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Train Them Thursday – When Worship Flows!
“Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star … Continue reading
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Willing Worker Wednesday – Unwilling Workers Are Easy to Spot!
“Then Herod secretly summoned the wise men and asked them the exact time the star appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. When you find Him, report back to me so that … Continue reading
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Willing Worker Wednesday – Worthy Of the Cost!
“After Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of King Herod, wise men from the east arrived unexpectedly in Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star … Continue reading
Posted in Leadership Blog, Willing Worker Wednesdays Tagged Bethlehem, choice, Christ, Christmas, commitment, cost, danger, Daniel, disciple, example, follow, Jerusalem, Jesus, Judaism, King, King of the Jews, Law, Law of Moses, leader, Leadership, lost, Medo-Persian Empire, praise, preacher, prophet, security services, servant, serve, star, theologian, willing, willingly, wise men, worship Leave a comment
Willing Worker Wednesday – Hurry, Go and See What God Has Revealed!
“When the angels had left them and returned to heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go straight to Bethlehem and see what has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” They hurried off and found both … Continue reading
Posted in Leadership Blog, Willing Worker Wednesdays Tagged act, action, angel, announcement, Bethlehem, betray, command, complain, David, expectation, God, heaven, inconvenient, indwelling, Israel, Jesus, kig, Lamb, leader, life, lives, Lord, love, manger, Mary and Joseph, Messiah, obedience, obey, predator, problem, reality, respond, responsibility, reveal, safe, Savior, work Leave a comment
Willing Worker Wednesday – Attitude and Character!
“In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that the whole empire should be registered. This first registration took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. So everyone went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph … Continue reading
Posted in Leadership Blog, Willing Worker Wednesdays Tagged attitude, Bethlehem, Bible, birth, care, character, compassion, complaint, David, determination, elements, error, fail, gossip, grit, implications, interpretation, Joseph, leader, leaders, life, love, Mary, Nazareth, pain, plan, ponder, pregnant, ridicule, servant, willing Leave a comment
Transformed Episode #231: Christmas Provides Us With Joy!
Have you noticed how many people are running on “empty” these days? You can see it in their eyes. You can hear it in their voices. Sad, sorrow-filled lives stuck in meaningless endeavors as they watch the weeks and … Continue reading
Posted in Christmas, Transformed Tagged almighty God, angel, angelic host, Bethlehem, Bible, Caesar, Caesar Augustus, Christmas, focus, Glory to God, God, Israel, Israeli, Jesus is LordYahweh, Joseph, joy, King, lead, Leadership, Lord, manger, Mary, Messiah, New Testament, Peace on Earth, Pilate, proclaim, rescue, rescuer, save, Savior, Virgin 1 Comment
Transformed Episode #230: Christmas Overrides Our Politicians!
Who’s in charge, really? Is it Washington, Moscow or Tehran? For thousands of years governments have functioned under the illusion that they are the authority on earth … the greater the country, the greater the power. Welcome to the … Continue reading
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