47. Is status an issue?

I was standing in line to board a plane with a friend recently. According to protocol, the first class, priority seating and platinum card members went first. My friend was in one of those groups and left me with a smile. My boarding pass was group 3. Translated that meant – last to board. So spiritually speaking a good place for me – the last shall be first – right? And for my friend, platinum Read more about 47. Is status an issue?[…]

45. How is your parenting?

This month’s letter is written by Rite and is all about parenting.  If you’re not a Mum or Dad, don’t rush away because actually the same principles for parenting apply to mentoring and discipling, so read on.  Paul shares in 1 Timothy 3:4 that one of the qualities for leaders is, “He must manage his own family well, having children who respect and obey him. For if a man cannot manage his own household, how Read more about 45. How is your parenting?[…]

43. Marriage tips?

In only two weeks it’s Valentines Day and love will be in the air! So this month I want to focus on couples and share a few personal tips on marriage from the last thirty-five years of experience. I am a blessed man having a beautiful and fun loving wife to share these years with and she has edited and shared some valuable insights to this letter. Invest in your relationship: Every year Rite and Read more about 43. Marriage tips?[…]

39. Is my leadership in danger?

“Jesus called them together and said, you know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them.” Mark 10:42 I read a little book by Lord David Owen a while back called “The hubris syndrome.” He was a Politician in Britain for 26 years and he talks about Hubris as the ‘intoxication of power.’ The word Hubris comes from ancient Greek and Read more about 39. Is my leadership in danger?[…]

38. Are you living in a culture of honour?

At the beginning of the year Rite and I were visiting our kids in Edinburgh where our daughter was working in a 5-star hotel as a waitress. As a special treat, she took all the family out for a meal in their beautiful restaurant and booked Rite & I into the best room for one night. At first, we felt guilty having all this money spent on us but then relaxed and thoroughly enjoyed it. Read more about 38. Are you living in a culture of honour?[…]

30. Had a debrief lately?

I was talking with a guy recently who shared with me that he felt a lack of passion and energy for life. He had been in some difficult family and ministry situations and had a feeling of disappointment with the way things had turned out. I asked him he had talked to anyone and he said that he had received some prayer but still felt the same way. I meet people often who have been Read more about 30. Had a debrief lately?[…]

20. Are you in control?

Some years ago when our son, Joseph was quite small, my wife, Rite, was running the Christmas programme at church. All the children had their various roles in the nativity play and Joseph was to play Joseph in the nativity. Everyone was dressed up and ready to go. Rite and Joseph were sitting with all the cast with a few minutes before the play was to begin, when Joseph leaned over to his Mum and Read more about 20. Are you in control?[…]

14. How is your community living?

Have you ever thought about time travel? Ever since the film, “Back to the future,” I have dreamed of going back in time and being a fly on the wall. If I had the chance I would love to be in the boat when Peter walked on the water, or in the crowd when Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead.   But perhaps most of all I’d like to travel back to the community of Acts Read more about 14. How is your community living?[…]

10. Are you self aware?

1. Strengths – we all have them: I was at a leadership meeting the other day where the team needed advice on how to move forward.  We prayed, discussed and I challenged them in several ways, with the result that we ended our time with some clear action points.  Afterwards one of the leaders encouraged me and said, “Stephe, that was so good, it pulled us together, clarified issues and helped us to know the Read more about 10. Are you self aware?[…]

04. Entertaining Angels

On a recent trip to London with the usual delays and missing passengers, the cabin crew exemplified the heart of hospitality. We received a warm welcome, there was attentive care in helping the elderly with their hand luggage and they created an environment with their open body language that communicated value to each individual. Though I purchased nothing from the drinks trolley, one of the crew members gave me a glass with ice and lemon Read more about 04. Entertaining Angels[…]

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