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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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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 9: Places of Teamwork for You

Nehemiah Part 9: Places of Teamwork for You

  Last week we defined Leadership as moving people from here to there. Nehemiah moves people with 3 basic steps you will use over and over (All found in 2:17). Define Reality (Here) – (v. 17a) Define the Future (There) – (v. 17b) We Can’t Stay Here – (v. 17b) What will it take for Nehemiah to rebuild the wall of Jerusalem? A TEAM. Teamwork is our focus this morning. Building and being on a team is one of my…

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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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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 2: Fasting, Prayer, and Journaling

Nehemiah Part 2: Fasting, Prayer, and Journaling

Friday, September 29, 2017 – Audio Recording   What’s the easiest way for this car to get out of the parking lot? Back up into empty space then turn left and you are out.  However, sometimes it takes a few more turns than you might imagine in order to get out of the parking lot and into your driving lane. (Warning…for those on blood pressure medicine – you might want to shield your eyes!) Painful…sometimes getting to where you want…

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An Introduction to Iron Leadership – Trophic Cascades

An Introduction to Iron Leadership – Trophic Cascades

Friday, September 1, 2017 – Audio Recording   The stated purpose of Iron Leadership is “To act like men” by: equipping men to be better leaders in their own personal lives, their homes, their work, their churches and city for the sake of God’s Glory. This phrase: “Act like men” is lifted from Paul’s letter to the Corinthians. This phrase comes at the close of the Apostle Paul’s long and difficult letter. It’s difficult because the people in the church…

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Titus’ Toughness Test

Titus’ Toughness Test

Wrestling’s ultimate toughness test, the Battle Royale. In order to get our mind set and blood pumping, let’s watch. Now we all know, at least I hope we do, that wrestling is staged, but nothing could be more staged than this goofiness. I love the guy in the arena with his hands on head, thinking ‘how could this happen?’ Leadership, especially spiritual leadership, is like this Battle Royal. Opponents come at you from every side. As a leader, you know…

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