Gang Leader Now Preaches Jesus

Rene “Level” Martinez spent most of his life in a notorious criminal gang but today he is preaching, teaching, and baptizing people on the streets for Jesus. (Rene “Level” Martinez)

Notorious gang leader now preaches Jesus: ‘I’m a radical soldier for God’
By Caleb Parke | Fox News
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Every Man, Casting Crowns

1. There is one instance in life when it’s good to be something you’re not.
It’s when you are being Jesus to another.
It’s when you love a neighbor, or a stranger unconditionally, putting themselves before yourself.
When this song says “Will we help them understand?” think about that and think about how you may be “the only Jesus that someone may see today.”

2. The song has a lot of the “titles” that we call ourselves:
“Teacher, Leader, Coach, Soldier, broken man, nervous child, lonely wife”
But someone once asked me “Are you living your life as a title, or a testimony?”
He said “Pharoah had a title, but Moses had a testimony”
We should live our lives in such a way that it is a testimony that draws others to Christ.
So that we can change the lives of those who live only for titles.

3. Hey, while this song is playing think about the person that’s near you.
They may be needing hope, so say a quick prayer for them.
And, you never know, they may be listening too,
and they may be doing the same for you.

Why Speaking Well of Your Spouse Is So Important

couple togtherWhy Speaking Well of Your Spouse Is So Important – As a leader, the health of your marriage directly affects the impact of your leadership. I have witnessed this time and time again. Being effective at work or in ministry begins by being effective at home.

Early in our marriage we met a couple as we got better acquainted with him and his wife, we started noticing a disturbing trend. They would often make disparaging remarks about the other in public.  At first, it seemed cute.  However, over time, they became more pointed, thinly masking their frustration with one another.  Years later, we learned they suffered an ugly divorce, both admitting to multiple affairs. They lost their family, and, of course, their ministry. To this day, it grieves me to think about it.

Conversely, I noticed a husband that always spoke highly of his wife. He would often say, “I hate to leave her in the morning, and I can’t wait to see her in the evening.” They have been married now for nearly 60 years. Last time we were with them, they were holding hands. It was obvious they were still in love.

In reflecting on these two experiences, I am convinced that praising your spouse in public is one of the most important investments you can make—in your family and in your leadership.

This is important for at least five reasons:

  1. You get more of what you affirm. Have you ever noticed that when someone praises you, you want to repeat the behavior that caused it? This is just human nature. It can be a powerful way to motivate others when it is authentic.
  2. Affirmation shifts your attitude toward your spouse. Words are powerful tools. They can create, or they can destroy. They can build up, or they can tear down. If you start speaking well of someone, you start believing what you say.
  3. Affirmation helps strengthen your spouse’s best qualities. Encouragement is also a powerful force for good. This is why when we are losing weight and people notice, it gives us the strength to stick with the program.
  4. Affirmation wards off the temptation of adultery. When others see you are happily married, they are less likely to proposition you. It’s like a hedge that protects your marriage from would-be predators.
  5. Affirmation provides a model to those you lead. To be a truly effective leader, you must lead yourself, and then you must lead your family. Your marriage is a powerful visual of how you treat the people you value the most. When you speak highly of your spouse, your followers are more likely to trust you. It takes your leadership to another level.
    Affirming your spouse in public is an investment that pays big leadership dividends. In a world where fewer and fewer marriages last, it can be a difference-maker.

Countdown Prayer for School Year

7 days till school starts…

Subject: Extracurricular Teachers
Lord Jesus, I pray for every extracurricular leader in our schools to be blessed and honored.  Thank you for those teachers who sacrifice more of their time so they can not only teach, but help with band, sports, clubs and other special school functions.   We give you praise for those who sacrifice for our children, for they are following your example, in your name we pray.  Amen.

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What does it take to be a good leader? , Top Leader Qualities

What does it take to be a good leader? , Top Leader Qualities

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Local Leadership Event for Women This Friday in Nacogdoches

WHAT:A non-sectarian,World class way to hone your leadership skills. 5.5 continuing education credits are available for many occupations.
WHEN:Friday, May 4, 2012 from 8 am-3:30 pm.
WHERE:First Baptist Church of Nacogdoches.
WHO:Tickets may be purchased either from Nacogdoches Christian Women’s Job Corps at 936.564.2952 or by ordering online through all proceeds will go back into the community for life skills and jobs training. Discounts available for bulk orders.

Qualities of a LEADER
Integrity…Such an individual can be trusted because he or she never veers from inner values, even when it might be expeditious to do so. Honest dealings, predictable reactions, well-controlled emotions, and an absence of tantrums and harsh outbursts are all signs of integrity.
Dedication… A leader inspires dedication by example, doing whatever it takes to complete the next step toward the vision.
Magnanimity… means giving credit where it is due. To spread the fame and take the blame is a hallmark of effective leadership.
Humility…  recognize that they are no better or worse than other members of the team. A humble leader is not self-effacing but rather tries to elevate everyone.
Openness… means being able to listen to new ideas, even if they do not conform to the usual way of thinking. Good leaders are able to suspend judgment while listening to others’ ideas, as well as accept new ways of doing things that someone else thought of.
Creativity… the ability to think differently, to get outside of the box that constrains solutions. The most important question that a leader can ask is, “What if … ?”
Fairness… means dealing with others consistently and justly. He or she must avoid leaping to conclusions based on incomplete evidence. When people feel they that are being treated fairly, they reward a leader with loyalty and dedication.
Assertiveness… is not the same as aggressiveness. Rather, it is the ability to clearly state what one expects so that there will be no misunderstandings. Along with assertiveness comes the responsibility to clearly understand what followers expect from their leader.
A sense of humor...Effective leaders know how to use humor to energize followers. Humor is a form of power that provides some control over the work environment. And simply put, humor fosters good camaraderie.
Intrinsic traits such as intelligence, good looks, height and so on are not necessary to become a leader. Anyone can cultivate the proper leadership traits.