THE SECRET OF HOW TO SAVE OTHERS

Most Christian leaders agree their main priority—maybe their top priority—is seeing lost people saved.

And too many Christian leaders think the inadequacies of others—immature leaders, uncommitted church members—are the main reason their congregations aren’t reaching that goal.

But in my study of scripture this week I was struck with a truth that should have been obvious to me. I was reading 1 Corinthians and meditating on Paul’s claim, quoted above: “I am not seeking my own good but the good of many, so that they may be saved.” And here’s what hit me: The first step toward seeing others saved rests with me and how I view myself. When I am selfless, many will be saved. Others finding salvation begins with my selflessness. And that’s something I can fix without waiting for or depending on anyone else.

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WHY THESE 5 BLOG POSTS ARE IMPERATIVE FOR 2019

in 2018 I dove back into the blogging and writing sphere. The coaxing of a good friend caused me to reflect and dive back into this space. Last year was a good year. In fact, for the most part it was a great year. Like most years though, looking back there were some themes in my life and ministry. I also found that there are themes that many of you resonated with in 2018 and I am sure that they would be beneficial to revisit as we hit the ground running in 2019.

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THREE COMMITMENTS I AM MAKING FOR 2019

If you’re like me, the end of the year prompts both reflection and resolve. As I think about where I am in my life and what I want to be, I’m making three commitments. Maybe at least one of them fits your life and ministry too.

1.  Be Authentic

I am who I am, and I will continue to be that and nothing more. Why? Because when I am truly me, I help others truly be themselves.

I realize the real core of me is not going to change. I am who I am in Christ.

Again and again I talk with people who are tired of bumping up against people who are faking it, trying to be something they are not. People want to know who you really are.

I’ve discovered that authentic trumps slick all day every day. And so my goal for the new year is to help others become honest with themselves about themselves by showing that authenticity myself.

 

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WHEN YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU DON'T KNOW...AND NEITHER DO THEY!

“Do you have any vanity issues?”

The owner at the bow shop took me by surprise. I was there because my daughter wants to hunt deer with a bow, and we needed to make a plan. Why this question?

“The draw weight on this bow is 70 pounds,” he explained, referring to the bow in front of me. “Most guys come in here saying they want it set at 70-pound draw weight, but they can’t draw it. Most guys come in here with no clue, quoting some snippet they’ve read on the Internet. I can tell in five minutes they know nothing.”

I freely admitted, “I know nothing. Treat me like an idiot.”

He was glad to oblige!

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