The Week Ahead:
As we move into the Christmas season, we shift our focus from Thanksgiving to joy. Here is a quote from C.S. Lewis about joy. I pray this holiday season is filled with joy for each and every one of you.
Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered to us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in the slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at sea. We are far too easily pleased.
Monday: TED Talk: How Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google Manipulate our Emotions.
The combined market capitalization of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google is now equivalent to the GDP of India. How did these four companies come to infiltrate our lives so completely? In a spectacular rant, Scott Galloway shares insights and eye-opening stats about their dominance and motivation — and what happens when a society prizes shareholder value over everything else. Followed by a Q&A with TED Curator Chris Anderson.
Tuesday: Three Essential Qualities Every Leader Must Have
The role of the leader is not to do it all but instead to equip others to share in the ministry. Every leader goes through three growth moments in leading his ministry. In this post, we will examine each.
Wednesday: After Mourning… Comes Joy
God does not intend for us to weep continuously.
“If you know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him.”- Jesus
Thursday: In Rural Ministry Relationships Are Critical.
With that distance and lack of proximity, relationships take on a new level of significance. To minister efficiently in this setting, you need to shift your attitude and mindset. It can be very tempting since people are not always around to interact even check in with you that think there is not a real ministry to do in these smaller communities.
The Week in Review on The Light Breaks Through.
Many have wondered why Revheadpin? I am a bowler at my core. To be successful at it, you have to consistently hit the headpin. The blog underwent a significant redesign this week check it out and give me your feedback.
Monday: TED Talk: What I Learned While in Prison
In 2011, Teresa Njoroge was convicted of a financial crime she didn’t commit — the result of a long string of false accusations, increasing bribe attempts and the corrupt justice system in her home in Kenya. Once incarcerated, she discovered that most of the women and girls locked up with her were also victims of the same broken system, caught in a revolving door of life in and out of prison due to poor education and lack of economic opportunity.
Tuesday: What Millennial Parents Want in a Christian School
The challenge Christians schools will need to address is how do you reconnect faith with character development?
This post had over 1,000 reads and shares this week. If you know someone who has a Christian school and would be blessed by this feel free to share.
Wednesday: Which Leper are you this Thanksgiving?
Have you noticed how infrequent gratitude is expressed these days? It seems like people have just come to expect everything to be given to them.
Thursday: How to Pray with a Thankful Spirit?
A grateful spirit becomes more challenging during times of oppression, persecution or grief than during periods of bliss.
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