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This show will challenge you. Throughout history and up to the present day thousands upon thousands of people have made it through some really hard times. This is a sermon I shared recently that illustrates that life hands us all some very difficult times but there are some who push through them to bigger and better lives.
Victor Frankl in his book, Man’s Search for Meaning, found meaning in his suffering while in a Nazi concentration camp. Here are some ways you can find a meaning in your situation to move past it:
What has it taught you?
Has it made you stronger/kinder/wiser?
Even simply enduring a bad moment has meaning in making your happy moments better.
“A challenge only becomes an obstacle when you bow to it.” ? Ray A. Davis
Joseph was seventeen years old. He was a shepherd.
He did not participate in his brothers’ misconducts. In fact, he brought the reports of their mischief to his father, Jacob.
He was the favorite son of Jacob. Jacob loved him more than all his brothers. Jacob made a coat of many colors for him.
His brothers hated him for this reason and could not even talk with him well.
Joseph was rather naive to tell his dreams to his brothers about his future supremacy and his brothers’ submission to him. That intensified their hatred towards him.
So, when the opportunity came at Dothan, they planned to kill him. But Rueben tried to rescue him by persuading them not to kill him. His brothers sold him to the caravan of Ishmaelite going to Egypt.
His life was changed in a moment, from being the beloved son to the slave in an unknown land, Egypt.
Joseph was sold to Potiphar, the captain of Pharaoh’s guard.
Potiphar’s wife accused Joseph of attempted rape.
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Craig shares a sermon about the impact of our relationships. There is something special about having REAL relationships versus online relationships. He teaches from a Christian perspective.
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"Defeat should never be a source of discouragement, but rather a fresh stimulus." -- Robert South
We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear. - Martin Luther King, Jr.
Their expectation is focused.
There is a, constant, battle to not FOCUS on what you SEE!
David was no joke! He wasn’t afraid of the lion and the bear as a young man and he SURE is ticked off now…these people took his wives.
David reached an end to his discouragement, got up and FOLLOWED GOD’S DIRECTIONS!
There’s a HUGE difference between staying down when you get knocked down and getting back up when you get knocked down.
"In America, failure is considered a disruption in progress," says Scott A. Sandage, a history professor at Carnegie Mellon University who teaches a course on success and failure. "Even as the understanding of economic challenges increases, there's an intensification of shame around failure."
Jesus Christ (0AD - 33 AD) Jesus stuck to the truth of his message, despite the consequences. On many ocassions, he had the opportunity to escape or change his message. But, he felt the right thing to do was to suffer outer humiliation and pain in order to leave a legacy of spiritual truth.
William Tyndale (1494 – 1536) - Translated Bible into English, which at the time was forbidden. For his controversial views he was later arrested and executed.
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”? Winston Churchill
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Many of you know I Pastor Faith Outreach Chapel in Baltimore MD. I've been pastoring there (as well as doing many other things) since 1994. On Sunday November 2, 2014 I shares a sermon called "Which Fork?"
“Alice came to a fork in the road. 'Which road do I take?' she asked.
'Where do you want to go?' responded the Cheshire Cat.
'I don't know,' Alice answered.
'Then,' said the Cat, 'it doesn't matter.” ? Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
I share a story about Jerry show who was shot in a robbery.
Every human being has to make choices….to choose a path.
I will tell you a story of Monty Roberts and much more...
At the very end I share a story...you might want to get the Kleenex.
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General Colin Powell is a man who has climbed from the bottom. In his speech he said:
“Find that which you love doing and that which you do well. When you put those two together, you have put into place the roadmap for a successful and satisfying life.”
“We complain a lot today about politics and politicians and often for good reason. But we can’t sit around waiting for superman or superwoman to come in 2014 or 2016. We the people are the supermen and the superwomen. We are the deciders.”
“As you go through life, listen to the other side. Have your eyes and your ears and your heart open to counterviews so we can get back what makes this country great in the political sense – the ability to compromise with each other and not just freeze ourselves on a spectrum of political desire from the right or from the left.”
“Make sure you share the talent and the time and the treasure you have with others who are in greater need than you.”
“If you want to save the world, start by saving just one kid. That’s what it’s all about.”
“As you move on into life, do what you can to reach down, back and across to help a young person stay in school, to help a young person believe, to help a young person to a brighter future.”
“Don’t stand on the sidelines complaining and moaning; speak out and vote. If you’re going to be a responsible citizen in this country, get qualified and make sure that you get registered and vote every single chance you get.”
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We all have mistakes in our pasts—financial, professional, academic, relational. Unfortunately, we tend to learn from our mistakes in the areas that matter least and repeat our mistakes in the areas that matter most. Sometimes that’s because we avoid owing our part of a mistake. It’s easier to blame others.
But once you’ve taken ownership of your part of a mistake, what do you do with the part owned by others? How do you get past the stuff other people have done to turn your life upside down?
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I’ve met so many people who think Leaders are born or they need to have a title or a position. I don’t buy that idea.
Leadership is shown by your actions and not your words.
Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) – Galileo was willing to challenge the orthodoxy of the church through his own scientific discoveries. This commitment to truth and science came despite personal threats to his well-being.
Witold Pilecki (1901 – 1948) During WW2 Pilecki joined the underground Polish resistance. In 1943, he volunteered to smuggle himself into Auschwitz concentration camp so he could report on the holocaust to the allies. He then escaped Auschwitz and took part in the Warsaw uprising of 1944. In 1948, he was executed by the Stalinist secret police for retaining loyalty to the non-Communist Polish government.
I cannot get my head around this method that God chooses.
The older I get the more I realize more people watch your life than you can imagine.
“One of the hardest places, in leadership, is what you DO with what you KNOW when you THINK what you KNOW isn’t WORKING. What you DO, when you’re DOWN, can determine the OUTCOME!” Me
Repeating - The older I get the more I realize more people watch your life than you can imagine.
Job made a choice that I really don’t know if I could have made…22 Through all this Job did not sin nor did he blame God.
Leadership is standing when you feel like falling on your face in anguish and staying there.
Leadership is NOT a title.
Leadership is about influencing others in your life with your words, habits and actions.
“Leadership is an action, not a position.” ~ Donald McGannon
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This show is audio from Oprah WInfrey's Master Class. Hear her own words as she looks back at her amazing career.
Per Oprah's website: In an intimate and surprising interview, Dr. Condoleezza Rice reveals how her background, ideals and vision ultimately gave her a front-row seat to history. Where does she find her sense of strength and conviction to succeed? How does she face a difficult decision? From her childhood in racially charged Birmingham, Alabama, to her years in the Bush administration, the former secretary of state reflects candidly on the lessons she's learned.
I love the last sentence in this show from Dr. Rice, ""I welcome your opinions but not your uninformed ones."
Read more: http://www.oprah.com/own-master-class/Oprah-Presents-Master-Class-with-Condoleezza-Rice_1#ixzz3kKvaWxlw
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A STRONG AND SUCCESSFUL LIFE NEEDS A SOLID FOUNDATION! Whether you are just beginning to lay your foundation in life or you've already built your life but need to shore up some weak spots these broadcasts are designed with YOU in mind! Don't give up on yourself! So many people have gone through struggles and wish they had someone to stand alongside them and give them that little nudge they need to keep going. I want to be that ONE for YOU!
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"I'm not a giver upper!" Juliana Carver (October 4, 2013)
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NTRODUCTION What if there was a question that would clarify your best option for ninety percent of the decisions you make in life—a question that answers just about everything? It would have the potential to foolproof your relationships, marriage, finances, calendar, pace, and health. It would reduce the complexity of your life. It would save you time, money and tears. You would carry around less regret. And best of all, you wouldn’t have to apologize nearly as much. DISCUSSION QUESTIONS 1. Did you make any New Year’s resolutions? If so, what are you going to do to make sure you follow through on them? 2. What are some ways you’ve seen people allow their emotions and desires lead their decisionmaking? 3. Read Ephesians 5:15–17. What are some of the cultural currents that make it difficult for people today to make wise choices? 4. How might your life be different if you made decisions in light of your past experience and current circumstances? 5. During the message, Andy said, “Personal vision is often a catalyst for wise decisions.” Think about your future hopes and dreams. What are some opportunities you’re in danger of missing if you make unwise choices? 6. What is one area of your life about which you need to ask, “What’s the wise thing for me to do?” How can this group support you in asking that question? MOVING FORWARD Of every invitation, opportunity, relationship, or decision, ask “What’s the wise thing to do?” If you were going to do the wise thing, what would it be? By asking that question, even if you don’t follow through, you will discover something about you. You owe it to yourself to know the answer to that question. CHANGING YOUR MIND Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Ephesians 5:15–16
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John Maxwell has been a teacher of Leaders for many years. In this show he shares how MOMENTIUM can be your BEST FRIEND!
In a blog he writes:
Momentum is the greatest of all change-agents. When a leader has it, organizational change comes easily, for it’s much simpler to steer a company that’s already experiencing success than to jumpstart one that’s stagnant.
On a team that’s thriving, growing, and delivering results an aura of excitement permeates everything. The momentum is almost tangible. Yet even though we can feel the momentum, it’s hard to define. Let’s take a momentum to pin down where it comes from.
The attitude of the leader + the atmosphere of the organization + the accomplishments of the people = MOMENTUM
Leaders who court momentum display a set of attitudes that help them reach new altitudes. First, they take responsibility for outcomes. They don’t blame failures on their people or on forces beyond their control. Second, leaders who generate momentum operate with an empowering sense of hope. They shape their surroundings instead of merely being shaped by them. They believe in the possibility of change instead of complaining about challenges to it. Finally, leaders who drive momentum have unfailing enthusiasm. They’re convinced of the importance of their work, and this sense of purpose propels them forward.
Leaders build a culture favorable to momentum in the following ways. First, they believe the best about their people—concentrating on developing their strengths rather than on fixing their shortcomings. Second, they provide an inspiring vision that’s contagious. They share it confidently and talk about it continually, until everyone on the team sees it almost as clearly as they do. Third, they remove the fear of failure. They invite risk and affirm innovative ideas—even if they don’t always work.
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"In Spite of It" is a sermon I shared that illustrates, in many ways, how important it is to stay focused even in your most frustrating times. It's NOT easy but it's essential if you want to achieve great things in your life.
“Strength is gathered on the journey, not granted at the outset.” ? Jared Brock
Jesus, even in his last hours, cared for one that society didn’t value.
You would think that the people who were there to arrest Jesus would have paused and reconsidered. They had an agenda. They were being threatened.
Jesus didn’t allow the moment to distract His momentum!
John 6:38 - "For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.
Either you run the day or the day runs you. — Jim Rohn
The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself. — Mark Caine
Dan Pearce, Single Dad Laughing - “Every time we look at the clock, we must learn to feel a sense of urgency. We must learn to realize that “now” is happening and will very soon be gone. We must look at the digits on the display and be overcome with an urge to do something before those digits change. Before “now” slips through our fingers. We must look at the ink on the calendar and see an immediate opportunity to do something wonderful, incredible, or beautiful.
It’s that simple. We need to change our thinking from “when the number changes” to “before the number changes”.
“Chances are no matter how bad your troubles seem to be, someone somewhere, with less resilience, has successfully conquered a more severe version of your problems.” ? Gary Hopkins
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