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We can Learn to Fight Fair

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Have you been following this election? Or the national anthem controversy? Or foreign hacking stuff? Or Ryan Lochte? We’re not even through 2016 and we’ve had a mountain of drama. And that’s not even including the stuff in our own families, neighborhoods and workplaces. It’s like we’re addicted to the latest controversy till the next one pops up. While it might seem inevitable to face these things in our world today, there is a way to respond that looks very different.

Most people are surprised to learn that Jesus had a little brother named James. James didn’t believe that his big brother was God (who would?!) until after He rose from the dead, seems like that would convince most of us to rethink our perspective. It’s like James was making up for lost time but he became a key leader in the early church and was eventually killed for following his brother with the rest of his life.

His thoughts in the letter he wrote in the New Testament are some of the most direct and challenging in the whole Bible. He gives us lots of help around how we practically live out our faith, even when the world seems so different than the way God built us all to live and love.

I think whether you call yourself a Christian or you’re just wondering how to cut through the noise of the fighting and controversy all around you, James has some things that can help. We’re going to spend a few weeks looking at four key passages that can help shed light on a different set of approaches to the drama in our lives and world today.  As a matter of fact I think James can show us how to go from fighting about things and with people to fighting for people and the things that really matter.

Just imagine what a community committed to fighting fair could look like.  We could be change makers in the relationships we’re in and the places we go. Don’t let what comes natural for your conflicts blind you to the supernatural path of hope and peace.

I hope you’ll consider joining us each weekend on Saturdays at 5p or Sundays at 9a & 11a.

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Mindful Leading

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Today I knew I needed/wanted to write some kind of encouraging words to you all. I sat down and started typing and just couldn’t come up with something that had any meaning to it. So I prayed and just asked God to give me something…whatever it is that he wanted me to write to you all today. And not even 10 minutes later did someone walk in to my office and shared something with me. And I just knew it was what God wanted me to share with all of you.

So my friend came in and asked me “Sarah do you believe in coincidences?” I looked at her and said “not really, I believe that what we call coincidences are actually God just doing his thing, making purpose out of something.” She said, “I knew you would say that”. So she shared her recent “what God has been telling her in life right now” and it had everything to do with being mindful. She said to me He’s told me like seven times, ok God I get it…I need to be mindful.

It got me thinking, when, if I am ever mindful. I think yes for some things, but when I looked at different parts of my life I’m not sure I’m as mindful as I could be. I think sometimes we are just on autopilot and we go for it. But what would that look like to just sit and be mindful. How would that change how I respond to a question when I’m in the middle of doing something else? Maybe my prayer life would change in such a way that I’m praying for big things…I would ask myself the questions what if God did really answer that prayer. It doesn’t even take a lot of time, just be aware of what we are doing when we are doing it.

As I think of being mindful and what that means when leading anything…to me this is being intentional, being very present, not missing an opportunity to ask a great question, willing to listen, really listen with no distractions. It’s taking the time to actually care what’s going on in the lives of the people around us, those who we lead. Don’t get me wrong, I care about the people I lead, but sometimes I care on autopilot. What if I cared by being completely mindful instead?

Think of how mindful God is of us. He knows the number of hairs on our head, He knows our deep desires, He knows our hearts, and He pays attention to us. Of course I’m not saying we will ever know this about anyone (unless they are bald) but if God is this mindful, shouldn’t we at least try to a tad bit more mindful. Shouldn’t we take the time to hear what people are saying, really see what people are doing, caring in such a way that people would call us mindful?

So I ask that today you take a few minutes and ask yourselves these questions and then after really being mindful of them, answer them. And then apply mindfulness to your leadership.

What would it look like in whatever capacity you lead to be mindful? What do you need to change so that you are mindful while leading?

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