Leader's Heart-Overflow

The One Thing a Leader Must Know


At the center of a spiritual leader’s competencies is an unshakable belief that God is sovereign. Even (or maybe especially) in the midst of difficult or even tragic situations, a leader knows that God is in control and will work for the good. “As the princess opened [the basket that she found in the river], she found the baby boy. His helpless …

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Leader's Heart-Overflow

What Leaders Can Learn from Mountain Bikers Part 2: Keep Your Eyes on the Trail!


What do mountain bikers, George of the Jungle, and leaders have in common? In my last post on February 9, I wrote about how leaders can learn from mountain bikers how to “look down the trail.” Just as important is to keep your eyes on the trail, instead of what’s not on the trail.  Last year on a group ride …

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Leader's Heart-Overflow

What if God Showed Up in Our Meeting?


What if God Showed Up at Our Small Group Meeting?

“Wouldn’t it be great if God would just show up physically in our meeting? It would be awesome if he would show himself or if we could literally hear his spoken voice!” “But be careful! You did not see the Lord’s form on the day he spoke to you from the fire at Mount Sinai. So do not corrupt yourselves …

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The Importance of Looking Down the Trail


This morning I read a very good article about mountain biking skills on the International Mountain Bike Magazine web site that is a great illustration for leading a small group. An important skill in mountain biking is to look down the trail, past what’s right in front of you. When you look down the trail a ways, you can identify potential …

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Spiritual Life

Snow Day Devotional


I’m working from our kitchen table today, but it’s not easy to focus. Every so often, I look out the glass sliding doors into our back yard and watch the snow coming down. It really is awe-inspiring to watch as it covers the tree branches with its winsomely white artistry. (Picture at right taken by my wife, Heidi) I stopped …

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Discipling

Help Your Group See What God Wants Them to Be


God gives his people a vision of what he wants us to become. This vision has not changed for thousands of years: You know how I brought you to myself and carried you on eagle’s wings. Now if you will obey me and keep my covenant, you will be my own special treasure from among all the nations of the …

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Leader's Heart-Overflow

Leading Down the Mountain


Spiritual leadership begins with the heart to be led. It involves humble surrender of “my” leadership as an act of stewardship to God. Moses displayed this kind of leadership. Moses returned from the mountain and called together the leaders of the people and told them what the Lord had said. – Exodus 19:7 The job of a spiritual leader can be …

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Great Humility = Great Leadership


It takes great humility to be a great leader. Moses was a great leader because he was a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth (in his own words! See Numbers 12:3.). It takes humility as a leader to listen to others’ advice, especially when they tell you that the way you are …

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3 Vital Leadership Principles in the Wilderness


“Then Moses pleaded with the Lord, “What should I do with these people? … The Lord said to Moses … Moses did just as he was told …” – Exodus 17:4-6 As the Northeast church campus undergoes a lot of messy construction, our senior pastor, Bob Cherry, has compared it to the Israelite’s journey in Exodus. It’s a good analogy. We’re …

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Trials Along the Trails


“At the Lord’s command, the people of Israel left the Sin Desert and moved from place to place.”  – Exodus 17:1, NLT For us as leaders, life is more than just setting a goal and then achieving it. God works in our lives, families, small groups, and churches in the midst of the journey, as we move from place to …

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