Feb

20

2018

33

33 Verses to Remind Us – We Do Not Have to Fear

  1. “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
  2. “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.” Psalm 56:3
  3. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
  4. “Peace is what I leave with you; it is my own peace that I give you. I do not give it as the world does. Do not be worried and upset; do not be afraid.” John 14:27
  5. “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7
  6. “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” 1 John 4:18
  7. “When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul.” Psalm 94:19
  8. “But now, this is what the Lord says…Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.” Isaiah 43:1
  9. “An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up.” Proverbs 12:25
  10. “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” Psalm 23:4
  11. “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
  12. “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34
  13. “Humble yourselves, then, under God’s mighty hand, so that he will lift you up in his own good time.  Leave all your worries with him, because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:6-7
  14. “Tell everyone who is discouraged, Be strong and don’t be afraid! God is coming to your rescue…” Isaiah 35:4
  15. “Do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear.  Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes.  Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds!  Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?  Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?” Luke 12:22-26
  16. “The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear?  The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?” Psalm 27:1
  17. “Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.” Psalm 55:22
  18. “Immediately he spoke to them and said, ‘Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.’” Mark 6:50
  19. “Be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6
  20. “’For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.  Do not be afraid, for I myself will help you,’ declares the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.” Isaiah 41:13-14
  21. God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1
  22. “The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid.  What can man do to me?  The Lord is with me; he is my helper.” Psalm 118:6-7
  23. “Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.” Proverbs 29:25
  24. “He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.  He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” Mark 4:39-40
  25. “The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them.” Psalm 34:7
  26. “But even if you suffer for doing what is right, God will reward you for it. So don’t worry or be afraid of their threats.” 1 Peter 3:14
  27. “I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me.  He freed me from all my fears.” Psalm 34:4
  28. “Do not be afraid of them; the Lord your God himself will fight for you.” Deuteronomy 3:22
  29. “Then he placed his right hand on me and said: ‘Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last.’” Revelation 1:17
  30. “Jesus told him, ‘Don’t be afraid; just believe.’” Mark 5:36
  31. “And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers ofhellcan separate us from God’s love.” Romans 8:38-39
  32. “The Lord your God is in your midst, A victorious warrior. He will exult over you with joy, He will be quiet in His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.” Zephaniah 3:17
  33. “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.  I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”…He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.  You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.  A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you…For he will command his angels concerning you, to guard you in all your ways…“Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.  He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him…” fromPsalm 91:1-16
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Feb

19

2018

fear

Fear makes it difficult to have courage.

Fear makes it difficult to find a creative solution.

Fear makes it difficult to hear God’s wisdom.

Isaiah 41:

9 I took you from the ends of the earth, from its farthest corners I called you. I said, ‘You are my servant’; I have chosen you and have not rejected you.

10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

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Jan

29

2018

engage and develop

One of the five points in our SERVE Leadership at Chick-fil-A is “engage and develop others”.  I have always found development to be very easy compared with engaging others.  When you engage another, you have to evaluate them with both the good and the bad.  I feel very inadequate to place myself in the judgement chair and engage another.  The consequences of failing to engage those on a team creates a toxic environment if not addressed.

Often, I rely on the words of Jesus to give me insight and courage.  Below are HIS words on right behavior.

The common sense behind right behavior

7:1-2 – “Don’t criticize people, and you will not be criticized. For you will be judged by the way you criticize others, and the measure you give will be the measure you receive.”

7:3-5 – “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and fail to notice the plank in your own? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me get the speck out of your eye’, when there is a plank in your own? You fraud! Take the plank out of your own eye first, and then you can see clearly enough to remove your brother’s speck of dust.”

7:6 – “You must not give holy things to dogs, nor must you throw your pearls before pigs – or they may trample them underfoot and turn and attack you.”

7:7-8 – “Ask and it will be given to you. Search and you will find. Knock and the door will be opened for you. The one who asks will always receive; the one who is searching will always find, and the door is opened to the man who knocks.”

7:9-11 – “If any of you were asked by his son for bread would you be likely to give him a stone, or if he asks for a fish would you give him a snake? If you then, for all your evil, quite naturally give good things to your children, how much more likely is it that your Heavenly Father will give good things to those who ask him?”

7:12 – “Treat other people exactly as you would like to be treated by them – this is the essence of all true religion.”

7:13-14 – “Go in by the narrow gate. For the wide gate has a broad road which leads to disaster and there are many people going that way. The narrow gate and the hard road lead out into life and only a few are finding it.”

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Jan

15

2018

serve together?

I woke this morning thinking about my journey with my team this year.
My question to myself was: Why have a CORE Team?
Below is the evidence that we need each other to be successful.  None of us can make it alone.
We think different, we learn different, we respond different, we judge different, we give grace different, we give discipline different and the sum of our effort is amazing.Proverbs 27:17

As iron sharpens iron,
so one person sharpens another.

Ecclesiastes 4: 9-12

Two are better than one,
because they have a good return for their labor:
 If either of them falls down,
one can help the other up.
But pity anyone who falls
and has no one to help them up.
 Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.
But how can one keep warm alone?
 Though one may be overpowered,
two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

I love the fist and last line of Ecclesiastes.  That is where I want to serve with my team in 2018.
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Jan

08

2018

courage on january 8th

I am more and more convinced that courage is the separation from good leaders and great leaders.  I am faced with a moment requiring courage this morning.

One of the members of my team is demonstrating inconsistent behavior that is leading to mistrust.  They are also effecting the overall moral of my team.

Sounds like an easy solution……terminate the team member who is causing the issues.  I have very mixed feelings on the solution.  I want to learn how to lead with mercy, justice and humility.

I want my leaders to participate and take this seriously as they climb into the judgement seat with me.

I have these quotes keep running through my mind as I make a decision.

“Let the one with NO sin cast the first stone” Jesus

“There once was a lost sheep and the shepherd left the 99 and went out to find the lost sheep.  After the shepherd found the lost sheep and brought him back to the heard, they rejoiced for once he was lost and now he is found.” Jesus

I want to give time to process the right outcome.  I feel like I am taking too long to decide.  I am learning to have courage with mercy,, justice and humility.

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