Jesus Smiles at You!

Jesus smiles. Yes!!! Don’t you love this picture of Jesus smiling so warmly? It’s my favorite. It reminds me that Jesus delights in the Father and in us too! It’s hidden from many people, but the smile of Jesus is everywhere in the Gospels. Jesus “rejoiced greatly in the Holy Spirit” (Luke 10:21, NASB). John…

Magnify Your Ministry!

Paul says of his pastoral ministry, “I magnify my office” (Romans 11:13, KJV). Pastor, do you magnify your office? Paul’s example and instruction is not just for professional church pastors—though it’s especially for them!—it’s for all of Christ’s ambassadors. So let me re-ask the question. Bible teacher, small group leader, marketplace worker, elder, counselor, leader,…

The Emotionally Smart Leader

Sadly, we’ve all seen Christian leaders fail because they lacked emotional wholeness. Our godly intentions can be overrun by our personal shortcomings. Angry reactions, lustful impulses, conflict avoidance, emotional distance, prideful self-reliance, power plays, or the inability to work well with other people sabotage godly purposes and lead to failure. Usually when leaders fail or…