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Fairness Is Overrated by Tim Stevens

Fairness Is Overrated by Tim StevensTim Steven’s new book, “Fairness Is Overrated”, provides 52 leadership principles in short, readable chapters. The principles and tips are in four parts, and help further refine the focus of each section. The chapters are not long, averaging no more than a few pages each, and you can chose to read a lot or a little, and still glean a great deal from the book.

I have always been a “read all the way through” person, and even with the short chapters I did not find myself getting bogged down. Even though the chapters cover a wide range of topics, the writing was easy to follow and flowed well from chapter to chapter. A few times I had to make myself slow down so that I could absorb more of what Tim was saying, but I wanted to keep reading.

The book is aimed at church and business leaders, but anyone in ministry or responsible for leading people will enjoy this book. Tim Stevens knows what he is talking about and brings many years of experience to the table. “Fairness Is Overrated” is a practical and well thought out volume that gives the reader all the right tools to lead with confidence.

[Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”]

Jesus Prom by Jon Weece

Jesus Prom by Jon WeeceJesus Prom, by Jon Weece, is a book with a unique title. The message contained inside though, is one that everyone would do well to read. Through stories and personal anecdotes, Weece reminds us that a life lived in the grace and love of Jesus should be known by it’s verbs, not its adverbs. I liked how each chapter focused on a specific verb (i.e. “love”, “be”), and built a framework around that thought in story and some scripture. The book did not come across as too preachy, but more in the vein of someone sharing honestly and personally from their own relationship with Jesus.

I found this book to be both refreshing and challenging. The refreshing part was the reminder that we should focus on our identity as the church, not just a place we visit. We are the church, the bride of Christ, and represent Him here on earth. The reminders Weece offers throughout the book are the challenging parts, reminding us that we should give our time and attention to serve others in need. Being the church means acting like Jesus did when He was in the world, and he spent much of His time with people, listening to their hearts and ministering to their needs. We would do well to follow His example, and “Jesus Prom” reminds us what that looks like.

[Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”]

Do You Struggle

Do you struggle with feelings that you are not
good enough,
bright enough,
talented enough,
fast enough,
strong enough,
loud enough,
pretty enough?

Have you found yourself among the
outcasts,
picked lasts,
made fun ofs,
taunted,
laughed at,
ridiculed,
Invisible ones?

Do you constantly find yourself dealing with
doubts,
fears,
rejection,
tears,
no self-esteem,
lost dreams,
forgotten treasures?

Have you come to the
end of your rope,
lost all hope,
looking for worth,
searching meaning,
grasping for truth,
thirsting for knowledge,
in need of true love?

Take heart,
You are not alone.

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There’s No Such Thing

There’s no such thing as working below your pay grade (or above it) in the Kingdom of God.

~ J.D. Walt from Seedbed, as read here: http://dailytext.seedbed.com/2014/08/14/elwood-right-mission-god/

Do You Have Fun At Church?

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I was sitting on the steps off the sanctuary platform at church this morning, watching two of our team member’s kids run around the front of the sanctuary. They acted like they were having the time of their life, chasing after each other, and taking breaks in between to sing a song and rock out on invisible instruments.

It made me smile, sitting there and watching them, but it made me a little sad as well. How many people come to church on Sunday morning, not to have a good time with friends and family, but because it is an obligation, something they feel like they have to do in order to have a good week, or because someone is making them come?

It is unrealistic to expect everyone that comes to church to show up with the same kind of joy and freedom these two kids had, for a variety of reasons. But it still begs the question:

Do you have fun at church?

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