. If you feel you need to lay your life on the line in order to take a stand, then give your life daily to the productive service of your community and your country. If you insist on using the mob-tactic to announce your message incoherently, don’t be surprised when your friend who is arm-in-arm with you gets run over by a car.

Protesters, please… BE SAFE, and police yourselves. If anarchists hijack your demonstration, find the police and point them toward those who are creating trouble. If the mob gets out of hand, leave! Better to live another day. If your friend gets crazy, be the calming influence for them. You just might save their life!

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Would I Have Attended Hillary’s Inauguration?

Initially, before I saw or heard any of the hoopla arise from the “Not Attending Trump’s Inauguration” group, I had thought to myself, “No way would I attend Hillary’s Inauguration if she had won (and if I had been invited)!”

Now, however, I think differently.

As I watch the reactions of those who refuse to attend Trump’s Inauguration, I am forced to reconsider what I would do if Hillary had won the presidency.

There is a time and a place for everything under the sun. A time to unite, and a time to separate. A time to remain silent, and a time to speak out. A time to stand with someone, and a time to stand against them. A time to be above the storm, and a time to walk through the storm.

I would attend Hillary’s Inauguration, and would do so with respect and with a genuine “God Bless You, Madam President, and God Bless America!”

She and others, on that day, would not be able to guess my political leaning. They could only discern one thing about me: that I am an American first and foremost.

The Inauguration of the President of the United States is the most incredible, peaceful, and orderly transfer of power that the world ever sees. It speaks of our unity and our commitment to a set of ideals, ideals that are much higher than any left-leaning, centrist, or right-leaning political constructs.

Does this mean that I think Hillary was a viable candidate for leading America and the free world? Not for a moment! My feelings about her are just as strongly Never-Hillary as any Never-Trump person’s feelings.

But… since when do we allow our feelings to dictate our actions? Only snowflakes do that. We, however, are citizens of America. We are “We the people!”

I now freely admit my bias was wrong: my notion of refusing to attend Hillary’s Inauguration was wrong. I admit, knowing what I know now, I WOULD attend her inauguration, and would do so with grace and with socially acceptable charm.

What about you? Would you attend a Hillary Inauguration? Will you now attend the Trump Inauguration?

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Be Nice!

Guys, BE NICE!
Gals, BE NICE!

No excuses, BE NICE!

When you must stand your ground, do so in strength, but BE NICE!
When you must reaffirm your personal boundaries, do so with clarity, but BE NICE!

When you are disrespected, turn the other cheek, but BE NICE!
When you are physically attacked, defend yourself appropriately, but BE NICE!

When it is the right time to express anger, articulate your feelings, but BE NICE!
When someone is almost impossible to deal with, use wisdom, but BE NICE!

When God doesn’t do what you thought He SHOULD do, cry out to Him, but BE NICE!
When you suffer unjustly in body or soul, plead for God’s intervention, but BE NICE!

When you are falsely accused, refute the accusations, but BE NICE!
When your reputation is cruelly trashed, let your consistency in life set the record straight, but BE NICE!

When your anger has been heated by another into a boiling cauldron for revenge, take a deep breath, give the situation to God, allow Him to take care of any and all revenge, and BE NICE!

Being NICE is not a sign of weakness, it is evidence of godly fortitude when you maintain your cool where others might explode.

Sometimes being NICE in response to a very angry person will calm them enough to become cordial. But even if being NICE doesn’t calm them, BE NICE anyway.

Are there times, places, and situations when BEING NICE is not the correct response? Perhaps, but you and I rarely encounter those conditions, so always plan to always BE NICE, especially when your emotions are screaming within your soul.

Our ability to experience a variety of emotions is a wonderful blessing from God, but our emotions were not created to lead us in our actions. Our capacity to reason was created to lead us, and we are to give guidance to our emotions just as a good parent provides strong, loving guidance to a very emotional child.

So, in all things, always plan to BE NICE!

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