The Jesus Renewal: “Come Away with Me”

A Daily Leadership Essentials Quote
from Veritas Leadership Journal at HeartPathJournal.net

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Church Boards: Consider refreshing your church’s staff by sending them on a get-away for renewal, beyond the easy reach of those whom they serve on a daily basis. Jesus planned that with His own Apostles who had just returned from a ministry tour.

“The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to Him all they had done and taught. Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, He said to them,

Come with Me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.’

So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place.”

( djh / “Come Away with Me” / Mark 6:30-32 )

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The Mary vs. Martha Mindset

A Daily Leadership Essentials Quote

from Veritas Leadership Journal at HeartPathJournal.net
by David J. Hall

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The difference between Mary & Martha during Jesus’ visit (see Luke 10 & Matthew 7):

🔹Martha was serving Jesus, but Mary was encountering Jesus.

🔹Martha was doing good things, but Mary was doing the PRIMARY thing.

🔹Martha was being hospitable to Jesus in her home, Mary was being hospitable to Jesus in her heart.

🔹Martha was concerned about what her guests might think of her less-than-perfect hospitality, Mary was concerned with what Jesus wanted to do in her own life.

🔹Martha recognized the special influence Jesus had in their social gathering, Mary recognized the special influence Jesus was having in her own heart and soul.

🔹Martha was good at seeing people’s needs and recruiting others to jump-in, Mary was good at seeing the PRIMARY need and personally drawing near to Jesus for fulfillment.

( djh / “Beyond Cultural Christianity” )

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Parents & Pastors

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

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“Those of us who are more seasoned in leadership must order our lives in such a way that we can carve out time to invest in the next generation of leaders.”

( Bill Hybels, Courageous Leadership )

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Christ-Warrior Potential of Children

Every powerful Man of God and Woman of God throughout history started out as a child.

Your son or daughter [or even other children within your sphere of influence] as unlikely as they may seem some days, could very well be tagged by God for an incredible mission in His Kingdom.

Samson was just one of many whose lives are recorded in scripture that show how God, from even before the time of their conception, had prepared to use them.

“The woman gave birth to a boy and named him Samson. He grew and the Lord blessed him, and the Spirit of the Lord began to stir him…”

( Judges 13:24-25 )

Perhaps your children will be stirred by God to become:

  • A godly Parent to raise loved and nurtured children; or
  • A Business Executive to shine God’s light in a board room; or
  • A Preacher or Teacher of God’s Word in the church; or
  • A Nurse in an emergency room to care for those in life-and-death conditions; or
  • A Janitor in a school that needs a Prayer Warrior to intercede, praying onsite with insight, while working through the classrooms.

Never underestimate the Christ-Warrior potential of a child, regardless of their race, gender, or culture.

 

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When Leadership Honors God…

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

Most everyone has a leadership influence on at least one person. A parent with a child, a youth with a younger sibling, a person who is looked up to by a peer, and these are just a few examples.

On the larger scale of leadership influence are church, business, and government leaders.

In whatever our roles might be, let’s lead and influence others in such a way that they are refreshed when they are touched by our influence.

“The God of Israel spoke, the Rock of Israel said to me: ‘When one rules over people in righteousness, when he rules in the fear of God, he is like the light of morning at sunrise on a cloudless morning, like the brightness after rain that brings grass from the earth.’”

( djh / 2 Samuel‬ ‭23:3-4‬ )

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The Jesus-Kind of Tolerance

A woman who was caught having a sexually immoral relationship was dragged before Jesus. The people wanted Him to help stone her to death.  After dialogues with them for a while, each one of them started to walk away.

Finally, it was just Jesus and the woman standing there:

“Jesus… asked her, ‘Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?’
‘No one, sir,’ she said.
‘Then neither do I condemn you,’ Jesus declared.
‘Go now and leave your life of sin.'”

( John 8:10-11 )

Jesus offered her grace and not condemnation, two qualities that we ALL appreciate when we have sinned.

Notice too that Jesus’ tolerance did not go so far as to condone or approve of the ongoing practice of her sin.  His tolerance included His admonition and His warning to discontinue engaging in the sin.

In our society’s current climate of various groups asking for (and some are outright demanding) “tolerance” for their lifestyle by Christians and Pastors, they define tolerance differently. The society-kind of tolerance is where many want not just non-condemnation, and not just silence, but outright approval of their chosen lifestyle by the Church in both word and in action.

The Jesus-kind of tolerance does not condemn the wrong doer, but it DOES still define “sin” as being wrong, it DOES admonish and encourage a discontinuation of the sin by the wrong doer.

We have ALL been the wrong doer at some point (ok, at MANY points) in our lives, and many of us have experienced the incredible love, grace, and non-condemning response of Jesus as we have stood before Him. We also have taken to heart very seriously His admonition and encouragement that followed us as we went back to our daily life: “Go now and leave your life of sin.”

Fellow believers, let’s be gracious in our relationships and encounters with others.  Let’s definitely speak the truth, but let’s do so in love.

And finally, a verse that my wife and I really love because we ourselves have each received the kindness of the Jesus-kind of tolerance:

“… realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance (a change of the mind and heart that results in a changed lifestyle)”

( Romans 2:4 )

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Are You Snorkeling in the Sand, or Deep Sea Diving?

Wow, the Scriptures have such incredible depth! I feel like I could “deep sea dive” into the Word, and never arrive at the bottom or the end.

I have found that if I am reading the Word, and I am being bored, the fault is not the Scriptures’. The problem is my own. I am not “deep sea diving,” I am just snorkeling… in the sand of the beach!

Our primary teacher of God’s Word is… God! Specifically, the Holy Spirit is our teacher. When I am not making progress in my reading of The Word in my devotional life, my first step is to pray and ask the Holy Spirit to help me with understanding the revelation of the Scriptures.

When I take the step to pray and ask, this is tantamount to moving from snorkeling on the beach to skin diving in the water. The Holy Spirit is our “dive partner,” and our instructor. He enjoys teaching us and mentoring us, all in accordance with the Scriptures.

In the Book of Acts, the Christians in Berea are highlighted and pointed to as good examples because they diligently studied the Scriptures as part of their personal discipleship practice.

It is imperative that the Holy Spirit be our teacher and mentor in the Scriptures. Yes, God has given to us, “Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors and Teachers, to train [us] the people” (Ephesians 4:11-12), but just as the Holy Spirit is to be THEIR primary teacher, so the Spirit is to be OUR primary teacher, followed by (in a secondary role) these others who have been called and anointed-for-ministry.

Thank you for reading, my friend. I pray that the Holy Spirit will answer your prayer… the prayer where you ask Him to join you as your instructor in “deep sea diving” into the limitless depths of the Scriptures, the Word of God.

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