A Real Leader.

27 05 2009

I’ve been listening to Unleash 09 Conference at NewSpring Church. IT ROCKS! In the breakout on Worship Planning, this was a great list on actions of a REAL leader.

A Real Leader…

  • looks to get involved in solving problems instead of running from them.
  • defends his team first before making excuses for himself.
  • rejects offers to leave his team for the sake of personal advancement.
  • knows when he is placing a lid on the ones he leads and is quick to get out of their way.
  • inspires those he leads with his commitment, care, attitude and effort… and then his words… if necessary.
  • speaks truth in love and never forsakes the vision or lowers the bar.
  • inspires growth without demanding it from those he leads.
  • is one his people want to be around and not one they dread seeing.
  • has a desire to be led and not left alone.
  • realizes that he is a part of the teamnot above or better than the team.
  • encourages and invites critique of his abilities from the ones he leads.
  • sees defeat as a learning experience and not the end of the world.
  • stays calm in the midst of calamity and does his best leading when the times are the toughest.
  • doesn’t make decisions by looking at popular opinion or traditional values.
  • challenges the status quo and risks his reputation to do so… not for notoriety or gain, but because its the right thing to do is followed.

Angels & Demons: Where Did They Come From?

21 05 2009

supernaturalSomeone asked me the other day if all the angels were good in the beginning, how could they sin? What happened? For all you deep thinkers out there…this one’s for you.

The Devil and Evil Angels are real…Luke 11:15-19 “But some of them said, “By Beelzebub, the prince of demons, he is driving out demons.” Others tested him by asking for a sign from heaven. Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them: “Any kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and a house divided against itself will fall. If Satan is divided against himself, how can his kingdom stand? I say this because you claim that I drive out demons by Beelzebub. Now if I drive out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your followers drive them out? So then, they will be your judges. But if I drive out demons by the finger of God, then the kingdom of God has come to you.”

1. Angels were created good and holy. Since they were created within the 6 day and initially fell under the verdict very good (Gen. 1:31)

2. Because of 2 Peter 2:4 “God spared the angels that sinned” it’s assumed that the angels were in some type of state of “trial and probation period” in which they were able to sin and not to sin. Some did and some did not. Things were not as they are now. How this works we are not completely clear. Obviously hell was created at some point in here after the angels fell.

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30/30: Battles. Warfare. Spritual Armor.

20 05 2009

supernaturalLast Sunday, we began the “Supernatural” Series at Epic. I seriously believe that God is trying to move in big way and we are in the middle of a spiritual battle. What we see with our physical eyes is not all there is, but there is a spiritual world that is just as real and is interconnected with the physical world. Scripture says it this way, “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.Ephesians 6:10-12

You and I have a battle, but it’s not against the government, a political party, Hollywood or your boss from hell. Our battle is against “evil forces in the heavenly realms.” The devil is scheming to take you out. So our battle involves faith, prayer and God’s Word. And there are three critical things we all need to remember in this battle….

1. You Are Not Alone in Your Battles. (2 Kings 6:15-17)

2. Your Prayers Are Far More Powerful Than You Know.
(Daniel 10:12-14)

ArmorofGod3. You Are Equipped For Battle

Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. Ephesians 6:13-18

You ASKED for it: What’s Your Question?

20 05 2009

you asked for it picSome of life’s toughest questions are the ones you usually don’t hear about in church. You’ve got questions? The Bible has answers! Get straight answers to your tough questions. In our next series at Epic “You Asked For It” (June 14-June 28) your questions will be answered. What questions about God, life or the spiritual journey do you have?

Post Your Question…

Week #1: 1 Corinthians 1-5

13 05 2009

building verses2May 11 1 Corinthians 1
May 12 1 Cor. 2
May 13 1 Cor. 3
May 14 1 Cor. 4
May 15 1 Cor. 5

What is God saying to you in the passage? What new insights have you gained? What did this reveal about Christ? I will be posting my insights later this week.

This Summer: Build a Foundation of Faith

13 05 2009

building verses2This summer instead of letting your spiritual life drift, why not dig in and build a foundation of faith? We are reading through the Bible together at Epic and discovering  how His Word can transform our everyday life.  Join the journey and share your insights on the blog.


30/30: How to Hang on at the End of Your Rope

6 05 2009

worst-case-scenarioLessons from Jeremiah, a Guy Who Was Hanging On For Dear Life

When Your Hanging on at the End of Your Rope…

1. Focus Your Attention on God

When life is heavy and hard to take, go off by yourself. Enter the silence. Bow in prayer. Don’t ask questions. Wait for hope to appear. Lamentations 3:28-29

2. Ask God to Remove Your Fears

From the bottom of the pit, I cried out to You, O Lord. And when I begged You to listen to my cry, You heard. And You answered me and told me not to be afraid. Lamentations 3:55-57

3. Trust God’s Goodness

The Lord is good to everyone who trusts in Him. So it is best for us to wait in patience—to wait for Him to save us.” Lamentations 3:25-26

4. Remember the Lord’s Faithfulness

“I’ll never forget the trouble, the utter lostness, the taste of ashes, the poison I’ve swallowed. I remember it all…the feeling of hitting the bottom. BUT there’s one other thing I remember, and remembering it, I keep a grip on hope: God’s loyal love couldn’t have run out, His merciful love couldn’t have dried up. They’re created new every morning. How great is Your faithfulness! Lamentations 2:19-23