Leadership Links 11/26/2019

SPIRITUAL LIFE

What if the light at the end of the tunnel is just more tunnel? (Charity George): Still wheelchair bound with a shaky voice; the light at the end of that tunnel did not inspire me to thank God, but I knew what He was asking of me. “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thess. 5: 16-18; ESV. So I’ve tried it. Read more at When the House is Quiet.

Never be wise in your own eyes: Three cries of crucified pride (Marshall Segal): …we need God to give us a spirit of true wisdom, to teach us how to crucify our pride. Along with the command, “Never be wise in your own sight,” God says much through Paul about how to put these sinful impulses to death, including three great lessons: search for grace in someone else, know just how little you know, and savor what your weaknesses accomplish. Read more at Desiring God.

Faith is defiance (Michael Horton): Abraham’s faith defied every possibility he saw, in favor of the “impossible” word he heard. Faith, then, is defiance; to trust God is to distrust every other promise-maker. The world makes a lot of promises. Even the church can become a place where people get the idea that they exist merely to usher in the kingdom by serving on committees and being involved in a thousand programs.Eventually, though, we’ll become burned out on good advice. What we need is good news. Read more at The Gospel Coalition.

Gratefulness and God’s sovereign goodness (Eric J. Alexander): For the Christian, ingratitude is not just a failure in manners. It is a sin against the God who did not spare even His own Son but delivered Him up for us all. As we grow in Christian experience and in our knowledge of Scripture, we discover that God’s nature and daily practice are to lavish His goodness on His people, covering every area of life. His grace and power are more than sufficient to supply what is good for us, both spiritually and materially. Read more at Tabletalk.


LEADERSHIP

4 common critics and how to respond to them (Tim Challies): Some valuable insight in responding to critics that all of us have or will face in leading a church. Read more at Challies.

How I should handle my regrets? (John Piper): Some good wisdom from John Piper to all of us who look back in the past and wish we could have changed what we said, did, or didn’t do. Read more at Desiring God.


PRAYER LIFE

Core convictions about prayer (Daniel Hyde): To experience God in our midst we must be people of prayer. To be people of prayer we need to know what prayer is. From the example of David in Psalm 109, we can see that prayer is the total offering of oneself to God for everything that is needed. Because of this people of prayer affirm several core convictions. Read more at Ligonier Ministries.


CHURCH

Domesticating death (Keith Evans): No, Church! All one has to do is sit by the bedside of a beloved, dear one and watch them take their final breath, to know–to know in your bones–that this is not good. That death is not what God declares to be “blessed.” Death is the enemy—and we do well to remember that truth. Instead of seeking to sanitize death like the world does, may we continue to proclaim to ourselves and our loved ones the only answer to the enemy of death: “He must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death” (1 Cor 15:25-26). Read more at Gentle Reformation.

The watershed issue in every generation (John Piper): The watershed issue in every generation is the effective authority of Scripture and the realities it reveals. Read more at Desiring God.