READ: Psalm 72, Daniel 4-6, Luke 1, 1 Corinthians 8 HEAVEN RULES Democracy is a fallen, limited system. In the scope of eternity, democracy is a short blip on the radar, sandwiched with other fallen human constructs and bookended by the theocratic kingdom of God. Daniel knew this well and reminds us that “the Most…

I see pictures of the king everywhere in my adopted Arab hometown. He is in every school and government building I enter, looking regal in the local equivalent of dress blues, commanding in his military fatigues, and spiritual in religious garb on his pilgrimage to Mecca. My favorite falafel shop showcases him as a family…

READ: Psalm 18, Isaiah 13-15, John 11, Revelation 19 JESUS THE FIERCE Much has been written and taught on servant-leadership. The hyphenation of the term is indicative of problematic thinking. In the Bible no such concept exists as relates to Jesus. There is leadership and there is servanthood in Scripture–both of which are real and which…

READ: 1 Samuel 25-27, Psalm 89, John 21, Philippians 4 FOLLOW When we follow Jesus it is easy to follow men. David was chosen and anointed and would be established by God (Psalm 89:18-24), but before his exaltation there was trial. Those in leadership before David were threatened by him (Saul), and those who opposed…

READ: 1 Samuel 10-12, Psalm 84, John 16, Ephesians 5 LEADERSHIP DESERVED  Marriages, churches, mission agencies, and nations all ultimately end up with the leadership they deserve. We love to blame our leaders for the plight of our institutions while failing to recognize that we are our own leaders – the elected official is just…

READ: Numbers 31-33, Psalm 51, Luke 7, 1 Corinthians 7 SUBMISSIVE AUTHORITY In Luke 7 Jesus encounters a Roman Centurion, a man with at least one hundred direct reports. This Roman authority exhibits more faith than anyone Jesus has met in the whole country, and his faith is exhibited through his understanding of submission. “I…

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