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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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Brandon Hart: Lust

Brandon Hart: Lust

At our previous Iron Leadership meeting, Paul discussed self-control, and he referenced Titus, chapter 2.  Let’s turn there now and highlight something.  You’ll notice self-control is used four times in this short chapter.  But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine. 2 Older men are to be sober-minded, dignified, self-controlled, sound in faith, in love, and in steadfastness. 3 Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, 4 and so train the young women…

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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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Jesus’ Teaching on Anger

Jesus’ Teaching on Anger

Today’s topic is anger. The Avengers movies give us a great example of anger in the Hulk. As seen in the Hulk, anger causes you to destroy your enemies, but also hurt your friends. So, it’s an emotion you must deal with very carefully. Our focus will be listening to Jesus’ teaching on anger from the sermon on the mount (Matthew 5:21-26). The Sermon on the Mount is like Old Testament Wisdom literature (think Proverbs). It is Jesus’ teaching about…

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The Problems of Pride

The Problems of Pride

Remember that our goal for 2018 and 2019 is to answer this question: How do you build your interior wall?  How do you build character and habits which prepare you for the storms you face as a leader? There will be things you need to build –  habits, spiritual disciplines, spiritual formation: Last week we talked about worship. There will also be things you need to tear down – Habits, lies you tell yourself and live by, and sins which need to…

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The Keystone Habit of Worship

The Keystone Habit of Worship

    This year we are focusing on building our Interior Wall. The goal is that no matter what external challenge you face, you will be internally prepared. The question is: how do you build interior walls? What character traits and habits can prepare you for the storms you face as a leader? Take this picture of Mexico Beach after Hurricane Michael as a mental image. The surface winds of our culture are picking up for those who follow Jesus….

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3 Lessons from Father to Son

3 Lessons from Father to Son

Last year, when we studied Nehemiah, we saw how he led a group of down and people to rebuild the exterior wall around Jerusalem.  This year, I want to focus on building an Interior Wall so whatever the external challenge you face, you will be internally prepared. Remember our example of Icebergs from last session: You only see 10%….but what’s driving you…what’s driving the people you lead is the 90% below the surface. The underside of an iceberg is dark. Many people prefer not to…

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The Stream of Your Soul

The Stream of Your Soul

We spent all of last year getting a PHD in Leadership from Nehemiah. If you recall, Nehemiah led a group of down and out people to rebuild the exterior wall around Jerusalem. There are no miracles in the book of Nehemiah, just excellent, obstacle-overcoming leadership. This year I want us to focus on building an interior wall – so that no matter what external challenge you race you will be prepared to internally to face that challenge. The Keeper of…

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