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Last Days Leaders Cannot Be Concerned with Titles or Entitlements

This week I’m talking about last days leadership. Leaders in these times must be humble, with their hearts completely oriented toward God. We can no longer be concerned about titles or entitlements. Paul said in 1 Cor. 15:9, “For I am the least of the apostles and do not deserve to be called an apostle.” A leader in the body of Christ is not entitled to anything other than serving God as a leader. We are not entitled to be…

Leaders Must Be Willing to Go Anywhere

This week I’m talking about Last Days Leadership. Leaders in the last days must reflect the attitudes and flexibility of leaders in the book of Acts. They went wherever the Holy Spirit asked. Paul went into the face of persecution knowing there was great opposition. Paul went to Macedonia when things were going well in Asia. Philip preached in Samaria because he had to escape from Jerusalem. Leaders today must be willing and able to go where others do not…

Jesus Will Sustain You

The Bible says in Heb. 3:13 we are to “encourage one another daily.” Yes it says daily! We need daily encouragement, daily good news, daily energy to keep on in the faith and face the challenges of the day. Paul linked encouragement to strength after giving the message of grace to the believers at Antioch. Encouraged people are stronger, more optimistic, and hopeful than those who are discouraged. Jesus desires to feed you encouragement today. He is like a protein…

Did You Start In Grace But End Up Somewhere Else?

Today I’ll continue on the topic of grace. Grace is means ‘undeserved favor and acceptance.’ By accepting Jesus as Savior, you receive undeserved favor and acceptance from God the Father. Many Christians accept grace as a gift, then create a list of things to do to be acceptable to God. This to-do list becomes their new law. It becomes their new ten commandments. It’s their law of acceptability. Paul told the Galatians in Chapter 5 that such behavior was a…

Do You Have a Father-Son or Father-Daughter Relationship with the Father?

The apostle Paul brought the revelation of grace to the church. His writings revealed the heart of the Father under the new covenant of faith and grace. He opens each of his letters with that heart, often with a greeting to all the saints using words like “grace”, “mercy”, and “peace”. In 2nd Timothy chapter 1 Paul greets Timothy with the words “to my dear son”. Paul had a close relationship with Timothy. Timothy was his spiritual son in the…

Let Grace Pave the Way to Contentment

When life seems particularly rough, it feels like we can’t go on one more day. Many of you were driving to work this morning wondering if you can go on one more day. Well, you’re not the only one who has felt this way! Given the choice we all prefer good days and good jobs. Paul the apostle knew both. He said “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty.…

What Is Your Sense of Security Based Upon?

Many Christians feel secure in their relationship with God only when they’re ‘doing good’. Their sense of security is in their behavior and circumstances. Their security is not really in Christ and what Jesus did for them. It’s in their performance. Working to perform for God is ‘dead works.’ Paul called it “falling from grace.” We’ve fallen when we base our security and relationship with God on outward signs rather than inward change. The Apostle Paul’s greatest challenge was not…