#1 – Someone who is a Christian will never wrestle with anxiety and depression. If this is true, then what about Moses asking God to take his life (Numbers 11:14-15), and then Elijah (I Kings 19:3-4) and later Jonah (Jonah 4:3) all asking to die? Paul admitted that he despaired life (II Corinthians 1:8) and even JESUS said that His soul was "Overwhelmed" (Matthew 26:38).
Being single can be completely overwhelming. One minute you can feel ridiculously stressed about big decisions you have to make when you're not sure where you might be in five years (or who you might be with in five years) and the next minute you can feel utterly alone because there's no one to help make that big decision with you.
One of the questions asked of me was, "How do I know if I should consider taking anti-depression medicine?" So here are five things I would tell you to consider before taking an antidepressant. Ask yourself is there anything going on in your life that you need to change.
I remember the very first time I ever had to deal with someone who told me they were struggling with anxiety and depression. I did not understand and could not relate — so, I told them what I thought was the typical "Christian" answer to all problems…they should pray more, read their Bible more and memorize more Scripture.
In 2002 I learned one of the most powerful leadership principles I've EVER learned...and it has PROFOUNDLY impact my leadership, our staff culture AND our church in a positive way...
What is the one thing that holds most leaders (and the organizations they lead) back? It's simple...
Expect for everyone to understand you. Believe that you are going to face zero resistance and that everyone will be excited for you!
From the tone of my posts yesterday one may assume that I am anti-government and anti-politics. Nothing could be further from the truth, here are some convictions I believe…
Cherie Duffey is over our entire children's ministry here at NewSpring Church and is one of the best leaders I've ever seen in my life. Today she shares with us some insights on being a female in leadership.
If I could sit down with single people one on one and just offer them one piece of advice it would be… Desperation in dating always leads to destruction! How do you know you are desperate? You are compromising! And if you are compromising you know you are doing so!
Confrontation is NOT easy or enjoyable for anyone. And every leader is going to be on the giving and receiving end of confrontation. The "Yes Sir/Yes Ma'am" Person – This is the type of person receives the correction that comes along with confrontation and allows it to make them better instead of bitter.
Both of you are way better than this. I'm not sure if either of you know this or not…but the way you two are attacking each other is making you appear like you are way more interested in tearing your opponent apart rather than leading our country.
I threw out a tweet asking leaders what was the top thing that they struggled with…and received lots and lots of answers. If you are a leader (especially a church leader) then one of the things we are most guilty of is believing God's Word for other people but not for our own lives.
A few years ago I went to Wal Mart, found my favorite flavor and decided to tweet that I was purchasing some Ben & Jerry's ice cream…and doing so "unleashed the hounds" in a sense.
The statistics are staggering…no matter where you look either inside or outside of the church … marriages are in trouble. I've seen SO many dating and newly married couples that make it a priority to pursue romance and intimacy with each other but then, "life happens."
It makes some people nervous that I am a pastor AND that I have a political opinion. I've heard the argument that Christians are too political…and that if you are a Christian then you should not express your political opinion.
Email DOES NOT WORK! It often drags out the conflict way longer that it should be. It can easily be misinterpreted, thus causing new conflicts.
Betrayal is one of the most brutal things a person (especially a pastor) deals with. It hurts ... deeply. Someone who was close to you and who you trusted walked away and they did not do so silently, they left making a lot of noise.
Devoting more time to an online audience (twitter/facebook) rather than leading your family, your staff and investing in the REAL people that God is bringing to your church
I am a recovering Pharisee. I became obsessed with religious rules and legalism and forgot all about the grace that God had poured out on me through Jesus.
At the end of the day people are not asking about the five points of Calvinism, the trichotomy or dichotomy of the Spirit or the peccability/impeccability of Christ!
"She's Hot!" – So is hell! "I'm bored & lonely!" – So, because you want "entertainment" you are actually going allow yourself to play games with the heart of a woman
When a leader refuses to accept what others at the table are saying there is going to be trouble. This will usually happen because the leader is insecure and needs to be right
"He cute!" – give it time, he won't be! ... "I'm lonely!"
Spend as much time as possible with your little girl! NOW!! Seriously, do it right now!!!