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  Topic: Leading by Friending

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PostForum: Day 39: Being There   Posted: Thu May 15, 2008 8:45 am   Subject: Leading by Friending
It’s a funny thing how something that is good for us is good for the flock as well. That’s God’s economy at work.

I had lunch with a couple of key leaders in my church yesterday. We had come ...
  Topic: God's Cycle of Trust

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PostForum: Day 37: Authority and Abuse   Posted: Thu May 15, 2008 8:35 am   Subject: God's Cycle of Trust
I am sometimes surprised at the amount of trust that the flock puts in us shepherds. I mean I can see that being true for shepherd and sheep. But the people in my congregation are not sheep. They are ...
  Topic: It's Okay to be a Rancher

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PostForum: Day 35: Think Flock   Posted: Thu May 15, 2008 7:59 am   Subject: It's Okay to be a Rancher
Day 35 was a relief for me. It seemed to acknowledge the reality that I struggle with a lot. Having a flock that has grown to a size that I can no longer keep up with each ONE. That has been one of th ...
  Topic: God's Seasons

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PostForum: Day 34: Reproduction   Posted: Thu May 15, 2008 7:56 am   Subject: God's Seasons
We track our numbers all the time. We don’t measure our success by the numbers but we believe but we do track them. The point is to figure out where we are falling short, where key ministries might ...
  Topic: "friends that stick closer than a brother"

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PostForum: Day 31: Working Together   Posted: Wed May 14, 2008 8:25 am   Subject: "friends that stick closer than a brother"
The church I’m at was started about 6 years ago. We’ve grown considerably since then and have about 12 people on our program staff. Most were hired from within and grew into their ministries. Most ...
  Topic: “They have to keep the hungry livestock moving”

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PostForum: Day 29: Following the Leader   Posted: Wed May 14, 2008 8:23 am   Subject: “They have to keep the hungry livestock moving”
I think this is something that at least my denomination has long forgotten. It’s like there is an inertia that seems to drag us back to lagging, to loitering, to grazing on the grass that’s not re ...
  Topic: “The Real Weight of Leadership is Emotional”

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PostForum: Day 27: My Sleepless Shepherd   Posted: Wed May 14, 2008 8:21 am   Subject: “The Real Weight of Leadership is Emotional”
I woke up this morning in a funk. I don’t know if it was something I dreamt last night or what but I couldn’t shake the feeling that I’d dropped the ball. It set the tone for my prayer time – ...
  Topic: Guard Yourselves or Let God Guard You?

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PostForum: Day 26: Guard Yourselves   Posted: Tue May 13, 2008 10:52 pm   Subject: Guard Yourselves or Let God Guard You?
Day 26 – “Guard Yourselves” was a challenge for me. It still is. There’s something about it that makes me pause. I don’t think it’s because I’ve become a wolf and just don’t know it. I ...
  Topic: When Darkness Is Eliminated

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PostForum: Day 25: Darkness   Posted: Tue May 13, 2008 10:49 pm   Subject: When Darkness Is Eliminated
Darkness must be a scary thing in a place lit only by fire. Even in the Andes there is electricity and bare bulbs. There is no real darkness. But out in the desert the darkness must be unlike anything ...
  Topic: He chose that for me?

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PostForum: Day 24: A Living Sacrifice   Posted: Tue May 13, 2008 10:47 pm   Subject: He chose that for me?
I’ve seen a lamb butchered on a mission trip to Peru. We are planting a church up in the Andes mountains. We were there visiting a family preparing for a death feast – the feast held eight days af ...
  Topic: Each of two lions

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PostForum: Day 19: The Other Lion   Posted: Wed May 07, 2008 12:11 am   Subject: Each of two lions
Day 18 and 19 lay out before us the two lions that confront us. What a strange combination to speak of both in the same breath – Satan and God. Lions with “open jaws”.

Actually, I’m not su ...
  Topic: "Their active minds constantly taking inventory…”

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PostForum: Day 16: While Shepherds Watch Their Flocks   Posted: Tue May 06, 2008 11:53 pm   Subject: "Their active minds constantly taking inventory…”
I really liked this reading. I think it’s because it explains the way I think. My biggest challenge in going to sleep at night or taking a day off is thinking too much. Questions keep rising up to b ...
  Topic: "They all ate and were satisfied"

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PostForum: Day 12: Satisfaction and Restoration   Posted: Tue May 06, 2008 11:28 pm   Subject: "They all ate and were satisfied"
Is that me? It’s a good question as I look at the sheep laid out like beached whales; fat, content, lazy, relaxed, at rest. I wonder when the last time I felt that “satisfied”. And the answer is ...
  Topic: “Have you found them?”

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PostForum: Day 10: Lost and Found   Posted: Tue May 06, 2008 11:26 pm   Subject: “Have you found them?”
This last month I had two people leave the church because they were mad at me. Didn't want to talk, didn't want tell me the problem just wanted to leave. What makes it hard is that they’ve been with ...
  Topic: Shepherding requires touch

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PostForum: Day 8: The Shepherd Healer   Posted: Tue May 06, 2008 11:13 pm   Subject: Shepherding requires touch
This one is a challenge for me. The thought that each night every sheep must “pass under the shepherds rod” to be individually checked makes me tired. And yet I believe it to be true. Somehow I ne ...
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