Worship leaders, pastors, and everyone serving this weekend: know that I’m praying for you! I pray that God will bless you and stretch you and use you to grow His kingdom and expand His family.
As usual, I found lots of great links this week that I wanted to share with you but that didn’t quite fit into a post. When you get a few minutes this weekend, check them out and be encouraged and challenged. Maybe even learn something. 🙂
Remember, these are just excerpts, but I strongly encourage you to click through and read each post in its entirety.
Stories of use and abuse abound, and the letdowns make for big headlines. We all have felt the sting of being let down by some leader in whom we had placed our trust. The pain and confusion are real. The wounds can be deep. We learn to guard ourselves from future disappointment, and cynicism feels like a trustworthy shield.
But the high-profile failures of famous leaders can mask the true source of our discontent with being led…
“So tell me about your experience visiting (Church X),” I asked a student whom I knew was church shopping.
The student paused, took a visual swipe at the ceiling as if the words would be found there, and said, “I’m not sure they have the right eyes.”
She explained, providing an account of her experience. But I would have known what she meant without explanation.
I am so tempted to let him continue to struggle while I finish quickly unloading the van, but I pause. My son has been so excited to unload this flooring; I can’t possibly rob him of that. So, almost annoyed, I ask him, “Kaelen, do you want to get one side while Daddy gets the other side?” He grins from ear to ear and says one word: “Yeah.” So, box by box, we carry the flooring inside the house, him on one end and me on the other. He is so happy to be doing this with me, but I can’t help but think of how I could complete this whole task myself in one-tenth the time it is taking us to complete it together.
All of a sudden, a huge “ah-ha” moment hits me like a ton of bricks (or laminate!).
For many months now I’ve been using the King James Version of the bible in my daily devotionals. Beyond reading a passage here or there I don’t believe I’ve ever read the KJV so thoroughly and closely. And it’s been interesting.
Here’s one interesting thing. Did you know there are unicorns in the bible?
Even if we don’t have degrees in English, most of us notice typos, particularly embarrassing ones in the church newsletter. And if you’re a communications manager, those proofreading mistakes fall on you. But typos don’t have to be there; you can catch them if you take another glance. Here are the most common places typos lurk…