15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who doesn’t need to be ashamed, correctly teaching the word of truth. (2Tim 2:15, HCSB)

14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and firmly believed. You know those who taught you, 15 and you know that from childhood you have known the sacred Scriptures, which are able to give you wisdom for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. (2Tim 3:14-17, HCSB)

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When we learn something that changes our lives…we are always excited about passing it on. It’s hard not to share something that has greatly benefited you. Unfortunately, the task of effectively passing it on is harder than it looks! For hundreds of reasons, people fail to understand or apply what we would try to pass on…and we must get better at re-transmitting our life message in a way that overcomes these reasons. Ultimately is never, “Am I passing this on?” but rather:

How can I pass this on
in a way that motivates others to change permanently?
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28 We proclaim him by instructing and teaching all people with all wisdom so that we may present every person mature in Christ. 29 Toward this goal I also labor, struggling according to his power that powerfully works in me. (Col 1:28-29, NET)

36 When He saw the crowds, He felt compassion for them, because they were weary and worn out, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest is abundant, but the workers are few. 38 Therefore, pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.” (Matt 9:36-38, HCSB)

Psalm 78:72 says of David, “He shepherded them with a pure heart and guided them with skillful hands.”  If you only have leadership spirit people will like you but only follow you so far because you don’t produce results.  If you only have leadership skill people will admire you for a season but will eventually feel used by you because they don’t feel valued.  David was an effective leader because he developed his leadership spirit and skills. Read More →

The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church? ~ 1 Timothy 3:1-7

2 Shepherd God’s flock among you, not overseeing out of compulsion but freely, according to God’s will; not for the money but eagerly; 3 not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. 4 And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory. (1Pet 5:2-4, HCSB)

“Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture!” declares the Lord. ~ Jeremiah 23:1

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