Are you a control freak? It's easy to do, whether you are a leader of a large organization or the mother of small children. It’s amazing to me how many leaders I know tell me they struggle with control. I come by the subject honestly because I, too, am a recovering control freak. Most people have a love-hate relationship with control. Control freaks love it when they’re in...
Author: Carey Nieuwhof
"There are times when I am so unlike myself that I might be taken for someone else of an entirely opposite character." Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Confessions, 1782 Last night Mary and I hosted our neighborhood’s monthly dinner party. From 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. our home was filled to capacity with people. I struggle at these events because I am the archetypal introvert. My idea of...
Author: Don McMinn
Criticism sticks. Compliments slide right off our backs like water off a puffin. (Ducks have had their day.) It’s a sticky substance, like great wads of gum that will bond you to the street if you’re not careful, preventing you from moving forward. It would be easy to say, “Screw the haters!” or “Ignore all criticism!” That’s the type of rhetoric that helps you build an...
Author: Jon Acuff
King David was called "the man after God's own heart" even though he committed adultery with Bathsheba and murdered her husband Uriah. In Psalm 51, we learn the true repentance David expressed and how we can experience the grace and forgiveness of God no matter what we've done. Preached at Casas Church. Used by permission.
Speaker: Seth Kreimeyer-Kelly
Scripture: Psalm 51:1-10, 2 Samuel 11:1-17, 2 Samuel 12:9-15
When we ask the question about what draws others to us, we might first want to determine why we're asking the question. This magnetism is not about popularity, attractiveness or some sort of self-aggrandizing behavior. It's nothing to do with eliciting attention or being something like a mesmerizing bug light on dark summer night that attracts hoards of mesmerized insects....
Author: Craig Lounsbrough
We are sexual beings. This sermon from Esther clarifies what the Bible teaches about sexuality, and examination of Bible wisdom on how we, as Christ-followers should relate to a culture that has a very different perspective. It is when we meet Christ in our deepest struggles that we grow the most, and those who struggle most deeply have the greatest chance of building a...
Speaker: Jeff Jones
Scripture: Matthew 19:4-6, John 1:14-18, 1 Corinthians 5:12-13
Have you ever known someone who tends to say everything he thinks? There is no filter between thoughts and speech. It is a flawed type of communication that reasons, “If I think it, I should say it.” Verbal diarrhea. Before you turn your thoughts into sound waves, send them through filters that will snag the detritus and let the worthy thoughts pass through. Filters like...
Author: Don McMinn
Peter teaches that we are a "People Belonging to God." The Greek word is best translated "possession." We are God's treasured possession. If you can view yourself as God's treasure, you will experience grace and rest in a whole new way. Preached at Casas Church. Used by permission.
Speaker: Glenn Barteau
Scripture: 1 Peter 2:9-9, Deuteronomy 7:6-6, 1 John 3:16-22
There is a species of fish – the Japanese carp, known as the Koi – that will grow in size only in proportion to the size of the body of water it is in. When placed in a small aquarium the fish will only grow to be two or three inches long. If placed in a larger body of water, it will grow to six to ten inches. When placed in a large lake, it can reach its full size of two or...
Author: Don McMinn
Nationally-known business and church consultant Tom Lutz teaches that great leaders innovate, develop, inspire trust, think long-range and make wise choices. Great managers administer, maintain, control resources and develop systems for accomplishing the tasks at hand. We must know the difference and operate in our strengths.