Lord, Do It Again

Lord, Do It Again

Dry up whatever is stopping you from going forward. (Joshua 13:1, NKJV) You are only old when God tells you that you’re old. The Lord can remove your problem. (Joshua 4:23, NKJV) The water of the Jordan is a type of impossible problem you might be facing. (Joshua...

The Greatest Need in Your Life

The Greatest Need in Your Life

The greatest need for everyone is relationships. (Mark 12:30-31, NKJV) Relationship with God. Relationship with your mate. Relationship with your kids. Relationship with friends/staff. When we get these out of order, we have disorder. The #1 most important need in...

Serving it Up

Serving it Up

There is great reward in serving the Lord. (1 Corinthians 15:58, NKJV) Service is an act of Love. Jesus came to serve. (Matthew 20:28, NKJV) When Jesus healed the sick, made the blind to see, fed 5,000 people, He served and showed His love. His death on the cross was...

How to Make Great Decisions

How to Make Great Decisions

Every Invitation, every opportunity, every relationship, and every major purpose. It costs you giving your time and energy. Leadership is influence and the greater the influences you have for Jesus the greater influence you will have for the church. God does not want...

Addressing Internal Conflict

Addressing Internal Conflict

Song of Songs 2:15, NKJV The longer you avoid the problem, the bigger the problem gets. Pain is part of the progress. Often, the difference between where you are and where God wants you to be is the pain you’re willing to endure. Remember the reason to confront the...

Why Your Team Feels Inadequate

Why Your Team Feels Inadequate

There is a big difference between feeling inadequate and feeling inferior. To feel inadequate means to feel the lack of necessary qualities. Inferiority - lower state of dignity, value or worth. Reasons why many people feel inferior. Consistent disapproval: some...

Giving and Receiving Feedback

Giving and Receiving Feedback

Feedback is ongoing, correction should not be. Feedback is to help each other grow. Correction is to change wrong behavior. Questions to ask when giving and receiving feedback: Am I doing this out of love? Do I have peace about it? (Colossians 3:14-15, NKJV) Do I want...

The Truth About Being Transparent

The Truth About Being Transparent

Transparency: (Philippians 1:10, WNT, TLB) The state or property of a body by which it suffers rays of light to pass through it, so that objects can be distinctly seen through it. When the clay is broken or cracked, what’s on the inside comes out. (Isaiah 64:8, NKJV)...

How to Gain Influence (Part 2)

How to Gain Influence (Part 2)

U – Understands people. To understand the mind of a person, look at what he has already achieved. To understand the heart of a person, look at what he or she has dreamed of becoming. 2 basic reasons why relationships fail: Fear – causes us to erect barriers....

How to Gain Influence (Part 1)

How to Gain Influence (Part 1)

An influencer has: I – Integrity with people. Once trust is betrayed, moving to the top of the ladder is out of the question. It is always easy to do right when you know ahead of time what you stand for. A crisis reveals the character. N – Nurtures people. Nurturing...

How to Become Fearless

How to Become Fearless

Learn to push through fears. (2 Timothy 1:7, NKJV) Depend on the Spirit, Power, and Love of God by controlling your mind. Make the choice to obey in spite of how you feel. (Jeremiah 17:9-10, NKJV) As Christians, we have learned that we can’t make decisions based on...

The Truth About Influence

The Truth About Influence

Everybody has influence. What you do with the influence you currently have will determine whether or not your influence grows more. And you have far more influence than you realize. You influence people everyday through your smile, conversation, email, voting, etc. In...

Relationships

Relationships

Trust. (Proverbs 3:5-6, NKJV) The right trust brings confidence and security that brings about a boldness and refuge. Trust is earned over time. When we learn to trust over time, that trust results in loyalty. Time + Trust + Loyalty = Intimacy. God wired us to have...

How to Improve Your Alignment

How to Improve Your Alignment

Trust. (Proverbs 3:5-6, NKJV) The right trust brings confidence and security which brings about boldness and refuge. Trust is earned over time. When you learn over time to trust, that trust results in loyalty. Time + trust + loyalty = intimacy. God wired us to have...

Don’t Let Anyone Dress You

Don’t Let Anyone Dress You

Choices we make. We make choices every day. Choices start before we open our eyes. It’s a choice to open our eyes. Life is made of choices. The kind of life we live is due to the choices we make. The clothes we wear are due to a choice. The food we eat is due to a...

4 Questions

4 Questions

Leadership is influence, everything rises and falls on leadership, everything.   Am I investing in myself? If you’re not investing in yourself, you don’t have anything to invest in others. This is a personal growth question. There are 4 types of people: The...

Fire For Jesus

Fire For Jesus

Leadership is influence. Everything rises and falls on leadership, everything. The world can be loud about sin, Journey Church is being loud about Jesus. If the world can be loud about sin, why can’t the church be loud about salvation? Sometimes we live too timid, too...

How Do We Go Where We Have Not Been?

How Do We Go Where We Have Not Been?

The harvest is still plentiful. Joshua had been a faithful servant to Moses and to the Lord. (Joshua 1:1-2, NKJV) Joshua, up to this point, served God by serving Moses. It was time for Joshua and the Israelites to move forward to a new place they had never been, yet...

Blessed with Every Spiritual Blessing

Blessed with Every Spiritual Blessing

Grace allows us to have peace that only come from God our Father and Lord Jesus Christ in any and every situation. Grace is the desire and power to do what God has called us to do and do it with great Joy. Because of God’s grace we can have God’s peace in all things....

Rewards We Will Get In Heaven

Rewards We Will Get In Heaven

The crown of rejoicing for winning souls. 1 Thessalonians 2:19-20, NKJV; Philippians 4:1, NKJV; Daniel 12:3, NKJV; Proverbs 11:30, NKJV; 1 Corinthians 15:40-44, NLT The crown of life for enduring trials and tribulations. Do not get discouraged easily in the midst of...

3 Important Things to Remember

3 Important Things to Remember

Leadership is influence. Everything rises and falls on leadership, everything. How to Have Peace in Any Situation: Saved + Total Dependence + Represent Christ in the Situation = Peace in the situation  How to Have the Abundant Life: Love God Promptly Obey God's Word...

5 Levels of Communication

5 Levels of Communication

Leadership is influence. Everything rises and falls on leadership, everything.  Level 1 - People listen to you because they have to. When people have to listen to you that’s the lowest form of communication and leadership. When those that are teaching and leading,...

Beware of the Wiles of the Devil

Beware of the Wiles of the Devil

Leadership is influence. Everything rises and falls on leadership, everything. Ephesians 6:10-18, NKJV   What are the wiles of the Devil? The devil is planning, strategizing, developing a specific and special (wile) just for you. The goal of this strategy is to take...

Successful People Manage Their Money

Successful People Manage Their Money

Leadership is influence. Everything rises and falls on leadership, everything. Proverbs 21:20, TLB; Matthew 25:14, NIV The first foundation for financial fitness. The Law of Possession: Everything I have belongs to God. (Matthew 25:15, NRSV. You have to know what you...

Proverbs 27 Insights

Proverbs 27 Insights

Proverbs 27:1-27, NKJV  Leadership is influence. Everything rises and falls on leadership, everything.   If today was your last day what would you do? Important insight, those who love us will tell us the truth even if it hurts. Someone that is giving you...

Speak for Those Who Can’t

Speak for Those Who Can’t

Leadership is influence. Everything rises and falls on leadership, everything. Leadership is influence. One of the main purposes of influence is to speak up for those who don't have it. Psalm 72:12-14 ~ Solomon asked God for influence so he could use it to help the...

5 Ways to Discern a Leader’s Dilemma

5 Ways to Discern a Leader’s Dilemma

Leadership is influence. Everything rises and falls on leadership, everything. Is “good enough” an acceptable leadership idea? Or should you ALWAYS do the ultimate and “very best”? As a leader, you mostly have three cherished, invaluable resources: Time Finances...

Boldness

Boldness

Leadership is influence. Everything rises and falls on leadership, everything. The longer something exists the easier it is to miss or shift away from the original intent, meaning, and purpose. Acts. 4:29-31, NKJV; Acts 4:1-3, NKJV Have you ever faced threats? (Acts...

A Decade of Decisions

A Decade of Decisions

Leadership is influence. Everything rises and falls on leadership, everything. We go through life Drifting, Driven or by Design: Drifters drift from job to job, dream to dream, relationship to relationship, at the end of their life they still have what they had when...

Leadership Pain Summary

Leadership Pain Summary

Leadership is influence. Everything rises and falls on leadership, everything. The longer a problem is avoided the bigger the problem gets. Pain is part of the progress; run from the pain you miss the progress. Pain always has a purpose; don’t miss the purpose. Often...

Leadership is Influence

Leadership is Influence

Everything rises and falls on leadership, everything. Most of your goals are reachable if you are teachable.  Leadership is influence! As a leader, if you turn around and no one is following you are not leading you are basically taking a walk. If they are not...

How to Have a Winning Team

How to Have a Winning Team

Leadership is Influence. Everything rises and falls on leadership, everything. It’s All About the Heart (Proverbs 4:23, NKJV) Our actions and behavior come from the condition of our hearts! Joy is greatly determined by the condition of our hearts! (Proverbs 23:15,...

From Uproar to Seashore

From Uproar to Seashore

Leadership is Influence. Everything rises and falls on leadership, everything. Our E.Q. greatly determines how we handle uproars. (Acts 20:17, NKJV) Most of us want to give up and give in when there is a problem or uproar; Paul was ready to go again knowing that he...

When Christians Disagree

When Christians Disagree

Leadership is Influence. Everything rises and falls on leadership, everything. You can both disagree and be right. (Acts 2:4, TLB; Acts 21:11-13, TLB) Paul was convinced and convicted by the Holy Spirit and a personal burning desire to go to Jerusalem. Spirit-filled...

Is Anything Too Hard for God?

Is Anything Too Hard for God?

Leadership is Influence. Everything rises and falls on leadership, everything. Is anything too hard for the Lord? Yes, and No (John 5:5-7, TLB) Yes! Anything that’s outside of God’s will! No! Not anything God has called us to do! (Philippians 4:13, NKJV) What is the...

I Was, I Did, I Will

I Was, I Did, I Will

Leadership is Influence. Everything rises and falls on leadership, everything. I WAS:Acts 22:3-4 (NKJV) Don't allow your past to keep you from your God-ordained future. Learn from it (your past) but don’t live it. You can know about God and still not KNOW God I...

Knowledge x Action = Results

Knowledge x Action = Results

 Leadership is Influence. Everything rises and falls on leadership, everything.  Perhaps the most valuable result of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do when it ought to be done whether you like it or not. (Thomas Henry Huxley)...

Blaze a New Trail

Blaze a New Trail

Leadership is Influence. Everything rises and falls on leadership, everything. We have the Opportunity and Responsibility to be Trail Blazers of this generation. To “Blaze a Trail” - someone who goes ahead and clears a path for others. Our confidence can’t be based on...

5 Core Qualities at a Soul Level

5 Core Qualities at a Soul Level

Leadership is Influence. Everything rises and falls on leadership, everything. Humility Humility isn’t thinking poorly of yourself; it’s thinking honestly about yourself. Humility isn’t a weakness; it’s strength under control.   It's a balance of God's gifts within...

Bad Reports

Bad Reports

Leadership is influence. Everything rises and falls on leadership, everything. Claim your promises. Psalm 91:15-16 NKJV, “He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. With long life, I will satisfy him,...

Learn to Live Less Offended

Learn to Live Less Offended

Leadership is influence. Everything rises and falls on leadership, everything. All offense is to ultimately to have us offended at God. Choose to not be offended. Satan’s ultimate goal is to get you to be offended at God where he can destroy our relationship with God...

Courage

Courage

Leadership is influence. Everything rises and falls on leadership, everything. To live the WAY takes great courage. Courageous people risk their lives to do what is right. Courageous people are bold in representing Christ. Boldness requires courage to press through...

How Should We Serve?

How Should We Serve?

Leadership is influence. Everything rises and falls on leadership, everything. Paul served with humility; we should serve with humility. "Fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through selfish...

Pressure Reveals the Real Person

Pressure Reveals the Real Person

Leadership is influence. Everything rises and falls on leadership, everything. Results of being filled with the Holy Spirit are peace, power, purpose, and His presence. There will always be stubborn people we have to deal with. You know you are dealing with stubborn...

Work and Opposition

Work and Opposition

Leadership is influence. Everything rises and falls on leadership, everything.  Opposition can lead to a new opportunity if you are right with the Lord.   Acts 18:1-28 Leadership lessons: It is okay to have a secular job to help support yourself and the ministry....

Power of Praise

Power of Praise

Leadership is Influence. Everything rises and falls on leadership, everything. Acts 16:16-40 Insights: The evil spirit had to obey the name of Jesus Christ. Traditions and religions will cause trouble without the right relationship with Jesus. Doing what is right can...

Conflict Can Be Conquered

Conflict Can Be Conquered

Leadership is influence. Everything rises and falls on leadership, everything. Circumcising saves you. Anything apart from death, burial, and resurrection saves you. The best way to conquer conflict today is by God’s Word and the confirmation of the Holy Spirit. Who...

Understanding Wisdom

Understanding Wisdom

Everything rises and fall on leadership, everything.  How do you get understanding? by listening and learning from those who are wiser and more successful than you in that specific area. By learning God’s Word, His principles, and by applying them. How do you get...

What is the Apple of Your Eye?

What is the Apple of Your Eye?

Everything rises and falls on leadership, everything. When something is the Apple of your eye, you cherish it above all others. God wants us to cherish His Word and above all we should want God to cherish us. Psalms 17:8, CEV“Protect me as you would you very own eyes;...

Character vs. Reputation

Character vs. Reputation

Everything rises and fall on leadership, everything. Reputation: what others think of you.Character: who you really are.Reputation: what you are in the eyes of men.Character: what you are in the eyes of God. 7 things God hates: Proud look. A lying tongue. John 8:32,...

How to Have Wisdom and Wise Counsel

How to Have Wisdom and Wise Counsel

Everything rises and falls on leadership, everything. The more of God’s Word you know, the more of God’s will you know. Wisdom: Knowing the mind of God in a matter. Wise Counsel: Has the person you’re getting counsel from been successful in the area I’m getting...

How To Make Godly Decisions

How To Make Godly Decisions

Everything rises and falls on leadership, everything.  God wants to direct us on our day to day decisions and our work decisions. Proverbs 8:4, TLB “’Listen, men!’ she calls. ‘How foolish and naïve you are! Let me give you understanding. O foolish ones, let me show...

Life is a Test

Life is a Test

Everything rises and falls on leadership, everything. God wants to direct us on our day to day decisions and our work decisions. Proverbs 8:4, TLB“’Listen, men!’ she calls. ‘How foolish and naïve you are! Let me give you understanding. O foolish ones, let me show you...

Learn, Unlearn, and Relearn

Learn, Unlearn, and Relearn

Leadership is influence. Everything rises and falls on leadership, everything. What do I need to Unlearn and Relearn? That we can’t do church like we did in the past. We have to learn to make decisions without knowing the future. We have to be faith-filled and...

From Test to Triumph

From Test to Triumph

Leadership is Influence. Everything rises and falls on leadership (everything).  Tests have a purpose; remember your problems have a purpose. The purpose of problems is to cause us to grow. As we grow, it brings glory to God.  Two tests you might not know about: The...

Influence and Your Heart

Influence and Your Heart

Leadership is influence. Everything rises and falls on leadership (everything) #1 Authority can be given, influence is earned! #2 True leaders don't focus on power but purpose! The right purpose gives us passion, direction and will greatly determine our destiny.  #3....

Where is Your Heart? (Money)

Where is Your Heart? (Money)

Leadership is influence. Everything rises and falls on leadership, everything. The direction and quality of life you have are determined greatly by what you spend your time and money on. You cannot determine where your heart is at by what you think or feel. Money and...

10 Relationship Essentials

10 Relationship Essentials

Leadership is Influence. Everything rises and falls on leadership, everything.  10 Relationship Essentials: Treat people with respect. Express appreciation. Encourage often and generously. Give the benefit of the doubt. Look for the best in every person. Practice...

Do You Want Peace

Do You Want Peace

Leadership is Influence. Everything rises and falls on leadership, everything. If yes, what are you thinking about, and why are you thinking about it? "Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely,...

Pride & Narcissism are Hard to Spot

Pride & Narcissism are Hard to Spot

Leadership is influence. Everything rises and falls on leadership (everything) Selfishness is at the center of every problem.  1 Corinthians 8:1-2 (CEV) “...But knowledge makes us proud of ourselves, while love makes us helpful to others. In fact, people who think...

Family is For ______

Family is For ______

Leadership is Influence. Everything rises and falls on leadership, everything.  Genesis 2:18, NKJV, “And the Lord said, ‘It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.’”  The family was God's idea. Because it was God's idea, it...

Burdens Before Blessings

Burdens Before Blessings

Leadership is incfluence. Everything rises and falls on leadership (everything) Burdens are always part of the process. “But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. For each one shall bear his own load.”...

Coaches and Critics

Coaches and Critics

Leadership is influence. Everything rises and falls on leadership (everything). You have to Intentionally learn from your coach and Intentionally Ignore the Critic:  Proverbs 15:22 (NKJV) "Without counsel, plans go awry, but in the multitude of counselors, they are...

Influence Built by Equity

Influence Built by Equity

Leadership is influence. Everything rises and falls on leadership (everything). First, you have to Earn it. Build equity. Sometimes that’s Personal. Personal is time, energy, etc. that you have poured into that person’s life. Sometimes that’s Public or What you have...

Influence With Humility

Influence With Humility

Leadership is influence. Everything rises and falls on leadership (everything). We have to use it.  Matthew 16:26 (NKJV) "For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his owe soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?"  Many...

The Best Leaders Have High EQ

The Best Leaders Have High EQ

Leadership is influence. Everything rises and falls on leadership (everything). People with a high EQ outperform someone with a high IQ 70% of the time. That's why it's' so important we do all we can to raise our EQ. What can we do to increase our performance—which...

How to Live and Lead with Purpose

How to Live and Lead with Purpose

Leadership is influence. Everything rises and falls on leadership (everything). God created each of us on purpose with a purpose.  Without purpose: Work is honorable but often unfulfilling. Play is enjoyable but can ring hollow. Rest is healthy but doesn’t restore the...

4 Things Leaders Must Know

4 Things Leaders Must Know

Leadership is Influence. Everything rises and falls on leadership (everything) How to have peace in any situation. Saved + total dependence + representing Christ in the situation = Peace in the situation. How to have an abundant life. Love God, promptly obey His Word...

Wisdom Is the Main Thing

Wisdom Is the Main Thing

Leadership is Influence. Everything rises and falls on leadership (everything)  Wisdom is knowing and having the mind of God in a matter. Understanding is how to apply wisdom to the matter.  Proverbs 4:7, NKJV “Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore, get wisdom. And...

Fools and Children

Fools and Children

Leadership is influence. Everything rises and falls on leadership (everything).  Proverbs 23:9, TLB “Don’t waste your breath on a rebel. He will despise the wisest advice.” How do you know when you’re dealing with a fool? The mouth of a fool keeps getting into...

What Is a Good Name?

What Is a Good Name?

Leadership is Influence. Everything rises and falls on leadership (everything) Proverbs 22:1, NKJV “A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, Loving favor rather than silver and gold.” Doing what you say, even when no one is looking. Doing what you say,...

Don’t Miss Your Full Potential

Don’t Miss Your Full Potential

Leadership is Influence. Everything rises and falls on leadership (everything).  Ephesians 3:20-21, NKJV “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be the glory in the church by...

What to Do During a Crisis

What to Do During a Crisis

Leadership is Influence. Everything rises and falls on leadership (everything)  Dwell in secret places. Psalm 91:1-2, NKJV “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my...

Who and What are Scoffers

Who and What are Scoffers

Leadership is Influence. Everything rises and falls on leadership (everything). Scoffer Disagreeable person, bragger - they are easy to spot; wrong behavior with speech or action; we often want to help them but the truth is, they don’t want help. Very insecure,...

What Is Too Much Pride?

What Is Too Much Pride?

Leadership is Influence. Everything rises and falls on leadership (everything). Too much pride is when we are worried more about what others think and say than what God has to say or what God would have us do. Proverbs 16:18, NKJV “Pride goes before destruction, And a...