Insights

An inbuilt design element of humanity… #breathtaking!

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Matthew 19: 4 – 6 Jesus speaking about an innate and inbuilt design element of humanity. He is speaking to the core of humanity – reflecting the Creators original design. “Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female, and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father […]

The Myth of Passion and Motivation: by James Clear

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On this particular day in the gym, there was a coach visiting who had worked with thousands of athletes over his long career, including some nationally-ranked athletes and Olympians. I had just finished my workout when I asked him, “What’s the difference between the best athletes and everyone else. What do the really successful people […]

Jesus and popular culture

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Contrary to popular beliefs – I do not believe that Jesus Christ has left modern society to its own devices. As our resurrected Saviour, His Spirit is actively working in popular culture to engage waiting hearts in eternal truth. Jesus has not abandoned this world but He is actively working within it to stir “eternity […]

Leadership is developed during adversity

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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe said, “Character develops itself in the stream of life.” Leadership, like character, is formed and shaped during times of struggle. Leadership is focused as you battle through adversity. Leadership is confirmed during times of conflict. When there is a clash of ideas, a disagreement about how to move forward or dispute […]

Discipline: Just a thought!

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Galatians 6:1 “Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted.” Discipline is always a redemptive process never punitive. Discipline is meant to restore not punish someone for their actions. Remember their actions themselves could be punishment to […]

God and controversy – part 3

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2. Let’s be a bit more like the scandalous Jesus and start connecting with people and joining their conversation. Instead of answering questions people aren’t asking listen to the questions freshly and in a humble sympathetic manner seek to bring God’s heart to the situation. As Christians we need to go beyond people watching and […]

God and controversy – part 2

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The last and probably greatest bit of controversy and scandal is the New Testament understanding of God’s grace through Jesus Christ. Ephesians 2: 4 – 5, “But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you […]

God and controversy – part 1

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Controversy is a state of public dispute or debate, usually concerning a matter of conflicting opinion or point of view held by people on opposing sides. Scandalous – something shocking outrageous disreputable or appalling. From the beginning of recorded history God has been doing some shocking things that make people think. From gifting the first […]

Diligence: Part 2

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There is an ancient Chinese proverb that says “The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools.” Can we sharpen our ability to be diligent? I think so… as a matter of fact I think a whole team can sharpen this great tool for success, […]

Diligence: Part 1

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Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield, and 3 times Prime Minister of Britain once said, “Diligence is the mother of good fortune.”  Is diligence the mother of good fortune? I think it is.  But what is diligence? [... diligent – diligently] The dictionary describes it as “…a constant and earnest effort to accomplish what is undertaken; […]