- Transactional relationships:
- You focus on what needs to happen.
- You’re concerned with the appearance of non-failure.
- You spend your time one-upping each other.
- Transformational relationships:
- You focus on who each person is becoming.
- You’re concerned with the health of people.
- You spend your time sacrificing for each other.
- T: Take the initiative in your own life first – become the person you want others to be.
- R: Raise your eyes – set your focus on things above versus things of the earth (Col 3:1-4)
- A: Ask others questions – find out who they are and what they’re most concerned about in life.
- N: Nurture conversation – set up regular lunch times where everyone gets together to chat.
- S: Say the mission – don’t just nod your head at what’s on the wall, but use it in conversation.
- F: Face people – don’t multitask during conversations (close the laptop and turn off your phone).
- O: Own mistakes – if you know you did something wrong, apologize right away.
- R: Raise standards – stop using the phrase “That was good enough.”
- M: Mind your mind – introduce people to new thoughts and ideas that can lead to change.
- Title: Parent, spouse, employer, employee, customer, teacher, student, pastor, tither, guest, regular, etc
- Influence: Your integrity, your passion, your relationship with God, etc
The most important [commandment], answered Jesus, is this: “Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” The second is this: â€˜Love your neighbor as yourself.â€™ There is no commandment greater than these.â€ (Mark 12:29-31)By: Tony Myles
CNN: The story in “Les Miserables” is heavy with Christian themes of grace, mercy and redemption. The line everyone seems to remember is “to love another person is to see the face of God.” NBC Universal looked to capitalize on those components and promoted the film to pastors, Christian radio hosts and influence-makers in the Christian community. The latest film adaptation of the musical is raking in the cash. As of Wednesday, NBC Universal reported, it had pulled in $80.57 million in 2,814 theaters. After winning Christmas Day, the film finished third in the box office totals over the weekend, according to BoxOfficeMojo.com, narrowly losing out to “The Hobbit” and “Django Unchained” despite being on significantly fewer screens. “If you’re a Christian and you’re seeing this film, you can’t help but see these themes,” said Jonathan Bock, founder and president of Grace Hill Media, the firm hired for the targeted marketing campaign.Should Hollywood and the Christian world ever collaborate and work together on faith-based films? Such an effort is being made with the feature film Les Miserables. Matt Steen and Todd Rhoades discuss whether or not this a good thing. According to
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How To Make $71 Billion A Year: Tax the Churches | 21st Century Spirituality | Big Think. Do you think any of the tax advantages the church has enjoyed will go away any time soon? Do you think the housing allowance will continue to be a benefit for pastors, or will that go away soon? What impact would taxing the church have in YOUR congregation? ToddThe church has enjoyed ‘tax-exempt’ status in America for many years… but that doesn’t mean this will continue forever. In fact, this article claims that the US Government could make $71 Billion a year just by stopping this practice. (Actually, I bet it’s much more). I think the day is coming that, at some point, the door will at least be opened to closing some of the tax benefits churches receive. My guess is that the first to go will be the clergy housing allowance. Anyway… read this from Derek Beres and let me know what you think… Derek writes: While the desire to tax churches is not new, it seems as far from reality as possible at this moment. As has been commented, no atheist could possibly hope to win an election in today’s political climate—a freethinking man like Robert Ingersoll would have no influence with the majority of our electorate. Our cultural dependency on the necessity of faith is affecting our society: According to a University of Tampa study, not taxing churches is taking an estimated $71 billion from our economy every year, and this fact remains largely unquestioned. The general argument over why churches do not pay taxes goes like this: If there is a separation of church and state, then the state (or fed) has no right to collect money from the church. In exchange, churches cannot use their clout to influence politics. While this would seem to make for cozy bedfellows, it’s impossible to believe that none of the 335,000 congregations in the United States are using their resources for political purposes, especially when just last week the Kansas governor called for a ‘Day of Salvation’ in his state. Churches not paying property and federal income taxes (along with a host of others, including reduced rates on for-profit properties and parsonage subsidies) is filed into that part of our brain marked ‘always been.’ Never mind the conundrum that the most religious are often the most patriotic—what could be less patriotic than not paying your fair share for the good of the country, especially when church structures and those who work for them use the same public utilities as the rest of us? As noted in the Tampa study, churches fall into the category of ‘charitable’ entities. This is often a stretch. The researchers calculated the Mormon church, for example, spends roughly .7% of its annual income on charity. Their study of 271 congregations found an average of 71% of revenues going to ‘operating expenses,’ while help to the poor is somewhere within the remaining 29%. Compare this to the American Red Cross, which uses 92.1% of revenues for physical assistance and just 7.9% on operating expenses. The authors also note that Wal-Mart, for instance, gives about $1.75 billion in food aid to charities each year, or twenty-eight times all of the money allotted for charity by the United Methodist Church and almost double what the LDS Church has given in the last twenty-five years. // Read more via
If you’re an artist, filmmaker, pastor, writer, teacher, business person, leader – whatever, keep moving forward. Create. Spark visions. Inspire people. Speak the truth. The influence of culture is far more significant and life-changing than whoever sits in the White House.I think that’s great advice. (You can read more of Phil’s thoughts here). My advice to you today… don’t skip a beat. If anything, work harder. Despite what many of the pundits are saying… nothing is a surprise to God. Keep pastoring. Keep leading. Keep moving forward. Today is the day that the Lord has made… let’s all rejoice and be glad in it… whatever your elation or disappointment in last night’s results. Carry on. Todd
“You walk in entitlement, you will simply empower entitlement underneath you. You want to talk trickle-down effect? You got an entitled pastor, you’ll have an entitled staff. That then leads to an entitled laity, that leads to the death of a church.”During a recent webcast, Chandler shared a story of a friend who came to pray with him before he delivered a sermon several years ago. The friend, Josh, put dirt in Chandler’s hands, poured water on the dirt and told him to rub his hands together. “Kingdom hands are dirty hands,” he told Chandler. “You want to serve the Lord, you’re always going to have dirty hands,” said Chandler. “You don’t get to a place, you don’t get to a size where your hands are clean, your heart is free from the heartbreak, loss, the celebration, the need for prayer, the desperation that comes from leading and walking with God’s people.” The direct influence of The Village Church will probably “vanish” in the next 100 years, he said, so the church’s focus should be on making a wider impact for the kingdom of God instead of building up itself. The Village does this, he said, by supporting missionaries and church plants. “I think the more clingy you are about what’s yours the more you reveal you have an unhealthy culture, and you’re a bit insecure, and when all is said and done, you trying to build the church is actually you trying to feel better about you,” said Chandler. He challenged those listening to become less self-focused by asking: How eagerly do you celebrate the successes of other local ministries? How easy is it for you to critique growing ministries and point out their flaws? Are men and women in your church maturing? Is your church making an impact for the kingdom beyond itself, and are you helping missionaries and other churches? Chandler also exhorted pastors to find their worth in God, not in their church’s attendance. // Good stuff. Todd Read more at http://www.christianpost.com/news/matt-chandler-to-pastors-entitlement-kills-churches-83826/#e7BU7bGuHZ7JmTPo.99
a news story about a Broward County, Fla., school that will teach “gay” history to kindergartners, but most GLSEN teachers will conduct these indoctrination sessions with no meaningful outside scrutiny. LGBT History Month is not yet universally adopted by public schools. Nevertheless, throughout October tens, perhaps hundreds of thousands of innocent school children will be subjected to the most despicable brainwashing ever conducted in American classrooms. They will be taught, through carefully constructed lesson plans, to view homosexuals as a superior class of human beings whose influence on society has been wholly benign, but whose contributions to society have been limited due to irrational prejudice and bigotry. They will learn the importance of protecting homosexuals from societal “homophobia,” perhaps even emanating from their own parents, and that homosexuality is a perfectly normal and healthy (and unchangeable) form of sexual identity. In other words, they will be indoctrinated in provably false and thoroughly biased pro-”gay” propaganda. 1. I’ve never heard of LGBT History Month, nor of it in ANY school. Is this a real threat? 2. What do you think of the tone of this article? Good, bad? “innocent school children” “despicable brainwashing” “superior class of human beings” “irrational prejudice and bigotry” “societal homophobia” “indoctrinated” “thoroughly biased pro-gay agenda’ Could Lively put any more charged language in one paragraph? Regardless of your view on homosexuality, do pieces like this help or hurt? What do YOU think? ToddRead these two paragraphs by Scott Lively: In many elementary and secondary schools across America, October will be designated as LGBT History Month. It is certain to feature prominently in California where promotion of homosexuality to all school children is now mandated by law. And it is likely to be observed in all of the classrooms controlled by the nationwide Gay Lesbian Straight Teachers Network (GLSEN), whose founder, Kevin Jennings, was appointed “safe schools” czar by President Obama. This week WND linked to