Divine Guidance In A Complicated World
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As leaders, it’s easy to make divine guidance too complicated. But I don't think it has to be. In fact, I believe the supernatural will of God, is actually more super natural. Yet, it's so easy to over-think it or wait for the heavens to open and yell down to us and tell us what we are meant to do.
In this month's Youth Leader's Coach, "Divine Guidance In A Complicated World," I'm sharing with you three GUIDANCE KEYS to help us navigate the Lord's leadership both in our PERSONAL lives and in our MINISTRIES.
Why is the TV series Heroes such a smash hit? Everyone wants to be one...a hero that is. Don't you? In this Source, we speak to that desire. Through skits, stories and the Bible, we laugh, cry and reveal what it takes to be God's kind of hero, not a seasonal hit but an eternal one.
The public and private life of Esther gives us great insight on both the responsibility and risk that come with being God's kind of hero. As you know, while we all want to be a hero in front of the lights, flash and camera, most true heroic moments come when few, if any, are present. Esther was no exception. Her struggles and ultimate victory gives us hope that we too can come out on top.
Just in case no one has shown up in your life to express appreciation lately, allow me to thank you for paying all the costly prices to be a hero in the lives of our students. May you continue to have the vision, endurance and desire to love our kids authentically and run the race well.
Enjoying the journey with you,
Can you believe that "American Idol" is still a season hit to this day? But, as you know, "idols" were around long before the T.V. show made the word famous. In Ezekiel, the Bible tells us the Lord is still trying to capture our hearts. Yet all too often, like in Moses' day, we get off course and allow other things and people to take center stage in our lives.
In this Source, we take some time to honestly consider who or what we are placing at our heart's center. My prayer is that these continual heart exams would keep each of us from undoing in careless moments of disobedience the work that God's grace has taken much time to build. For remember, the Enemy always reserves the right to cash in on our moments of disobedience at the very instant it will do him the most good. Let's choose not to give him that foothold for our own sake and for the sake of those following in our footsteps.
So, grab your cup of coffee and let's dive in.
Have you ever caught yourself asking, "Lord, why didn't you make me better at...?" or "Jesus, why didn't you make me more like...?" It seems like we forever want to be someone else and often sense that we just don't measure up. Trying to conquer our self-esteem issues is a constant battle not only in our own lives, but in the lives of our students as well. Given that the God of the universe holds us in such high esteem that He sent His Son to die for us, you wouldn't think the battle within would be so difficult and costly. But, we know that it is!
The value we place upon ourselves is, perhaps, the single most important or strategic factor in our whole future. Measuring our worth by our appearance, intellect or abilities can be devastating. So, in this Source, "Extreme Makeover: Inside Edition," we challenge students to realize that their external frame is not nearly as important as what lies within. The inside really is the big deal!
What a privilege we have to help an aching youth culture know that they matter and the best is yet to come!
There are very few books in my life that I read and re-read. Tonight's message is based on one of those books for me. Gene Edwards' "Tale of Three Kings," which I think is a must read for anyone in ministry. It is one of those books that I read at least once a year.
As I was putting together the message for tonight, "The Fine Art of Spear Throwing," I sensed it may be over some of my kids' heads, having students in the room ranging from junior high to college. But I took a risk, and it paid off. So whether you use this night for your own youth ministry or not, it sure will be a night you will want to listen to over and over again for your own walk with Christ.
Fighting for the "Order of David,"
Over the next ten years, our students and young adults will make some of the most important decisions of their life. So, it is understandable that one of the top questions we are continually being asked is, "How can I know the will of God for my life?" In fact, I'm sure it is a question each of us have asked at some point in our life. In this Source, we tackle that very question with humor, stories and Scripture.
Join me on the journey as I talk about lining up the harbor lights so that we don't shipwreck our lives. For if the lights line up, we can walk into our future with confidence. My prayer is that these profoundly simple principles would be key in our own lives so that we may multiply them in the lives of others.
On the journey with you,
I think one of the most challenging mistakes we often make in ministry is that we call people to "be" and "do," but we don't stop along the journey to give them "handles" on how to get there. It's great to know that you are called to be holy, but how do you do that? How do you respond when temptation is staring you in the face? What are some pragmatic keys from God's Word that can help us on the journey? In this Source, "Look For The Door," allow me to come alongside of you to help answer some of these questions for your students.
Even in our own lives, when we come to the "Intersection of Choice," may we make the silent decisions that enable us to live God-honoring lives, full of integrity and character. May we be leaders who not only give messages on holiness, but choose in the private moments to live it.
Enjoying our journey together,
I wish someone would have taught me much earlier in my walk with Christ that "desert" experiences do not necessarily mean you have done anything wrong, but are often times part of God's plan for spiritual growth.
There are Godly purposes and responses to our desert times and in this Youth Leader's Coach we'll discover them. For often times, the Lord speaks the loudest while in the desert. And, as long as we learn to listen with a different set of ears, the experience and growth can be profound.
So grab a cup of coffee and let's dive in...together!
Welcome, my friends, to a powerful topic for this Youth Leader's Coach, "Creating True Character In Your Students And In Yourself." So often we hear character preached at us as being the "big deal" in our lives and ministries, but not very often are we told how to practically help our students increase in their own character and even more importantly how to grow personally in character. So grab a cup of coffee and let me hit on this for you with 10 simple yet profoundly ignored principles in growing and teaching true character.
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No matter how spiritual you are, you'll have times when you feel overwhelmed and exhausted. Our students are no exception. Like you, they often have crazy schedules, struggle with feelings of failure, grow weary in doing good and are running hard and fast on empty...all of which leaves them, as my granny would say, incredibly "pooped!"
In this issue of the Source, we uncover the four key areas that result in us feeling "pooped." But more importantly, through this timely message loaded with Scripture, four fun skits and a heart-warming story, we reveal what it means to "go for the dog!" It's all part of our "Popular Plan For Pooped People."
Going for the dog!
This Youth Leader's Coach is one that comes from the crucible of several years in youth ministry. I've entitled it, "Youth Leadership And The Integrity Factor." The basis for our discussion is taken from the Old Testament prophet, Amos, as he observes the leaders of the nation of Israel.
Centuries later, Amos still has powerful leadership insights for all of us in youth ministry. Some of the primary points I highlight might surprise you. Amos seemed to foreshadow in an amazing way, some of the issues contemporary youth leaders would face. Grab your coffee and let's spend some time together.