Today's Word for Pastors...

Jeremiah 1:4-5
The word of the LORD came to me, saying, "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations."

Today's Preaching Insight...

Shallow Leadership

Ron Edmonson writes: "Growing in our leadership abilities, knowledge and relationships should be a goal for every leader. Many leaders settle for status quo leadership rather than stretching themselves as leaders. They remain oblivious to the real health of their leadership and the organization. I call it shallow leadership. Perhaps you've seen this before in leadership. Here are seven characteristics of shallow leadership:

Thinking your idea will be everyone's idea…

Believing your way is the only way...

Assuming you already know the answer…

Pretending to care when really you don't…

Giving the response that makes you most popular…

Refusing to learn something new…

Ignoring the warning signs of an unhealthy environment…

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Today's Extra...

Illustration: Forgiveness

According to a recent news report, a Texas church received a lot of criticism for a sign that said, "Jesus Does Not Care." The membership of Community at Lake Ridge, a church in Mansfield, Texas, said they did want to be provocative, but their point was that Jesus doesn't care about our past. Some evidently took the sign to mean Jesus does not care at all about us. Others suggest that it is too permissive. Whatever the intent, the church has received 40,000 hits on its website. Maybe both sides have a point. Jesus does care about our past. He cares enough to provide forgiveness so we don't have to care about the past.

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