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Sermon on the Mount and Ethical Principles


sermon-on-the-mount-faith-at-sellersvilleIt is obvious that the Sermon on the Mount and ethical principles cannot be separated. The moral behavior of Christ’s followers is strongly connected to the teachings of Jesus.

As Jesus began the Sermon on the Mount he first laid a foundation that focused on the supreme blessings, the Beatitudes, of his followers. After this foundation was laid out, Jesus then addressed the subject of “salt” and “light” and the actions of his followers.

With these two spiritual principles established, Jesus then begins to define the ethical principles of those who follow him. Jesus made it clear to his followers that he did not come to establish some a new law or a new world order but rather came to fulfill the moral and ethical laws that been around for centuries. He said,

“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.  For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.  Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.  For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.” – (Matthew 5:17-20)

After making this statement, Jesus then begins to teach the laws of ethical behavior. His lessons create a type of behavior that relates to strong moral principles.

In the next five pages the teachings of Christ will be showing a morally good and correct way of living. These are practices and actions of daily living that avoid activities that do harm to people.

10 Ways to Improve Your Leadership as a Minister?


Have you ever asked yourself how  can I improve my leadership as a minister?

Several years ago I had the privilege of working on my doctoral degree at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.  During that time I was honored to have Dr. Chuck Lawless as my adviser.  Dr. Lawless currently serves as Professor of Evangelism and Missions and Dean of Graduate Studies at Southeastern Seminary.

Over the years Dr. Lawless has helped many ministers discover and improve their ministry skills.  The following article was posted on Thom Rainer’s blog on March 18, 2014.

10 Ways to Improve Your Ministry Today

You have many options to strengthen your ministry. Read a book. Attend a conference. Talk to another leader. Take a class, or earn another degree. Listen to a podcast. Watch a web seminar. All of these are worthwhile options, and I encourage you to consider them. Continue reading

Bible Advice In Dealing With Conflict and Anger


bible advice in dealing with conflict and angerConflict is nothing new. In dealing with this problem the Bible has some healthy advice.  The Bible advice in dealing with conflict and anger can be found in the Old and New Testament along with the teachings of Jesus and the Apostle Paul.

Advice From the Old Testament

Leviticus 19:18
Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against one of your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the LORD. Continue reading

Bad Leaders Quotes


bad-leadership-quotes Have you ever dealt with bad leaders? Have you ever experienced the leadership of someone who could have used some training? Bad leadership is destructive for every member of a business, charity group, volunteer organization or congregation. How are your leadership skills? Are they good or bad? Here are some quotes to think about. More Good Quotes on Team Development

“Yesterday is a cancelled check. Today is cash on the line. Tomorrow is a promissory note.” — Hank Stram

“Don’t measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability.”– John Wooden

“Confidence comes from being prepared.” — John Wooden Continue reading

Forgiveness: Great Quotes


forgiveness-great-quotes.pgHow do you deal with forgiveness? Are you willing to forgive those who have treated you in a bad way? Do you carry your anger around when someone has done you wrong?

Forgiveness is a powerful tool that can help us in many ways. Here are some great quotes about forgiveness!

Forgiveness: Great Quotes


Quotes About Forgiveness

“Forgiveness is me giving up my right to hurt you for hurting me.” – Anonymous

“Sincere forgiveness isn’t colored with expectations that the other person apologize or change. Don’t worry whether or not they finally understand you. Love them and release them. Life feeds back truth to people in its own way and time-just like it does for you and me.” – Sara Paddison

“To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.” – Louis B. Smedes

“We are all on a life long journey and the core of its meaning, the terrible demand of its centrality is forgiving and being forgiven.” – Martha Kilpatrick

“To forgive is the highest, most beautiful form of love. In return, you will receive untold peace and happiness.” – Robert Muller

“Forgiveness is the fragrance the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.” – Mark Twain

“Always forgive your enemies – nothing annoys them so much.” – Oscar Wilde

“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“Forgiveness is a funny thing. It warms the heart and cools the sting.” – William Arthur Ward

“Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.” – Paul Boese

“It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.” – William Blake

“If you can’t forgive and forget, pick one.” – Robert Brault

“He who cannot forgive breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass.” – George Herbert

“Without forgiveness life is governed by… an endless cycle of resentment and retaliation.” – Roberto Assagioli

“Forgive all who have offended you, not for them, but for yourself.” – Harriet Nelson

“Forgiveness is the sweetest revenge.” – Isaac Friedmann

“Forgiving does not erase the bitter past. A healed memory is not a deleted memory. Instead, forgiving what we cannot forget creates a new way to remember. We change the memory of our past into a hope for our future.” – Louis B. Smedes

“Life is an adventure in forgiveness.” – Norman Cousins

“Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom.” – Hannah Arendt

“Forgiveness is a virtue of the brave.” – Indira Gandhi

“Genuine forgiveness does not deny anger but faces it head-on.” – Alice Duer Miller

“As long as you don’t forgive, who and whatever it is will occupy a rent-free space in your mind.” – Isabelle Holland

“Anger makes you smaller, while forgiveness forces you to grow beyond what you were.” – Cherie Carter-Scott

“Forgiveness is like faith. You have to keep reviving it.” – Mason Cooley

“Only the brave know how to forgive. … A coward never forgave; it is not in his nature.” – Laurence Sterne

What I Learned From a Christian Coach!


coach-pastor-knowledge-of-othersI have been blogging for several years and have learned greatly from the knowledge of others.  This has been a very interesting journey.  It has introduced me to some really interesting people with some great ideas.  Not to long ago I had the opportunity to sit down and talk with a former football coach who became a pastor.  This former coach brought a great deal of wisdom to the table when we began our conversation over lunch.  It has been a delight to post many of his articles on this site.  His name is Dennis Lynn.

Dennis shared his devotional book with me and after reading over his work I asked if I could post his wisdom and leadership ideas with my readers.  I really enjoyed Dennis’ approach to leadership.  His skills, abilities and past coaching experiences are very obvious in his writings.

Here is a collection of some great articles by Pastor/Coach Dennis Lynn. Continue reading

Developing Through Your Failures


failureFailure is not something that any of us want to encounter.  However, failure is an area of life that each of us will have to address sooner or later.  There are times when failures will seek us out, and there are often times when we produce them on our own.  John Wooden said it best when he said, “Failure isn’t fatal, but failure to change might be!”

To fail from time to time is a natural event for humans, but to be a “failure” is when we decide to be defeated.  Many people have refused to pick themselves up from a failure and try again. However, there are others who see failure as a chance to regroup and try again.

The late Johnny Cash explained failure well when he said, ““You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don’t try to forget the mistakes, but you don’t dwell on it. You don’t let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space.”

How we respond to failures in our lives will decide the directions we take.  Failure can be seen as a map, a guiding force, which is pointing us to new horizons.  Our response makes all the difference.  “It’s not how far you fall, but how high you bounce that counts.” said, Zig Ziglar

The New Testament also gives some great advice on how to respond to failings in life.

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Bible Quotes About Leadership?


Bible Quotes About Leadership?

Have you ever read any Bible quotes about leadership?  What does the Bible say about leadership?

In the past fifteen years of my life I have been very interested in what other people have to say about the subject of leadership.  The opinions are vast! Depending on whom you ask and what they do for a living the responses to this question will vary from person to person.

But what does the Bible say about leadership?

As I was thinking about the various answers I have found in regard to this question I also thought that it would be good to post what the Bible has to say about leadership.  Below are some Bible quotes about leadership.

Romans 12:8 (NIV)
8 if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully. 

Proverbs 11:14 (NLT)
14 Without wise leadership, a nation falls; there is safety in having many advisers.

1 Corinthians 12:28 (NLT)
28 Here are some of the parts God has appointed for the church: first are apostles, second are prophets, third are teachers, then those who do miracles, those who have the gift of healing, those who can help others, those who have the gift of leadership, those who speak in unknown languages. 

1 Samuel 7:15-16 (MSG)
15 Samuel gave solid leadership to Israel his entire life. 16 Every year he went on a circuit from Bethel to Gilgal to Mizpah. He gave leadership to Israel in each of these places.

1 Samuel 18:5 (MSG)
5 Whatever Saul gave David to do, he did it—and did it well. So well that Saul put him in charge of his military operations. Everybody, both the people in general and Saul’s servants, approved of and admired David’s leadership.

Proverbs 14:28 (MSG)
28 The mark of a good leader is loyal followers; leadership is nothing without a following.

Proverbs 16:12 (MSG)
12 Good leaders abhor wrongdoing of all kinds; sound leadership has a moral foundation.

Proverbs 20:28 (MSG)
28 Love and truth form a good leader; sound leadership is founded on loving integrity.

Proverbs 21:1 (MSG)

Good leadership is a channel of water controlled by God; he directs it to whatever ends he chooses.

Proverbs 25:5 (MSG)
5 Remove the wicked from leadership and authority will be credible and God-honoring.

Proverbs 29:14 (MSG)
14 Leadership gains authority and respect when the voiceless poor are treated fairly.

Ephesians 5:23 (MSG)
23 The husband provides leadership to his wife the way Christ does to his church, not by domineering but by cherishing. 24 So just as the church submits to Christ as he exercises such leadership, wives should likewise submit to their husbands.

1 Timothy 3:1 (MSG)
1 If anyone wants to provide leadership in the church, good!

1 Timothy 5:22 (MSG)
22 Don’t appoint people to church leadership positions too hastily. If a person is involved in some serious sins, you don’t want to become an unwitting accomplice. In any event, keep a close check on yourself.

Hebrews 13:17 (MSG)
17 Be responsive to your pastoral leaders. Listen to their counsel. They are alert to the condition of your lives and work under the strict supervision of God. Contribute to the joy of their leadership, not its drudgery. Why would you want to make things harder for them?

Strong leadership is needed today.  What scriptures have you found that deal with “leadership?”

Dale Roach