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What Do You Do When In Difficult Circumstances? Following some weeks looking at who Jesus Christ really is, let me now turn to a New Testament letter – to Ephesians Chapter 1 verse 1. A pearl is made when a little piece of grit gets into the shell of an oyster - and it begins to irritate and rub against the soft flesh inside. So the oyster protects itself by secreting a hard substance - and a pearl grows. A pearl is produced. What an amazing argument to support Creation! In that sense this is a pearl of a letter - and as part of the Word of God it is so precious, as well as being practical. Ephesians is a letter written to a church which found itself in irritating circumstances. Paul is in prison - chained - miles away - shut up - restricted - limited - away from his loved ones. Paul is an open air man who is presently enclosed in prison. And yet - some have thought this is his finest letter - although it is dangerous to consider and place one part of Scripture above any other. Paul was in difficult circumstances as were these disciples of Jesus in Ephesus. Ephesus was a place where the worship of idols was prevalent - and strong - and yet he never protested against the worship of the goddess Diana. We may need to look further at this later. What Paul did do was rob Diana of her customers. I remember visiting the ruins of the temple of the pagan goddess Diana - it could seat some 24,000 people. That was how strong idolatry was in Ephesus - and yet, a church was born with 12 men, baptised in water, and in the Holy Spirit - speaking in tongues and prophesying – Acts Chapter 19. This letter deals with God's Plan - God's Purposes - and God's Power - and God's Protection. God has a plan - and He has the power to put that plan into operation. When we come to the Bible and feed upon the Word of God, we need a balanced diet – Genesis and the prophets and the Gospels and the letters. We need all these various ways through which God speaks to us. Paul had poured himself into this Church in Ephesus – and yet many think this was a circular letter which was travelling to various churches at that time. Early manuscripts do not have ‘in Ephesus’ – and there are no personal greetings. Chapters 1 - 3 are concerned with that salvation which God works in – the blessings and riches of faith. Chapters 4 to 6 are concerned with that salvation which you work out. At the end of Chapter 3 Paul writes – Amen – as if to say, well that is that bit over – now I have more to say. It has all to be lived out. God has set you apart for Himself – that is what saint means. Chapters 1 to 3 deal with belief and experience - and worship and witness and adoration - what we are saved by - and how we are being saved. Chapters 4 - 6 deal with behaviour - our example to others - our walk and warfare - in other words what we are saved and rescued for! And there is the application too - where Paul is virtually saying - Have I made my point clear? What is the real message of this book? Do we learn about God – and about Jesus Christ – about the Holy Spirit – and about ourselves? What does God want to teach us from these pages? We are reading of - our relationship with God - our salvation in Christ - and the beauty and wonder and majesty of the Power of God. Take time, and make time, to read these opening verses – and then read on. “Lord our God, help us to receive the spiritual riches in this letter and to understand the profound and practical teaching which the apostle imparts to disciples of Jesus. Holy Spirit, illumine our minds and our hearts – we pray in Jesus Name. Amen” (This week's "Word from Scotland" - previous articles may be found at Studylight.org and livesasif.org in the 'Archives' - every prayerful blessing, in Christ Jesus.)
"Battle tested" without a doubt, 2018 has been memorable for each of us in many, many ways. Some scars are quite evident while others...not so much!!! We've lost some "folks"...seemingly much too soon. But Father, You knew best!! We've gained some quality associations, while existing friendships were re-fortified to go beyond superficiality. A few relationships, on the other hand...to our dismay, forced us to face the harsh realization that they came with an expiration date. Suffice to say, with only a couple of days left in this 2018 calendar year...2019 is coming without any procrastination and/or apologies. We can choose to get on board & fasten our seat belts or remain at the station. Either way, the train is a "load & go", moving on with purpose...
The Ark Was Unsinkable Noah was concerned about others, but hardly anybody listened. Seven did. Seven believed the truth. It is important to hear and listen and believe – and that is as relevant today as it was at the time of Noah. We are in Genesis Chapter 6. Verses 11 and 12 describe what the world was like at that time. It was corrupt in the sight of God - filled with violence - sacred things were trampled on - honesty and morality had vanished. The society which God destroyed had already destroyed itself. See that clearly. God judges SIN in whatever form it manifests itself - but - there is a way of escape - and it is GOD in His Mercy and Love who offers the way of escape. One day, HE is going to put all things right - why does HE not put things right now? Because - in His mercy He is giving men time to repent and put themselves right - but do people want to be put right? We must ever thank HIM for HIS Patience. God has a plan of salvation - and He has a place of refuge. He had an Ark of safety and security for the time of the Coming Judgement. Noah is told to build an ARK – a box or a chest. It is built for floating - not for speed, nor for travelling. The dimensions are perfect. The designer of the Canberra, John West, based his dimensions on those of the ARK - for safety and stability - and the QE2 was designed along these same dimensions - and modern oil tankers have followed similar dimensions. Computers apparently had discovered that for stability and security a ship is best and most safe when it is SIX times longer than it is broad. Wood is durable - and durable wood is preserved and made watertight. It is coated with a covering. The ARK is unsinkable. God tells Noah what to do. Can you imagine this preacher of righteousness being laughed at and mocked and ridiculed? There had never been a Flood. As far as we can tell it had never even rained! Can you imagine what a cartoonist would have made then of dear Noah? When people laugh at us today - remember - we are preparing for the future. From the measurements, we know the ARK could contain around 125,000 sheep – and, verse 20 - we read that the animals will come to you! Birds migrate today - and we marvel at it - back to the same branch of a tree. So why should there be any question when one day Mr Elephant says to Mrs Elephant - let's go find an ark! I think we should go and find ourselves an ARK! The word ARK is the same word used for the ark of papyrus into which Moses was placed. God explained to Noah what HE was going to do. Noah listened and obeyed. Those who would not listen to God - those who would not listen to God through His man, Noah, were lost. Verse 22 - Noah did what God called him to do. It was a monumental task, and he never questioned what God told him to do. Noah was a voice in the wilderness - an example - a preacher of righteousness - a light in a dark world - pointing to the way of escape - to the safety and security of the Ark of God, which for us, is in the arms of the risen and living Lord Jesus. “Loving and gracious God, as we consider the Ark, as described in Your Holy Word, and how You provided a way of escape, enable us to hold fast to our faith in Jesus Christ, the One who rescues and saves and forgives. Keep us safe and secure in the Church of Jesus Christ. We thank You and praise You that You are a God Who provides. Amen” (This week's "Word from Scotland - previous pieces may be found at Studylight.org - in the 'Archives' section - warmest greetings in Christ Jesus.)
Want to multiply disciples and leaders? Join me in reading "Hero Maker" by @exponential leader @daveferguson and @leadnet researcher @WarrenBird. You will learn the 5 essential practices for leaders to multiply leaders. Get your copy today at heromakerbook.org and make the shift from hero to #HeroMaker.
Thanks for the prayers! A long-time pastor of one of the largest and most influential churches in our city committed suicide recently. A number of us have been working toward Oneness on mission together among the city churches, and have not received much response. But this event has seemed to stir vulnerability and, perhaps a sense of brokenness among area pastors who will gather Jan. 2 to process what God is saying to us as a city Church. Please pray for His movement during and after this meeting! Jim Case
In my retirement years I have developed some ministry opportunities that have been very fulfilling and meaningful. My prayer request is that as I continue to age and become less able to manage these, that they will be sustainable and ongoing according to God's desires. I hope our model of helping people escape the payday loan trap will be a replicable ministry until such time as government authorities cap loan rates.
Please pray for lots of people to find their way back to God this Christmas season.
Here's a brand new post that came out today about some podcasts I did on first impressions and guest services. There's a lot of good stuff here that is relevant to pastors and church leaders. I'll be writing more about this in the near future and recording several more podcasts with awesome people. 👊 http://gregatkinson.com/here-are-some-first-impressions.../
One of my favorite topics is that of training and leadership development. I had the honor to write an article this week to speak into how to develop and grow a healthy team culture. It doesn't matter if you are in the tech world or business world, it is my hope that this article can help your teams function stronger.

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Leaders are always focused on What’s Next. What is God doing now? How can we join? What is the Aha! that we need to move us further? Leadership Network was formed in 1984 to work with leaders of innovative churches to explore these questions to generate kingdom results. Believing that meaningful conversations and connections can change the world, Leadership Network seeks to help leaders of innovation navigate the future by exploring new ideas together to find application to their own unique contexts. Through collaborative meetings and processes these leader map future possibilities and challenge one another to action that leads to results. Through our publications, books and on-line experiences we share the learnings and inspiration to others and surface new conversations worthy of exploration. Leadership Network is a Dallas, Texas based 501c3 nonprofit organization. Its global ministry includes programs around the world.

Mission: Accelerating the impact of 100X leaders.

Stressful situations often bring out what lies underneath. How confident are you right now? @DanReiland offers tools on being a confident leader in his new book out soon.

These words were written by Dan Reiland in his new book "Confident Leader." These words are certainly ringing true right now! Be on the lookout from this new book coming soon. @danreiland

Share your voice, know how others are responding, and lead confidently through unprecedented disruption. #gloo #barna https://bit.ly/2yr14rG

Download the COVID-19 Church Survey Summary Report now! In partnership with Exponential, the Billy Graham Center's Send Institute, Catalyst & ARC, we helped facilitate this survey on responses to this current crisis. https://bit.ly/39BjmDf

Free webinar at 3 pm Eastern TODAY with Ed Stetzer and Daniel Yang on the survey results on how churches are responding to COVID-19. https://bit.ly/3dBMzkI

God's Word says we are not to be anxious - that can be hard right now. He tells us INSTEAD to pray and give thanks. #donotbeanxious

We came across some great resources on our world's current situation. Let us know what you think! https://bit.ly/2wCphe2

The Intentional Churches book is out today! Visit http://bit.ly/2wqcHOA to learn more about ChurchOS and how to release the unlimited gospel potential of your church. #intentionalchurchesbook

To best serve you as a church leader during this uncertain time, we are asking that you take a few minutes to fill out this short survey. https://bit.ly/2xhvewI

To best serve you as a church leader during this uncertain time, we are asking that you take a few minutes to fill out this short survey. https://bit.ly/2xhvewI

Join this free webinar TODAY at 3 PM CDT at this link: http://bit.ly/2J1Cy2c

Tomorrow, March 19, at 3 pm CDT, you are invited to join Bobby Harrington of http://bit.ly/2IZy7oB, Online Campus Pastor of Saddleback Church, Jay Kranda, and Third Drive’s Christian Ray to learn how to disciple people online. http://bit.ly/2wiriff

John reminds me that when God’s perfect love captures me, everything I fear melts away. We will know that He is in control. We will experience that He is working all things for good. ~Darren Young

Our friends at Portable Church have partnered with Living as One to offer several options for online church. http://bit.ly/2UgJy0m

As the news in the world is constantly changing, we're thankful we worship the One who never does. You are not alone!

Please know that in this time of uncertainty in this world, we are praying for you, your church and decisions you'll be making.

We're wrapping up the gathering of our XP Leader Group in Georgia. We've had some excellent discussions with our mentors, including @jennicatron - "Your culture is never as good as you think it is." Great food for thought!

We're having a great week our XP Leader Group gathering. Loved hearing from one of our mentors, Steve Stroope, "The most important leadership we’ll ever do is self- leadership." @stevestroope

Read more from our COO, Darren Young, as he encourages leaders to root deeper. http://bit.ly/32TLb8d

It's been a great day at the Exponential pre-conference! We've heard from some excellent speakers about innovation bursts. Our COO, Darren Young, interviewed Kadi Cole on the importance of developing female and minority leaders. #Exponential #kadicole #kadicoleandcompany #developingfemaleleaders

We're off to a great start at the Exponential pre-conference, helping church planters understand online churches. #Churchplanting #Exponential

Our own Kadi Cole will be sharing at Exponential next week on developing female leaders. We have loved being a part of Kadi’s ministry and what God is doing through her!

We're looking forward to being at Exponential next week! If you can't join us in person, you can watch online and experience Exponential wherever you are. http://bit.ly/3a5Ztoy

Intentional Churches first book is now available for pre-order! This is a must-read book for every pastor. Pre-order your copy today! https://amzn.to/38L6xqH

If you're at XP Conference today, come join our Breakout as we chat with Bruce Miller on his book and the critical realities for Executive Leaders on this topic!

The Intentional Churches book is coming out soon. Visit http://bit.ly/2wqcHOA to learn more about ChurchOS and how to release the unlimited gospel potential of your church.

Less than one month away, our Leader Groups offer great opportunities to be mentored. http://bit.ly/2RvJdH1

Seven leadership priorities that change everything. Read more in Intentional Churches. http://bit.ly/39sNUrf

Mac Lake's new book shows you how to become a leader who grows leaders - The Multiplication Effect! http://bit.ly/2HleAy1

Our friend, Pastor Dan Reiland, offers advice on the art of hiring great leaders. http://bit.ly/2twDeZo

Dan Reiland, pastor at 12Stone Church and a mentor in our Leader Group, offers 8 Quick Tips for hiring great leaders. http://bit.ly/2twDeZo

Most pastors say that the need to identify and develop leaders is critical to the health and growth of their church. Yet, most churches do not have an intentional plan for doing this. Learn more: https://amzn.to/36ZLlLL

We've been bless by our dear friend, Steve Stroope of Lake Pointe Church, for finishing 40 years so well. What amazing example of leadership he has been to us all!

This weekend, our friend, Pastor Steve Stroope, passed the baton at Lake Pointe Church to Josh Howerton. Steve led a faithful and incredible ministry for 40 years. We've been blessed by Steve and his ministry!

Our Leader Groups can help! http://bit.ly/2RvJdH1

We can't wait to be a part of Exponential 2020 in Orlando, FL March 2-5! There are a limited number of tickets still available and rates go up Feb 1. Act now! This is the one conference in 2020 you don't want to miss! #Exponential http://bit.ly/2uTjsYr

"Chronic Anxiety is a combination of triggers, false beliefs, and pressures we all face that stop us from being fully human, fully present to people and to the God who loves us." - Steve Cuss http://bit.ly/38QjCP4

We can't wait to be a part of Exponential 2020 in Orlando, FL March 2-5! There are a limited number of tickets still available and rates go up Feb 1. Act now! This is the one conference in 2020 you don't want to miss! #Exponential http://bit.ly/2uTjsYr

The mentors at our Next Generation Pastors Leader Groups offer a wealth of experience. http://bit.ly/2RvJdH1

In a time when cultural and sexual norms are rapidly changing, the church must learn to show amazing grace without compromising biblical truth. It's not too late to join us for Bruce Miller's master class, based on his book. Learn more here: http://bit.ly/2Nn1X9s

Join us at Exponential 2020 in Orlando, FL March 2-5!
Time is running out before rates go up!
Last year’s conference completely sold out and they are projected to sell out again this month! These tickets won't last long. Rates increase Friday at 11:59p.
http://bit.ly/2uTjsYr #Exponential

Tomorrow's the day! There's still time to sign up for Bruce Miller's Master Class on leading your church well in a time of sexual questioning. Learn more and sign up now. http://bit.ly/2Nn1X9s

As a sneak peek, we wanted to offer you the chance to view the following panel discussion between Bruce and pastors Jeff Jones and Andy McQuitty on this important topic. Don't miss Bruce's masterclass on sexual questioning. http://bit.ly/384emHc


Masterclass - Leading a Church in a Time of Sexual Questioning

In a time when cultural and sexual norms are rapidly changing, the church must learn to show amazing grace without compromising biblical truth.

Bruce Miller, pastor of Christ Fellowship Church in McKinney, TX wrote Leading a Church in a Time of Sexual Questioning and is teaching a master class starting January 14. Sign up now!

leadnet.org Join this 8-week masterclass starting on Jan 14, 2020, and learn how to lead your church at a time when people are questioning their sexual identity.

The Multiplication Effect is a proven, tested program, designed using unique training modules to help identify potential leaders, equip and disciple them at every level of their leadership journey, and empower them to multiply themselves by developing other leaders.

Pre-order your copy of Mac Lake's The Multiplication Effect today.

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