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Author: Paul Phillips

Paul was born in Fort Benning, Georgia. He earned his BS in Sports Management from Furman University and worked for the Atlanta Braves Public Relations Department. In 1987, Paul joined Young Life staff and served as the Wilmington area director for 13 years. Paul completed his MDiv at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2001 and became CCC’s founding pastor in 2002. He’s married to Nancy, and they have two grown children.
The Most Important Gauge

The Most Important Gauge

What we have in Mind “Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.” – 1 Corinthians 16:13 The Apostle Paul uses all familiar military terms to close out his letter to those who live in a very pagan culture. Just knowing these are military terms helps you understand what Paul thinks of how you make progress in Spiritual Maturity. It will be a battle. Watchful – Like a Sentinel standing guard over your soul or others. Stay…

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Fatherhood

Fatherhood

Deuteronomy 6:4-9 & Ephesians 6:1-4 “Children obey your parents for this is right.” The 21st Century Translation reads “Parents obey your children for this is right. Children, do not provoke your parents to become angry.” Why do I say this? Notice the Text in Ephesians. The child’s world revolves around the parents. The child needs to adapt to a new set of circumstances, a new reality; that new reality is the Adult world. Why is this Important? As a child…

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Marriage

Marriage

Pictures of Marriage: People think in Pictures Marriage is more like a “workshop” where God works on your Soul, Marriage is intended to be much more Transformational than Pleasurable, not that it can’t be Pleasurable, just not Primarily about pleasure. Ephesians 5: 22-33 In Ephesians, Paul describes marriage as an object lesson to a more profound mystery. Marriage is a picture of how Christ loves his bride, the Church. Marriage and Mystery – vs. 31-32 Paul calls this union a…

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Restraint

Restraint

  My main question to you as a leader is: how do you respond to an emotionally charged moment? Take this classic scene from Secondhand Lions as an example: We will mainly be looking at this idea of Restraint from 1 Samuel 25. First, we meed to get a flow of the story so far. Chapter 19-26 is a series of pressurized leadership challenges for David. You get to see how David, as the leader, responds under pressure. We all know…

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Watching Your Soul

Watching Your Soul

  On April 14, 1910, the Titanic hit an iceberg and sank, ending the lives of over 1,500 people. As most of you know, it was an accident that could have been avoided if just a few people had been more watchful. Captain Smith was trying to beat the fastest time crossing the Atlantic, so he was travelling to avoid collisions with Icebergs. Ironically, he was going too fast to avoid collisions. This sounds like the pace some of us…

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Risk

Risk

I listened to a talk on ‘risk’  by Tim Keller…I’m now basically delivering it to you. So if you ever hear him talk about it, don’t say, “Hey, Pastor Paul said the very same thing! Keller must be listening to Iron Leadership talks and using them! Imagine a diagram with three different options: fear, risk, and foolishness. Which side to you tend toward? Fear: Ready, aim, are you sure you’re ready? What happens if…I’m not ready! (Repeat – so you…

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Time

Time

Today we are discussing ‘Time.’  Psalm 144:4 – “Man is like a breath; his days are like a fleeting shadow.” Time passes quickly. Robert Herrick – “Gather ye rosebuds while ye may, Old Time is still a-flying; And this same flower that smiles today, Tomorrow will be dying.” Carpe Diem. Seize the Day. Ecclesiastes 1:4, 11 – “Generations come and generations go, but the earth remains forever…There is no remembrance of men of old, and even those who are yet…

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The Discipline of Bible Reading and Retention

The Discipline of Bible Reading and Retention

Let’s start by watching this clip, this is about raising the flag at Iwo Jima during WWII. “I think about what went on, on D-day and subsequent days in order to get that flag there.” It takes a great deal of sacrifice to wage war and win! There is a great book about the men who raised the flag called Flag of Our Fathers. James Bradley, the author and son of one of the Marines that raised the flag, says this…

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A Settled Strategy for Self-Control

A Settled Strategy for Self-Control

This morning I want to talk about self-control. This is a topic that I cover every year into Iron Leadership. It’s a key characteristic for Leadership. Proverbs 25:28 says, “Like a city whose walls are broken down is a man who lacks self-control. “ Your city is in perpetual danger without walls. Your life is in perpetual danger without self-control! One break in your character causes a lot of destruction. It is important to notice that the Apostle Paul gives these instructions to…

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Friendship: Constancy, Correction, and Care

Friendship: Constancy, Correction, and Care

In my opinion, real, true friendship is one of the most beautiful, most valuable, and most powerful forces on earth. If you want to have a strong interior wall as a leader, a strong character which will help you in the various challenges you face, then you need thick friendships. There are some moments in the Bible so beautiful that you long to experience them. One of those for me is Jesus in the upper room with his disciples on…

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