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Endurance

Endurance

We Apologize for the lack of audio on this post, we experienced some difficulties in recording. I want to repeat an Iron Leadership I did four years ago that I believe is perfect for personal evaluation as you begin a New Year & New Decade. I love this story. In 1968 the country of Tanzania selected John Stephen Akhwari to represent them in the Mexico City Olympics. During the race Akhwari stumbled and fell, severely injuring his knee and ankle….

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Forgiveness

Forgiveness

Follow this link to watch the video discussed in the lesson. What Fuels Forgiveness? God’s Forgiveness of us! Now to the one who works, wages are not credited as a gift but as an obligation. However, to the one who does not work but trusts God who justifies the wicked, their faith is credited as righteousness. David says the same thing….                    Blessed are those whose transgressions are forgiven,            …

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Tests of A Leader – Humility, Sacrifice, & Vision

Tests of A Leader – Humility, Sacrifice, & Vision

Luke 5:1-11 I love these 11 verses and what it teaches about leadership. It teaches both what Jesus is looking for from his leaders and lessons on how we can develop future leaders. Here is a passage where Jesus is teaching eternal truths to a large group of people yet the focus is not on what Jesus taught but who Jesus was testing. Hear this; In God’s timing, the most important thing for you this morning might not be the…

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Servant Leadership

Servant Leadership

*Due to technical difficulties, we do not have audio for this lesson. Still, we hope that these notes in the blog to follow are a source of growth and encouragement to you!* Jesus’ Picture of Leadership When you think of leadership what picture comes to mind? This is important because what you picture is usually what you pursue. You have a picture in your mind about your future: Career, Family, Church, Community, Retirement. Those pictures are powerful and compelling. So…

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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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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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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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Nehemiah Part 14: Finishing and Celebrating

Nehemiah Part 14: Finishing and Celebrating

Unfortunately, there were technical difficulties during the audio recording of this lesson. There is no podcast episode for this post. You can still read the blog post below. This morning I want to talk about finishing, being a part of a team and celebrating. We will be reading Nehemiah 6:15-16, 12:17, 31, and 40-43. The Re-entry in Apollo 13 is one of my favorite movie scenes. I love the different reactions. Just seeing it makes you want to stand up…

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