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Carl Walther Said What?

October 4, 2012

“”The true distinguishing mark of false teachers is that they direct the attention of their listeners to themselves and their lives instead of to Christ. Pious Christian teachers direct the people away from themselves to Christ as St. John here does and testifies.”

Praise God, that is what we and others are doing. For all of our sermons have this goal: that you and we may know and believe that Christ alone is the one Savior and Comfort of the world. The Shepherd and Bishop of our souls [1 Peter 2:25], just as the Gospel everywhere directs people to Christ and as John does in his testimony.

This is why we never attempt to attract people to ourselves but instead lead them to Christ, who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life [John 14:6]. On the other hand, all those who do not preach and testify about Christ but about themselves, they are false teachers.” Carl Ferdinand Wilhelm Walther [Quoting Martin Luther], “Duties of an Evangelical Lutheran Synod,” First Iowa District Convention, St Pauls Church, Fort Dodge, Iowa, August, 1879.

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Samuel Schuldheisz Said What?

November 29, 2011

“Obviously, there are more than ten ways that the Gospel is abused, misused and confused.  Sadly, as long as the Church is militant, that is, in this life until Christ’s return, she will still remain under assault from the devil, the world and our sinful nature.  Therefore, we can expect nothing less than errors, heresies and conflict both from without and from within the visible Christian church, which are both lamentable and grievous.

Even so, and in spite of these villains, our Lord Jesus Christ has promised that His Word will remain (Isaiah 55:10-11), that He will never leave nor forsake His Bride, the Church (Matthew 28:20, Psalm 94:14, Ephesians 5) and that the gates of hell shall not prevail against her (Matthew 16:18).  Accordingly, our Lord warns us to beware of false teachers (Matthew 7:15; Matthew 24:11) who, by deceitful and errors of the Word of the Lord will try and deceive good Christian people in every place.   Therefore, as God’s holy people (1 Peter 2) we are encouraged by the prophets and apostles to likewise speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15), declare the Good News (Luke 24:47), and teach the pattern of sound words (2 Timothy 2:13) so that we might speak of our common salvation and contend for the faith once and for all delivered to the saints (Jude 3).

With that in mind, we examine the top ten ways that the Gospel is abused, misused and confused.  The Gospel is abused, misused and confused:

10. …when it is presented as one of several possible ways to heaven.

9. …when, after delivering a sermon or Bible study on the forgiveness of sins purchased and won for us by Christ Crucified, the forgiven sinners are returned to the threats of the Law (also known as the Law-Gospel-Law Sandwich).

8. …when it is proclaimed that Christ only died for the elect and when God’s sovereignty is declared over and above His mercy.

7. …when people are told that their sins are forgiven in the Name of Jesus, if and when they make a decision to invite Him into their hearts (watch out for backsliders).

6. …when satisfaction, merit, worthiness, or any involvement of the human will are included or allowed as pre-conditions for receiving the free gift of salvation in Christ.

5. …when social statements, public declarations of churches, denominational rulings or other such statements of man contradict the clear teachings of Scripture and the Christian faith.

4. …when it is declared as positive thinking, purpose-driven living, prosperity and success, a personal self-esteem builder, and people who are in need of forgiveness are rather directed to their own struggle, wrestling, prayer and positive attitude for assurance of salvation.

3. …when hearers are directed inward to their thoughts and feelings to find hope, comfort, consolation and the promise of salvation.

2. …when it does not predominate in the study and preaching of God’s Word.

And the number one way that the Gospel is abused, misused and confused is…

1. …when the Gospel is left undefined, assumed and unspoken.
Perhaps you have heard similar statements to the ones just listed.  A list like this encourages us to think critically and Biblically about what we hear, read, watch and take to heart.

But it’s not all bad news.   Even though we cry out with disciples, “Lord, who then can be saved?”, our Lord says in return: “With man it is impossible, but with God, all things are possible (Mark 10:26-27).”   By His water and word, body and blood, He turns sinners into saints, the dead into living and those condemned by the Law into those who are declared righteous in His sight through the free gift of salvation won for us in Christ on the Cross.   In His Gospel – Christ Crucified for our sins – we live and move and have our being, now and forevermore.” – Samuel Schuldheisz, Top Ten Ways that the Gospel is Abused, Misused and Confused, http://www.redeemer-lutheran.net/Mobile/default.aspx?article_id=1000058274, 2011. (Accessed 29/11/2011)

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Paul Washer Said What? (II)

November 13, 2011

“So you draw the net and get people to come forward. Now look at how they do this.

Music. It must play a role because they always make sure they got the right music. That must play a role. Some even dim the lights. Lighting’s important…

Tell me that doesn’t happen. It does. Everywhere.

That’s a cult. That’s manipulation. And I am going to call it exactly what it is. It’s wrong. It’s sin. It’s deceptive. And it has nothing to do with the ministry of Jesus Christ at all or the Apostles. ” – Paul Washer, The Danger of Altar Calls Paul Washer Legacy Conference 2010:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3LTwfIuU9gw, (00:00-01:13), (Uploaded September 14, 2010), Accessed 10/2/11)

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Kenneth Hagin Said What?

November 6, 2011

“Kenyon’s influence on my ministry has been minute. Only his teachings on the name of Jesus have much to do with my theology. I absolutely deny any metaphysical influences from Kenyon. I teach not Christian Science, but Christian sense.” – Kenneth Hagin. (Quoted by Hank Hanegraaff, Counterfeit Revival, 1997 citing Vinson Synan, “The Faith Of Kenneth Hagin”, Charisma & Christian Faith, 15:11, June,
1990, pg 68.)

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“Why did He need to be begotten or born? Because He became like we were – separated from God. Because He tasted spiritual death for every man. And His spirit and inner men went to hell in my place. Can’t you see that? Physical death wouldn’t remove your sins. He’s tasted death for every man. He’s talking about tasting spiritual death. Jesus is the first person that was ever born again. Why did His spirit need to be born again? Because it was estranged from God.” – Kenneth Hagin, How Jesus obtained His Name, Kenneth Hagin Ministries, Audio Tape #44-H01.

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“You are as much the incarnation of God as Jesus Christ was… the believer is as much an incarnation as was Jesus of Nazareth.” – Kenneth Hagin, Word Of Faith, December, 1980, pg 14.

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“Every man who has been born again is an incarnation and Christianity is a miracle. The believer is as much an incarnation as was Jesus of Nazareth.” Kenneth Hagin, The Incarnation, The Word of Faith 13, December, 1980.

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“[Man] was created on terms of equality with God, and he could stand in God’s presence without any consciousness of inferiority… God made us as much like Himself as possible… He made us the same class of being that He is Himself… Man lived in the realm of God. He lived on terms equal with God… [The] believer is called Christ… That’s who we are; we’re Christ.” – Kenneth Hagin, Zoe: The God-Kind of Life, 1989. pg 35-36, 41.

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“Man is a spirit who possesses a soul and lives in a body… He is in the same class with God. …We know that God is a Spirit. And yet [He] took upon Himself a man’s body… when God took upon Himself human form, He was no less God than when He didn’t have a body. Man, at physical death, leaves his as he was when he had his body.” – Kenneth Hagin, Man of Three Dimensions, Tulsa: Faith Library, 1973.

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“It seems strange that the Church has majored in “manner of life” or “behavior”, rather than eternal life, which determines in a very large way the manner of life. Receiving eternal life is the most miraculous incident in life. Often we call it conversion or the new birth. Some call it “getting religion,” but that’s not what it is really. It is, in reality, God imparting His very Nature, substance, and being to our human spirits.” – Kenneth Hagin, The God Kind of Life, Tulsa: Faith Library, 1981, pg 1-2, 9.

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“God’s method of physical healing is spiritual. It is not mental as Christian Science, Unity and other metaphysical teachers claim. Neither is it physical as the medical world teaches. When man heals, he must do it either through the mind or through the physical body. When God heals He heals through the human spirit,
Life’s greatest forces are spiritual forces. . . . Love and hate, faith and fear, joy and peace, are all of the spirit.” – Kenneth Hagin, Spirit, Soul, & Body; Part Three: God Heals through the Spirit of Man,” Word of Faith, December, 1977, pg 5.

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“Here is a picture of Christ in awful combat with the hosts of darkness. It gives us a glimpse of the tremendous victory He won before He rose from the dead. The margin of King James reads, “He put off from Himself the
principalities and the powers.” It is quite obvious and evident that whole demon hosts, when they had Jesus within their power intended to swamp Him, to overwhelm Him, and to hold Him in fearful bondage. But the cry came forth from the throne of God that Jesus had met the demands of Justice, that that man’s
redemption was a fact. And when that cry reached the dark regions, Jesus arose and threw back the host of demons and met Satan in awful combat. God has made this investment for He has made this deposit on which the church has a right to draw for. Oh that our eyes would open, that our souls would dare to rise in the
realm of the omnipotent where that name would mean to us all that God the Father intended it to mean! In one sense, this is practically unexplored table land in Christian experience.” – Kenneth Hagin, The Name Of Jesus: The More Excellent Name, The Word of Faith, April, 1976, pg 4-6.

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“What does identification mean? It means our complete union with Him in His Substitutionary Sacrifice. This gives us the key which unlocks the great teachings of identification. Christ became one with us in sin that we might become one with Him in righteousness. He became as we were to the end that we might become as He is now. He died to make us live. He became weak to make us strong. He suffered shame to give us glory. He went to hell to take us to heaven. He was condemned to justify us. He was made sick that healing might be ours.” – Kenneth Hagin, The Resurrection! What it Gives Us…, The Word Of Faith, April, 1977, pg 5.

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“Every man who has been born again is an incarnation and Christianity is a miracle. The believer is as much an incarnation as was Jesus of Nazareth.” Kenneth Hagin, The Incarnation, The Word of Faith 13, December, 1980.

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“Of course, Jesus stands in a class by Himself, personally, and as Deity. But when it comes to ministry, Jesus does not stand in a class by Himself…Even though Jesus was the Son of God, and divine blood flowed through His veins, yet He was ministering on earth as a human being—a prophet anointed with the Holy Spirit.” – Kenneth Hagin, Hear and Be Healed. Tulsa; Faith Library Publications, 1987, pg 8.

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“Jesus id not minister with His divine attributes while He was on earth. He ministered as a man anointed by the Holy Spirit. ….The Bible says that Jesus voluntarily laid aside His power and glory as the Son of God (Phil 2:6-8) and ministered as a man filled and anointed with the Holy Spirit—the same way we are to minister.” – Kenneth Hagin, Jr. God’s Irresistible Word, Tulsa; Faith Library Publications, 1989, pg 36.

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“We [the church] are Christ.” – Kenneth Hagin, As Christ is – So Are We, Tulsa: Rhema, Cassette Tape #44H06.

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“Every man who has been “born-again” is an Incarnation, and Christianity is a miracle. The believer is as much an Incarnation as was Jesus of Nazareth.”  – Kenneth Hagin, As Christ Is – So Are We, Tulsa: Rhema, Cassette Tape #44H06.

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“The Lord said to me, “If you give a message for an individual, a church, or a pastor, and they don’t accept it, you will not be responsible.  They will be responsible.  There will be ministers who don’t accept it and will fall dead in the pulpit. I say this with reluctance, but this actually happened in one place where I preached.  Two weeks from the day that I closed that meeting, the pastor fell dead in the pulpit… Why?  Because he didn’t accept the message that God gave me to give him from the Holy Spirit.” – Kenneth Hagin, I Believe in Visions, 115.

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“There are two things to notice about the God kind of faith.  First, a man believes with his heart.  Second, he believes with his words.  It isn’t enough just to believe in your heart.  In order to get God to work for you, you must believe with your words also.  Jesus said, “Whosoever shall say … and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith” (Mark 11:23).  This is the unalterable law of faith.” – Kenneth Hagin, Kenneth Hagin Faith Lesson No. 21 – The God Kind of Faith, http://hopefaithprayer.com/faith/kenneth-hagin-faith-lesson-no-21-the-god-kind-of-faith/, (Accessed 07/11/11).

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“The God kind of faith is the kind of faith in which a man believes with his heart and says with his mouth that which he believes in his heart, and it comes to pass.

Jesus showed that He had that kind of faith, for He believed that what He said would come to pass.  He said to the tree, “No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever.”

This is the kind of faith that spoke the world into existence… How did He do it?  God believed that what He said would come to pass.  He spoke the word and there was an earth. He spoke into existence the vegetable kingdom.  He spoke into existence the animal kingdom.  He spoke into existence the heavens as well as the earth, the moon, the sun, the stars and the universe.  He said it and it was so.  That is the God kind of faith.  He believed what He said would come to pass and it did.” – Kenneth Hagin, Kenneth Hagin Faith Lesson No. 21 – The God Kind of Faith, http://hopefaithprayer.com/faith/kenneth-hagin-faith-lesson-no-21-the-god-kind-of-faith/, (Accessed 07/11/11).

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“A measure of faith is dealt to the sinner through hearing the Word.  Then he uses it to create the reality of salvation in his own life.” – Kenneth Hagin, Kenneth Hagin Faith Lesson No. 21 – The God Kind of Faith, http://hopefaithprayer.com/faith/kenneth-hagin-faith-lesson-no-21-the-god-kind-of-faith/, (Accessed 07/11/11).

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“Defeat and failure do not belong to the child of God.  God never made a failure.  God made us new creatures.  We are not born of the will of the flesh or the will of man, but of the will of God.  We are created in Christ Jesus.  Failures are man-made.  They are made by wrong believing and wrong thinking.  I John 4:4 says, “… Greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.”  Learn to trust the Greater One that is in you.  He is mightier than anything in the world.” – Kenneth Hagin, Kenneth Hagin Faith Lesson No. 21 – The God Kind of Faith, http://hopefaithprayer.com/faith/kenneth-hagin-faith-lesson-no-21-the-god-kind-of-faith/, (Accessed 07/11/11).

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“God created the universe with words.  Words filled with faith are the most powerful things in all the world.

The key to the God kind of faith is believing with the heart and confessing with the mouth.  Our lips can make us millionaires or keep us paupers.  Our lips can make us victors or keep us captives.  We can fill our words with faith or we can fill our words with doubt.  We can fill our words with love that will melt the coldest heart, or we can fill our words with hate and poison.  We can fill our words with love that will help the discouraged and broken-hearted, with faith that will stir heaven.  We can make our words breathe the very atmosphere of heaven.

Our faith will never rise above the words of our lips.  Jesus told the woman with the issue of blood that her faith had made her whole.  Thoughts may come and they may persist in staying.  But if we refuse to put those thoughts into words, they die unborn.  Cultivate the habit of thinking big things.  Learn to use words that will react upon your own spirit.  Faith’s confessions create realities.  Realization follows the confession.  Confession precedes possession.” – Kenneth Hagin, Kenneth Hagin Faith Lesson No. 21 – The God Kind of Faith, http://hopefaithprayer.com/faith/kenneth-hagin-faith-lesson-no-21-the-god-kind-of-faith/, (Accessed 07/11/11).

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Phil Pringle Said What? (VII)

August 6, 2011

Note: All quotes are from Phil Pringle’s book, ‘The Leadership Files Volume 2’ (2002). This book is still promoted by him and are promoted in his colleges. His college library has shelves dedicated to his material. He still promotes ALL his books to this day.

I’d encourage you to compare them to his other quotes.

These quotes are for the purpose of critique and review.

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Introduction

These ‘files’ began as small notes and letters I sent to leaders I am responsible for. They were just e-mails. Some forwarded them on to their friends. Soon a network of thousands were receiving these notes. I was then urged to make them into a book. So, here it is.

Many people are also looking for something like a daily devotional they can use to give them an emotional and mental road map at the start of each day. Hopefully these ‘Leadership Files’ will help with that too.

If you read one a day (do it with a friend), and do them, your life will begin to transform – upwards!” Phil Pringle, The Leadership Files Vol 2, File 9. Introduction, 2002.

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MOTIVATIONS
“Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.” Phil 2:3

The base line motivations of our life must be right.

Bad roots equal bad fruit.

Is my motivation arrogance, arrogance, selfsh, anxiety, anger, impatience. [sic]

Or am I acting out of love, joy, peace, unselfishness, purity.

These things will bless my life.

Whatever I act on I strengthen.

If I act out of love I strengthen love.

If I act in faith, I strengthen faith.” Phil Pringle, The Leadership Files Vol 2, File 2. Motivations, 2002.

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DISCOURAGEMENT

“Beaten paths are for beaten men.”
Unknown

A leader without courage is a leader without leadership.

Amazingly, courage prevails over wisdom for leaders.

David and Goliath.

The strong persist through discouragement.

They pursue even when their heart flags.

Personal faith is absolutely essential for the leader.

Failure is not final!

Whether we get up again will render the failure final or not.

High visionary leaders require high-level encouragement.

Learn to encourage yourself.

Develop relationships with encouraging people.

Remove unnecessary discouraging influences from your life.

Let everything be done to build up your spirit.

Watch, read and listen to what builds you up.

God moves through people of courage.” Phil Pringle, The Leadership Files Vol 2, File 3. Discouragement, 2002.

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SERVANTHOOD
“It costs five times more to obtain a new customer than to retain an existing one.” ‘Reinventing Australia’, Hugh Mackay, 1993

The baseline for leadership is servanthood.

Peter calls on those who rule to serve – 1 Pet 5:2

Seven qualities of servanthood:
1. Willing – Get willing about what you have to do.

2. Excellence – Be the best. Do the best.

3. Swift – Be quick. Don’t keep people waiting.

4. Respectful – Honour everyone somehow.

5. Humble – Do whatever it takes to get the job done.

6. Works Hard – Don’t be lazy.

7. Unselfish – Do things for others at your own personal expense.” Phil Pringle, The Leadership Files Vol 2, File 4. Servanthood, 2002.

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UNFINISHED BUSINESS
“You can’t always get what you want.”

Mick Jagger

We don’t live in a perfect world.

Learn to live with imperfect situations, unresolved issues, and unfulfilled expectations without losing your great spirit.

There’s always something that isn’t like you want it.

Get happy in spite of this.

As you deal with it stay happy, not upset.

If the unresolved problem gets you, then it’s won.

Stay on top even when it’s trying to get you down, and you’ll win.

This is Christianity at it’s best.

Staying up in a down situation.

That’s leadership.” Phil Pringle, The Leadership Files Vol 2, File 5. Unfinished Business, 2002.

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FREEWILL GIVING

Fact – ‘One of the giant redwood Cedars of California, is 270 feet high, and weighs 6,300 tons. It came from a seed weighing three thousandth of an ounce.’

Generosity is a foundation for greatness.

Great leaders inspire people to give.

Giving is like sowing a seed.

Whatever is given will return multiplied.

When we take from people, they aren’t giving.

When people give to us, we aren’t taking from them.

When we take from people they feel they lose control.

Once people start giving they are ennobled and empowered.

Our best results come from what we give, not from what people take from us.

The team that gives more time than they have to, will bind together.

The people that give money they don’t have to create a culture of celebration.

The leader that gives attention they’re not paid for will exceed expectations.

Let the people give!” Phil Pringle, The Leadership Files Vol 2, File 9. Freewill Giving, 2002.

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PLANNING
“A good idea is worth one dollar. The plan for implementing that idea is worth a million dollars.”

Page 87, Jesus CEO, Laurie Beth Jones, Hyperion 1995.” Phil Pringle, The Leadership Files Vol 2, File 11. Planning, 2002.

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“The entire world is founded on the seed principle.” Phil Pringle, The Leadership Files Vol 2, File 12. Problem Solving, 2002.

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“When your ears hear your lips start to sing the song of the weasel, you must learn to immediately slap the weasel within.”

Roy H Williams, “The Wizard of Adds”, Bard Press, 1998, page 162.” Phil Pringle, The Leadership Files Vol 2, File 12. Complaining, 2002.

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INTEGRITY

“Eighty percent of graduating students from universities in the U.S. said they would violate ethics if it meant it would help them get ahead”, Chuck Colson, Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast, Canberra, November 17th, 199

When success is at the expense of integrity we have failed, not succeeded.

We should not be so result-orientated that we will do ‘whatever it takes’ to achieve the bottom line.

Doing the right thing may sometimes jeopardise the bottom line.

Respect for God, once called the fear of God, needs to guide our choices.

Do the right thing.

Let the chips fall where they may.

The people who matter will respect and trust you.

You’ll sleep at night and save thousands of dollars on therapy. ( Haha…You gotta admit, it is comical…a little at least)

The mind with a fractured conscience sees with a broken perspective.

The untroubled mind is free to dream.

“Blessed are the pure in heart. They shall see….” Phil Pringle, The Leadership Files Vol 2, File 15. Integrity, 2002.

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FINDING A WAY
“… bring back word to us of the way by which we should go up…”

Deuteronomy 1:22

The leader communicates the vision and announces the plan.

He selects and commissions a team to find the way to make it happen.

Consensus us good to a point. Then it’s all about leadership.

The team are not the ones to say whether it can or cannot be done.

Moses’ team exceeded their commission.

They were meant to find a way to implement their leaders’ vision.

The finance people are not to say whether it can or can’t be done.

The HR people, the PR people, the management team are to find ways to make it happen, not find reasons why it can’t happen.

A majestic thing is a leader and his team working together properly (Proverbs 30:30-31)” Phil Pringle, The Leadership Files Vol 2, File 16. Finding A Way, 2002.

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HEART PRIORITY

“Love is more than a feeling, it is a behaviour.”

Rick Warren, ‘The Purpose Driven Church’

You’ll love what you’ll love.

Whatever you give your heart to is what you’ll gain pleasure from.

Whatever the heart loves it wants more of.

The heart is not satisfied with what it loves.

Thus we need to ensure that what we love is the highest.

If we love small valueless things, that’s what we will gain our joy in life from.

This is why we must decide to love what we choose to love.

What we love must be the highest priorities of life.

‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart…,’ (Mark 12:30)”Phil Pringle, The Leadership Files Vol 2, File 19 Heart Priority, 2002

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YOUR NAME

“No longer shall your name be called Abraham, but your name shall be Abraham, for I have made you a father of many nations.”

Genesis 17:5

God changed Abram’s name to Abraham (‘father of a multitude’), years before he was a father.

Abraham was past 80 at this stage, his wife also past child-bearing.

He accepted the name.

He accepted a reality about himself that could not yet be seen.

He accepted a reality about himself that seemed impossible.

Faith accepts the name before reality comes.

What do you name yourself today?

What is the name God has given you that describes your seemingly impossible future?

Accept it!”Phil Pringle, The Leadership Files Vol 2, File 20. Your Name, 2002.

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“The atmosphere we live in shares our lives.

The invisible shapes the visible.

We live out the culture we live in.

The atmosphere we create within ourselves is the life we will live, the thoughts we think the emotions we fee.

We create our own atmosphere with the words we speak, the attitudes we hold and the songs we sing.

We create our culture with the vision we have, the people we mix with and the values we live by.

Let’s shape UP! “Phil Pringle, The Leadership Files Vol 2, File 21. Atmosphere, 2002.

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“Great leaders master the art communication. [sic]” Phil Pringle, The Leadership Files Vol 2, File 22. Clarity, 2002.

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“The poor leader uses pressure to manipulate others into action.

They treat people unjustly, violating people’s rights, trust and confidences.

They lead by intimidation.

People can’t breathe. They feel suffocated.

Poor leaders tell lies to get others to do what they want.

They use people for their own purposes and when their usefulness expires they are discarded.

Poor leaders create fear, mistrust and intrigue in the organisation.

People are manipulated into conformity for fear of arousing the anger of the leader.

Poor leaders use violence in their words.

They expect unquestioning, gagged, blind obedience.

Don’t lead like Saul. Lead like David!” Phil Pringle, The Leadership Files Vol 2, File 23. Saul or David?, 2002.

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THE PHOENIX PRINCIPLE

“Despair leads to death. The entrance to hell in Dante’s inferno: ‘All hope abandon, ye who enter here’.”

Philip Baker, Webb & Partners 1997, Pg 50.

A man is sitting on his porch in Kentucky.

He’s just retired from the post office.

His first Social Security check arrives.

He’s very, very discouraged. He thinks, “Is this my life now- sitting on the porch waiting for my check?”

He made a list of all the blessings and capacities he had.

The list was long. In the list was his mother’s recipe for fried chicken. It used eleven different herbs and spices.

He went to a nearby restaurant and asked if he could cook the chicken.

It soon became the most popular item on the menu.

So he opened his own restaurant, then others, then a string of restaurants.

Eventually Harland Sanders sold the Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise across all of America.” Phil Pringle, The Leadership Files Vol 2, File 24. The Phoenix Principle, 2002.

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“Don’t assume people have remembered what they were meant to do.

Remind them.

Don’t assume people burn with the same fire for the vision as you do.

Fire them up morning and night.

Don’t assume people are on track.

Focus them again and again. Keep everybody achieving the vision.” Phil Pringle, The Leadership Files Vol 2, File 25. Assumption, 2002.

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BOLD

“What would you do if were ten times bolder? Go out and do it. When and what has it cost you in life to be bold?”

Jesus CEO, Laurie Beth Jones, Hyperion 1995, Page 113.

A bold color stands out from the rest.

We make font bold to emphasise the point.

Life makes way for the bold person.

Fortune favors the bold, the brave, the courageous.

The small vision fails to motivate.

The vision that takes breath away, that’ll capture attention.

Boldness is not bold unless we laugh on the edge of our nervous boundaries.

Bold is Winston Churchill standing on the rooftops of London yelling defiance to Hitler whilst the bombs rained down on the city around him.

Be bold, be strong, for the Lord your God is with you! (Josh 1:9)” Phil Pringle, The Leadership Files Vol 2, File 26. Bold, 2002.

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GATHERING

“…he (sic) will gather.”

Isa 40:11

Successful leaders identify what gathers or scatters people – customers, clients, staff, congregation and leaders in the organisation.

People gather to light, fire, beauty, sweet fragrance, excitement, success, celebration, where they are loved, respected, welcomed and recognized; laughter, vision, bold leadership, energy, high skill, courage, the new, the clever, the excitingly different, the well done, gifts, generosity and mercy.” Phil Pringle, The Leadership Files Vol 2, File 27. Gathering, 2002.

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“Team members speak faith into each other, not fear.

In a positive atmosphere teams do the impossible.

A leader must speak faith into his people.

Leaders who communicate fear kill their organisation.” Phil Pringle, The Leadership Files Vol 2, File 28. Team Faith, 2002.

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“Logic fails to answer the argument offered by a wounded heart.

The wounded justify bad attitudes with logic.

‘They did it first’. ‘Everybody does it’. ‘They deserve it’.

A rational answer doesn’t solve an emotional problem.

Forgiveness is the key to healing.

Forgive people before they apologise.

Even though it doesn’t seem fair. You want revenge.

But forgive them. Let it go. Be bigger than your offenders.

Everyday, forgive everybody everything they’ve ever done against you.

And healing and health are yours.” Phil Pringle, The Leadership Files Vol 2, File 30. Forgiveness, 2002.

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“Great leaders understand the strategy of accepting defeat as much as the strategy of victory.

Setbacks in gaining approvals, finances, and personnel is part of the journey – they are never though.

A road to victory includes concessions.

A step back can allow two step forward.

Jesus knew the cross precedes a crown.” Phil Pringle, The Leadership Files Vol 2, File 31. Retreat, 2002.

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THE GOLDEN RULE
“If you treat an individual as he is, he will stay that way, but if you treat him as if he were what he could be, he will become what he could be.”
Goethe

Treat people with respect and they respond with dignity.

Treat people badly and they respond with disrepute.

Love brings the best out of the loved and the lover.

Open a door for someone. Let them go in front of you.

Carry a bag for them. Get them coffee. Wait for them to finish. Listen well. Phone back promptly. Ask what they would like. Pay for the meal discreetly. Say thanks with a gift they would like.

Do the right thing!

This is how your world goes round!” Phil Pringle, The Leadership Files Vol 2, File 32. The Golden Rule, 2002.

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“Give loyalty to the worthy.

Ill-deserved loyalty to Brutus was fatally paid for by Caesar.

Rewards, inclusion, acceptance, honouring, all engender loyalty.

If you err at all err on the side of generosity in these areas.

A competent but disloyal team member is a far worse curse than an average but loyal member.

No skill or other contribution atones for disloyalty.” Phil Pringle, The Leadership Files Vol 2, File 33. Loyalty, 2002.

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“ENERGY

“My food is to do the will of Him who sent me.”

John 4:34

Energy comes from doing the will of God.

Not from resting from work, but from doing the work we’re meant to do.

When we do what we’re gifted to do we get energized.

When we do what we’re not gifted or called to, we de-energize.

When we engage our whole heart, mind and body, we get energized.

When we’re occupied doing something our heart and mind are not interested in, we fatigue.

We’re not meant to do more than we’re meant to do.

At the end of our life we should be able to say, we ran our race, fought our fight and completed our course.” Phil Pringle, The Leadership Files Vol 2, File 35. Energy, 2002.

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“There are two worlds: the world that we can measure with line and rule, and the world that we feel with our hearts and imagination.”

Leigh Hunt, “The Wizard of Ads”, by Roy H Williams, Bard Press, 1998, page 47.” Phil Pringle, The Leadership Files Vol 2, File 36. Storytelling, 2002.

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SEEDS
“Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.” Luke 8:11

We cannot make a tree.

But if we plant the seed of a tree, a tree will grow.

Seed in soil releases a miracle.

You can tell your future by the seed you sow today.

Words and deeds are seeds we sow.

As a leader I soften the soil (the hearts) of the people I lead.

I remove weeds and pests from the young plant.

I arrange the weather, warm, sunny, watery encouragement.

Then I harvest the crop fully grown.” Phil Pringle, The Leadership Files Vol 2, File 38. Seeds, 2002.

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RENEWAL

“Today’s excellence is tomorrow’s mediocrity.”

Jurgen Matesius, Youth Pastor, Christian City Church,

Oxford Falls Australia

Constant renovation is imperative.

The law of decay affects everything in our world.

Without renewal we do not move forward, we do not stay as we are, we move backwards and die.

A leader must constantly renew himself.

A leader constantly leads his people into renewal.

Not just ‘revive’ the old.

Never say, ‘Let’s do it again next year’.

Say, ‘How can we do it fresh, new, better next year’.

Transformation is the essence of renewal.

A leader is a transformation expert.

He leads change and everyone buys in.”Phil Pringle, The Leadership Files Vol 2, File 39. Renewal.

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“A person is known by the friends they keep.

No matter what we say we are, it’s our associations that define us.

We attract people like us, to us.

We are attracted to people like us.

Our friends verify who we are.

We should choose friendships that elevate us.

Friends that help us rise are friends indeed.

Those ‘friends’ that pull us down are not friends at all.” Phil Pringle, The Leadership Files Vol 2, File 40. Associates.

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WRITE IT DOWN!
“Write the vision and make it plain on tablets.”
Habakkuk 2:2

Vision is to leadership what oxygen is to lungs. Essential!

It’s the difference between life and death for a leader.

Vision must be written down.

Don’t just leave it in your imagination.

Write it down. All the time.

Receiving a vision is important.

Writing it down is more important.

The magic of a vision is in it being written down.

What’s your vision?

Write it down.

Again and again.” Phil Pringle, The Leadership Files Vol 2, File 42. Write It Down.

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FUTURECAST
“The best way to predict the future is to invent it.”

Alan Kay

Forecasting is based on a predictable future.

That animal is extinct.

Forecasting says, ‘this is what we believe is going to happen’.

Futurecasting says, ‘this is what we are going to make happen’.

Futurecasting easily predicts the future because those who futurecast are going to make that particular future happen.

What are you going to make happen?” Phil Pringle, The Leadership Files Vol 2, File 47. Futurecast.

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“The difference between flattery and encouragement is appreciation is appreciation.

Genuine thankfulness is the basis for encouragement.

We need to distrust those who flatter us.

Ingenuine praise has mixed motives behind it.

Insincere admiring strokes your ego and blinds judgment.

Being ‘charmed’ suspends discernment.

Be wise. Know the difference.

Fools fall for flattery.” Phil Pringle, The Leadership Files Vol 2, File 48. The Real Thing.

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“When you respect your current limits and play your game within them, you’ll achieve more, recover less and grow faster.

We grow where we are, not where we wish we were

Accepting our current limit is difficult, but it’s a secret to success.” Phil Pringle, The Leadership Files Vol 2, File 49. Know Yourself.

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“When we try to control people leading us we steal their initiative.

Give a leader leadership and their gifts will surface.

Manipulate them and they suffocate.

If you’re in the leaders role but everyone else is setting your agenda your motivation will lag.

Get control back! Set your schedule yourself.” Phil Pringle, The Leadership Files Vol 2, File 50. Leadership.

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REACTION

“…when He was reviled, did not revile in return” – Jesus (sic)

1Peter 2:23

Our great opportunities lie in our response to negatives.

We prove our Christianity when we love thos who hate us.

When we do good to those who do us bad.

When we bless those who curse us.”

Phil Pringle, The Leadership Files Vol 2, File 4. Servanthood.

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MOTIVATIONS

“God’scommands (sic) are not always accompanied by reasons, but always by promises.”

F.B.Meyer, ‘Great men of the Bible’, Zondervan, pg 14.

We don’t have to understand everything.

Much of life contains mysteries which call trust.

If we have to ‘see’ before we ‘believe’, we have joined the Thomas generation.

Believing before we ‘see’ introduces us to greater blessing’.

If we don’t understand why things bad happen, we engage trust, rather than cynicism.

Do what God says, even when you don’t understand why..

Trust Him. He knows what He’s talking about.” Phil Pringle, The Leadership Files Vol 2, File 52. Motivations.

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Greg French Said What?

July 30, 2011

“Connect Group Notes – 25 July 2011

GOD CAN, IF YOU BELIEVE – Ps Greg French

‘Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it.’ 1 Cor 9:24 (NKJV)

We lose hope when we lose sight of God’s capacity to breakthrough. To run our race means we need to choose to believe that God can.

– A boy is Healed, Mark 9:14-29
• Jesus says that all things are possible for those who believe, v23
• We need to move into a place of belief that God can v24

So how do we move from unbelief to belief?
– Understand that small things are important

Matt 10:29-30 The details of our life are important to God.

• We need to train ourselves to have faith in small things.
• Speak to molehills first, building your faith for mountains.
• We forget that to believe for the ‘small’ things is preparation for the ‘big’ things.
• We build belief, faith when we start believing with smaller things in life.

– Keep turning up

Acts 3:1 This man was positioned day after day for 38 years. The two men passing were pray-ers, heading to pray. They are walking past hundreds of needy people but they hear the voice of the blind man among others because they hear God’s voice in prayer.

• We too need to understand our voice will be heard if we keep turning up.
• We are strengthened and rebuilt when we continue coming to the House of God.

– Have a heart revelation, embrace unity
Acts 4:32-34 ALL needs met because they were of one heart, one mind.

• We need a revelation of God in our hearts, not just our minds.
• As we stand in unity and agreement with each other, power and grace build.

God says “I am the God who can, if you just believe.”
TALK ABOUT
1. What do you do when you lose faith?
2. How can you re-commit to persevering, continuing to show up to God’s place?
3. Who has God put in your life that you can stand in agreement with or for?” – Greg French, Connect Group Notes 25 July 2011: God Can If You Believe, 25/07/2011. (Accessed 28/07/2011)

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Zamekio Jackson Said What?

July 28, 2011