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Traits of Awesome Christian Leaders

Awesome Christian Leaders have a lot in common. In this episode we review traits shared by Awesome Christian Leaders.

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Traits of Awesome Christian Leaders

Awesome Christian Leaders have a lot in common. In this episode we review traits shared by Awesome Christian Leaders.

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1 00:00:32,700 --> 00:00:33,690 Hey everybody. 2 00:00:33,780 --> 00:00:34,290 How are you? 3 00:00:35,220 --> 00:00:36,390 I am in my house. 4 00:00:36,390 --> 00:00:36,540 You will. 5 00:00:37,200 --> 00:00:39,660 You will hear anything and everything. 6 00:00:39,720 --> 00:00:40,530 I promise. 7 00:00:41,070 --> 00:00:43,440 It's going to be an exciting podcast today. 8 00:00:43,470 --> 00:00:44,700 I've been down on my back. 9 00:00:44,768 --> 00:00:47,771 Appreciate all the prayers and the prayers that I'm still going to get. 10 00:00:47,771 --> 00:00:49,615 Hey Chris, what are we talking about today? 11 00:00:49,615 --> 00:00:53,125 Chris: Hey, Dave, And I want to reiterate that Dave is down in his back. 12 00:00:53,125 --> 00:00:53,215 So. 13 00:00:53,245 --> 00:00:55,255 He can really use the prayers today. 14 00:00:55,255 --> 00:00:58,645 We're talking about traits of awesome Christian leaders. 15 00:00:58,915 --> 00:01:03,715 Dave Wayne, have you guys ever worked with or close to an awesome Christian leader? 16 00:01:05,005 --> 00:01:05,785 Wayne: Absolutely. 17 00:01:07,165 --> 00:01:07,615 Dave: Yes. 18 00:01:08,635 --> 00:01:11,245 Chris: It's a wonderful thing and you can really learn a lot from them. 19 00:01:11,665 --> 00:01:14,275 So we've got eight traits that we want to go over. 20 00:01:14,545 --> 00:01:17,365 These are the things that awesome Christian leaders share. 21 00:01:17,365 --> 00:01:20,905 And if you want to be an awesome Christian leader, these are things you can work on. 22 00:01:21,985 --> 00:01:22,225 Wayne: Yeah. 23 00:01:22,555 --> 00:01:23,845 Chris: sounds pretty simple. 24 00:01:24,355 --> 00:01:27,835 Everyone must be treated with dignity and respect. 25 00:01:28,105 --> 00:01:29,455 You guys agree or disagree? 26 00:01:30,355 --> 00:01:30,745 Dave: I agree. 27 00:01:30,745 --> 00:01:31,525 Wayne: A hundred percent. 28 00:01:31,675 --> 00:01:32,125 Yeah. 29 00:01:32,365 --> 00:01:37,268 I think though you say that in sometimes that's easier said than done. 30 00:01:37,268 --> 00:01:37,489 Chris: It can 31 00:01:37,579 --> 00:01:41,479 Wayne: Cause sometimes in leadership, you may not agree with someone. 32 00:01:41,839 --> 00:01:43,309 That doesn't mean they're wrong. 33 00:01:43,549 --> 00:01:48,319 It means you need to try to figure it out and respect what they're saying to you. 34 00:01:48,559 --> 00:01:48,889 If you. 35 00:01:48,889 --> 00:01:51,109 don't respect what they're saying to you, you're toast. 36 00:01:51,439 --> 00:01:52,399 Chris: You're exactly right. 37 00:01:52,759 --> 00:01:54,379 And there's a deeper level to this tube. 38 00:01:54,409 --> 00:01:57,049 I've worked with someone I've worked with a lot of people like 39 00:01:57,049 --> 00:01:58,459 this, but I've worked with someone. 40 00:01:59,479 --> 00:02:02,179 At times was so morally corrupt. 41 00:02:02,209 --> 00:02:04,999 It was just difficult to respect that person. 42 00:02:05,539 --> 00:02:08,969 They were Seems like doing all the wrong things intentionally. 43 00:02:09,689 --> 00:02:10,109 Wayne: Oh, yeah. 44 00:02:10,109 --> 00:02:10,259 Dave: it 45 00:02:10,289 --> 00:02:12,059 Chris: can be difficult to respect them. 46 00:02:12,089 --> 00:02:12,479 at Wayne. 47 00:02:12,479 --> 00:02:13,889 Have you ever worked with anyone like that? 48 00:02:14,129 --> 00:02:14,369 Dave: Sure. 49 00:02:15,809 --> 00:02:16,949 Chris: And go ahead. 50 00:02:18,059 --> 00:02:18,869 Wayne: I'll be honest. 51 00:02:18,869 --> 00:02:19,289 Chris. 52 00:02:19,319 --> 00:02:19,889 I am. 53 00:02:20,369 --> 00:02:25,371 One of the things that for me, I I left the church because of core leadership. 54 00:02:25,791 --> 00:02:29,331 And I started at church because I wanted to find great leadership at that. 55 00:02:29,331 --> 00:02:29,751 Makes sense. 56 00:02:30,291 --> 00:02:30,771 Chris: Yeah, 57 00:02:30,771 --> 00:02:32,231 Wayne: But that's hard. 58 00:02:32,261 --> 00:02:34,484 And some people say you should have just, don't reinvent 59 00:02:34,484 --> 00:02:35,474 the wheel, but you know what? 60 00:02:35,474 --> 00:02:37,380 Sometimes we need a fresh. 61 00:02:37,396 --> 00:02:40,636 Look at things and bringing in people that are like-minded. 62 00:02:40,667 --> 00:02:46,217 Not just to agree with you, but that your vision is equal to the task. 63 00:02:46,307 --> 00:02:47,027 Does that make sense? 64 00:02:47,477 --> 00:02:48,137 Chris: It does. 65 00:02:48,527 --> 00:02:52,575 And, I was looking at first Peter two 17, it says honor, all people. 66 00:02:52,785 --> 00:02:53,985 Love the brotherhood. 67 00:02:54,195 --> 00:02:56,055 fear, God, and honor the king. 68 00:02:56,085 --> 00:02:58,245 So how do we honor all people? 69 00:02:58,515 --> 00:03:02,505 If we just believe some people aren't worthy if there's So morally corrupt. 70 00:03:02,505 --> 00:03:03,315 in Such a bad 71 00:03:03,315 --> 00:03:05,445 or evil person, how do we honor those people? 72 00:03:06,525 --> 00:03:09,195 Wayne: Paul says in Philippians two, three, do nothing. 73 00:03:09,262 --> 00:03:11,917 From rivalry or conceit, but in humility. 74 00:03:11,917 --> 00:03:15,277 And that's a key word, but in humility, Count others more 75 00:03:15,277 --> 00:03:17,677 significant than you yourself. 76 00:03:17,733 --> 00:03:23,214 It's looking at someone and saying, God can use them just like God can use me. 77 00:03:23,514 --> 00:03:26,824 And when, even if, in Philippians that talks about people that were 78 00:03:26,824 --> 00:03:28,085 preaching for the wrong reason. 79 00:03:28,865 --> 00:03:30,965 And yet God still says. 80 00:03:32,255 --> 00:03:33,665 Listen to what they're doing. 81 00:03:34,085 --> 00:03:37,055 And know that you're in the right, just trust what God's 82 00:03:37,055 --> 00:03:38,555 given you leadership wise. 83 00:03:38,795 --> 00:03:42,455 And if it's not maxed up, eventually got to get you back on track. 84 00:03:42,635 --> 00:03:43,235 Chris: Amen. 85 00:03:43,505 --> 00:03:43,775 Wayne. 86 00:03:43,775 --> 00:03:47,555 What's your secret for respecting someone that at a core level? 87 00:03:47,555 --> 00:03:49,455 you feel is just not worthy of respect. 88 00:03:49,479 --> 00:03:52,209 Dave: King David was the perfect example of this. 89 00:03:52,239 --> 00:03:52,839 Chris: Oh, good one. 90 00:03:52,839 --> 00:03:53,259 Yes. 91 00:03:54,609 --> 00:03:56,799 Dave: Because he had every reason. 92 00:03:57,159 --> 00:04:01,089 to go after saw and had at least two opportunities to kill him. 93 00:04:01,089 --> 00:04:01,719 Chris: He sure did. 94 00:04:02,199 --> 00:04:02,679 And. 95 00:04:03,729 --> 00:04:03,939 He 96 00:04:04,329 --> 00:04:05,979 Dave: because God anointed him. 97 00:04:06,459 --> 00:04:07,899 To be the king over Israel. 98 00:04:08,019 --> 00:04:08,589 Chris: Amen. 99 00:04:08,619 --> 00:04:10,899 Dave: So his focus was in the right place. 100 00:04:11,469 --> 00:04:11,919 Chris: Some of our 101 00:04:11,919 --> 00:04:14,019 Dave: focus is in the right place, we'll be able to. 102 00:04:15,069 --> 00:04:15,999 Act accordingly. 103 00:04:16,149 --> 00:04:18,219 if not it's a problem. 104 00:04:19,059 --> 00:04:19,839 Wayne: I agree. 105 00:04:19,943 --> 00:04:23,573 It's it's in humility where we find a. 106 00:04:23,611 --> 00:04:27,569 Jesus, in those moments where we humble ourselves and realize that, nothing. 107 00:04:27,569 --> 00:04:28,649 God is everything. 108 00:04:28,829 --> 00:04:31,169 And because God is everything, he makes me something. 109 00:04:31,349 --> 00:04:32,219 Chris: Oh, that's beautiful. 110 00:04:32,219 --> 00:04:32,639 Yeah. 111 00:04:33,029 --> 00:04:33,809 Dave: It's also helpful. 112 00:04:33,809 --> 00:04:36,119 to remember that we are no better. 113 00:04:36,449 --> 00:04:37,949 We were at one point no better. 114 00:04:38,339 --> 00:04:39,149 Chris: That's so true. 115 00:04:39,179 --> 00:04:39,869 Dave: anybody else. 116 00:04:39,929 --> 00:04:40,949 Chris: That's so true. 117 00:04:41,369 --> 00:04:41,579 Can 118 00:04:41,669 --> 00:04:42,389 Wayne: all a mess. 119 00:04:42,479 --> 00:04:42,899 Dave: Yeah. 120 00:04:43,079 --> 00:04:45,419 Chris: Can we all agree that at, even at a most. 121 00:04:45,419 --> 00:04:46,739 basic level, 122 00:04:47,279 --> 00:04:49,259 We can dignify and respect people. 123 00:04:49,259 --> 00:04:51,089 by recognizing their value. 124 00:04:51,629 --> 00:04:53,309 As human beings created. 125 00:04:53,309 --> 00:04:54,449 in the image of God. 126 00:04:55,619 --> 00:04:56,669 Wayne: Oh, that's great, Chris. 127 00:04:56,789 --> 00:04:57,239 Yeah. 128 00:04:57,359 --> 00:04:59,099 I, 100% agree with that. 129 00:05:00,389 --> 00:05:01,019 Chris: So Sometimes 130 00:05:01,049 --> 00:05:01,589 Wayne: about you? 131 00:05:01,979 --> 00:05:03,209 Chris: but we got to keep that in mind. 132 00:05:03,209 --> 00:05:04,019 What do you think lane? 133 00:05:04,529 --> 00:05:05,279 Wayne: Yeah, there you go. 134 00:05:05,339 --> 00:05:05,909 Dave: completely. 135 00:05:06,389 --> 00:05:07,469 That's completely accurate. 136 00:05:08,399 --> 00:05:09,599 Chris: So that's number one. 137 00:05:09,599 --> 00:05:11,712 I think we got a little bit of a deep conversation on that. 138 00:05:12,212 --> 00:05:13,202 Wayne: You guys. 139 00:05:14,162 --> 00:05:15,572 It's going to be a long one. 140 00:05:15,602 --> 00:05:16,292 I'm excited 141 00:05:16,322 --> 00:05:16,982 Chris: I am too. 142 00:05:17,402 --> 00:05:18,182 The second one. 143 00:05:18,212 --> 00:05:18,482 Wayne: this. 144 00:05:19,142 --> 00:05:19,322 Chris: ahead. 145 00:05:20,402 --> 00:05:20,972 What's that Dave. 146 00:05:21,722 --> 00:05:23,222 Wayne: Oh, I was just say, just stick with us. 147 00:05:23,402 --> 00:05:27,277 And then also we're doing this via zoom and I just saw Wayne's hands. 148 00:05:27,277 --> 00:05:28,777 Just jump in there way better. 149 00:05:29,407 --> 00:05:31,267 Chris: No, that was thing from the Adams family. 150 00:05:31,267 --> 00:05:31,957 He's here in the 151 00:05:31,987 --> 00:05:32,317 Wayne: Yeah. 152 00:05:32,437 --> 00:05:32,917 Chris: with us. 153 00:05:32,917 --> 00:05:33,187 Yeah. 154 00:05:33,937 --> 00:05:34,267 Wayne: Yeah. 155 00:05:34,364 --> 00:05:36,914 Yeah, no, this medicine that they've been given me. 156 00:05:36,944 --> 00:05:38,924 He might be messing with me more than I thought. 157 00:05:40,124 --> 00:05:41,384 Chris: Oh, gosh. 158 00:05:41,744 --> 00:05:43,004 Wayne: We're going to have fun today. 159 00:05:43,034 --> 00:05:43,634 KIBO. 160 00:05:43,784 --> 00:05:44,504 I got you. 161 00:05:44,534 --> 00:05:48,614 Chris: So the second trait of awesome Christian leaders. 162 00:05:49,214 --> 00:05:51,644 Is an easy one High moral standards. 163 00:05:51,644 --> 00:05:55,214 First Corinthians 1533 says, do not be deceived. 164 00:05:55,514 --> 00:05:57,104 Bad company ruins. 165 00:05:57,134 --> 00:05:58,154 Good morals. 166 00:05:58,724 --> 00:06:00,314 Wayne: That's a great scripture. 167 00:06:00,644 --> 00:06:05,414 And it's a scripture that we run from, or we sometimes use it as an excuse. 168 00:06:05,475 --> 00:06:07,408 Either way we gotta be careful. 169 00:06:07,678 --> 00:06:08,848 We need to realize. 170 00:06:09,628 --> 00:06:10,318 You know is 171 00:06:10,846 --> 00:06:13,408 I guess the leadership word is someone toxic. 172 00:06:13,468 --> 00:06:15,783 And if they're toxic, you can't be around that. 173 00:06:15,783 --> 00:06:20,027 I agree, but that's harder than it sounds to not be around that 174 00:06:20,027 --> 00:06:21,887 when they're right in your face. 175 00:06:22,457 --> 00:06:25,890 And in leadership or because where you work. 176 00:06:25,955 --> 00:06:26,945 That's a problem. 177 00:06:26,975 --> 00:06:29,465 And I think Chris, you probably dealt with that more than I 178 00:06:29,465 --> 00:06:30,755 have because in seriously. 179 00:06:31,415 --> 00:06:35,281 Leadership, you can pick and choose a little bit more, but when you hire people, 180 00:06:35,781 --> 00:06:38,451 You got to find people that are like-minded on the same page. 181 00:06:38,481 --> 00:06:39,231 That makes sense. 182 00:06:39,321 --> 00:06:39,681 Chris: does. 183 00:06:39,681 --> 00:06:40,791 It's absolutely true. 184 00:06:41,751 --> 00:06:42,861 So number three. 185 00:06:44,301 --> 00:06:45,921 An awesome Christian leader. 186 00:06:45,981 --> 00:06:50,061 Every day has positive attitudes, positive behaviors. 187 00:06:50,301 --> 00:06:51,711 and positive interactions. 188 00:06:51,741 --> 00:06:52,971 Every single day. 189 00:06:53,001 --> 00:06:53,991 We agree with that. 190 00:06:55,131 --> 00:06:56,001 Wayne: A hundred percent. 191 00:06:56,191 --> 00:06:56,341 Chris: Yeah. 192 00:06:57,211 --> 00:06:57,541 One of 193 00:06:57,631 --> 00:06:57,991 Wayne: Well, 194 00:06:57,991 --> 00:06:58,741 Chris: is hope. 195 00:06:58,776 --> 00:07:02,624 Proverbs 1722 tells us a joyful heart is Good medicine, but 196 00:07:02,624 --> 00:07:04,694 crushed spirit dries up the bones. 197 00:07:05,084 --> 00:07:08,384 So if we've got a joyful heart, we can be good medicine to ourselves. 198 00:07:08,384 --> 00:07:09,324 And those around us. 199 00:07:09,824 --> 00:07:10,784 Wayne: You're good at that. 200 00:07:10,814 --> 00:07:11,684 You check on me. 201 00:07:11,815 --> 00:07:15,775 During the season that I've had you, you make sure I'm doing all right. 202 00:07:15,865 --> 00:07:16,285 I think. 203 00:07:16,735 --> 00:07:18,398 That's I love Barnabas. 204 00:07:18,458 --> 00:07:22,231 And even when he and Paul had issues, they came back and were 205 00:07:22,261 --> 00:07:23,731 able to agree because I think. 206 00:07:23,971 --> 00:07:28,741 I don't have his spirit was just open to whatever God wanted. 207 00:07:28,771 --> 00:07:29,191 And I think. 208 00:07:29,611 --> 00:07:30,601 The biggest thing was him. 209 00:07:30,601 --> 00:07:33,691 He's known as an encourager and that's building other people up. 210 00:07:33,931 --> 00:07:35,281 Not building yourself thought. 211 00:07:35,371 --> 00:07:38,101 I think sometimes we want to advance more. 212 00:07:38,491 --> 00:07:42,768 I want to to grow people and have a successful team. 213 00:07:42,768 --> 00:07:44,490 Chris: Absolutely and I just want to clarify. 214 00:07:44,490 --> 00:07:47,010 you said Barnabas and not Barabis right. 215 00:07:47,513 --> 00:07:49,133 Wayne: I'm telling you this medicine. 216 00:07:49,943 --> 00:07:53,573 Yeah, I did say Barnabas and hymns the Greek. 217 00:07:53,573 --> 00:07:54,053 It means sun. 218 00:07:54,083 --> 00:07:55,463 Son of encouragement. 219 00:07:56,463 --> 00:07:57,632 Not anything else. 220 00:07:57,662 --> 00:07:58,992 Just son of encouragement. 221 00:07:59,492 --> 00:08:01,592 Chris: So I thought of one other positive attitude. 222 00:08:01,592 --> 00:08:02,991 and behavior that an Awesome. 223 00:08:02,991 --> 00:08:04,311 Christian leader has to have. 224 00:08:04,311 --> 00:08:05,301 And that's faith. 225 00:08:05,871 --> 00:08:06,291 And I was 226 00:08:06,291 --> 00:08:10,851 thinking about this and I found Joshua one nine that says, have I not commanded you? 227 00:08:11,121 --> 00:08:13,941 Be strong and courageous do not be frightened. 228 00:08:13,941 --> 00:08:14,121 And. 229 00:08:14,121 --> 00:08:15,351 Do not be dismayed. 230 00:08:15,351 --> 00:08:16,431 For the Lord, your God. 231 00:08:16,431 --> 00:08:18,291 is with you wherever you go. 232 00:08:19,671 --> 00:08:20,031 Wayne: I man. 233 00:08:20,061 --> 00:08:23,211 And then it goes back to your second point to integrity. 234 00:08:23,961 --> 00:08:28,791 Only grows your faith when you're doing the right things, your faith will grow 235 00:08:28,791 --> 00:08:30,891 when you're not in someone's they won't. 236 00:08:30,951 --> 00:08:32,541 Where do I find the right things? 237 00:08:32,781 --> 00:08:33,531 The word of God. 238 00:08:34,011 --> 00:08:34,990 That's simple. 239 00:08:34,990 --> 00:08:38,732 We as laters have one of the greatest leadership. 240 00:08:38,829 --> 00:08:43,269 Examples that we can have in the word of God, we just got to, we. 241 00:08:43,299 --> 00:08:47,169 You just got to examine it and look at leaders like me and Maya and how he was 242 00:08:47,169 --> 00:08:48,909 able to build the things that he built. 243 00:08:48,995 --> 00:08:49,325 Chris: Good. 244 00:08:49,355 --> 00:08:50,205 Good example. 245 00:08:50,236 --> 00:08:51,886 Wayne, I want to call you out on this one. 246 00:08:51,886 --> 00:08:53,716 I have seen you many times. 247 00:08:53,716 --> 00:08:54,496 demonstrate. 248 00:08:54,946 --> 00:08:55,846 Great faith. 249 00:08:55,846 --> 00:08:57,376 So what's your secret for that? 250 00:08:58,636 --> 00:09:00,166 Dave: Oh, that's not really a secret. 251 00:09:00,586 --> 00:09:02,416 You've done as many stupid things. 252 00:09:02,416 --> 00:09:02,686 as I 253 00:09:02,806 --> 00:09:03,146 Chris: Oh, my. 254 00:09:03,646 --> 00:09:07,906 Dave: And you don't have any choice, but to live in that, to get 255 00:09:08,056 --> 00:09:09,616 Wayne: I don't want to hear that. 256 00:09:09,886 --> 00:09:12,286 He is one of the most encouraging faithful. 257 00:09:12,376 --> 00:09:12,916 Feuds 258 00:09:12,946 --> 00:09:13,666 Chris: really is. 259 00:09:14,146 --> 00:09:16,546 Wayne: And I don't know what I do with album. 260 00:09:16,576 --> 00:09:20,326 I'm very grateful for Wayne and the way that he ministers people. 261 00:09:20,666 --> 00:09:22,909 Just by listening to what they're going through. 262 00:09:22,969 --> 00:09:23,989 He hears things. 263 00:09:24,379 --> 00:09:27,319 And you don't realize he hears them at the time, but then he asked you 264 00:09:27,319 --> 00:09:28,969 about it later and he really does hear 265 00:09:28,979 --> 00:09:30,702 Chris: And one of my favorite things about him. 266 00:09:30,729 --> 00:09:35,469 Is he sees things From a completely different perspective than I see things. 267 00:09:35,739 --> 00:09:38,589 And he comes up with things that are so genius. 268 00:09:38,889 --> 00:09:39,759 So. 269 00:09:40,239 --> 00:09:43,929 Wonderfully encouraging and Just perfectly on the spot that 270 00:09:43,929 --> 00:09:45,249 I could never come up with. 271 00:09:45,279 --> 00:09:48,909 And I think he's not only highly intelligent, and highly educated. 272 00:09:48,909 --> 00:09:51,399 but I think he's just a wonderful person and he knows. 273 00:09:51,399 --> 00:09:52,869 the word of God inside and 274 00:09:52,869 --> 00:09:53,169 out. 275 00:09:53,949 --> 00:09:54,549 Wayne: I agree. 276 00:09:55,239 --> 00:09:57,219 And he loves to examine the word guy. 277 00:09:57,339 --> 00:09:57,669 Chris: does. 278 00:09:57,669 --> 00:09:58,099 Yes. 279 00:09:58,599 --> 00:10:00,099 Wayne: I don't know if examines the right word. 280 00:10:00,159 --> 00:10:01,119 He loves to read it. 281 00:10:01,977 --> 00:10:02,277 Dave: No. 282 00:10:02,577 --> 00:10:03,370 no blessing. 283 00:10:03,370 --> 00:10:03,510 Chris: I 284 00:10:03,510 --> 00:10:05,430 remember once and I wasn't going to share this but I'm 285 00:10:05,430 --> 00:10:06,630 going to, We were in a church. 286 00:10:06,660 --> 00:10:07,020 meeting. 287 00:10:07,106 --> 00:10:08,036 It was after. 288 00:10:08,036 --> 00:10:09,522 And we were talking about. 289 00:10:09,591 --> 00:10:10,521 We were having. 290 00:10:11,151 --> 00:10:13,971 We were going to have a series of marriage counseling events. 291 00:10:14,361 --> 00:10:16,491 And it seemed like the men were on one side. 292 00:10:16,491 --> 00:10:18,081 And then women were on the other side. 293 00:10:18,081 --> 00:10:19,879 and the men were saying women do this. 294 00:10:19,879 --> 00:10:22,494 And Then women were saying the men always do this. 295 00:10:22,884 --> 00:10:24,114 And just out of the blue. 296 00:10:24,174 --> 00:10:27,294 Wayne county came up with And he said, we always look at what the other 297 00:10:27,294 --> 00:10:30,504 person's doing, but what we don't see is Sometimes they may just be. 298 00:10:30,504 --> 00:10:31,644 barely hanging on. 299 00:10:32,154 --> 00:10:33,204 And I thought, wow. 300 00:10:33,234 --> 00:10:34,224 that is so deep. 301 00:10:34,254 --> 00:10:35,604 I bet you don't even remember that, dude. 302 00:10:36,054 --> 00:10:38,787 Dave: I don't, but I'm usually the one barely hanging on. 303 00:10:39,287 --> 00:10:39,917 Chris: That's something I 304 00:10:40,037 --> 00:10:42,617 Wayne: I'm glad to you are going to say I'm usually the one that's deep. 305 00:10:43,617 --> 00:10:43,887 Chris: No. 306 00:10:44,007 --> 00:10:44,817 Dave: barely hanging on. 307 00:10:45,837 --> 00:10:46,017 Chris: So 308 00:10:46,077 --> 00:10:46,737 Wayne: There you go. 309 00:10:46,767 --> 00:10:50,427 Chris: talk about another trait and this one is a very difficult one. 310 00:10:51,417 --> 00:10:52,677 For almost everyone. 311 00:10:53,007 --> 00:10:55,287 And It's take a stand for what is right. 312 00:10:55,467 --> 00:10:57,267 Not what is convenient. 313 00:10:57,267 --> 00:10:58,107 And I've got a story. 314 00:10:58,107 --> 00:10:59,847 to tell about this, But I want to hear from. 315 00:10:59,847 --> 00:11:00,297 Wayne. 316 00:11:00,297 --> 00:11:01,797 and Dave, What do you think about that? 317 00:11:01,827 --> 00:11:03,147 Take a stand for what's right. 318 00:11:03,177 --> 00:11:04,437 Not what's convenient. 319 00:11:05,787 --> 00:11:06,237 Wayne: Oh, yeah. 320 00:11:06,237 --> 00:11:06,687 And I think. 321 00:11:07,527 --> 00:11:09,477 In our society that we live in right now. 322 00:11:09,507 --> 00:11:11,123 Jeff preaches every week. 323 00:11:11,155 --> 00:11:13,091 There are so many sin things. 324 00:11:13,271 --> 00:11:14,651 They want us to accept. 325 00:11:14,689 --> 00:11:19,251 In the world and whether it's government, whether it is going to have them, we 326 00:11:19,251 --> 00:11:23,721 should know that because that's ultimately what the devil's goal has been the 327 00:11:23,721 --> 00:11:26,731 whole time is to get as many people. 328 00:11:26,731 --> 00:11:28,480 Away from God that he can. 329 00:11:28,840 --> 00:11:32,830 And so we need to work with everything we have to be. 330 00:11:33,160 --> 00:11:36,490 People who not only believe the word, but trust the word. 331 00:11:36,640 --> 00:11:37,240 Chris: Amen. 332 00:11:37,750 --> 00:11:37,990 Lilian. 333 00:11:37,990 --> 00:11:38,650 What do you think. 334 00:11:38,800 --> 00:11:41,500 Dave: I think the key part of being able to do that. 335 00:11:41,890 --> 00:11:42,580 Is just. 336 00:11:43,780 --> 00:11:46,090 An anointing from the holy spirit. 337 00:11:46,270 --> 00:11:48,490 to give you some wisdom and discernment. 338 00:11:49,150 --> 00:11:50,500 To know what. 339 00:11:50,770 --> 00:11:52,720 Actions and what speech. 340 00:11:53,560 --> 00:11:55,540 To use and to do. 341 00:11:56,710 --> 00:11:58,210 Chris: The see you're proving my point right there. 342 00:11:58,210 --> 00:11:58,990 You're coming up with. 343 00:11:58,990 --> 00:11:59,830 something so deep. 344 00:11:59,830 --> 00:12:00,610 I would never get 345 00:12:00,662 --> 00:12:01,046 Dave: What. 346 00:12:01,073 --> 00:12:02,591 Because not every issue. 347 00:12:03,671 --> 00:12:05,381 Requires like an aggressive. 348 00:12:05,411 --> 00:12:06,401 response. 349 00:12:06,521 --> 00:12:07,601 Some issues. 350 00:12:08,621 --> 00:12:10,241 Abstaining from something. 351 00:12:10,781 --> 00:12:12,551 Is just as important. 352 00:12:12,581 --> 00:12:17,021 as telling somebody that it's, whatever they're doing is wrong. 353 00:12:17,021 --> 00:12:18,101 For whatever reason. 354 00:12:19,211 --> 00:12:19,851 Wayne: I see that. 355 00:12:19,851 --> 00:12:21,130 Chris: Let me share this with you. 356 00:12:21,130 --> 00:12:22,480 And My heart goes out. 357 00:12:22,480 --> 00:12:24,460 to this person and they're Maybe. 358 00:12:24,520 --> 00:12:26,080 Either of you two have been through this. 359 00:12:26,080 --> 00:12:28,630 Maybe the people listening have been through this, but I recently 360 00:12:28,630 --> 00:12:30,190 spoke with someone who told me. 361 00:12:30,760 --> 00:12:32,737 His greatest struggle with faith. 362 00:12:33,237 --> 00:12:34,497 there's no shame in this. 363 00:12:34,707 --> 00:12:39,057 It's being afraid To address their position on hot button issues. 364 00:12:39,237 --> 00:12:40,707 for fear of backlash. 365 00:12:41,337 --> 00:12:44,637 And the bad thing was, I didn't even have to ask them why. 366 00:12:44,637 --> 00:12:47,697 or What the issue was because I know how difficult it is. 367 00:12:47,697 --> 00:12:50,067 And I know how difficult it is to be persecuted. 368 00:12:50,637 --> 00:12:50,787 I 369 00:12:50,787 --> 00:12:51,567 understand how. 370 00:12:51,567 --> 00:12:53,577 unjust it is to be overlooked and. 371 00:12:53,967 --> 00:12:56,367 it can be an overwhelming response. 372 00:12:56,787 --> 00:12:58,532 And, I've got to say this, the adversary. 373 00:12:58,562 --> 00:13:01,680 appears in the keywords appears to be stronger. 374 00:13:01,980 --> 00:13:03,060 And it makes it look like. 375 00:13:03,060 --> 00:13:04,620 there's such a high cost for this. 376 00:13:05,280 --> 00:13:05,880 Wayne: That's good. 377 00:13:06,180 --> 00:13:07,290 That's really good. 378 00:13:07,770 --> 00:13:11,730 I think we have to work really hard on it's. 379 00:13:11,730 --> 00:13:12,330 Okay. 380 00:13:12,330 --> 00:13:15,376 Not to be the most popular or the best. 381 00:13:15,376 --> 00:13:17,234 Thinker the best leader. 382 00:13:17,246 --> 00:13:19,682 We have to do is be the best Christian when we're. 383 00:13:20,522 --> 00:13:21,422 The best Christian. 384 00:13:21,842 --> 00:13:23,762 That's the only thing that matters, Chris. 385 00:13:24,152 --> 00:13:25,915 And when we're following Jesus. 386 00:13:26,755 --> 00:13:29,095 It's hard because I don't know about you all, but I like when 387 00:13:29,125 --> 00:13:31,255 people like me, I think it's fun. 388 00:13:31,495 --> 00:13:32,785 I want a pat on the back. 389 00:13:32,815 --> 00:13:36,145 I love that of boys, but that can't be what I live for. 390 00:13:36,205 --> 00:13:41,335 What I live for is ultimately someday I'm going to stand before God, the father. 391 00:13:41,665 --> 00:13:42,025 And. 392 00:13:42,985 --> 00:13:46,045 I've got to make sure that I know that I live in it here. 393 00:13:46,045 --> 00:13:48,055 So when I stand before him there. 394 00:13:48,295 --> 00:13:53,035 That Jesus says this one's with me and I'm going to Gail to the mountain. 395 00:13:53,155 --> 00:13:54,805 I'm with that guy right there. 396 00:13:54,805 --> 00:13:57,625 I'm up on Jesus and I am. 397 00:13:57,805 --> 00:13:59,125 And all God's people say. 398 00:13:59,155 --> 00:13:59,965 Dave: Hey man. 399 00:14:00,775 --> 00:14:01,405 Wayne: There it is. 400 00:14:02,185 --> 00:14:02,905 Chris: There we go. 401 00:14:04,195 --> 00:14:06,265 Wayne: I wonder where they were as good. 402 00:14:06,265 --> 00:14:07,885 Chris: were a little late, so I've got 403 00:14:07,945 --> 00:14:08,155 Wayne: Yes. 404 00:14:08,275 --> 00:14:09,025 Chris: verses here. 405 00:14:09,025 --> 00:14:10,495 and I'm just going to say the verse number. 406 00:14:10,495 --> 00:14:13,465 And If you're listening, you can look these up, but We have a duty. 407 00:14:13,465 --> 00:14:14,065 In Christ. 408 00:14:14,065 --> 00:14:14,845 To be strong. 409 00:14:14,875 --> 00:14:16,465 That's Ephesians six, 10. 410 00:14:16,855 --> 00:14:18,295 We have a duty to fight. 411 00:14:18,385 --> 00:14:20,215 that Second Timothy four seven. 412 00:14:20,575 --> 00:14:22,315 We have a duty to separate. 413 00:14:22,675 --> 00:14:26,185 at second Corinthians six 17, and to be courageous. 414 00:14:26,665 --> 00:14:28,015 Joshua one nine. 415 00:14:28,375 --> 00:14:31,225 We have a duty to suffer and that's a tough one first. 416 00:14:31,225 --> 00:14:32,575 Peter three 17. 417 00:14:32,635 --> 00:14:34,765 And we have a duty to be persecuted. 418 00:14:34,885 --> 00:14:37,315 and hated John 1518. 419 00:14:38,005 --> 00:14:39,535 We all have a duty to stand for. 420 00:14:39,535 --> 00:14:40,225 What's right. 421 00:14:40,255 --> 00:14:41,545 And Spread the gospel. 422 00:14:41,845 --> 00:14:43,105 That's mark 16. 423 00:14:43,105 --> 00:14:47,155 15, And I know the adversaries are loud and they seem great and number. 424 00:14:47,425 --> 00:14:50,875 and I know they won't come to reason or they won't even fight a fair fight. 425 00:14:51,115 --> 00:14:53,335 They are boastful and proud of their sin. 426 00:14:53,695 --> 00:14:56,965 Nevertheless Christ is within us and he is greater. 427 00:14:57,145 --> 00:14:58,988 and that's Deuteronomy 10 17. 428 00:14:59,016 --> 00:15:00,235 Wayne: Was that last one you said 429 00:15:00,246 --> 00:15:01,056 Dave: Deuteronomy 10, 430 00:15:01,296 --> 00:15:02,076 Wayne: Don't worry before. 431 00:15:03,486 --> 00:15:05,166 The one right before Deuteronomy. 432 00:15:05,406 --> 00:15:06,546 Chris: 16, 15. 433 00:15:07,896 --> 00:15:09,505 Wayne: And what is the the point of that? 434 00:15:09,505 --> 00:15:10,195 I want to hear it again. 435 00:15:10,435 --> 00:15:13,555 Chris: have a duty to stand for righteousness and spread the gospel. 436 00:15:14,875 --> 00:15:19,045 Wayne: Yeah, that's hard because our society right now is 437 00:15:19,045 --> 00:15:20,575 going against a lot of things. 438 00:15:20,725 --> 00:15:24,267 And I'll push them, we need to stand up against abortion. 439 00:15:24,597 --> 00:15:26,157 We need to loudly. 440 00:15:26,217 --> 00:15:27,027 Proclaim. 441 00:15:27,387 --> 00:15:27,747 That 442 00:15:27,782 --> 00:15:30,479 The couples are our men and women. 443 00:15:30,509 --> 00:15:35,570 And I know that offense, and I know that stresses you out, but I can't be 444 00:15:35,570 --> 00:15:37,520 worried about that because that's not. 445 00:15:38,120 --> 00:15:40,190 Me and you is between you and God. 446 00:15:40,670 --> 00:15:41,570 And so as leader. 447 00:15:41,810 --> 00:15:46,160 I got to realize it's between them not between me and I'm going to do 448 00:15:46,160 --> 00:15:48,380 my best to show them the right way. 449 00:15:48,860 --> 00:15:49,490 God's way. 450 00:15:49,580 --> 00:15:50,390 Chris: That's beautiful. 451 00:15:50,480 --> 00:15:51,140 Amen. 452 00:15:51,218 --> 00:15:53,078 Wayne: I don't know if it's beautiful, but thank you. 453 00:15:53,078 --> 00:15:53,198 Chris: it. 454 00:15:53,198 --> 00:15:53,618 Yeah. 455 00:15:53,858 --> 00:15:54,578 Wayne: I'll take it. 456 00:15:55,058 --> 00:15:58,958 Chris: Moving on to the fifth trait is you have to take a stand for yourself. 457 00:15:59,468 --> 00:16:01,268 And when I was researching this. 458 00:16:01,268 --> 00:16:03,428 I found God gives strength to his people. 459 00:16:03,668 --> 00:16:05,798 He enables him to be courageous through his. 460 00:16:05,798 --> 00:16:10,118 gift of faith, And God proves himself faithful in his promises to enable 461 00:16:10,118 --> 00:16:12,228 his people, to trust him every day. 462 00:16:12,728 --> 00:16:13,238 Wayne: That's good. 463 00:16:13,508 --> 00:16:13,958 It's really? 464 00:16:14,078 --> 00:16:14,318 What do you. 465 00:16:14,588 --> 00:16:14,948 Chris: day? 466 00:16:15,948 --> 00:16:16,518 Let's put it away. 467 00:16:16,518 --> 00:16:18,018 And can you trust God every day? 468 00:16:18,348 --> 00:16:18,888 Dave: Every day. 469 00:16:19,098 --> 00:16:19,908 Chris: Every day. 470 00:16:20,908 --> 00:16:21,298 All right. 471 00:16:21,718 --> 00:16:24,208 Number six is to be truthful and upright. 472 00:16:24,568 --> 00:16:26,548 You have to be faithful to your word. 473 00:16:26,848 --> 00:16:30,958 And a lot of times I find myself listening to Chuck's window and here's what he says. 474 00:16:30,958 --> 00:16:32,698 There is a rare breed of man. 475 00:16:32,698 --> 00:16:34,168 that is almost extinct. 476 00:16:34,588 --> 00:16:36,898 Whether an executive or an apprentice. 477 00:16:37,228 --> 00:16:38,758 A student or a teacher. 478 00:16:39,208 --> 00:16:42,808 a blue collar or a white collar work in a Christian or a pagan. 479 00:16:43,198 --> 00:16:45,688 Rare indeed are those who keep their word. 480 00:16:47,038 --> 00:16:47,578 Wayne: Amen. 481 00:16:48,238 --> 00:16:48,898 That's good. 482 00:16:50,278 --> 00:16:50,758 Chris: The second 483 00:16:50,758 --> 00:16:52,168 Wayne: I think that's it right there. 484 00:16:52,168 --> 00:16:52,678 Chris: It is. 485 00:16:52,678 --> 00:16:53,068 Yeah. 486 00:16:54,068 --> 00:16:54,938 Wayne: swindle scan. 487 00:16:54,938 --> 00:16:57,788 And I liked him and where's the, I go old school too. 488 00:16:57,818 --> 00:16:58,988 So I appreciate that. 489 00:16:59,468 --> 00:17:01,508 Chris: So in numbers, 30. 490 00:17:01,838 --> 00:17:03,818 Verse two, when a man takes. 491 00:17:03,818 --> 00:17:07,688 an oath to obligate himself by a pledge, he must not break his word, 492 00:17:07,688 --> 00:17:09,578 but must do everything he said. 493 00:17:09,608 --> 00:17:10,748 there's no outs on that. 494 00:17:10,748 --> 00:17:13,238 If you take a pledge or an oath, you've got to do it. 495 00:17:14,238 --> 00:17:14,658 Wayne: Agree. 496 00:17:16,128 --> 00:17:16,848 Chris: Here's a good one. 497 00:17:17,178 --> 00:17:18,918 This is still following on being truthful. 498 00:17:18,948 --> 00:17:19,458 enough, Right. 499 00:17:19,818 --> 00:17:20,268 Judge. 500 00:17:20,268 --> 00:17:21,108 Yourself. 501 00:17:21,378 --> 00:17:22,608 On keeping your word. 502 00:17:22,608 --> 00:17:24,018 And I'm going to ask these questions. 503 00:17:24,018 --> 00:17:25,428 and I'm not looking for answers. 504 00:17:25,458 --> 00:17:27,948 And I like the people out there listening to think about this. 505 00:17:29,028 --> 00:17:31,608 When you say to someone, I will pray for you. 506 00:17:32,118 --> 00:17:32,718 Do you. 507 00:17:33,718 --> 00:17:34,228 Wayne: Amen. 508 00:17:34,288 --> 00:17:37,078 Chris: When you tell someone they can depend on you to help them out. 509 00:17:37,438 --> 00:17:38,128 Can they. 510 00:17:39,128 --> 00:17:40,478 when you say you're going to be there. 511 00:17:40,478 --> 00:17:42,338 at such and such a time, are you. 512 00:17:43,338 --> 00:17:45,468 And when you obligate yourself to pay a bet. 513 00:17:45,558 --> 00:17:47,058 pay a debt on time. 514 00:17:47,448 --> 00:17:47,988 Do you. 515 00:17:48,988 --> 00:17:50,368 It's all good things to think about. 516 00:17:50,668 --> 00:17:52,228 And I'm as guilty as all of those. 517 00:17:52,228 --> 00:17:53,038 as anyone else. 518 00:17:54,038 --> 00:17:54,638 Wayne: I am too. 519 00:17:55,118 --> 00:17:55,868 I think. 520 00:17:57,098 --> 00:17:59,168 Anything you do for Christ. 521 00:17:59,168 --> 00:18:02,408 You always have to reevaluate yourself every once in a while. 522 00:18:02,708 --> 00:18:05,588 And I don't like to do that because that means when I reevaluate myself. 523 00:18:05,858 --> 00:18:09,308 Sometimes I see the mistakes and the stupidity that I have 524 00:18:09,578 --> 00:18:10,958 and trust me, we have it right. 525 00:18:10,988 --> 00:18:11,198 First. 526 00:18:11,198 --> 00:18:11,258 We. 527 00:18:11,678 --> 00:18:12,578 We all deal with that. 528 00:18:12,608 --> 00:18:12,923 Why. 529 00:18:13,163 --> 00:18:13,463 Chris: do. 530 00:18:13,493 --> 00:18:14,723 We absolutely do. 531 00:18:14,723 --> 00:18:16,687 Wayne: Here's the key to that learn from it. 532 00:18:16,807 --> 00:18:18,517 No, don't stay in it. 533 00:18:18,847 --> 00:18:22,027 So don't beat yourself up because of a. 534 00:18:22,447 --> 00:18:26,665 But also don't be able to say that's just me and make an excuse for it. 535 00:18:27,295 --> 00:18:31,015 Do what you can to get right before Jesus. 536 00:18:31,225 --> 00:18:31,795 Chris: Amen. 537 00:18:32,155 --> 00:18:33,535 Wayne: you will wake up the rest. 538 00:18:34,075 --> 00:18:34,585 Chris: Amen. 539 00:18:35,755 --> 00:18:36,985 So here's number seven. 540 00:18:37,615 --> 00:18:40,855 Help Those around you because relationships and 541 00:18:40,855 --> 00:18:43,385 services are central to life. 542 00:18:43,885 --> 00:18:45,475 You guys agree or disagree with that? 543 00:18:46,475 --> 00:18:46,895 Dave: I agree. 544 00:18:47,795 --> 00:18:49,145 Chris: I know another story on Wayne. 545 00:18:49,145 --> 00:18:50,765 like I haven't told anything. 546 00:18:51,065 --> 00:18:52,145 enough about him. 547 00:18:52,595 --> 00:18:54,125 Tell me if this is true, Wayne. 548 00:18:54,485 --> 00:18:55,805 I heard you were at. 549 00:18:55,985 --> 00:18:57,935 a local store. 550 00:18:58,935 --> 00:19:00,405 That got really busy. 551 00:19:01,335 --> 00:19:04,335 And without asking anyone, you just jumped in and started 552 00:19:04,335 --> 00:19:05,925 helping and you don't work there. 553 00:19:07,215 --> 00:19:08,505 Dave: That was accurate, 554 00:19:08,805 --> 00:19:10,305 and he's started it. 555 00:19:10,395 --> 00:19:10,845 Yeah. 556 00:19:11,295 --> 00:19:13,575 And then I just started doing something else. 557 00:19:13,725 --> 00:19:14,745 Chris: Isn't that amazing. 558 00:19:14,925 --> 00:19:15,195 Wayne. 559 00:19:15,195 --> 00:19:15,675 He was in the 560 00:19:15,915 --> 00:19:16,305 Wayne: Awesome. 561 00:19:16,545 --> 00:19:17,625 Chris: Wayne was in a store? 562 00:19:17,655 --> 00:19:17,985 work. 563 00:19:18,045 --> 00:19:21,825 Then a friend owns a brother in Christ owns and they got busy. 564 00:19:22,065 --> 00:19:24,225 So they start jumping behind the counter and helping. 565 00:19:25,485 --> 00:19:26,535 Wayne: Wow. 566 00:19:26,565 --> 00:19:26,595 Let's. 567 00:19:26,625 --> 00:19:27,945 That's a great example. 568 00:19:29,175 --> 00:19:30,945 And I think Wayne does live it out. 569 00:19:30,975 --> 00:19:31,365 I think. 570 00:19:31,935 --> 00:19:32,505 Hopefully. 571 00:19:33,135 --> 00:19:34,935 Me and you knew to Chris, but we do. 572 00:19:35,325 --> 00:19:37,215 I see it with my, I really do. 573 00:19:37,245 --> 00:19:39,075 Chris: a long way to go to be in the league with him. 574 00:19:39,225 --> 00:19:39,555 Dave: Oh, 575 00:19:39,705 --> 00:19:40,095 Wayne: brother. 576 00:19:40,215 --> 00:19:40,785 Me too. 577 00:19:40,785 --> 00:19:41,627 Chris: Hebrews 13. 578 00:19:41,627 --> 00:19:45,017 16 says, Do not forget to do good and share with others. 579 00:19:45,107 --> 00:19:46,427 For such sacrifices. 580 00:19:46,457 --> 00:19:46,937 God is. 581 00:19:46,937 --> 00:19:47,597 pleased. 582 00:19:47,807 --> 00:19:48,947 So you're pleasing God, when. 583 00:19:48,947 --> 00:19:49,637 you're doing that. 584 00:19:50,207 --> 00:19:50,897 How does that feel? 585 00:19:50,897 --> 00:19:51,497 That's awesome. 586 00:19:51,497 --> 00:19:51,947 Isn't it? 587 00:19:51,998 --> 00:19:52,208 Dave: If you 588 00:19:52,268 --> 00:19:52,898 Wayne: incredible. 589 00:19:53,168 --> 00:19:55,838 Dave: If you want to make a difference in anybody's life. 590 00:19:55,838 --> 00:19:57,098 you actually gotta be in it. 591 00:19:57,818 --> 00:19:58,568 Chris: so true. 592 00:19:58,628 --> 00:19:59,738 And that's a great saying. 593 00:20:00,758 --> 00:20:01,688 Wayne: That's really good. 594 00:20:01,718 --> 00:20:02,498 Say that again. 595 00:20:03,013 --> 00:20:05,233 Dave: If you want to make a difference in somebody's life, you. 596 00:20:05,263 --> 00:20:05,953 gotta be in it. 597 00:20:06,643 --> 00:20:07,483 Chris: so true. 598 00:20:08,023 --> 00:20:09,073 Wayne: As really good. 599 00:20:09,883 --> 00:20:11,653 Chris: So now Let's move on to the last one And I've got. 600 00:20:11,653 --> 00:20:14,743 a little bit to say about this one, but it's an easy one to explain. 601 00:20:15,073 --> 00:20:17,263 do everything with passion. 602 00:20:17,773 --> 00:20:18,733 What do you think about that? 603 00:20:18,733 --> 00:20:19,813 Agree or disagree? 604 00:20:20,813 --> 00:20:21,443 Wayne: I agree. 605 00:20:21,563 --> 00:20:24,083 You got, and here's the thing, though. 606 00:20:24,113 --> 00:20:27,353 There are things though that you're going to do that may not. 607 00:20:28,083 --> 00:20:29,686 You may not be interested in it. 608 00:20:30,136 --> 00:20:32,896 Even if God's called you to do it, you got to find a way. 609 00:20:33,196 --> 00:20:33,886 Plug yourself. 610 00:20:34,516 --> 00:20:35,236 Does that make sense? 611 00:20:35,746 --> 00:20:38,986 And when you put yourself in you, you get passionate about it because you. 612 00:20:39,526 --> 00:20:41,866 You believe in and not because of you, but because of. 613 00:20:42,196 --> 00:20:43,996 As of what God's called you to be. 614 00:20:44,146 --> 00:20:44,686 Chris: Amen. 615 00:20:45,376 --> 00:20:46,666 When do you agree or disagree? 616 00:20:47,204 --> 00:20:49,004 So we're all sports fans. 617 00:20:49,034 --> 00:20:52,214 What happens on a sports team when one person gets out. 618 00:20:52,274 --> 00:20:55,844 on the field or on the floor and they start playing with such passion. 619 00:20:56,174 --> 00:20:57,014 It's contagious. 620 00:20:57,014 --> 00:20:57,464 Isn't it? 621 00:20:58,454 --> 00:21:01,514 The rest of the team starts to pick that up and they start trying harder 622 00:21:01,514 --> 00:21:02,624 and they start playing better. 623 00:21:03,624 --> 00:21:04,404 Wayne: Absolutely. 624 00:21:04,904 --> 00:21:07,694 And I think good leadership attracts good leaders. 625 00:21:08,064 --> 00:21:11,946 When your leadership is good, it attracts those who want to be leaders. 626 00:21:12,006 --> 00:21:14,496 Cause they're following and they're learning from you. 627 00:21:14,766 --> 00:21:17,796 And the good news is you need to learn from them as well. 628 00:21:17,886 --> 00:21:18,606 Chris: Yeah, that's true. 629 00:21:18,816 --> 00:21:19,716 That's very true. 630 00:21:19,739 --> 00:21:22,393 Colossians 3 23 says, whatever you do. 631 00:21:22,513 --> 00:21:25,873 Work heartily as for the Lord and not for men. 632 00:21:26,383 --> 00:21:28,123 So I'm supposed to do. 633 00:21:28,123 --> 00:21:29,023 everything that I do. 634 00:21:29,023 --> 00:21:30,433 Like I'm doing it for God. 635 00:21:31,303 --> 00:21:31,753 And that 636 00:21:31,843 --> 00:21:32,396 Wayne: That's good. 637 00:21:32,896 --> 00:21:34,306 Chris: Wayne, what are you passionate about? 638 00:21:35,306 --> 00:21:36,056 Dave: Gosh, I don't know. 639 00:21:36,977 --> 00:21:37,517 Chris: Teaching. 640 00:21:37,577 --> 00:21:38,657 You're an excellent teacher. 641 00:21:39,317 --> 00:21:40,677 Dave, what are you passionate about? 642 00:21:40,727 --> 00:21:42,647 Wayne: I am passionate about the church. 643 00:21:42,857 --> 00:21:43,347 I love that. 644 00:21:43,347 --> 00:21:46,671 What's funny if you there's other things I'm passionate about that I love. 645 00:21:46,684 --> 00:21:49,024 Like I get to analysis the girl's softball game. 646 00:21:49,024 --> 00:21:49,474 I love. 647 00:21:49,504 --> 00:21:51,472 baseball and softball, that's okay. 648 00:21:51,592 --> 00:21:53,212 But can you use that to be. 649 00:21:53,872 --> 00:21:55,462 Positive in someone's life. 650 00:21:55,702 --> 00:21:58,312 Can you use that to be Jesus in someone's life? 651 00:21:58,342 --> 00:22:00,502 It doesn't have to be just what you do. 652 00:22:00,742 --> 00:22:03,322 It can be the things that you also have fun with. 653 00:22:03,382 --> 00:22:03,712 And. 654 00:22:03,751 --> 00:22:05,401 I think we sometimes don't think our LA. 655 00:22:05,671 --> 00:22:07,261 Loud to have fun as Christians. 656 00:22:07,358 --> 00:22:08,459 That's a sad thing. 657 00:22:08,489 --> 00:22:09,929 When we come to that conclusion. 658 00:22:10,259 --> 00:22:10,859 Chris: It is. 659 00:22:11,459 --> 00:22:12,899 So here's the question. 660 00:22:13,079 --> 00:22:14,399 What should a Christian. 661 00:22:14,399 --> 00:22:15,659 be Passionate about. 662 00:22:16,199 --> 00:22:19,139 And I've got four items on this, but I would love to hear from you guys, what 663 00:22:19,139 --> 00:22:21,069 should a Christian be passionate about? 664 00:22:21,569 --> 00:22:22,409 Maybe you go 665 00:22:23,409 --> 00:22:24,399 throw David under the bus. 666 00:22:25,399 --> 00:22:26,089 Wayne: That's okay. 667 00:22:26,089 --> 00:22:27,079 I can take it. 668 00:22:27,129 --> 00:22:27,863 I've been run over. 669 00:22:28,223 --> 00:22:28,973 Twice this week. 670 00:22:29,040 --> 00:22:29,497 Chris: Gosh. 671 00:22:29,997 --> 00:22:30,207 Wayne: Thanks. 672 00:22:30,687 --> 00:22:30,897 Thanks. 673 00:22:32,427 --> 00:22:34,347 Back to the question that I've already forgotten. 674 00:22:35,307 --> 00:22:36,027 Chris: That's a twofer. 675 00:22:37,027 --> 00:22:37,897 Wayne: All kinds of teas. 676 00:22:38,707 --> 00:22:39,127 Oops. 677 00:22:40,127 --> 00:22:40,667 Chris: All right. 678 00:22:40,774 --> 00:22:41,344 What should a 679 00:22:41,344 --> 00:22:42,634 Christian be passionate 680 00:22:42,634 --> 00:22:43,114 about? 681 00:22:43,234 --> 00:22:43,954 Wayne: I'm with you. 682 00:22:43,954 --> 00:22:45,934 I think a Christian should be passionate. 683 00:22:46,294 --> 00:22:49,464 About his relationship with Christ, I think, or he. 684 00:22:50,184 --> 00:22:51,864 Her relationship with Christ. 685 00:22:52,134 --> 00:22:53,094 I think he should. 686 00:22:53,155 --> 00:22:55,675 Are you passionate about his family? 687 00:22:55,742 --> 00:22:58,981 And I think he should be passionate about the church and I think he 688 00:22:58,981 --> 00:23:00,361 should be passionate about where he. 689 00:23:00,412 --> 00:23:01,792 Those are the four things I got. 690 00:23:01,792 --> 00:23:02,942 Chris: Absolutely right. 691 00:23:02,942 --> 00:23:06,092 Wayne, what's something you think of that a Christian should be passionate about? 692 00:23:06,695 --> 00:23:08,345 Dave: I'm going to take three of Dave's. 693 00:23:08,645 --> 00:23:09,065 Chris: Okay. 694 00:23:09,134 --> 00:23:09,644 Wayne: Can I have. 695 00:23:10,304 --> 00:23:12,674 Dave: I think they should be passionate about Jesus. 696 00:23:12,704 --> 00:23:12,974 Amen. 697 00:23:13,604 --> 00:23:14,984 Passionate about. 698 00:23:15,884 --> 00:23:16,694 They're family. 699 00:23:16,724 --> 00:23:17,354 Chris: Amen. 700 00:23:18,434 --> 00:23:19,964 Dave: Passionate about worship. 701 00:23:20,024 --> 00:23:20,424 Chris: Yes. 702 00:23:20,924 --> 00:23:21,404 And 703 00:23:22,214 --> 00:23:23,234 Dave: passionate about. 704 00:23:23,264 --> 00:23:24,614 the word. 705 00:23:25,994 --> 00:23:26,534 Chris: Amen. 706 00:23:26,534 --> 00:23:26,894 We got it. 707 00:23:26,954 --> 00:23:27,614 That's a good one. 708 00:23:27,614 --> 00:23:28,154 Dave: Maybe two 709 00:23:28,214 --> 00:23:29,084 Wayne: That's a great one. 710 00:23:29,534 --> 00:23:31,634 Chris: So I've got four and I knew you guys were going to 711 00:23:31,634 --> 00:23:33,194 list those, but I've got four. 712 00:23:33,584 --> 00:23:35,564 And you tell me if you agree or disagree with. 713 00:23:35,864 --> 00:23:36,524 With this. 714 00:23:36,854 --> 00:23:38,384 First a Christian. 715 00:23:38,444 --> 00:23:39,494 should hate. 716 00:23:40,004 --> 00:23:40,604 Evil. 717 00:23:40,814 --> 00:23:42,494 Absolutely hate evil. 718 00:23:42,824 --> 00:23:44,864 I know we struggle with the term hate. 719 00:23:44,864 --> 00:23:45,734 And we like to say. 720 00:23:45,734 --> 00:23:49,484 We dislike, but when it comes to evil, that's not strong enough. 721 00:23:49,514 --> 00:23:49,814 God. 722 00:23:49,814 --> 00:23:51,464 Desires, we hate evil. 723 00:23:51,734 --> 00:23:54,464 The fear of the Lord is to despise evil. 724 00:23:54,974 --> 00:23:56,114 Agree or disagree. 725 00:23:57,104 --> 00:23:57,494 Wayne: I agree. 726 00:23:57,544 --> 00:23:58,397 How many points. 727 00:23:58,577 --> 00:23:59,117 Fair share. 728 00:23:59,237 --> 00:24:00,017 Does it tell us. 729 00:24:00,317 --> 00:24:01,577 To run away from that style. 730 00:24:01,607 --> 00:24:04,217 I love when Joe, when Joseph was faced. 731 00:24:04,517 --> 00:24:07,577 With a great sense of Potiphar's life. 732 00:24:08,117 --> 00:24:08,417 He didn't. 733 00:24:08,657 --> 00:24:10,517 Stay there and try to rationalize it. 734 00:24:10,547 --> 00:24:11,067 He didn't stay there. 735 00:24:11,079 --> 00:24:13,569 What I need to do here is use exact example. 736 00:24:14,499 --> 00:24:15,189 That's what he did. 737 00:24:15,339 --> 00:24:20,229 He ran, he got out of there because he knew it was evil and he got away from it. 738 00:24:20,379 --> 00:24:23,079 Sometimes we need to drop what we're doing. 739 00:24:23,109 --> 00:24:25,419 If it's not from God and run from 740 00:24:25,479 --> 00:24:26,209 Chris: Amen. 741 00:24:26,269 --> 00:24:26,869 Wayne: Sorry. 742 00:24:26,960 --> 00:24:28,100 That's a good one for me. 743 00:24:28,250 --> 00:24:28,520 Chris: is. 744 00:24:28,520 --> 00:24:30,590 And I am very passionate about this one, too. 745 00:24:30,590 --> 00:24:31,640 And I worried about that. 746 00:24:31,670 --> 00:24:33,260 that I would come across too passionate. 747 00:24:33,260 --> 00:24:33,680 on this. 748 00:24:33,680 --> 00:24:35,390 And then probably, maybe that's a good thing. 749 00:24:35,930 --> 00:24:36,530 Proverbs. 750 00:24:36,650 --> 00:24:37,790 Wayne: I gave him more badges. 751 00:24:37,970 --> 00:24:38,330 But other than that, 752 00:24:39,080 --> 00:24:39,530 Chris: Proverbs. 753 00:24:39,590 --> 00:24:43,970 eight, 13, tells us I despise pride, arrogance, the evil 754 00:24:43,970 --> 00:24:45,800 way and the perverted mouth. 755 00:24:45,830 --> 00:24:47,660 And I really think it's. 756 00:24:47,660 --> 00:24:50,540 past time for Christians to hate evil. 757 00:24:50,960 --> 00:24:52,190 Now, let me clarify that. 758 00:24:52,430 --> 00:24:54,710 I'm not saying we should hate evil people. 759 00:24:55,220 --> 00:24:57,500 We should not, we should want no part of their waves. 760 00:24:57,500 --> 00:24:58,730 It's not welcome in our homes. 761 00:24:58,760 --> 00:25:01,580 It's not welcome in our school and it's not welcome in our mind. 762 00:25:02,300 --> 00:25:02,660 Wayne: Yeah. 763 00:25:03,320 --> 00:25:07,959 It's become kind of cliche, but I think it's really something that we do need to. 764 00:25:07,959 --> 00:25:08,544 Thank God. 765 00:25:08,600 --> 00:25:11,852 You don't hate the center, you hate the sin and. 766 00:25:12,332 --> 00:25:15,902 And I know you, we hear that, but I think there's a reality there. 767 00:25:15,902 --> 00:25:18,932 If we can actually put it into practice and not just say 768 00:25:18,999 --> 00:25:19,989 that's what everybody says. 769 00:25:20,079 --> 00:25:20,889 I get that. 770 00:25:21,369 --> 00:25:24,249 But I think it's really important that we truly hate. 771 00:25:24,669 --> 00:25:29,259 The sin, whatever that sin is, we need to despise it, but love the person. 772 00:25:29,289 --> 00:25:29,619 Dave: Yeah. 773 00:25:30,459 --> 00:25:31,449 Chris: You're exactly right. 774 00:25:31,959 --> 00:25:33,219 The second one I've got is. 775 00:25:33,219 --> 00:25:35,469 we need to clean to What is good. 776 00:25:35,829 --> 00:25:38,709 And sometimes as Christians, We water this down. 777 00:25:38,739 --> 00:25:42,039 We like what is good, But I don't think that's strong enough. 778 00:25:42,039 --> 00:25:43,839 We need to stick to it like glue. 779 00:25:43,839 --> 00:25:45,339 We must be so committed to. 780 00:25:45,339 --> 00:25:46,749 good that we're inseparable. 781 00:25:47,049 --> 00:25:47,919 Paul says we are. 782 00:25:47,919 --> 00:25:50,859 But exam We are too, but examine everything carefully. 783 00:25:50,949 --> 00:25:53,079 Hold fast to that, which is good. 784 00:25:53,079 --> 00:25:55,239 That's the first that's the loan is 5 21. 785 00:25:55,779 --> 00:25:56,019 Things 786 00:25:56,019 --> 00:25:59,979 like Bible study fellowship, prayer worship services are 787 00:25:59,979 --> 00:26:01,719 good and we need to be good. 788 00:26:01,749 --> 00:26:02,941 glued to those. 789 00:26:03,441 --> 00:26:03,831 Wayne: Agreed. 790 00:26:04,251 --> 00:26:04,881 I agree. 791 00:26:05,241 --> 00:26:06,843 Chris: When We have a small Bible. 792 00:26:06,843 --> 00:26:10,233 group study that I, I think we're all glued to, we've 793 00:26:10,233 --> 00:26:12,183 had this for over a year now. 794 00:26:12,603 --> 00:26:12,813 Dave: Yep. 795 00:26:13,053 --> 00:26:13,663 Push in a year and a 796 00:26:13,773 --> 00:26:16,443 Chris: We am a year and a half, we meet every Tuesday. 797 00:26:16,443 --> 00:26:17,763 And I love these people. 798 00:26:17,763 --> 00:26:18,423 like family. 799 00:26:18,423 --> 00:26:20,193 This it's a wonderful relationship. 800 00:26:20,193 --> 00:26:21,046 We've all developed. 801 00:26:21,077 --> 00:26:21,917 Dave: That's all intentional. 802 00:26:22,457 --> 00:26:22,877 Chris: Yes. 803 00:26:23,507 --> 00:26:24,047 Dave: Passion. 804 00:26:24,857 --> 00:26:25,607 It was intentional. 805 00:26:25,667 --> 00:26:27,587 Just like love is intentional. 806 00:26:28,157 --> 00:26:28,967 Chris: You're Exactly right. 807 00:26:28,967 --> 00:26:30,107 That's a very good point. 808 00:26:31,067 --> 00:26:32,147 So the third one. 809 00:26:32,717 --> 00:26:32,957 Is. 810 00:26:33,707 --> 00:26:34,697 what you just mentioned. 811 00:26:34,697 --> 00:26:35,207 Exactly. 812 00:26:35,207 --> 00:26:36,947 Be devoted to one another. 813 00:26:37,337 --> 00:26:39,107 And a lot of times we're not Christians. 814 00:26:39,107 --> 00:26:39,737 need to learn. 815 00:26:39,737 --> 00:26:43,697 To be devoted to each other in brotherly love, and that doesn't 816 00:26:43,697 --> 00:26:46,937 mean you tolerate each other for a couple of days during the week. 817 00:26:46,937 --> 00:26:47,687 for worship. 818 00:26:47,987 --> 00:26:48,887 It means your family. 819 00:26:48,917 --> 00:26:50,987 You're passionate about helping, serving. 820 00:26:51,017 --> 00:26:52,007 teaching and. 821 00:26:52,517 --> 00:26:54,707 Here's a tough one, admonishing each other. 822 00:26:55,097 --> 00:26:57,647 When you see a brother in danger of losing his soul. 823 00:26:57,677 --> 00:27:00,357 do you gossip about it or do you go talk to him? 824 00:27:00,857 --> 00:27:01,367 Wayne: I agree. 825 00:27:01,827 --> 00:27:02,082 More. 826 00:27:02,322 --> 00:27:02,952 Chris: Go ahead, Dave. 827 00:27:03,492 --> 00:27:04,752 Wayne: Yeah, one of my favorite. 828 00:27:04,808 --> 00:27:08,530 People is a guy named Bob Russell and he moves it, say he was the minister 829 00:27:08,530 --> 00:27:11,920 for years at Southeast Christian Church, and now he just travels and speaks. 830 00:27:12,220 --> 00:27:13,180 But he's amazing. 831 00:27:13,180 --> 00:27:15,610 And he said this when you begin to radiate. 832 00:27:15,940 --> 00:27:19,414 The abundant life in Christ, you're able to make Christ more 833 00:27:19,414 --> 00:27:21,484 attractive to your children. 834 00:27:21,634 --> 00:27:23,974 And to those you made in the marketplace. 835 00:27:24,094 --> 00:27:24,694 Chris: Amen. 836 00:27:24,994 --> 00:27:25,594 Wow. 837 00:27:25,924 --> 00:27:26,554 Amen. 838 00:27:26,644 --> 00:27:27,434 Wayne: the goal, right? 839 00:27:27,434 --> 00:27:28,856 That's where we need to be in. 840 00:27:29,966 --> 00:27:30,986 Chris: So I've got one more. 841 00:27:30,986 --> 00:27:31,286 and I know. 842 00:27:31,286 --> 00:27:34,406 we're just A little long on this one, but we need to be passionate. 843 00:27:34,406 --> 00:27:37,106 And both of you guys named this on, about serving the Lord. 844 00:27:37,676 --> 00:27:39,326 Paul says not to be lagging. 845 00:27:39,326 --> 00:27:41,846 in diligence and to be Fervor and in our service. 846 00:27:42,176 --> 00:27:43,166 And if you look that up, 847 00:27:43,166 --> 00:27:45,674 the word fervent means to be Boiling over. 848 00:27:46,004 --> 00:27:46,694 and to people. 849 00:27:46,724 --> 00:27:47,024 Isn't. 850 00:27:47,024 --> 00:27:49,874 Can you say you're boiling over in your service to God? 851 00:27:50,354 --> 00:27:52,754 First Corinthians 15:58. 852 00:27:52,934 --> 00:27:55,394 Paul wrote, Therefore my beloved brethren. 853 00:27:55,514 --> 00:27:56,684 be Steadfast. 854 00:27:56,864 --> 00:28:00,104 immovable, always abounding in the work for the Lord. 855 00:28:00,344 --> 00:28:02,594 Knowing that your toil is not in vain in. 856 00:28:02,594 --> 00:28:03,134 the Lord. 857 00:28:04,334 --> 00:28:06,254 Can you peep, can everyone out there. 858 00:28:06,674 --> 00:28:09,494 say that you're always abounding in the work of the Lord? 859 00:28:09,854 --> 00:28:13,274 Or when was the last time you honestly wore yourself out in service? 860 00:28:13,274 --> 00:28:14,054 to the king? 861 00:28:14,474 --> 00:28:15,764 And If you're not busy it's time. 862 00:28:15,764 --> 00:28:16,454 to get busy. 863 00:28:16,454 --> 00:28:19,844 You're never more useful than when you're selflessly serving the Lord. 864 00:28:19,844 --> 00:28:21,104 with everything you have. 865 00:28:22,064 --> 00:28:22,604 Wayne: Amen. 866 00:28:23,054 --> 00:28:23,714 I man. 867 00:28:24,494 --> 00:28:25,814 You need to make that push that button. 868 00:28:25,844 --> 00:28:26,264 So right here. 869 00:28:26,414 --> 00:28:26,804 Amen. 870 00:28:28,274 --> 00:28:28,874 Chris: How's that. 871 00:28:29,354 --> 00:28:29,924 And we'll go up. 872 00:28:29,984 --> 00:28:32,264 Oh, look what started here at Cubs. 873 00:28:32,654 --> 00:28:33,104 Oh, no. 874 00:28:33,674 --> 00:28:34,884 Wayne: Oh, come on, man. 875 00:28:35,384 --> 00:28:35,684 Chris: Wayne. 876 00:28:35,684 --> 00:28:36,824 What are your thoughts on that? 877 00:28:38,204 --> 00:28:38,684 Dave: I agree. 878 00:28:39,134 --> 00:28:39,704 Chris: Very good. 879 00:28:39,974 --> 00:28:40,904 Dave: Deep thoughts. 880 00:28:41,904 --> 00:28:43,644 Chris: Alright, Dave, I think we've wrapped this one up. 881 00:28:43,674 --> 00:28:44,604 You want to take us out? 882 00:28:45,234 --> 00:28:48,864 Wayne: Yeah, let me close it with this again, another one of my authors 883 00:28:48,864 --> 00:28:50,604 that I like to read his stuff. 884 00:28:50,634 --> 00:28:55,164 Ragamuffin gospel is one of many books and not everybody it's not 885 00:28:55,194 --> 00:28:56,694 for everybody, but it was for me. 886 00:28:57,354 --> 00:29:03,444 We're in a Manning, says this, my deepest awareness of myself is that I am deeply 887 00:29:03,444 --> 00:29:06,414 loved by Jesus Christ and I have done. 888 00:29:06,774 --> 00:29:09,684 Nothing to earn it or deserve it. 889 00:29:10,414 --> 00:29:13,667 Stand in awe of Jesus. 890 00:29:14,027 --> 00:29:18,497 Then you can be the leadership he's calling you to be, you can be the later. 891 00:29:18,587 --> 00:29:19,997 He's calling you to be. 892 00:29:20,357 --> 00:29:22,127 And so I challenge you. 893 00:29:22,136 --> 00:29:24,831 Chris and I double dog dare you, Wayne and us. 894 00:29:25,011 --> 00:29:25,911 Better do it. 895 00:29:26,601 --> 00:29:27,651 Watch what happens? 896 00:29:27,651 --> 00:29:29,181 I hope you guys have a great week. 897 00:29:29,211 --> 00:29:31,611 Thanks for putting up with us today. 898 00:29:31,691 --> 00:29:32,471 Have a great day.

Awesome Christian Leaders have a lot in common. In this episode we review traits shared by Awesome Christian Leaders.

1. Everyone must be treated with dignity and respect!

a. At the most basic level, we dignify people by recognizing their value as human beings who are made in the image of God

b. “Honor all people, love the brotherhood, fear God, and honor the king” (1 Pet. 2:17)

2. High moral standards

a. 1 Cor. 15:33 Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.”

3. Every day, positive attitudes, behaviors, and interactions!

a. Hope

i. Proverbs 17:22 A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

b. Faith

i. Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

4. Take a stand for what is right, not what is convenient.

a. I recently spoke with someone who revealed their greatest struggle with faith, and it may be the same as yours. There is no shame in it, but this person is afraid to address their position on hot-button issues for fear of receiving backlash. The bad thing was that I did not even have to inquire why. I understand how difficult it is. I understand how painful it is to be persecuted. I understand how unjust it is to be overlooked. I am aware of the overwhelming response. I am aware that the adversary appears to be stronger. I am aware of the high costs. We have a duty in Christ to be strong (Ephesians 6:10), to fight (2 Timothy 4:7), to be separate (2 Corinthians 6:17), to be courageous (Joshua 1:9), to suffer (1 Peter 3:17), to be persecuted (2 Timothy 3:12), to be hated (John 15:18). We all have a duty to stand for righteousness and spread the Gospel (Mark 16:15). I know the adversaries are loud and seem great in number. I know they will not come to reason or fight a fair fight. I know that they are boastful and proud in/of their sin. Nevertheless, Christ is with us (Deuteronomy 20:1), and He is greater (Deuteronomy 10:17).

5. Take a stand for yourself

a. God gives strength to his people. He enables them to be courageous through his gift of faith. God proves himself faithful to his promises and enables his people to trust him in everyday life.

6. Be truthful and upright – be faithful to your word.

a. Chuck Swindoll says – This rare breed of man is almost extinct. Whether an executive or an apprentice, a student or a teacher, a blue or white-collar worker, a Christian or a pagan—rare indeed are those who keep their word.

b. When a man . . . takes an oath to obligate himself by a pledge, he must not break his word but must do everything he said. (Numbers 30:2 NIV)

c. Judge yourself on keeping your word.

i. When you reply, “Yes, I will pray for you,”—do you?

ii. When you tell someone they can depend on you to help them out—can they?

iii. When you say you will be there at such-and-such a time—are you?

iv. When you obligate yourself to pay a debt on time—do you?

7. Help those around you (work) – relationships and service to others are central to life.

a. Wayne helped local store

b. Hebrews 13:16 And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.

8. Do everything with passion

a. Passion is contagious

i. Sports team

b. Colossians 3:23 Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.

c. What are you passionate about? What should a Christian be passionate about?

i. (Abhor) Hate What is Evil. Christians struggle with the term “hate.” Rather than that, we use terms such as “dislike.” However, that is not strong enough! God desires that we HATE evil! “The fear of the Lord is to despise evil,” Proverbs 8:13 states. “I despise pride, arrogance, the evil way, and the perverted mouth.” It is past time for Christians to hate evil. Of course, I am not advocating that we should hate evil people! Instead, we should want no part of their evil ways. It is not welcome in our homes, schools, or minds!

ii. Cling to What is Good. Again, Christian people have a way of watering this down too. We usually “like” what is good. However, in reality, that is not strong enough! We must be stuck to it like glue. We must be so committed to good that we are inseparable! Paul says we are to “But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good” (1 Thess. 5:21). Things like Bible study, fellowship, prayer, worship, and service are “good” things, and we need to be glued to them!

iii. Be Devoted to One Another. It is time that Christians learn to be devoted to one another in brotherly love. That does not mean you tolerate each other for a couple of weeks during worship! That means you are family! You are passionate about helping, serving, teaching, and even admonishing one another. When you see a brother in danger of losing his soul, you do not gossip about it; you go and talk to him! Church, be devoted to your family! I am very blessed in that we have small group bible study that meets every Tuesday. I care so deeply about these people that they are my family. We rejoice in one another’s accomplishments, and we pray for each other and lift each other up to God when times are bad.

iv. Serving the Lord. Paul said not to be lagging in diligence and to be fervent in our service. The word fervent means to be boiling over! Can you say you are boiling over in your service to God? In 1 Corinthians 15:58, Paul wrote, “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.” Can you say you are “always abounding in the work of the Lord?” When was the last time you honestly wore yourself out in service to the king? If you are not busy, then it is time to get busy! You are never more useful than when you are selflessly serving the Lord with everything you have!

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