Christmas Came Early in Colombia

Sometimes I feel guilty about doing what I do. I mean, I say that I do these pastor’s conferences because the pastors don’t have access to education and we go there to serve them, and that’s true. However, my motivation isn’t always entirely selfless. Like most people who do any form of short or long term missions, I usually receive way more that I give. During this trip, Christmas came early and my “gift” wasn’t found under a tree.

Christmas Came Early

Now What? 5 Post-Election Reminders For Every Christian

Now that the polls are closed, the results are in, and we are finally in the post-election season, I feel like I and other Christians need a few reminders of what it means to represent Jesus in the world. It would be too easy to get caught up in the post-election media hype and forget who we are. But let’s not forget that we are supposed to be different. So, whether you supported Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, or a third party, don’t forget Who we are called to serve first and foremost.


With that said, before you join in the various post-election “discussions” about the results, here are a few scriptures that should shape how we act and what we say. I have decided to leave out any commentary on my part and just let the Word of God stand on its own. My challenge is that each of us lets Scripture examine us, confront us, and change us.

True North: Discover Your Authentic Leadership (Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (March 9, 2007))

True North shows how anyone who follows their internal compass can become an authentic leader. This leadership tour de force is based on research and first-person interviews with 125 of today’s top leaders—with some surprising results. In this important book, acclaimed former Medtronic CEO Bill George and coauthor Peter Sims share the wisdom of these outstanding leaders and describe how you can develop as an authentic leader.

Leaders – Strategies for Taking Charge (HarperBusiness; 2nd edition (May 22, 2007))

In this illuminating study of corporate America’s most critical issue—leadership—world-renowned leadership guru Warren Bennis and his co-author Burt Nanus reveal the four key principles every manager should know: Attention Through Vision, Meaning Through Communication, Trust Through Positioning, and The Deployment of Self.

In this age of “process”, with downsizing and restructuring affecting many workplaces, companies have fallen trap to lack of communication and distrust, and vision and leadership are needed more than ever before. The wisdom and insight in Leaders addresses this need. It is an indispensable source of guidance all readers will appreciate, whether they’re running a small department or in charge of an entire corporation.

Good to Great (HarperBusiness; 1st edition (October 16, 2001))

Built to Last, the defining management study of the nineties, showed how great companies triumph over time and how long-term sustained performance can be engineered into the DNA of an enterprise from the very beginning.

But what about the company that is not born with great DNA? How can good companies, mediocre companies, even bad companies achieve enduring greatness?

Leading on Empty (Bethany House Publishers; 53929th edition (April 1, 2010))

Gives leaders the tools to recognize and overcome burnout, providing them a new vision for greater levels of both rest and productivity.

The Leadership Challenge (Jossey-Bass; 3 edition (August 7, 2003))

Building on the knowledge base of their previous books, the third edition of “The Leadership Challenge” is grounded in extensive research and based on interviews with all kinds of leaders at all levels in public and private organizations from around the world. In this edition, the authors emphasize that the fundamentals of leadership are the same today as they were in the 1980s, and as they’ve probably been for centuries. In that sense, nothing’s new. Leadership is not a fad. While the content of leadership has not changed, the context has and in some cases, changed dramatically.

Now, Discover Your Strengths (Gallup Press; 1 edition (January 29, 2001))

This book contains a unique identification number that allows you access to the StrengthsFinder Profile on the Internet. This Web-based interview analyzes your instinctive reactions and immediately presents you with your five most powerful signature themes. Once you know which of the 34 themes — such as Achiever, Activator, Empathy, Futuristic, or Strategic — you lead with, the book will show you how to leverage them for powerful results at three levels: for your own development, for your success as a manager, and for the success of your organization.

Next Generation Leader (Multnomah; 59204th edition (January 3, 2006))

The Next Generation Leader has been challenging young Christians eager to learn, grow, and lead in ministry or in the marketplace since its original release in 2003. Now with an all-new look, this repackaged version continues to advance the mission of the first release. Mentoring young leaders as they face the unique issues of a changing world has been pastor and bestselling author Andy Stanley’s passion for more than a decade. Here he shares material from his leadership training sessions, developed to address essential leadership qualities such as character, clarity, courage, and competency. This is the perfect guide for any new leader—or for the mentor of a future leader!

Getting Naked (Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (February 2, 2010))

Another extraordinary business fable from the New York Times bestselling author Patrick Lencioni

  • Offers a key resource for gaining competitive advantage in tough times
  • Shows why the quality of vulnerability is so important in business
  • Includes ideas for inspiring customer and client loyalty
  • Written by the highly successful consultant and business writer Patrick Lencioni

This new book in the popular Lencioni series shows what it takes to gain a real and lasting competitive edge.