faithful stewardship

Born or Made?

Born or Made?

Are leaders born or made? Could the answer be yes to both? Check out this post and see how a little of both are in leaders.

Small Acts - Great Legacy

Small Acts - Great Legacy

One small act could change the course of someones life and ultimately history. Here are 8 ways to be the leader who can CHANGE history.

WORTH THE WAIT

Christmas is a wonderful time, but it is full of waiting. We wait for Christmas Eve and Christmas morning. We wait for the time of a special Christmas program at church, or for a Christmas TV special to come on. We wait all year to get to sing Christmas songs, whether they are Christian or secular. We wait to open presents, and to see the look on someone’s face when they open a present from us. Sometimes we wait to see the reaction of a child to their first bicycle or a new puppy. We wait to put out our Christmas decorations and turn on the Christmas lights. We wait for the day the family will gather. We wait for the Christmas Eve candlelight service. We wait to celebrate our family Christmas traditions. We wait for the very warm, very wonderful feeling that comes at Christmas.

Waiting can be hard, but it isn’t so bad if you know you are waiting for something that is worth it. Sometimes those things that are a part of Christmas that we wait for disappoint us, but even so, they are things in which we find such value that we wait in joyful anticipation for them each year.  

They are good things, and good things are worth the wait.

Part of what we as Christians do during the season of Advent is remind ourselves that we are in a waiting time, and also we remind ourselves what we are waiting on. Advent not only looks back on the coming of Christ 2000 plus years ago, but also looks forward as we wait in anticipation for His return. It is a chance to remind ourselves that we wait for something wonderful… something well worth the wait.

We wait for the return of Christ our Savior.

We wait for His presence here on this earth in bodily form. We wait for the culmination of the age of the beginning of His Kingdom reign on this planet. We wait for war to cease and for peace to come, as the Prince of Peace rules. We wait for restoration, for full redemption, for His will to be done on earth as it is in heaven. We wait for the full triumph of justice and righteousness. We wait for the destruction of all that seeks to kill, steal, and destroy. We wait for the death of the final enemy called death. We wait for the chance to see Him, face to face. We wait for all to be as it was created to be.  

Wait in faithfulness. It is worth the wait!

 
 

 

 

LIFE AFTER RETIREMENT

LIFE AFTER RETIREMENT

When Abraham retired, he thought life would slow down some. Little did he know the big plans God had and the impact those plans would have on the Kingdom of God!

WHEN TRAINING LEADERS IS NOT THE PRIORITY

WHEN TRAINING LEADERS IS NOT THE PRIORITY

There is a time to hold a conference and a time to respond to a crisis. When we truly have a Passion for the Harvest, we find that training leaders is not limited to a classroom.

BARNS AND NOBLE

BARNS AND NOBLE

We tend to think the more we have, the more important we are. I guess being wealthy makes us feel like nobility. But not in God’s eyes. Each day, we are faced with the choice to store up, or radically give; to make "barn decisions" or noble decisions. The question is: Which will you choose?

FIVE COUNTERINTUITIVE PRODUCTIVITY HACKS

FIVE COUNTERINTUITIVE PRODUCTIVITY HACKS

While there is no way to add hours to our day, it is possible to “redeem time” as the Bible teaches. At ILI, we call this Stewardship of Time, because we believe God has given us the 24 hours of each day as “talents” we are to invest wisely, and then give an account to Him for our investment of His resource. While they may not seem to save time, here are five productivity hacks sure to help us maximize our time...

SMALL ACTS, GREAT LEGACY

Seventeen — the age when life-changing decisions are made. This was especially true for Brian, a young Christian man who was trying to figure out what to do with the rest of his life. It all became clear when Brian walked into a Christian coffee house and was deeply touched by the large mural on one of the walls. In this mural, repeated many times, were the words of Ecclesiastes 12:1...