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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 ultimateleffective prayercoach you
comprehensively, in thirteen sections, on the attitudinal 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 Psalms, His personal purpose 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. Your calling's vital essence or general direction, though, 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.

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. This mini-book is a multilayered 3D of the opposite extreme, similar in purpose to Proverbs 7. It is a 3D 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.

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