Author: Patrick McBane Created: 6/11/2009 4:25 AM
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Mind the Gap

The Sunday-Monday gap widened long ago. Narrowing it will require us to state a clear strategy, identify effective tactics, and then stick to them intentionally. This is just one strategy that I think we can implement.
To equip workplace-ready disciples that will mesh Sunday with weekdays by:
The members of Christ's body invest far more time in the scattered than in the gathered mode. They're called to do the bulk of their serving "out there.” So it only makes sense that we practice gathering in ways that prepare us for effective service when we scattered. Notice the word "mesh” in the strategy statement. Unless two gears mesh, they have no effect on each other. When they do mesh, each remains what it is. To mesh is not to morph. But for gears to carry out their purpose, the teeth of each must extend into the other.

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I was reared in a Christian home, the son of a wonderful Southern Baptist pastor, and came to Christ at the age of ten. I was called to the ministry at seventeen while attending a conference at Ridgecrest, attended a Southern Baptist College in North Carolina, pastored my first church at the age of 21, and... have done a lot of Southern Baptist stuff in the Name of Jesus as a Baptist pastor and minister. There was one area in which I completely missed the boat. So if I had the last twenty-five years to do over again…

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Discipling the marketplace
The call in each of our lives is to move into a place of fulfilling God’s Great Commission. 
Part of that commission; the biggest part, is for us to disciple. What does that look like in the marketplace?

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Obscure Moments
Often times our lives are layered with obscure moments. Obscure moments are times when we as individuals are confronted with circumstances that don’t seem to fit the calling or destiny we sense to be on our lives.... In our case, a divine interlude is a pause, an intervening grace that connects an obscure, seemingly unrelated part of our lives with our destiny and calling.
So, let me ask you to reflect briefly about how you filter these obscure moments in your life. Is this an Interlude or an Interruption? That perspective is part of what changes once we align with two very important elements.

The two key elements that are at play here are purpose and destiny

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Leadership without meaning is meaningless.

Have you ever stepped back and asked someone or better yet, asked yourself - "why do I do what I do?"

This is a big deal.  More often than not, whether it's church life, family life, work life, serving others life, and even our just plain living life - that question has not been accurately answered.  Because of that, we have many in leadership that do not lead from a place of purpose (why) they lead from a point of prominence (positional). 

Everyone is called to leadership.  Not everyone is a leader. 

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God Works! 

"You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly."  Romans 5:6 

I don’t know about you but I find myself going through periods of doubts.  Plain and simple we all go through times of doubt. 

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Move 'em on, head 'em up, - Head 'em up, move 'em on... 
 
With every box packed, loaded and trucked I hear that famous Moving Song - Rawhide .  It makes for interesting motivation as we transition.  However, outside of that noise what I really hear is the voice of the Lord saying,
  "Enlarge the place of your tent,
       stretch your tent curtains wide,
       do not hold back;
       lengthen your cords,
       strengthen your stakes."

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Our Mission - Wheat Tending, not Tare Plucking!
 
“Oh you just would not believe the oppression that is over our city.” “Well, our ruling spirit is witchcraft. But ours is drugs.” At one time it was quite in vogue among certain circles to see whose community would out oppress another’s. At conference gatherings across the nation this kind of conversation could dominate - ad nauseam. And then a strategy would be revealed to “come against” these powers and principalities.
 
I would submit to you that this mind set has produced little or no lasting fruit. Actually by coming into agreement with these negative forces we have often inadvertently exacerbated their malevolent activity.  
 

Let’s direct our attention to what the gospel writer Matthew calls a parable of the kingdom of heaven - the story of the tares sown among the wheat (Matthew 13:24-30). 

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The Present Pressing Realities vs. The Reality of His Presence
Practicing the Presence of God – a Hallmark of a Transformational Company


Recently while meeting with a group of business leaders we talked about this very thing.  I framed the conversation around this thought:  Are you currently being driven by the ‘present pressing realities in your life? or by the reality of His presence in your life?
Our present pressing realities are typically extremely negative and look like this: We’re in the midst of a recession.  Businesses are cutting staff.  There’s no opportunity out there; The people I work with are not…; I can’t step out into a new initiative now – it’s too risky, wait till things settle down first.  The other end of the spectrum is over confidence based in pride and self reliance.  It’s that entitlement mentality that borders on arrogance and attitudes of pride.  Interestingly enough – unbelief sits in both places.  Fear, rebellion, pride, self preservation and mistakes from the past all contribute to this battle.
The Fruit of Unbelief consists of -

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Beyond Survival - God's Success Blueprint for You
and Your Marketplace
"Why Personal Transformation is the key to Success
& Significance in the Workplace." 

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