#Leadership – How do you lead? 

Read these verses and think about how you lead. Do you lead by adding more burdens to your people or do you lead by helping your people carry their burdens? 

“Then Rehoboam went to Shechem, for all Israel had come to Shechem to make him king. When Jeroboam the son of Nebat heard of it (for he was in Egypt where he had fled from the presence of King Solomon), Jeroboam returned from Egypt. So they sent and summoned him. When Jeroboam and all Israel came, they spoke to Rehoboam, saying, “Your father made our yoke hard; now therefore lighten the hard service of your father and his heavy yoke which he put on us, and we will serve you.” He said to them, “Return to me again in three days.” So the people departed. Then King Rehoboam consulted with the elders who had served his father Solomon while he was still alive, saying, “How do you counsel me to answer this people?” They spoke to him, saying, “If you will be kind to this people and please them and speak good words to them, then they will be your servants forever.” But he forsook the counsel of the elders which they had given him, and consulted with the young men who grew up with him and served him. So he said to them, “What counsel do you give that we may answer this people, who have spoken to me, saying, ‘Lighten the yoke which your father put on us’?” The young men who grew up with him spoke to him, saying, “Thus you shall say to the people who spoke to you, saying, ‘Your father made our yoke heavy, but you make it lighter for us.’ Thus you shall say to them, ‘My little finger is thicker than my father’s loins! Whereas my father loaded you with a heavy yoke, I will add to your yoke; my father disciplined you with whips, but I will discipline you with scorpions.'” So Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam on the third day as the king had directed, saying, “Return to me on the third day.” The king answered them harshly, and King Rehoboam forsook the counsel of the elders. He spoke to them according to the advice of the young men, saying, “My father made your yoke heavy, but I will add to it; my father disciplined you with whips, but I will discipline you with scorpions.””

‭‭2 Chronicles‬ ‭10:1-14‬ ‭NASB‬‬

If you are kind to your people and treat them with respect you will have employees that will be loyal. People desire to be treated with respect and dignity. On the other hand if you rule with an iron fist you will get what you give. Your employees do not want a tyrant as a boss they want a leader. 

#leadership 

Here are a few leadership nuggets. I usually put these things on Twitter but thought I would compile a few in my blog. 

You will not get far by treating others badly. Do not harm others to boost your career goals. 

When you stop learning you stop growing so never stop learning. 

#Leadership involves admitting when you are wrong and apologizing for the wrong doing.

Become an expert in your field then share your knowledge with those that are willing to learn. 

Become an expert in your field then share your knowledge with those that are willing to listen and learn. 

Leaders bring needed change when others refuse. 

Leaders take control of a sinking ship and unite everyone to work together to save it. Are you keeping your ship from sinking?

Listening is a great leadership skill. Listen to your employees. Did you not hire them for their knowledge?

Constantly yelling at your subordinates is not leadership. Your employees are human. Treat them how you want to be treated. 

The question is not how many followers do you have. The real question is how many leaders have you helped to develop?   

Sometimes #leadership means saying no. Sometimes it means taking risks. Both choices require a sacrifice.

How do you respond in a crisis?

This is for a devotion i will be doing on Tuesday morning in a men’s prayer group. Men if you can come join us at 6 am. Piney Grove Baptist Church, Mars Hill Road, Acworth. 
But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. Acts 16:16
Think about all the times you have had a crisis in your life. Life is going along just fine. There may a few minor things happen, but for the most part things are great. Then all of a sudden tragedy strikes. You lose your house to a fire, you lose a job, or you lose a loved one. There are many things that could happen that we would consider a crisis. Everyone here or everyone reading this has probably had some type of crisis or you might be going through one right now. 

When you face a crisis you have two choices. The first choice is to turn your back on God and harden your heart. The second choice is turn to God and give Him the praise he deserves. Both of these choices are complete opposite. When you turn from God you could have many negative emotions. You might get angry. You might become hostile. You might become sad. You might be nervous or anxious. The point is that you are not going to be looking towards God who can give you strength.

If you look towards God you are going to give Him praise and you are not going to lose hope. Times might become bad, but you have to keep praising. 

In Acts 16 we see Paul and Silas were in Philippi and things were going great. Lydia had just received Christ and had persuaded them to stay a little longer. As they went to prayer there was a slave girl who had been possessed by evil spirits. After a few days of being harassed by the girl Paul commanded the spirits out of her. Immediately they came out. Again the two men had someone glorious to celebrate. The slave girl’s owner was furious. He took them to the authorities and they were arrested. 

This is where they had to make the choice of how to respond. Many people would respond out of anger if they were arrested for no reason. Most people would be upset and demanding legal counsel. Think about how you would respond if you were arrested today if you told someone about Jesus while walking through a local market. 

Paul was a man of God. His faith was so strong that it was unshakable. Paul was not going to let a night in jail keep him from praising God. He knew that this was a dark time in his life. He knew that he needed God more than ever. Things were not looking bright for the two missionaries but they stayed focused on God. Paul and Silas were singing hymns. I can only imagine what that night was like. I am sure that it was joyous and filled with the Holy Spirit. I can only imagine that it was like many church services where everyone was praising God. 

When we face a dark moment in our lives we cannot turn away from God, we must lean on Him more. The last season I coached baseball, I used the saying we will praise God if we win and we will praise God if we lose. That year we lost every game. The boys learned a lot about coming together as a team and learned some new skills. The main thing they learned was that even at the bottom you must praise God. Did I get frustrated with this team? I might have been a little frustrated but I knew what I had told my players. I made my mind up that I would not let it get to me and that I would be there for these young boys. 

It is not a matter of if a crisis hits, it is a matter of when. How will you respond next time you face a bad situation? Do you turn away or towards God?

Unleashed…to turn the world upside down!

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This year’s theme for spiritual formation at Point University is one word: Unleashed. And the tag line to help define that word is “to turn the world upside down.”

The Bible is filled with imagery about our human condition apart from the gospel, but it might be fair to simply say that without Christ, we are “tied up” to all sorts of things and need to be unleashed. In an interesting little comment in Acts 17, one of the city leaders of Thessalonica, upon hearing that Paul and his missionary friends were coming to their town, said, “These men who have turned the world upside down have come here also.” (17:6, ESV)

Just think about that. A pagan city official has heard about the transforming nature of the Christian gospel and the best phrase he can use to explain it has to do with the gospel turning the…

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After School Satan

“It’s important that children be given an opportunity to realize that the evangelical materials now creeping into their schools are representative of but one religious opinion amongst many. While the Good News Clubs focus on indoctrination, instilling them with a fear of Hell and God’s wrath, After School Satan Clubs will focus on free inquiry and rationalism, the scientific basis for which we know what we know about the world around us. We prefer to give children an appreciation of the natural wonders surrounding them, not a fear of everlasting other-worldly horrors.”
I have seen articles in the past few days about this club. So I decided I would research what the club was about. This was the first thing on their page. I find many things wrong with this statement. Yes the evangelical materials they are referring to are from one of many religions; However, I believe that Christianity is the only true religion. No one enters into heaven except through Jesus Christ. 

The group is also upset about children learning about Hell and God’s wrath. The club is ran by the Satanic Temple. The group represents Satanists. These people will endure the wrath of God and experience Hell unless they repent and turn to God. I would rather fear Hell and God’s wrath while on earth than to endure it forever. 

As a Christian I do not condone these types of “religious” organizations. My children would never be allowed to participate in these types of clubs either. I do not want them in the schools but I do not know if they can be stopped. In a Supreme Court ruling in 2001 it was determined that a school district violated a religious group’s constitutional right. 

“When Milford denied the Good News Club access to the school’s limited public forum on the ground that the Club was religious in nature, it discriminated against the Club because of its religious viewpoint in violation of the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment. Because Milford has not raised a valid Establishment Clause claim, we do not address the question whether such a claim could ex- cuse Milford’s viewpoint discrimination.” 

We as Christians advocate for religious liberty. Christians are not the only group offered religious liberty. The right is given to all. If we take away religious liberty of one we are going to be in danger of losing our religious liberty. 

This is a religious battle. We as Christians must seek God in this matter.  God tells us that the harvest is plentiful and the workers are few. We as Christians have to take the Great Commandment seriously and make disciples of all nations. The church has to be intentional about spreading the gospel. We must pray for the lost. We must pray for revival.