Ask It

Ask itAsk It:  The question that will revolutionize how you make decisions by Andy Stanley is a revised and updated version of his earlier book, The Best Question Ever (2004).  The revised version contains much of the same content with a new section describing the wise person, the fool, and the mocker from the book Proverbs.  This new section replaces the section on money in The Best Question Ever.  The revised version also adds a helpful study guide.

You may be wondering, “What is the question that will revolutionize how you can make better decisions?”  He does not start with the question but lays the foundation for why he believes it is the best question ever. The basis for this question comes from Ephesians 5:15-17,

Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

From this Bible passage, what do you think is the best question? Andy Stanley asserts that the best question is, “What is the wise thing to do?” With practical relevance he builds a case for how that question can be beneficial in your decision making and hopefully may save you from regret.  Now that you know the best question, I’ll leave it to you to discover the best decision ever.

This is a short book but it is filled with biblical principles. All of us fall prey to self-deception and the guidelines in this book may keep you from making foolish decisions. He writes, “Our greatest moral regrets are always preceded by a series of unwise choices” (p.  98). This book will help you to make decisions with wisdom. (I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review).

 

RickAssociate Pastor – Discipleship.  The Church at LifePark

Professor of Discipleship, Columbia International University

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Compliance or Obedience

obedience1What are your thoughts about the words compliance and obedience?  Although they are often appear synonymous there are some subtle distinctions between these two words.

Compliance usually refers to adherence to established policies and procedures.  Obedience usually includes the heart motive of an individual.  The key to understanding in spiritual matters is not merely intellect but obedience.  Consider Abraham in the Old Testament, God told him to leave his home country and although Abraham did not understand all the details he obeyed God.

By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed by going out to a place which he was to receive for an inheritance; and he went out, not knowing where he was going.  (Hebrews 11:8)

We also discover that as we are faithful in obeying the little matters in our lives that enables us to be faithful in the larger matters – we discover that obedience leads to greater opportunities.

He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much; and he who is unrighteous in a very little thing is unrighteous also in much.  (Luke 16:10)

True obedience must come from the heart.  The Apostle Paul encourages the church at Rome with this truth,

But thanks be to God that though you were slaves of sin, you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching to which you were committed,  (Romans 6:17)

Is your life characterized by compliance or obedience from the heart?  In Jesus’ day, the Pharisees were experts in outward compliance but Jesus castigated them because their hearts were far from God.  They simply complied with the law to look good for others.  Jesus teaches that our obedience is a demonstration of our love for God,

If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.  (John 14:15)

Notice that this a conditional sentence, Jesus does not make me obey, it is my responsibility.  If I do not obey it’s because someone else is more important than Jesus – usually I’m the culprit.  When I obey however, I fulfill my spiritual destiny.

When God’s love fills my heart my “have to” (compliance) is transformed into a “want to” (obedience).  May our desire become that of the Psalmist,

I delight to do Your will, O my God; your Law is within my heart.  (Psalm 40:8)

 

RickAssociate Pastor – Discipleship.  The Church at LifePark

Professor of Discipleship, Columbia International University

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Greater Devotional

Greater DevotionalGreater Devotional is an excellent companion to Steven Furtick’s  previous book Greater.   This book contains a number of examples from the life of the prophet Elisha as well as other biblical passages for those who desire to move from good to greater in their spiritual life.

The book is arranged in forty brief devotionals with a strong emphasis on application.  The author uses a number of “sticky statements” to make the ideas memorable.   Here’s a brief sampling,

God’s silence is not equivalent to God’s absence (p. 16)

The opportunity of a lifetime must be seized in the lifetime of the opportunity (p. 21)  (Quoting Leonard Ravenhill)

God is more interested in your full obedience than your full understanding (p. 25)

Identity always comes before activity in the order of God (p. 31)

Only God can send the rain.  But He expects you to dig the ditches (p. 45)

Your greatest limitation is God’s greatest opportunity (p. 63)

An ounce of anointing is more precious than a ton of talent (p. 92)

Each chapter contains a tweetable quote with a  #GreaterBook  hashtag identifying the source.  If you’re looking for a resource to jump start your spiritual walk then you may find this brief devotional a helpful tool.  (I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review).

 

RickAssociate Pastor – Discipleship.  The Church at LifePark

Professor of Discipleship, Columbia International University

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It’s Your Ship

Abrashoff_ItsYourShipCaptain D. Michael Abrashoff recounts his experience as the commanding officer of the USS Benfold.  It’s Your Ship is the playbook how Abrashoff transformed the USS Benfold into one of the best ships in the navy.

Leadership is crucial in any organization, especially in the military where decisions can mean life or death.  Abrashoff was able to create a climate where every sailor believed that the success of the ship was his or her responsibility.  “Show me an organization in which employees take ownership, and I will show you one that beats its competitors.”

“As I saw it, my job was to create the climate that enabled people to unleash their potential” (p. 31).  It’s Your Ship provides the principles how Abrashoff created a crew of confident and inspired problem-solvers eager to take responsibility for their ship.  The chapter titles reveals the strategy Abrashoff used to turn his ship around:

Take Command    The way to create lasting change is to see the ship through the eyes of the crew to determine what is wrong and empower the sailors to fix it themselves.

Lead By Example    Leadership must be done by example, not simply through platitudes.   When he was unable able to get the results that he wanted,  Abrashoff looked within and asked three questions that helped him decide if he was the problem:  1.  Did I articulate the goals?   2.  Did I give people enough time and resources to accomplish the task?   3.  Did I give them enough training?

Listen Aggressively     Abrashoff  decided that he would get to know every person on his ship and  what they liked to do.

Communicate Purpose and Meaning     The key to leading a ship or organization is to articulate a common goal that inspires a diverse group of people to work together.

Create A Climate Of Trust     An effective  workforce must have a culture of mutual trust with one another.

Look For Results, Not Salutes     Abrashoff encouraged innovation from all levels of the organization and he gave significant responsibility to his junior people.

Take Calculated Risks     You must realize that when you set out to improve your organization and take ownership you may make mistakes.

Go Beyond Standard Procedure     Innovation and progress are achieved only by those who venture beyond standard operating procedure.

Build Up Your People     Leaders can achieve new levels of success by encouraging their people to express themselves on both a personal and professional level.

Generate Unity     Treating people with dignity and respect is not only morally right, but also results in productivity.

Improve Your People’s Quality of Life     Quality of life creates good morale and fosters a healthy work environment.

Life After Benfold     Abrashoff continue to teach these principles in his organization:  http://www.glsworld.com/

In summary, “My organizing principle was simple:  The key to being a successful skipper is to see the ship through the eyes of the crew.  Only then can you find out what’s really wrong, and, in so doing, help the sailors empower themselves to fix it.”   If you’re in a leadership role then you’ll find this a helpful resource.

 

RickAssociate Pastor – Discipleship.  The Church at LifePark

Professor of Discipleship, Columbia International University

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Therefore I Have Hope

Lamentations 3The book of Lamentations is not for the faint of heart.  This short book chronicles the devastation of the nation of Israel after their apostasy from God.   Tucked away in the middle of the sadness and sorrow of this book is an amazing ray of hope,

This I recall to my mind, therefore I have hope.  The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.  “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I have hope in Him.”  (Lamentations 3:21-24)

There are times in our lives when it seems like our world is falling apart. As Jeremiah penned these words He reflected upon God’s faithfulness. Despite the unbelievably horrific conditions he faced, he regained hope as he focused upon God.  The Hebrew word for “hope” has the idea of waiting with a confident expectation.

Perhaps you’re facing a challenging time, don’t lose sight of the fact that the Lord knows what you’re going through and He cares.   The theologian John Calvin wisely observed, “. . . hope is nothing else but the constancy of faith.”   We have a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ!  Therefore you too can have hope.

 

RickAssociate Pastor – Discipleship.  The Church at LifePark

Professor of Discipleship, Columbia International University

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Beyond IQ

Beyond IQBeyond IQ:  Scientific Tools for Training Problem Solving, Intuition, Emotional Intelligence, Creativity, and More by Garth Sundem is a helpful guide that delineates activities to enhance your cognitive ability.

IQ (Intelligence Quotient) is important but your mental ability is comprised of many other factors.  Sundem discusses a number of factors leading to your mental acuity.  The chapters address the following topics:

Insight
Practical Intelligence
Problem-solving
Creativity
Intuition
Your Brain on Technology
Experise
Working Memory
Keeping Intelligence
Wisdom
Performance Under Pressure
Emotional Intelligence
Willpower
Multitasking
Heuristics and Biases

Each chapter provides a brief description of the topic along with recent research and a number of cognitive exercises.   You will find a number of helpful principles and exercises to enhance your thinking skills.  The chapter on Multitasking is well written revealing a balanced approach supported by recent research.

If you’re looking to enhance your mental ability, you may find this a helpful resource.   (I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.)

 

RickAssociate Pastor – Discipleship.  The Church at LifePark

Professor of Discipleship, Columbia International University

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Why should you pray?

Luke 5.16I find it fascinating that apart from all of the miracles Jesus performed,  what His disciples most wanted to learn from Him was how to pray,

“It happened that while Jesus was praying in a certain place, after He had finished, one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray just as John also taught his disciples.”  (Luke 11:1)

Prayer was such a significant aspect of Jesus’ life that His disciples wanted to learn how to pray.  Do we have the same desire to pray?  As I speak with people, an area that they often want to improve upon is their prayer life.  Prayer is an opportunity to commune with the God of the universe – when we realize that God delights in our fellowship it can help us to see prayer as a practice that we “get to do” rather than a task that we “have to do”.   Prayer is not simply a way to get what we want, but the way to become what God wants.

In addition to the many commands to pray, what are some specific reasons why you should pray at all times?   Here are some helpful reasons to pray adapted from R.A. Torrey’s classic booklet,  How to Pray:

1.   Prayer is required for spiritual warfare – Ephesians  6:18 encourages us, “With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints.”  Remember that a spiritual battle requires spiritual weapons.

2.   Prayer is God’s way of providing – James 4:2 reminds us. “. . . You do not have because you do not ask.”   Sometimes we have not because we ask not.

3.   Prayer was a priority of the Apostles – Acts 6:4 reveals their example, “But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.”  Notice the priority of the apostles.  Paul records numerous exhortations with regard to prayer (Rom 1:9, Eph 1:15-16, Col 1:9, 1 Thes 3:10, 2 Tim 1:3).

4.   Prayer was a priority of our Lord  Jesus Christ – Mark 1:35 shows us Jesus’ example after a busy evening of ministry, “In the early morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house,  and went away to a secluded place, and was praying there.”

5.   Prayer is a part of the present ministry of our Lord  Jesus Christ – Heb 7:25,  “Therefore He is able also to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.”

6.   Coming to God in prayer provides mercy and grace – Heb 4:16 reveals that God cares about us, “Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”

7.  Prayer provides a means for your joy – John 16:24 encourages us to come to God in prayer, “Until now you have asked for nothing in My name; ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be made full.”

8.   Prayer provides peace for you in time of trouble – Phil 4:6-7 is a great verse of encouragement, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.   And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

9.   Prayer is a means for gaining the fullness of the Holy Spirit  – Luke 11:13 is a promise from Jesus,  “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?”

10.  Prayer is a means for keeping you spiritually ready – Jesus encouraged His disciples in Luke 21:34-36,  “Be on guard, so that your hearts will not be weighted down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of life, and that day will not come on you suddenly like a trap; for it will come upon all those who dwell on the face of all the earth.  But keep on the alert at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are about to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.”

11.   It is a great aid in spiritual growth – We read in Psalm 139:23-24 that prayer can enable us to discern areas of sin in our lives, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me and know my anxious thoughts;  and  see if there be any hurtful way in me, and lead me in the everlasting way.”

12.   Prayer provides effectiveness  for ministry – John 14:12-14 records that prayer is the means whereby we can do greater works, “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father.  Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.   If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.”

13.   Prayer ministers to others as we pray for the conversion and sanctification of others.  Paul’s prayer in Colossians 1:9-12 is an example of such a prayer, “For this reason also, since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding,  so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;  strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience; joyously giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light.”

14.  Prayer enables you to learn great and mighty things from God –  “Call to Me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know.”  Jeremiah 33:3

Francois Fenelon wrote, “Of all the disciplines of the Christian life, none is more essential and yet more neglected, than prayer.”  May you be encouraged by the words of Jesus, “Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you.”  Mark 11:24

 

RickAssociate Pastor – Discipleship.  The Church at LifePark

Professor of Discipleship, Columbia International University

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24/6 – Are you keeping a Sabbath?

24 6The ten commandments have taken a bad rap as being a list of do’s and don’ts but they are actually for your benefit.  When you live according to God’s principles you can avoid significant problems.   A challenge I have been facing recently is keeping the fourth commandment when ministry is 24/7,

As you look at the ten commandments the fourth commandment is the longest and most inclusive of all the other commandments.  It is a strategic hinge between the commandments that focus on our relationship with God (1-4) and the commandments that focus on our relationship with others (5-6).

Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.   Six days you shall labor and do all your work,  but the seventh day is a sabbath of the Lord your God; in it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter, your male or your female servant or your cattle or your sojourner who stays with you.   For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day and made it holy.  (Exodus 20:6-11)

The etymology of the word Sabbath is derived from a Hebrew word that means to rest or cease.  God’s plan is that we have a day of rest, so how do we do this a 24/7 world?   We have a tendency to forget that God rested after His work – perhaps that’s the reason that the fourth commandment is the only one of the ten commandments that begins with the word remember.

Matthew Sleeth  provides a helpful perspective in  24/6:  A Prescription for a Healthier, Happier Life.   He asserts, “If we wish to have a weekly day of rest, it will no longer happen as a societal default.  It will happen only as a result of a conscious choice.”   Eugene Peterson wisely observes, “Sabbath is a time to transition from human doings to human beings.”

Why is it so difficult to observe a Sabbath?   A major reason is that we can lose sight of the character of God and become enmeshed in the pursuits of the world.  “The point is that something very important about the character of God is revealed on the seventh day:   God stops.  Stopping is a problem for humans.  We get a comfortable house, and then we want a bigger one.”

We fail to see that a Sabbath is for our benefit,

Jesus said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath.  So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.”   (Mark 2:27-28)

“And that’s just it:  the intent of the commandment— rest—is what is important. Sabbath is meant to be a refuge , not a prison.  It protects the needy, the displaced, and the powerless.  People don’t save the Sabbath; it saves us.  The meaning of rest to a man who cannot walk is to get up and go.  The meaning of rest to the hungry is food.  The meaning of rest to Peter’s mother-in-law was not only to be healed from her fever, but to offer hospitality to her son-in-law’s famous employer.”

There are a number of deleterious effects of not keeping a Sabbath.   The author is a medical doctor who has seen firsthand the results of our 24/7 society, “Fast living that includes fast food and fast eating may ultimately be slowing us down.  Americans spend less than eighty minutes per day eating meals.  What is the reaction?  We’re getting fat.  Nearly 35 percent of our population has a body mass index (BMI) over 30.  (A BMI of more than 25 is overweight, and one of more than 30 is considered obese .)”

A study has revealed that those who keep a Sabbath live “about a dozen years longer than the rest of America.  If you multiply the number of Sabbaths they observe per year by their average lifespan and divide that figure by 365, you will end up with about a dozen years.  In other words, the number of extra years they live is roughly equivalent to the number of days they spend in Sabbath keeping.”

Sleeth emphasizes, “Resting is even more necessary in uncertain times. It helps us remember that God is in control and that our identity is not dependent on the work we do.”

What’s involved in a Sabbath?  The author elucidates “the three Rs of Sabbath:  rest, renewal, and reverence.  In Sabbath keeping, we rest from more than our labors.  We rest from the tyranny of the urgent, the staggering precipice of eternity, and the mundane work week.”  Here’s some helpful and inspiring advice, “How Bill Hybels stays replenished“.

The reality is living 24/ 7 is life draining, whereas living 24/ 6 is life giving.  May Psalm 46:10 encourage your heart as you take time to remember the Sabbath,

Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.  (Psalm 46:10)

What are some you ways you find helpful in keeping a Sabbath?

 

RickAssociate Pastor – Discipleship.  The Church at LifePark

Professor of Discipleship, Columbia International University

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What is the Purpose of Marriage?

sacred-marriage-what-if-god-designed-marriage-to-make-us-holy-more-than-to-make-us-happySacred Marriage by Gary Thomas looks at the true purpose of marriage as he inquires, “What if God designed marriage to make us holy more than to make us happy?”  This book reveals how couples can deepen their relationship with God through their marital relationship.  Marriage can be viewed as a spiritual discipline that can develop our Christian character.  God can use our marriage partner to make us more like Christ.

Here are some thoughts from the book for you to ponder:

One of the best wedding gifts God gave you was a full length mirror called your spouse.  Had there been a card attached, it would have said, “Here’s to helping you discover what you’re really like!”

Couples don’t fall out of love so much as they fall out of repentance. Sin, wrong attitudes, and personal failures that are not dealt with slowly erode the relationship, assaulting and eventually erasing the once lofty promises made in the throes of an earlier (and less polluted) passion.

Our Lord has sovereignty ordained that our refining process take place as we go through difficulties, not around them. The Bible is filled with examples of those who overcame as they passed through the desert, the Red Sea, the fiery furnace and ultimately the cross.  God doesn’t protect Christians from problems,  but He helps them walk victoriously through their problems.

If I’m in my marriage for emotional stability, I probably won’t last long.   But if I think it can reap spiritual benefits, I’ll have plenty of reason to be married.

It took years for me to understand I have a Christian obligation to continually move toward my wife. I thought that as long as I didn’t attack my wife or say cruel things to her, I was a “nice” husband, but the opposite of biblical love isn’t hate, it’s apathy. To stop moving toward our spouse is to stop loving him or her. It’s holding back from the very purpose of marriage.

Perhaps the “simple steps” approach to marriage does not work because God didn’t design marriage to be easy.  Perhaps God’s purpose for us goes beyond our personal happiness and comfort.

If the purpose of marriage were merely happiness and romance,  I’d have to find someone new about every two years . . .   but if holiness is God’s focus,  then living with a difficult spouse is an opportunity for me to grow in Christlikeness, for me to be transformed.

Humans so often look to each other for things that only God can provide.  Much of the dissatisfaction we experience in marriage comes from expecting too much from it.

If I’m married only for happiness, and my happiness wanes for whatever reason, one little spark will burn the entire forest of my relationship.

Our culture is obsessed with self-care, self-preservation, and self-promotion. We are losing the art of caring for others that God designed us for.

It’s too bad that I spent the early years of our marriage tallying up the pluses and minuses of my wife’s personality and that I spent so much time and energy dwelling on her minuses rather than on my own.

In 1 Peter 3:7,  the apostle Peter writes that husbands must live considerately with their wives and treat them with respect so that nothing will get in the way of their prayers. Peter is not saying that a strong prayer life will benefit our marriages; instead he is saying that improving our marriages will benefit our prayers!

Marriage provides us the opportunity to reevaluate our dependency on other humans for our spiritual nourishment,  and directs us to nurture our relationship with God.   The truth is no human being can love us the way we long to be loved.  Marriage is an incredible opportunity to learn the godly art of servanthood.  St. Francis wisely said, “It is in giving . . . that we receive.”

 

RickAssociate Pastor – Discipleship.  The Church at LifePark

Professor of Discipleship, Columbia International University

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Nuggets from the Global Leadership Summit

SummitWe hosted The Global Leadership Summit at the Church at LifePark this past week – what a great week!  I was planning to list my top ten quotations, but I found I could not limit it to ten – here’s some thoughts for you to ponder:

Bill Hybels

Your culture will only ever be as healthy as the senior leader wants it to be.

Any effort to work on culture will fail without 100% buy-in from the leader at the top.

People join organizations – they leave managers.

He who is forgiven much will worship much.

What are you going to do with your dash?

As a leader you’re in the business of giving people confidence.

The grander the vision, the greater the price tag.

The kindest form of a management is the truth. (Jack Welch)

You’ll never be fully satisfied until you’re a part of God’s grand plan.

God made you on purpose for a purpose.

There is a grander vision with your name on it.

Figure it out and don’t call me.

 Carly Fiorina

The highest calling of leadership is to unlock the potential of others.

What we are is Gods gift to us – what we become is our gift to God.

Jeffrey Immelt

Be around a crises early in your career. You can’t tell anything about anyone until they have been through a crisis.

Over time my team will question my decisions, but I hope they never question my intentions.

Susan Cain

The wind howls but the mountain remains the same.

What’s in your suitcase?

Bryan Loritts

God sees us as is, accepts us as is, saves us as is, but by grace, never leaves us as is!

Patrick Lencioni

You can’t be too vulnerable as a leader. People expect us to be competent, but they don’t want us to be perfect, they want us to be human.

If it’s not servant leadership, it’s just economics.

A true leader sacrifices themselves for the well-being of others without a guarantee of a return on investment.

 Joseph Grenny

The vital behavior that enables most any positive organizational outcome is candor at moments of acute emotional and political risk.

People never get defensive with you about what you are saying  – they get defensive because of why they think you are saying it.

Erica Ariel Fox

We don’t negotiate well with others because we don’t know how to negotiate with ourselves.

Your job as a leader is to identify your key performance gaps and systematically develop yourself to close them.

Don Flow 

Confidence without challenge = complacency – challenge without confidence = fear.

Michael Jr.

Stop asking what you can get for yourself and ask what you can give from yourself.

Allen Catherine Kagina

We were naive enough to believe that God can change anything.

Wilfredo de Jesus

Courage is an inner resolution to go forward despite obstacles.

With revelation comes responsibility.

Fear is the opposite of faith.

You cannot let your budget determine your faith.

Ivan Satyavrata

The greatest gift you can give to your followers is a safe place for them to soar to greater heights.

Tyler Perry

On critics:  God has prepared a table before me in the presence of my enemies. So watch me eat!

How can you pay attention to critics when you’re changing lives?

Louie Giglio

You don’t have to know everything about how to get to the top of the mountain in front of you in order to take the next step.

God cannot use a man greatly until he wounds him deeply.  (A. W. Tozer)

See you at next year’s Summit,  August 6-7 2015.

 

RickAssociate Pastor – Discipleship.  The Church at LifePark

Professor of Discipleship, Columbia International University

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