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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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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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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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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 3: Patience, Pounding, and Practice

Nehemiah Part 3: Patience, Pounding, and Practice

Friday, October 13, 2017 – Audio Recording   If you’ve been keeping up in this series, you may be saying to yourself, “Hey, we have already talked about this. Let’s move on! To that quiet whisper in your head, I would respond: Repetition is the mother of all learning (ask a coach or teacher) What we are talking about in these opening verses of Nehemiah are foundational to the rest of the book and  foundational to our own lives. Vision:…

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Nehemiah Part 1: Vision

Nehemiah Part 1: Vision

Friday, September 15, 2017 – Audio Recording In 1903 on the sands of the Outer Banks, Orville and Wilbur Wright took flight for the very first time. They didn’t have to pass through any security check points…they didn’t have to worry about any checked bags fees and there was no In-Flight beverage service. The entire flight lasted 59 seconds and traveled 852 feet. The first human flight happened in 1903, but their vision for flying began 25 years earlier in…

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5 Characteristics of Jesus’ Leadership

5 Characteristics of Jesus’ Leadership

Last week we began looking at Jesus’ leadership by examining just one characteristic, Servant Leadership. Our text was Philippians 2: “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. 4 Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus…who took on the very nature of a servant.” We previously talked about what…

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Jesus the Humble Servant – Leadership Lesson

Jesus the Humble Servant – Leadership Lesson

On January 13, 1982, 74 passengers and 5 crew boarded Air Florida Flight 90 from DC to Fort Lauderdale. They boarded the plane during a snowstorm. The pilot failed to de-ice the wings and moments after take-off the plane plunged into the icy Potomac River. Only 5 people survived. It certainly wasn’t the worst airplane disaster but it gripped national attention to the servant leadership of one man. This man was known as “The Man in the Water.” Balding, probably…

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