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Created on Thursday, 09 October 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Rick Warren, moral failure, ministry, leaders, integrity, evangelistic, Jesus, gospel, desires, temptation, commitment, God's standards, marriage, manage, mind, media intake, Internet pornograph
One of my gravest concerns about the witness of the church to our current culture is the threat to our evangelistic integrity caused by moral failures among ministry leaders. Every time a leader falls, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 23 September 2014 / Vision
Tags: Rick Warren, leaders, guard, hearts, minds, brain capacity, sinful nature, false teaching, false religions, temptation, A.W. Tozer, counterfeit, spiritual experiences, pride, overworked mind
Leaders are readers. Leaders are learners. And leaders are definitely thinkers. Your mind is a special gift from God. It's one of the most important tools in a leader's arsenal. Your mind can potentially ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 12 March 2014 / Education
Tags: Chuck Lawless, memorize, scripture, John 3:16, Bible, Word of God, believers, Jesus, model, power, temptation, heart, sin, hiding, rebukes, garbage, mission field
I still remember the first Bible verses I memorized, even though I memorized them decades ago (and in the King James Version, for that matter): “He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love” (1 ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 18 February 2014 / Youth
Tags: Leneita Fix, Jesus, stuff, heart, unchurched, youth, Christian school, salvation, temptation, flesh, righteousness, fellowship, testimony, pride, lust
Last week I had a really interesting conversation with a group of freshmen. It all started with this question from one girl: “So, in church, they’re always talking about asking Jesus into your heart. I’m ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 13 January 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Joseph Mattera, sexual sin, resist, James, flesh, temptations, leaders fall, firewall, intimate fellowship, spouse, trust, children, purpose, call, God, example, spiritual sons and daughters
The Bible teaches, “Resist the devil and he will flee from you” (James 4:7). It also tells us to turn away from those who are led by various lusts (see 1 Tim.3:5-6). Many great people in God have fallen ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 29 October 2013 / Ethics
Tags: Joseph Mattera, sexual sin, pornography, adultery, Proverbs, emotional firewalls, barriers, temptation, spiritual strength, Holy Spirit, intimate fellowship, trust, spouse, children, compromise
The Bible teaches us to “resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7), and in another place it tells us to flee lusts (1 Tim. 6). Many great people in God have fallen into various fleshly ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 17 October 2013 / Adversity
Tags: Dan Reiland, leadership, pressures, church, pastors, finances, internal pressure, transferred pressure, problems, peer pressure, advisers, wasted pressure, lack of discipline, personal pressure, ...
Every leader faces pressure. It’s how you handle that pressure matters. Do you attempt to avoid it and let it conquer you, or embrace it and use it to your advantage? In most situations, leadership pressure ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 09 September 2013 / Ethics
Tags: Rick Warren, integrity, reverence for God, temptations, influence, testimony, promotion, accountability, pastors, love, David, discipline, eternal rewards
Last week, I wrote about the three greatest temptations of leadership. This week, I want to talk about the three ways we can keep our integrity and prevent those temptations from destroying our testimony ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 30 August 2013 / Ethics
Tags: Rick Warren, privileges, temptations, leadership, pastors, prosperity, success, position, power, antidote, promotions, overseers, church, Christ
Do you think it’s easier handling success or failure?  Thomas Carlyle once said, “For every 100 people who can handle adversity there is only one who can handle prosperity.” I think most people can’t ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 30 August 2013 / Ethics
Tags: Jay Dennis, pink elephant, pornography, struggles, Christian men, temptation, sin, repentance, computer, Internet filtering, software
Pastor, there are two truths I want to share: (1) Many of your fellow pastors are personally struggling with pornography and; (2) pastors must address the issue of pornography among the people they lead. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 15 May 2013 / Ethics
Tags: Bishop Joseph Mattera, public scandal, God, space, heart, self-aware, honesty, temptations, healthy relationship, spouse
Every week it seems there is another scandal breaking out with a high-profile person, whether in politics, sports, media or the church. A person could have done much good their whole life but with one ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 29 April 2013 / Ethics
Tags: Joe McKeever, preachers, constant, temptation, successful, pontificate, preen, posture, control publicity, discount
... services. Do not read such puffery for factual reports because you will not find any. The meeting attended by 200 people by actual count balloons to a thousand by the time his spin machine tells it. ... [ +++ ]

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