Browsed by
Category: Work

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…

Read More Read More

Nehemiah Part 6: Your Work Matters to God

Nehemiah Part 6: Your Work Matters to God

  Continuing from where we left off last week, there are three common wrong or incomplete views of work. 1. Secular View The primary purpose of work is self-fulfillment. Success in your life means success at your work. Weaknesses: The promises of fulfillment are fleeting – mirage. Self-fulfillment, like a new car, eventually loses its shine. Work becomes an Idol. Work defines your entire being and worth. 2. Two Storied View: Secular vs. Sacred The Two-Storied View distinguishes between Secular and Sacred…

Read More Read More

Nehemiah Part 5: Wrong Views of Work

Nehemiah Part 5: Wrong Views of Work

The following audio clip begins with the testimony of Brandon Hart and continues with the leadership lesson. Nehemiah 2:9 represents a transition. Nehemiah has been emotionally moved by a report about the condition of his people back in Jerusalem. He has caught a vision of what could and should be. He has prayed, fasted and planned. He has courageously stepped forward to personally get involved and risked quite a bit with his requests of the King (Nehemiah 2:1-8). Now, Nehemiah goes to work! It’s always…

Read More Read More

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…

Read More Read More

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…

Read More Read More

“The 4 C’s of Nehemiah’s Leadership” – Leadership Lesson

“The 4 C’s of Nehemiah’s Leadership” – Leadership Lesson

This year we have been traveling through the Bible looking at different leaders. From Adam to Abraham, Moses to King David. The Kingdom was split in two and eventually Israel was taken into exile. -During our last time together, Spence talked about Daniel, a young man who put God first. For our last Old Testament leader, we will look at Nehemiah. Like Daniel, Nehemiah was in exile. Hserved the King of Babylon. Nehemiah was called by God to rebuild the broken…

Read More Read More

“Elijah – God’s Provision in the Midst of Exhaustion” – Leadership Lesson

“Elijah – God’s Provision in the Midst of Exhaustion” – Leadership Lesson

During our last few meetings we looked at the three Kings who ruled over the undivided kingdom of Israel: Saul, David, and Solomon. In 930BC the kingdom split in two. As we saw 2 weeks ago, Jeroboam was the first leader in the Northern Kingdom. He exploded like a rocket on the launch pad and left a terrible Leadership Legacy. About 40 years after Jeroboam, one of the worst Kings comes to reign over the northern kingdom of Israel: King Ahab….

Read More Read More

“Jeroboam’s Legacy” – Leadership Lesson

“Jeroboam’s Legacy” – Leadership Lesson

During our last few meetings, we looked at three Kings who ruled over the undivided kingdom of Israel: Saul, David, Solomon. They reigned for 120 years; 1050 to 930 BC. In 930 BC, the Kingdom splits in two because Solomon does not walk in God’s ways. The split occurs between the larger Northern Kingdom (Israel) and the smaller Southern Kingdom (Judah). (1 Kings 11) Several years prior to his death, Solomon takes notice of a very ambitious worker and promotes him…

Read More Read More

Too busy to read? General James ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis doesn’t think so.

Too busy to read? General James ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis doesn’t think so.

Just before Marine Gen. James ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis was getting ready to deploy with the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force to Iraq in early 2004, one of his colleagues asked him about officers who sometimes found themselves “too busy to read.” The legendary general carted around a personal library of 6,000 books with him everywhere, and he had plenty to say on the topic. Read the full article here.