a word from The Sponsor ~ August 23

It is the final Sunday with one graduate class in Educational Leadership. Here is the Bible Verse I am sharing with them.

Lamentations 3:2223 
22 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;[a]
    his mercies never come to an end;
23 they are new every morning;
    great is your faithfulness. 

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a word from The Sponsor – August 16

This week’s verse, Job 11:17 arrives from a talented photographer friend…

 


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a word from The Sponsor ~ August 9

A familiar verse in 3-part version harmony

22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. ~Galatians 5: 22-23 (niv)

22But the Spirit produces love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 humility, and self-control. There is no law against such things as these. ~Galatians 5: 22-23 (Good News Translation)

22 The Holy Spirit produces a different kind of fruit: unconditional love, joy, peace, patience, kindheartedness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. You won’t find any law opposed to fruit like this. ~Galatians 5: 22-23

 

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Mid-week surge of grace ~ August 5

“I want to encourage you to lean into God’s peace, wherever you find it. God is consistent and generous and abundant in guiding us and in affirming His will with us.”  ~Enuma Okoro, (2010). Reluctant Pilgrim: A Moody, Somewhat Self-Indulgent Introvert’s Search for Spiritual Community, page 67.

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a word from The Sponsor ~ August 2

Psalm 145  is a testimony of praise that also lends itself as a tutorial on Leadership. 

Here is a portion of the original Psalm 145 by the King and Leader David

A Song of Praise Of David.

I will extol you, my God and King, and bless Your Name forever and ever.
Every day I will bless You and praise your Name forever and ever.
Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, and His greatness is unsearchable.
One generation shall commend Your works to another, and shall declare Your mighty acts.
On the glorious splendor of Your majesty, and on Your wondrous works, I will meditate.
They shall speak of the might of Your awesome deeds, and I will declare Your greatness.
They shall pour forth the fame of Your abundant goodness and shall sing aloud of Your righteousness.
The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
The Lord is good to all, and His mercy is over all that He has made.
All your works shall give thanks to You, O Lord, and all Your saints shall bless you!
They shall speak of the glory of Your kingdom and tell of Your power,
to make known Your mighty deeds, and the glorious splendor of Your kingdom.
Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and Your dominion endures throughout all generations.
[The Lord is faithful in all His words and kind in all His works.]
The Lord upholds all who are falling and raises up all who are bowed down.
The eyes of all look to You, and You give them their food in due season.
You open your hand; you satisfy the desire of every living thing.
The Lord is righteous in all His ways  and kind in all His works.
The Lord is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on Him in truth.
He fulfills the desire of those who fear Him; He also hears their cry and saves them.

~~~This Psalm, in its original Hebrew, is an acrostic poem, each verse beginning with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet. Our precher today encourage us to personalize this Psalm with our name.

Since I am teaching an Educatonal Leadership class, it was interesting to see if there are Leadership connections in Psalm 145, since it was written by a great political leader.

Portions of Psalm 145, such as verses 8,9, 15-22 offer a tutorial on Leadership too. Simply interject and substitute the word “Servant Leader”  to see the action steps of Servant Leadership (also apt for Marriage and Parenting):

Try it and see. 

Psalm 145: 8,9, 13-18 A Song of Leadership. Adapted from King David.

8 The Servant Leader is gracious and merciful,

    slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.

9 The Servant Leader is good to all,

    and his mercy is over all that {they} lead.

13 [The Servant Leader is faithful in all {their} words

    and kind in all {their} works.

14 The Servant Leader upholds all who are falling

    and raises up all who are bowed down.

15 The eyes of all look to the Servant Leader,

    and {they} give them their food in due season.

16 Servant Leader opens {their} hands;

    you satisfy the desire of every living thing.

17 The Servant Leader is righteous in all {their} ways

    and kind in all {their} works.

18 Servant Leader is near to all who call…

What If you read and prayed about these words daily for a month? What change would you see? 

Something to think and pray about this week! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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