Dan Reiland The Pastor's Coach – Developing Church Leaders

Category / Spiritual Life

It’s easy to miss the heart of Easter personally because we’re so busy getting ready to tell everyone else about it. 

Don’t let your professionalism crowd out the personal from your Easter experience this year.

Too familiar are the stories of exhausted evangelists and pastors who worked so hard and taught like their preaching and personality carried the full weight of Easter.

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Jesus didn’t need people to help him.  He didn’t need twelve disciples.

Yet he chose them.

He could have been born, grown in stature and wisdom, taught, been put to death, raised from the grave, and returned to heaven without messing with twelve guys and their issues.

Jesus didn’t need to wrestle with things such as the tension from the men leaving their families, competing for status, arguing over who’s greatest, asking frustrating questions and an ultimate betrayal.

However, working through other leaders was God’s plan from the beginning.

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What will you ask of God in 2019?

It’s almost an unimaginable gift we have as Christian leaders to be able to ask God himself to lend His presence and power to our leadership and ministry. Yet it’s true.

Don’t waste the privilege of prayer, it’s your most powerful resource as a leader.

This invitation and opportunity to pray can be overwhelming. The needs are so many, from vision and dreams to hope and healing.

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The love of God is both incomprehensible and incomparable.

It’s difficult to fully understand the depth of God’s love. There’s no end to it. It’s a love that surpasses knowledge. (Ephesians 3:19)

Paul prays that [we] have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide, and long, and high, and deep is the love of Christ.” (Ephesians 3:18)

A perfect love can’t be measured, or fully understood, but it can be experienced. It can be expressed, and that’s what God asks of us, to lead with this kind of love.

A love that is incomparable – “the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.“ (Ephesians 2:7)

It’s because of His great love for us (Ephesians 2:4) that we do what we do.

I don’t know about you, but that can be an overwhelming thought at times.

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