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Don’t Veil Your Fading Glory

“We are not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face to prevent the Israelites from seeing the end of what was passing away.” – 2 Corinthians 3:13 There is great value in living a glorious life for God and understanding what it means to have the glory of God within you. In life, there will be glories that you’ll have that are worldly glories, and that’s ok. However, no matter who you are, these glories will fade over time. A few months ago, I went around our church campus and showed pictures of celebrities to our younger staff members. These were all very famous people and easily recognizable to my peers. It amazed me how many of the celebrities were unrecognizable to the younger generation — they had no clue who they were! This exercise poignantly illustrates that no matter who you are, we will all experience

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Giving in Secret and Sinning in Public

“So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” – Matthew 6:2-4 Today let’s talk about the gift and power of secrecy. Now, before you get all worked up about how “cultish” that sounds, be assured that it’s an old idea with origins in Jewish culture. It’s something Jesus talked about in Matthew 6, when he told his followers to give without telling anybody else. I want to make it clear right away that this is not a

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Walking in Truth’s Freedom

“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” – 2 Corinthians 3:17 Have you ever been caught in the act of telling a lie? I believe that most of us have been caught in the trap of dishonesty at some point in our lives, if not as adults, then certainly as children. Perhaps we lied about something minor (what has been dubbed “the little white lie”), or perhaps it was something more serious and had a bad influence on someone we care about. Whatever the case may be, I don’t believe there’s anything worse than being caught in the web of deception. I just heard a story about a social media video that went viral. On a plane, a 28-year-old man got into an argument with other passengers and the flight crew. He began boasting that he owned six residences, made

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Honesty is Everything

“The lips of the righteous know what finds favor, but the mouth of the wicked only what is perverse.” – Proverbs 10:32 Integrity is the most vital characteristic of a genuine leader. In fact, I don’t believe there is a trait more prized or cherished in today’s environment than being genuinely authentic. Being honest, both with ourselves and with others cultivate heart and mind serenity. Truthfulness is a long-term benefit that much overcomes the discomfort of having to speak truthfully in difficult or embarrassing situations. Have you ever worked for a boss who was not straightforward? I’m afraid I have, and it was one of the most stressful experiences of my life. Nobody wants to follow someone who is evasive and untrustworthy. When you’re not sure if the person who’s leading you is being honest about how you’re doing or where you’re headed, it might be frustrating. When you work

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Inspirational Leadership

“The people of Judah came together to seek help from the Lord; indeed, they came from every town in Judah to seek him.” – 2 Chronicles 20:4 When Jehoshaphat heard that three enemy nations were coming against Judah, he didn’t strive and struggle to come up with a plan — He simply looked to the Lord. In fact, he asked the people to pray with him, and their response to his summons was overwhelming. After they heard the voice of their leader, citizens began pouring into Jerusalem from every town in the region, and when they gathered at the temple in fasting and worship, their solidarity was met with divine intervention. Though we’ll talk more about how God showed up in their midst tomorrow, first, I think it’s important to examine the manner in which the crowd responded to their king’s request. Though he had recently lost an important battle,

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