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Why God Doesn’t Tell You Everything… It’s Wednesday night, and I’m helping our kids get their shoes on, jackets on, and Bibles ready as we’re about to rush to church. I hustle them out the door, tell Corina we’re waiting for her in the car, and then load them into the van. Along the way, I tell Timothy (our 7-year-old): “Watch out for the puddle in the driveway. Zip up your jacket. He lets me know: “People tell me what to do all day long. We’re in the car now. “So you want to be in charge?” “Yes. Thinking this might be a good time to wax philosophically, I say, “Well, son, that day is coming. He nods. But I keep going. “One day, you’ll leave home. At this, the weariness of the day overcomes Timothy, and the vision of such independence overwhelms him. “That makes me so sad! I sigh, put my hand to my head, and try not to smile. “Timothy, that day is far away, and by the time you get there – trust me – you’ll want to be on your own, making those kinds of choices.” God gives us the big picture of our future.

@stickyJesus | a resource hub for social media outreach Reach Records 16 Things I look for in a Preacher We’ve got a preachers’ Qualifying Day coming up at Mars Hill Church that I’m excited about. Currently, we have 50 or so elders at Mars Hill and maybe that many more in training. Some of the men are sensing a call to preach and cover the Sundays when I’m out of the pulpit. So, we thought we’d have some fun with it and have a day when they each take the stage at Mars Hill Ballard to preach. We’ll give each preacher a different text one week in advance. They’ll show up to preach, and we’ll evaluate them. And, you are welcome to come sit in if you like for all or part of the day. Only three men will preach this round, but there will be other rounds forthcoming. This will be fun…for some of us. In anticipation of this event, I made a list of 16 things that I’m looking for in a preacher or teacher’s sermon: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16.

The Gospel Coalition YW Lesson #27 lm1 Scripture Study I had this cute handout attached to a cellophane bag filled with Almond "joys". But forgot to take a picture. I also found this AWESOME spiritual Directory Assistance card online (on sugardoodle by Tresa Edmunds 2006) I think this was the girls favorite thing. They asked to get extra's for their friends. I also made each girl a bookmark that had the same "take the Time" quote as the treat handout. I was pretty nervous for my first lesson but the girls were great and I think I will love this new calling! Search, Read, Study the Bible in Many Languages Welcome | Hillsong United Committed to creating a musical expression that is almost uncomfortable in its uniqueness, our mission is to write songs that awaken churches and individuals to the fact that we are redeemed and called into the story of God. With the familiar faces of worship leaders Joel Houston, Jad Gillies, JD and Matt Crocker upfront, the UNITED team has become an evolving collaboration of pastors, worship leaders, musicians and songwriters, all bound by the common goal of giving voice to a generation who is passionate about God. Everything we do is an expression of a really extraordinary God doing what only He can do through really ordinary people who love Him, want to serve Him and want to build His Church. To simply serve God and allow Him to do what only He can do has always been the team’s desire.

How to Identify a Future Leader « How We Lead I think the best way to identify a potential leader is to ask people: “Who do you enjoy working with? Who do you respect in the workforce?” The names you hear in answer to those questions are the kind of people you want to identify as potential leaders and promote. I’ll never forget, in the seventh grade I was elected president of my class. I came home and told my Dad, who was a career navy officer. I said, “Dad, I won the election. Via @kenblanchard Share this: Like this: Like Loading... Categories: Respect, Trust Michael Hyatt | Intentional Leadership Inspirational Bible Verses and Quotes - Real. Powerful. Timeless Quotes. Literary Resources -- Classical and Biblical (Lynch) This page is part of the Literary Resources collection maintained by Jack Lynch of Rutgers – Newark. Comments and suggestions are welcome. Note: Since these pages are concerned primarily with English and American literature, coverage of classical and biblical literature is sparse. Think of the selection as representative, not comprehensive. The Bible The Bible Gateway Search the Bible in ten languages (English, German, Swedish, Latin, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Tagalog, Norwegian) and multiple versions. Early Church Fathers Collection A large collection of writings from the first 800 years of the Church. Into His Own: Perspective on the World of Jesus (Rutgers Univ.) Extensive hypertext commentary on Jesus and the Bible, including the Hebrew background. Postmodern Bible Amos: Serious Hypertext Bible Study (Tim Bulkeley) A hypertext commentary on the book of Amos, with a dictionary of the (Hebrew) Bible. World Wide Study Bible (CCEL) Online Bibles: Bible Study Tools Classical Languages

Men, Will You Vow to Lead? Yesterday, we kicked off the Real Marriage sermon series at all Mars Hill churches. The opening sermon was entitled, “New Marriage, Same Spouse.” A biblical understanding of marriage is that men are to be the spiritual leaders in their families who should work towards leaving a great gospel legacy for future generations, a topic I preached on last month out of Genesis 3, 1 Timothy 2 and 3, and Ephesians 5. Towards the end of this Sunday’s sermon, I challenged the husbands in the room to stand up and take a vow that they would lead their family well. It was a moving experience to see hundreds of men stand, take the vow, and pray over their wives in the service. Below is a clip from that part of the sermon. Also, we’ve made the vow into a poster that you men can print out and place in your home.

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