The Week Ahead:
On Sunday our country was hit with another shockwave. A man with a gun and a history of mental issues in his life went into a church in a small Texas town and killed or wounded nearly 50 of the members of that church. The fallout from that event has the church considering tearing down the building and relocating. How can you enter that building again with all the pain and sorrow attack to what once was a place of peace and comfort? God will heal their wounds, but healing takes time and loss leaves a hole in the human heart. I ran across these words that struck me in this time of grief.
Out of the dark forbidding soil
The pure white lilies grow.
Out of the black and murky clouds,
Descends the stainless snow.
Out of the crawling earth-bound worm
A butterfly is born.
Out of the somber shrouded night,
Behold! A golden morn!
Out of the pain and stress of life,
The peace of God pours down.
Out of the nails — the spear — the cross,
Redemption — and a crown!
Monday: “Dare to Disagree” A very insightful TED Talk. Most people instinctively avoid conflict, but as Margaret Heffernan shows us, good disagreement is central to progress.
Tuesday: “Rural Ministry Has Unique Challenges and Opportunities”
Ministry in rural America is about relationships and patience.
Wednesday: “Leaders Need to Humility”
One of our greatest gifts as a leader is humility. If we are armed with enough humility a leader is open and willing to learn from others. This post examines this in more detail.
Thursday: “Using Rap and Hip Hop Music to Connect with Today’s Teens”
Rap music is not just genera for African American teens. It is widely popular with many teens. I will share an interview with a Christian teacher who is using it to connect with young people.
The Week in Review on The Light Breaks Through.
Monday: “The Danger of Silence”
“We spend so much time listening to the things people are saying that we rarely pay attention to the things they don’t,” says poet and teacher Clint Smith. A short, powerful piece from the heart, about finding the courage to speak up against ignorance and injustice.
Tuesday: “Creating a Family-based Ministry Environment in your Church”
The Family-based model is the last model left to explore. What makes this approach unique is that Family-based ministry isn’t a program, it’s a mindset. It returns the church back to its biblical foundation and the Deuteronomy understanding of the role of parents.
Wednesday: “How We Handle Grief is a Reflection of our Understanding of Heaven.”
The devotional theme for today is “Blessed are they.” I am not here to glorify their accomplishments or lift them up because these saints are especially kind and good people. This was by far the most popular post in the wake of the Texas massacre. Our prayers go out the family and that community.
Thursday: “Three Key Components of Leadership”
A good leader leads the people from above them. A great leader leads the people from within them.”–M. D. Arnold
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Annette Leeann Flores
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