Tag Archives: Ephesians

Monday Minute 5.3 (makes you think)

60 seconds to make you think.

And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ …

Ephesians 4.11-13

We often think church is about maturing believers, equipping saints, growing us up in the faith, worshipping the great and mighty God. And while that is a large part of it, this verse also tells us it is about attaining the unity of the faith.

Unity … do we focus on that? Do we endeavor to emphasize this? How much energy and assets do we invest in attaining unity?

This week … spend some time thinking about your role in this important part of church life. Are you aiding in the unity of God’s people, or are you part of the division making?

Then, after you think about your role … do something.

It’s been 13 Years … WOW!

2007 …. June 29 … a day I thank God for.

Who knew that it would change our lives. Maybe for the good – maybe for the not so good. What is so big? Today is the anniversary of when the iPhone first went on sale in the US?

And the next day was when the first screen was replaced by the Genius Bar Buddies. (JK)

An ironic twist is June 29 is also the anniversary for the US Interstate Act, developing thousands of miles of interstate where you’re not supposed to use the iPhone.

I wasn’t as much a true blue diehard Apple supporter then as I am now. But, I had owned the original iMac. We still have some early iPods. and iTunes is still my favorite platform for music.

Technology is great. We can broadcast worship services through our phones and tablets. Information is in the palm of our hands – information that would have taken weeks to discover in a library. Read or listen to books, get directions, video call loved ones, let family know we’re safe after a storm or whatever, have our bible and an entire commentary collection on hand, millions of songs, watch movies, and more.

But technology can also be enslaving. We can waste so much time on them. Hours on social media, playing games beyond what we should, and making us tethered to an electronic leash making it impossible to really have free time.

This week, I deleted a few apps off my phone. Maybe it’s because I reverted to the iPhone 8 and it’s so much smaller than the 11 (switched the new one with my son, for I am a selfish, sacrificial, humble, caring and loving father who would do anything for my fam – that’s the way I roll)

But mostly it is because I know I waste time.

God’s Word tells us to redeem the time, for the days are evil. That means to buy time back, get it and set it free!

Here are ways I try to redeem the time …

  • Listen or read books while exercising (gets my mind off the fact I can’t breath while on the exercise bike)
  • Listen to the news – or our new worship songs – while getting ready for the day
  • Listen to podcasts or sermons while driving (makes that 40 minute commute so much better)
  • Keep focused through an ongoing task list … one way I do this os’s text my wife when I get a new task. She will re-text it to me later, always the reminder. Yes there are apps for this, but I like texting my wife.
  • Eliminate and delegate. I’m better at the first then the second.
  • Learn to say “No.” Maybe you need pass on the good things so you can focus on the best things.

How do you redeem your time? Start today to do it even better!

Leadership Traits to Avoid

So, yesterday we looked at a list for things we learned in kindergarten. Let’s take this week to share some lists.

Today’s list is the result of a survey of why people quit a job – or top ten reasons a boss is bad. Now let’s convert this to various venues – say, why do people quit serving at a church. Does it have anything to do with leadership. Ephesians 4.4-8 talks about workers and bosses. It deals with respect and seeing others as God sees them. And there are plenty of passages dealing with church leadership. So let’s just throw this list out there and let you ponder the results …

1. Your boss takes credit for your work (63 percent)

2. Your boss doesn’t appear to trust or empower you (62 percent)

3. Your boss doesn’t appear to care if you’re overworked (58 percent)

4. Your boss doesn’t appear to advocate for you when it comes to monetary compensation (wages/salary/bonuses) (57 percent)

5. Your boss hires and/or promotes the wrong people (56 percent)

6. Your boss doesn’t back you up when there’s a dispute between you and one of your company’s clients (55 percent)

7. Your boss doesn’t provide proper direction on assignments/roles (54 percent)

8. Your boss micromanages you and doesn’t allow you the “freedom to work” (53 percent)

9. Your boss focuses more on your weaknesses than your strengths (53 percent)

10. Your boss doesn’t set clear expectations (52 percent)

Been there on any of these? Ever been guilty of any of these?

And I truly believe the best leadership is servant leadership. Jesus kind of mentioned that in Matthew 20.26 (See the picture attached)

May we serve with dignity, respecting those in authority, but also showing grace. And if you are in leadership, you too should be a vessel for grace. Find this hard? It is, but we can use His strength. Read the next verse in Ephesians (right after admonition to employees and employers) …

Last of all, I say this. Be strong in the Lord and use the strength he gives.

And the mic is dropped and I leave you with that – todd

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