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The Heart of a Leader

The Heart of a LeaderGood leaders serve.

If you need a bit of guidance or motivation in your dealings with others, you may enjoy reading The Heart of a Leader: Insights on the Art of Influence by Ken Blanchard. This little book is packed with pithy quotes to help you learn how to be a leader who serves.

Just to give you an example:

People with humility don’t think less of themselves, they just think of themselves less.

How about this one:

Good religion is like good football; it isn’t talk, it’s action.

The ideas are not particularly novel, but they are phrased well. Each quote is accompanied by an explanation of the principle, illustrating how to put the other person first in your interactions.

And, yes, we are all leaders, because we all influence others.

The Heart of a Leader could be a very quick read if you just sat down and worked from cover to cover. However, this is a book you really ought to savor to appreciate fully.

Great reminders for us all!

In His Steps

In His StepsLooking for an inspirational read to start the new year?

In His Steps is a popular classic in the public domain.  The story is simple but fascinating: The death of a homeless man move a preacher to ask himself and his congregation the question, “What would Jesus do?”  The answer takes very different forms in each individual’s life and unique circumstances.  The bottom line, however, is power, love, and discipline (2 Timothy 1:7).

Besides being a great reminder that we can live like Christ no matter regardless of our personality, talents, income, social status, etc., etc., there is a story behind the book of interest to Kansas history buffs.  In 1896, Charles Monroe Sheldon decided to preach a series of sermons on the concept of “What would Jesus do?” specifically geared toward the young people of the Central Congregational Church in Topeka.  He wrote the sermons in story form, each sermon showing how different people might apply the question to their lives in a slightly different manner.  As he told the stories, Sheldon also had them published in serial form in a religious paper called the Chicago Advance.  An error in filing the copyright put the text into the public domain, and it soon appeared as a best-selling paperback.

While readers should carefully examine Sheldon’s conclusions in the light of Scripture, the main point is valid—Christians can and should live like Christ.  Yes, it will require self-sacrifice as we serve others.  No, it will not always be popular.  But, yes, we will reap great joy from putting our talents, whatever they may be, to work for good and not evil.


Helpful Resources

Charles Monroe Sheldon
A photo of Sheldon taken about the time that he would have written In His Steps.

Central Congregational Church and Charles M. Sheldon Memorial Community House in Topeka Kansas
The church at which Sheldon preached, along with the adjoining community house built in his honor in 1926.

Scripture Passages of the Month: July 2014

Scripture Passages of the Month: July 2014Once a month, we would like to share five of our favorite Scripture passages with you.

These passages could be one verse long, or they could be a chapter long.  They could have a common theme, or they could be completely unrelated.  They could be verses we have never listed before, or they could be repeats from the previous month.  You just never know!

We hope that you will read these verses prayerfully and allow the Holy Spirit to use them to guide you in whatever way you need.

Without further ado, here’s the list for July:

  1. Psalm 30
  2. Psalm 37
  3. Isaiah 40:27–31
  4. Matthew 21:18–22
  5. Luke 22:31–32