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Freedom Isn’t Free!

The gift of freedom isn’t free,
Not now or for eternity.
Our soldiers die or suffer loss,
Like Jesus on that wooden cross.

In war we lose our young and brave.
As with the Lord placed in a grave.
A youthful death brings pain, the worst.
God knows. He feels. His Child was first.

And on the day that Jesus died.
Like women now, His mother cried.
Her heart was crushed with hurt and strain,
‘Cause freedom often comes with pain.

Just ask a soldier, he will tell,
A living nightmare – war is hell!
Freedom’s price is very high,
But they, like Christ, for it will die.

And so each day, I pledge to stop.
My hands will fold, my head will drop.
The thankfulness that fills my heart
Will fuel my day, a leader’s start

My voice, I’ll lift above the crowd,
I’m not ashamed, of them I’m proud.
Through Jesus and our soldiers true,
Sweet freedom comes to me and you.

Though some may fight against them both,
Before you now I take this oath.
The crimson blood that each has shed
Will not be wasted on my head!

I’ll live a life of leadership
My grateful heart will never slip
For Jesus and the soldier brave
I’ll honor this great gift they gave!

Devotional

Hebrews 13:7-8 (NKJV)

“Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”

Although this passage is specifically addressing spiritual leaders, three general applications can be made about all good leaders.

1. Leaders should be respected enough to be remembered – ” Remember your leaders.” Are you leading so profoundly others will remember you?

2. Leaders should be respected enough to be scrutinized – “Consider the outcome of their way of life.” Are you leading in such a way that the end results draw positive attention?

3. Leaders should be respected enough to be imitated – “imitate their faith.” Someone said that imitation is the greatest form of flattery. Is your leadership worthy of duplication?

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To Serve or Slumber?

Idle hands,
Lazy eyes.
Trouble comes,
Big surprise.

Serving hands,
Searching eyes.
Jesus comes,
What’s your prize?!

Devotional

Proverbs 12:27-28 (NKJV)

“The lazy man does not roast what he took in hunting,
But diligence is man’s precious possession.
In the way of righteousness is life,
And in its pathway there is no death.”

The contrast provided by this passage highlights three of the most important qualities of leadership.

1. A good leader does not waste what he has accomplished – “The lazy man does not roast what he took in hunting.”

2. A good leader treasures his own diligence like a “precious possession.”

3. A good leader knows that doing the right thing is always an advantage – “In the way of righteousness is life.”

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Determined

Yes I am, I’m gonna do it!
Stepping up, now let’s get to it!

Bring it on! I’ve got this fight!
Little strain with a little might.

Pressing hard my shoulder to it,
Looky there, it moved! I knew it!

“Get ‘er done!” That’s my approach.
Trust in God, the Lord, my Coach.

Overcome? Oh yes, you’ll see!
No task will get the best of me!

Devotional

Philippians 3:13-14 (NKJV)

“Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”

Focused determination is without doubt one of the greatest trademarks of great leadership. Consider the qualities of determination that are mentioned in this passage.

1. A realistic view of the struggle – “I do not count myself to have apprehended.”

2. A release of the past – “forgetting those things which are behind.”

3. A forward vision – “reaching forward to those things which are ahead.”

4. A worthy effort – “I press.”

5. A celebrated incentive – “toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”

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Blinded by the Light

One of the greatest joys of my ministry is traveling the country with young people who seek a deeper relationship with Jesus.

Some time ago, I was blessed to speak several times at the Bayou Jacque Church of Christ in south central Louisiana. After teaching the adult class, preaching the morning sermon, and stuffing myself at Continue reading Blinded by the Light