Distinguishing truth from falsehood challenges people in positions of authority for several reasons: • Subordinates often pursue personal agendas. Some might filter the truth to further their own goals. • Subordinates often hesitate to tell their superiors bad news. • Subordinates may be reluctant to voice ideas or opinions that they think that their boss
When Jesus’ disciples quarreled over who among them was greatest, He called their attention to His new style of assessing importance. He told them that attaining greatness required becoming a slave. Leading would mean taking the role of a servant. Jesus’ own example shows us what servant-leadership looks like: • We are called by God
When God made human beings in His image (Gen. 1:26-30), He appointed them as His coworkers in overseeing creation and gave them dominion over His works. Consider the implications of that fact: We bear God’s image. God has invested human beings with dignity and value. We matter. Who we are and what we do are
To honor the purposeful and pure God: • Do justly. • Love mercy. • Walk humbly with your God. Those three commands are a tall order. But in one sense they are clear and can be completed by any believer. A child can cut the last brownie and let the sibling choose. That’s a way
Psalm 60 reminds us of a profound truth that God is eternal and unchanging, while humanity is destined to die. Interestingly, Moses ends his song by asking God to show His own work by ensuring that His people’s work endures. His prayers essentially asked that God give meaning, significance, and purpose to His creatures’ labors.
Perhaps you think of idols as objects of wood, stone, or metal worshiped by ancient civilizations or primitive peoples. That perception is accurate, but from the Bible’s point of view, idolatry fundamentally involves allowing anything or anyone to stand in the place of God. The ancient Babylonians fashioned many idols for both public and private
God isn’t selfish. He isn’t vain or conceited. But He is God: Creator and sustainer of all, all-powerful, all-knowing, and ultimately holy. And He does know what He’s doing. God works for what is good. No ulterior motives, no selfish ends, no cruelties couched behind fake smiles. God truly works for the good of all.
Business literature is cluttered with how-to books profiling famous people who achieved success through power, ambition, and manipulation. The Roman empire was similarly dominated by dynasties guilty of tyranny, greed, and violence. Jesus modeled a style of leadership that was entirely unique in both His time and ours. His methods are free of distortion and
Some might consider Jeremiah the model of faithfulness, while others might think of him as an example of failure and futility. He served as God’s prophet for over 40 years, yet the rulers and the people of Judah did not listen to his warnings. Jeremiah was put in prison, thrown into a well, and taken
Lettie Cowman and her husband, Charles, were missionaries to Japan. Together, they founded the Oriental Missionary Society, with the goal of distributing Scripture in the hostile land. When Charles was ill, Lettie wrote a series of inspirational essays based on the encouragement they found in the Lord during this difficult time. The essays were published