In this sermon for the second Sunday in Advent, Clearing Up for Christmas, we ask if our lives may need cleaning before Christmas.Messy and Dirty LivesGod is good and pure. When we forget him, or when we disobey him, our lives become messy and dirty.God Promises to Purify His PeopleGod promises to purify the Jewish nation, especially the priests, and … [Read more...] about Bible Message: Getting Ready for Christmas | Clearing Up for Christmas (Luke 3:8-17)
Handling church problems can become even more frustrating at Christmastime. Here are four ways to ensure petty issues don't become big ones.A Pinch PointYou're tired. You're overworked. You have too many demands on your time. It's Christmastime, and you can't handle anything else. Then you arrive at the church you lead and discovered someone left the lights on … [Read more...] about Tips for Handling Church Problems at Christmas (and any other time)
In this sermon on Christmas celebration, we ask are you going to celebrate Christmas? Or are you stressed out by it? Focus on Jesus and find the joy.How Do You Feel About Christmas? How do you feel about Christmas this year? Excited? Joyful? Are you going to celebrate it? Or are you stressed already? Christmas is not meant to be like this! Finding the Real Christmas … [Read more...] about Bible Message: Where Are You Christmas? | Are You Ready for Christmas? (Luke 2:8-20)
In this sermon for Advent Sunday, we ask, How do you know Christmas is on its way? We need to be watchful for signs of Jesus' return too.Watching for Signs of the SeasonHow do you know Christmas is on its way? Those who love Christmas watch in expectation for particular signs, and start to get excited when we see them.Are We Waiting … [Read more...] about Bible Message: Getting Ready for Christmas | Signs of Season (Luke 21:25-36)
Are you feeling the Christmas stress in ministry already? Here are three things to stop doing immediately to win back time.Number of Tasks v Number of HoursFor most pastors and church leaders, Christmas brings additional tasks. You may be preaching at more services and organising additional community activities such as lunches, winter shelters, … [Read more...] about Christmas Stress in Ministry? Stop!
Here's a round up of this week's posts and the top leadership and productivity articles I've read this week, for Christian spiritual leaders from a variety of sources. You'll also find a summary of this week's content on www.equippinghispeople.com. Here are the top five articles on leadership or productivity with church leader insights I've read this past … [Read more...] about Links to Equip Christian Leaders – 28/09/18