The Most Important Gauge

The Most Important Gauge

What we have in Mind “Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.” – 1 Corinthians 16:13 The Apostle Paul uses all familiar military terms to close out his letter to those who live in a very pagan culture. Just knowing these are military terms helps you understand what Paul thinks of how you make progress in Spiritual Maturity. It will be a battle. Watchful – Like a Sentinel standing guard over your soul or others. Stay…

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Fatherhood

Fatherhood

Deuteronomy 6:4-9 & Ephesians 6:1-4 “Children obey your parents for this is right.” The 21st Century Translation reads “Parents obey your children for this is right. Children, do not provoke your parents to become angry.” Why do I say this? Notice the Text in Ephesians. The child’s world revolves around the parents. The child needs to adapt to a new set of circumstances, a new reality; that new reality is the Adult world. Why is this Important? As a child…

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Marriage

Marriage

Pictures of Marriage: People think in Pictures Marriage is more like a “workshop” where God works on your Soul, Marriage is intended to be much more Transformational than Pleasurable, not that it can’t be Pleasurable, just not Primarily about pleasure. Ephesians 5: 22-33 In Ephesians, Paul describes marriage as an object lesson to a more profound mystery. Marriage is a picture of how Christ loves his bride, the Church. Marriage and Mystery – vs. 31-32 Paul calls this union a…

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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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Lust

Lust

This Iron Leadership Lesson is by Brandon Hart. 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…

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