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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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Leading in Our Calling

Leading in Our Calling

This Iron Leadership Lesson is by Sam Kennedy. How can you tell someone thinks of their work as not just a job, but as a calling? Take this guy for example: Calling is about vision and purpose. Knowing vision and purpose is essential for your leadership. Who has put you in your job, in your home, in your neighborhood, in your city? Why do they have you where you are in your job, in your home, in your neighborhood, in…

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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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Nehemiah Part 13: Be Self-Controlled and Alert

Nehemiah Part 13: Be Self-Controlled and Alert

This morning I want to focus on the never ending fight against our enemies.  This scene from All Quiet on the Western Front comes near the end of the movie. It’s WWI, the soldier has survived endless attacks, and many of his friends have not made it through the war. Now, the soldier is writing one last letter home to his girlfriend saying he would see her soon. . . In war, a moment of distraction, a lack of wisdom, a…

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Nehemiah Part 11: Resolving Internal Conflict

Nehemiah Part 11: Resolving Internal Conflict

  Last time we talked about leading when facing an external threat. In chapter 4, Nehemiah and his team began to make noticeable progress on rebuilding the wall of protection around the city of Jerusalem. According to Nehemiah 4:6, the wall had reached half of its height. Half-way through the project, Nehemiah faced 2 great threats: external and internal. External Threat: In chapter 4, the powerful people in the surrounding area didn’t want Jerusalem to be rebuilt. So, they began…

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Nehemiah Part 7: Nehemiah Implements His Vision

Nehemiah Part 7: Nehemiah Implements His Vision

Audio Recording   This winter and spring we will examine how Nehemiah implements his Vision. In the process, we’ll receive a Master’s Degree in Leadership from him! We can draw three points from Nehemiah Chapter 2. 9 Then I came to the governors of the province Beyond the River and gave them the king’s letters. Now the king had sent with me officers of the army and horsemen. 10 But when Sanballat the Horonite and Tobiah the Ammonite servant heard…

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