But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4 treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God—5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.
The New International Version. (2011). (2 Ti 3:1–5). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.
We need a more purposeful pursuit of Christ. We need to be more engaged with our own personal pursuits, but joined with other believers as well. Not just from a distance, like a book or podcast… but face to face. Challenge yourself to grow… and to do so with others in your life. Continue reading “The diligence of discipleship — Part 2”
It’s not about how you start… it’s how you finish.
Spiritual leaders look back and reflect on the goodness of God. And it’s not always a pleasant place of reflection. Paul was in prison and the executioner was down the hall. Continue reading “Spiritual Leadership — Finishing Well”
Paul had the leading of the Spirit to see Timothy and invite him to come alongside in ministry. Paul had watched Timothy develop. He could see the potential and the gifts flowing in Timothy’s life and ministry. Continue reading “Spiritual Leadership — Imparting gifts”
I’m not so much into the “prophetic” in our American charismatic model. That has soured me to the point where I haven’t really put much stock in trying to figure out “what’s ahead.” It’s a fear of “looking wacky.” Continue reading “Spiritual Leadership — Discerning the Times”
There are some who seem to revel in the ability to rebuke. They attack like a machine gun. No prisoners taken.
Spiritual leadership has a necessity to be strong, but there is a level of gentleness that is applied as well.
Continue reading “Spiritual Leadership — Correction and Rebuke”
Some thoughts on spiritual leadership from 2 Timothy. Before, I looked at the prayer life of a spiritual leader, and the encouragement of a spiritual leader.
Spiritual leaders should also live as “Exhibit A.” Spiritual leaders don’t “teach” the way. They show the way. Continue reading “Spiritual Leadership — Show the Way”