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How to be a Biblical Hero

September 3, 2014

Do you feel like you could never be a hero like those we read about in the Bible? 

You hear sermon after sermon on their successes and faith, but it seems an impossible level to attain. Italmost as if they were not real people, walking around with halos on the head.

Take Abraham for example. He has faith to go to an unknown land, a belief in the promise of a future son, and at the end of his life a trust in God which was willing to have the long ago promised son taken away.

These are all positive and good pictures of Abraham, but as with all Biblical heroes, he has a dark side.

Right after making the bold step to enter a land which was unknown, purely on obedience, we see Abraham walking in zero trust when out of fear he lies about Sarah being his wife.

True Leadership

December 11, 2013

In light of the recent loss of Nelson Mandela, I thought a fitting tribute would be to explore leadership a bit.

Mandela epitomized many of these Biblical characteristics as he changed South Africa and the world.

This post is dedicated to the hope that the world can see more leaders like Mandela raised up in Africa and beyond.

RIP Nelson Mandela, an example of true leadership.

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Nelson Mandela, "As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn't leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I'd still be in prison

By: BK

Throughout the Bible, we see examples of leadership.

Joshua is a great example of having a clear vision and boldness as he takes possession of the land.
Nehemiah demonstrates how leadership cuts down spiritual and secular walls by rebuilding both the walls(infrastructure) and the people’s lives.
Jeremiah shows us the less publicized side of leadership, letting us into the weeping prophet’s battles with loneliness and opposition

Sunday is a day of prayer and remembrance in South Africa.

We are remembering the incredible life of Nelson Mandela and praying that his values and ideals will be carried through by current South Africans.

The television channels have preempted all programs since his death and have been showing tributes around the clock.

In the next week we will see a service in every major city, including many of the World Cup Stadiums, followed by his final burial in his hometown village.

The memories of Mandela are plenty:

Dawning one of the most prolific symbols of the old regime, the Springbock rugby jersey, in the Rugby World Cup which South Africa won. This was portrayed in the movie Invictus.

Including members of the apartheid government in his cabinet.

Inviting his jailer to be an honored guest at the inauguration.

Known

October 6, 2013

All of us desire to be known.

God has created us with a desire to receive approval. It begins with our parents, and transfers over time to our spouse, our boss, our community, and those we impact.

We spent an immense amount of time and energy increasing our ability to be known. Even success does not fully satisfy us. We want more!   Self absorption and self promotion quickly set in.

A desire for success is not a bad thing, but how do we keep things in perspective?

I recently attended the Catalyst Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.  The theme was Known: Identity, Calling, and Legacy.

Andy Stanley opened up with a message entitled: “Known Survivor: Surviving your Appetite to be Known.” Much of this post is taken from this incredible message.

The airwaves of social media are laden with the demise of America. Christians are seen mourning over election results and some are stocking up on guns.

The question of surviving in an increasingly anti-God society seems to come up often.

I recently finished teaching the book of Daniel, which also asks this question. Daniel was taken captive from Jerusalem to Babylon. He was indoctrinated with the culture and customs of Babylon in an attempt to strip him of his Jewish identity. Daniel was forced to serve in a horrible, pagan government.

How did he do it? This is worth a look into the life of an incredible man.

Daniel did the following:

  • Remained true to his faith, even in the details. Seemingly small things like food laws became spiritual life for Daniel in the absence of public worship. (Dan. 1:8, Lev. 11)