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WAR – WHAT IS IT GOOD FOR?

May 4, 2010






If we are to be true followers of Jesus Christ, then we must ask ourselves:

“Would Jesus ever go to war – or kill anybody – under any circumstances, for any reason, at any time, in any place?”



We MUST answer NO, NO, NO and NO!!

How can we then say that we follow Jesus but support any government effort to wage war against anybody for any reason? C’mon now, folks. We are not living in the Old Testament, and we are not the nation of Israel. We are bound by a New Covenant of Love and Peace, bought and paid for by the Prince of Peace.

The least we can do is resist any effort by any government or any other entity to draw us into their sphere of hatred, domination, greed and total destruction.

Read Galations 5 and then tell me there’s one speck of room there for war or violence of any sort. If the Holy Spirit is in you, then you will not support war.

If you support war, then I have to wonder if the Holy Spirit – the Spirit of Almighty God – is in you.

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A SERVANT’S PRAYER

September 21, 2009

Make me a broken, humble, and pliable vessel;
Mold me to exemplify Your tolerance and grace.

Teach me to learn the lessons of suffering;
While failing and falling, show me the meaning of trust.

Encourage me to encourage;
Incline my ear to hear.

Let me learn to pour out of the heart and not out of the mouth;
Teach me to persevere with my brothers.

Help me to seize the day, not to seize cities;
To lend a hand with your bountiful gifts.

Cause me to toil in your vineyards of love,
and to give away the sustenance You so freely have given.

– by Sharon

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IT’S THE SAME IN ANY LANGUAGE

September 15, 2009

Peace and reconciliation
和平与和解
ειρήνη και συμφιλίωση
صلح و آشتی
amani na upatanisho
мира и примирения
la paz y la reconciliación
화해와 평화를
vrede en versoening
สันติภาพและการประนีประนอม
Frieden und Versöhnung
शांति और सुलह
paix et la réconciliation
שלום ופיוס
السلام والمصالحة

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SERVANT LEADERSHIP SERVES

June 1, 2009

FourCornersLogo_reviWhether at home or abroad, leadership should always be humble and caring, yet visionary. A good leader will constantly monitor the temperature and needs of his team, while looking ahead to assess challenges, dangers and opportunities.

Each member of any team brings talents, gifts, strengths and abilities that must first of all be recognized, then appreciated. This means that the weakest person still has immense value, because they’re part of the team – their talents complete the circle, and make the team what it is.

Conversely, everyone has weaknesses, faults, flaws and shortcomings that must also be recognized, as well as dealt with. Within team dynamics, the tiniest crack can split open under pressure and wash over the team, bringing criticism, division and destruction.

In the midst of utilizing everyone’s abilities while working to diminish their weaknesses, a mature leader will also cast vision down the road. There are countless opportunities for service, growth and ministry connected to that road, but if the team is reveling in its own success or fighting itself, those possibilities will whip past and be gone forever.

Servant leadership is the answer to what every team leader faces. First of all, genuinely get to know your people. That means you have to talk with them, but most of all, listen to them. If you do, then you’ll hear their hearts, recognize their strengths, assess their weaknesses and be able to fit them into “their” role on your team. They should fit like a well-laid brick, having their own character and value, but accomplishing more because of the strength of the entire team.

The word “serve” comes from the Middle English word “servus,” which means “slave.” Are you a servant? Are you willing to become what you need to be, in order to accomplish great things with your team?

The rewards are immense, for you and for every team member. As each person finds his or her own place on the team and starts to explore the limits of their talents and giftings, you grow into your role as well. Listening, discovering, molding, blending, pruning and watering each branch and flower.

As you forget about yourself and the great things you will do, and you focus on others and how you can help them become what they were created to be, your labor will not be in vain. Under your guidance and calm leadership, people will blossom and, in turn, serve others.

It’s difficult to be a servant. Every ounce of us cries out for personal recognition and affirmation. But if you are a leader – a Servant Leader –  your personal fulfillment will come when others reach and exceed their goals and dreams. The fruit is worth it.