Preachers do a number of things in the course of their work. They study, prepare lessons, write articles, counsel, teach classes, and preach sermons, besides visiting and handling a number of administrative tasks. This is correct, as far as it goes. However, far too often, people in the congregation, elders, and preachers themselves view these…

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After the Jews under Nehemiah’s leadership had built the walls and hung the gates, they took the steps necessary to inhabit the city. Having appointed gatekeepers, singers, and Levites with their appropriate duties, Nehemiah charged Hanani and Hannaniah with the responsibility of having the entrances to the city guarded for their protection (Neh. 7:1-3). This…

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Getting Things Done is the name (GTD for short) of a popular time management method based on a book of the same name written by David Allen. This book, and others like it, are popular in the business world as individuals try to do more work in less time with fewer distractions. This is a…

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John Maxwell’s familiar maxim “Everything rises and falls on leadership” powerfully reminds leaders of both the possibilities and the responsibilities of their role. Great leaders look for ways to help others see how much can be accomplished and how wonderful life can be if people would only gather together in concert to turn that vision…

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Jehoshaphat, king of Judah, received an important reminder when returning from battle where he had escaped with his life only due to the LORD’s providence. He had allied himself with an ungodly man leading an ungodly nation; therefore, despite their kinship, the LORD’s wrath was upon him. His other good qualities preserved him, but his…

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For any organization to be successful, it must first have successful leadership. That principle rings true whether talking about a nation, a military unit, a football team, a business, or a band. However, the images we tend to associate with leadership often revolve around the most visible and more emotional aspects of that role. When…

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Before he passed away, David assigned Solomon the responsibility of building a temple for the LORD. Today, we tend to accept the construction as a matter of course. We think little of the architecture and engineering required to build such a structure, and we certainly do not consider what they might have meant three thousand…

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When we think of Solomon, we typically think of wisdom…or perhaps many, many wives. But I do not believe that we often think about his leadership, and that is quite ironic. Solomon led Israel at its height, politically, economically, and militarily. He led Israel during their most peaceful period of history—ever. Therefore, while Solomon certainly…

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