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Certainly, this post was at least partly prompted by the incredible number of sad, tragic and horrific events in my denomination.
For sure, the brutal reality of the calendar and my impending 63rd birthday caused me to pause and write this public missive.
Conviction - God - Spirit - Life - Fallen
But more, far more, has been the conviction of God’s Spirit in my life. While I have been prone to judge the fallen and the offenders in the melodrama of my denomination, God has reminded me again how fallen I am, how sinful I am, and how I am unworthy to cast the first stone.
It is perhaps for accountability, and perhaps for confession, that I write about changes I must make.
Obedient - Gospel - Others
I must change and be more obedient in sharing the gospel. I exhort others to do so, but I am disobedient far too much myself.
I must change and increase my time in the Word and in prayer. Too often, I let the tyranny of the urgent replace the priority of time with God. If I sound foolish, it is because I am, and because I have been.
Identity - Identity - Christ - Identity - Family
I must change how I seek my identity. My identity should be first in Christ. And my identity should also be as a family man. My greatest titles are “husband,” “Dad” and “Rad Rad,” not “CEO” or “Dr. Rainer.” Too often I seek the accolades...
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