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Congregational Leadership, Inside-Out

Educational & Instructional Manual

Perhaps the simplest and clearest scripture summarizing leadership is Psalm 78:72 (NKJV): So he shepherded them according to the integrity of his heart, and guided them by the skillfulness of his hands.
    Asaph pinpoints for us what could be called "the heart" and "the brain" of David's exceptional leadership: inner health and leadership skill. This sequential mechanism is so very critical and seemingly unappreciated by many. A leader is a person first, leader second. A holy, healthy, happy personhood is the heart and blood center of skillful leadership. It is from that heart of personal health that we can then execute a leadership brain, objectively and wisely, in our realm of responsibility.

This manual is calibrated to congregational leaders.


Seeking God in Prayer

Educational & Instructional Manual

One of the most common phrases in the Old and New Testament is "seeking God." But what does this mean exactly? Go to church more? Perform acts of benevolence or penance? In this manual, I escort you through an extensive network of Scriptures, showing how "seeking God" is a metonym for earnest and ultimately effective prayer. I coach you comprehensively, in thirteen brief sections,
on the att
itudinal and applicational nuances necessary to seeking and finding
your Lord consistently.

Acts 17:27 (NKJV): ...that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one...

Hebrews 11:6 (NIV): ...he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

                                     Photo Credit: Greg Olson

Discover Your Calling

Educational & Instructional Manual

Before we took our first breath, God had already designed us to fulfill a specific purpose on earth. That purpose is our vocational calling, and we are to discover it and fulfill it. It is the ideal path to exhilarate our soul with the meaningful engagement, risky adventure, and higher happiness we long for. As Paul told the Romans, the Lord's will is "good, pleasing, and perfect." As David sings in the Psalms, His purpose for us individually is "a delightful inheritance."
    There is a practical, rational way to discover your calling. Sure, some details will be revealed only in the Lord's time and way. Certainly there is a supernatural, revelatory side to the process. However, your calling's vital essence or general direction can be uncovered through a discovery project you deliberately engage in with the Holy Spirit, pertinent scriptures, and wisdom.

Ephesians 2:10: For we are God’s handiwork,created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Basic (manual and video supplements only)

With Counseling (process manual and videos with Junior)

Where Will the Antichrist Come From?


Christians are often surprised to discover that, after Moses, Jesus, and Paul, the central figures of the Old and New Testament, the Antichrist is the next most mentioned and discussed person in Scripture. This lesser-known fact is arresting and important. Understandably, though, some shy away from the subject. It can be creepy, or seem quixotic or too far off. Who has time for some enigmatic archfiend when there are bills to pay and loved ones in the hospital?
    Yet, the same Word of God that confronts us with a Christ also confronts us with an Antichrist. Not once or twice or a few times, but consistently and sometimes with uncomfortable breadth and depth. As creepy, implausible, far-off, or quixotic as he may seem to us, the Lord of Scripture still commands us to understand this last hour counterfeit.


Understanding Jezebel & The Misuse of Feminine Power


Beginning with Eve, certain women have worked with the Lord in impressive
ways to
accomplish impressive things. Also beginning with Eve, certain women
have darkened into sinister and devastating ways. History's polar testimony is intriguing: for every Abigail there is a Jezebel, for every Jezebel there is an Abigail.

    Much has been written on the splendid heroines of Biblical history, spiritual
championesses like Jael, Esther, Abigail, Lydia, and my favorite, Mary Magdalene. It has been my contemplation for some time, though, to artfully paint a 3D of the opposite extreme, similar in purpose to Proverbs 7. A portrait of a woman who was indeed great, but for godawful reasons, a woman the risen Christ deemed significant enough to mention by name and use as a nickname: Jezebel.

Royal seal of ancient Jezebel, 9th century BC, found 1964. To see full image, translation, and article: Seal of Jezebel


The Beasts in Revelation


In Scripture, God uses the symbol of grotesque or wild beasts to illustrate wicked and threatening individuals (Ps 74:19, 1Co 15:32) or empires (Dan 7). In contrast, pleasant and docile animals illustrate individuals or groups obedient to Him (Isa 40:11, Jn 10:16). The beasts in the book of Revelation, then, symbolize the nature of the individuals and empires they refer to. These clever and understandable symbols help us identify who they are and how they fit into redemptive history.
    This five chapter mini-book explains the red dragon, the sea beast (also known as the conglomerate beast), the scarlet beast, the abyss beast, and the land beast. The shifting heads, horns, and crowns are also explained in detail as the apocalyptic narrative evolves throughout Revelation. Revelation is not impossible or inexplicable, however, it does demand a prerequisite breadth of historical, geographical, theological, and Old Testament prophetical understanding.