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Friday
Nov232007

LEADERSHIP: CHURCH VS THE CORPORATE WORLD

Those who know me well know that I am one of those nerds who actually read leadership and business books for fun. In the past I have written some stuff on comparing and contrasting leadership in the corporate world verse the church: some similarities yet some major differences. I may eventually post some of those writings, but for now i would like to post an article one of Cornerstone's leaders, Becky Copeland sent me from Christianity Today. It is by Bill Hybles, a pastor of a 20,000 something church. I thought it was done really well, so I decided to post it. You can go directly to the sourse or read it below. A well worth read.

Leader's Insight: Yes, Ministry Leadership Is Complex

When business people offer free advice, we should say, "It's not that easy."
by Bill Hybels, Leadership guest columnist

My friend runs a company with about 3,000 employees. He says he wants to relax after retirement and lead a church. He said, "It doesn't have to be a Willow Creek-sized church. Maybe just 7,000 or 8,000 with some growth potential." I told him that leading a church would ruin his retirement, because the church demands a higher and more complex form of leadership than business does. In fact, I believe the church is the most leadership-intensive enterprise in society...CONTINUE

Saturday
Nov172007

BONO ON POVERTY

Below is a great video done as a speech by Bono at the NAACP. This is not intended to show endorsement for or against the NAACP, just a great speech, particularly the last part:

Sunday
Nov112007

DISASTER RELIEF TRIP

Due to the tremendous damage hurricane Noel inflicted upon Dominican Republic, we have added an additional trip to the D.R. Several of us will leaving December 12-16 to do damage relief. It's funny, growing up I would see things like this on TV, but now it has happened to my friends Esdras, Elen, Roberto and more. We will also make them Cornerstone's christmas focus. If you would like to send funds for disaster relief, you can send it to Cornerstone Community Church, 6570 Dobbin Road, Columbia Maryland 21045. Memo the check DOMINICAN REPUBLIC RELEIF more

Saturday
Nov102007

Eyes for the poor

Bono of U2 offers a pointed example of what it means to call the Church to accountability in light of this day:
"I mean, what is going on with the churches? It is incredible. I tell these evangelicals in the Unites States there are 2,300 verses of scripture about the poor. It’s the central message outside of personal redemption, the idea of dealing with the poor. And I’m asking them, where are they? Where are they on this? On a recent poll of evangelical churches, only six per cent said they wanted to do something about AIDS. It is unbelievable, the leprosy of our time if you like. But it’s starting to turn; the Church is starting to wake up...click here

Tuesday
Nov062007

This morning...

... the sun was so brilliant as is bounced off the wet roads. Fall leaves floating everywhere, yellow, red, green and brown. Just simply breath taking, invigorating. Thank you Jesus, for beautiful works of art such as this.

Sunday
Nov042007

PRACTICING GOD’S PRESENCE: LESSONS FROM BROTHER LAURENCE

While some of this is in summary form, all of the concepts can be found in Brother Lawrence's book The Practice of the Presence of God. Brother Lawrence was a 16th century French monk.

Brother Lawrence declared that he felt much closer to God in his day to day activities than most people ever believed to be possible. The worst trial he could imagine was losing his sense of God’s presence, which had been with him for so long a time. However, his confidence in God’s goodness made him certain that He would never leave him entirely. Should he encounter any great difficulty in his life, he knew the Lord would provide the strength he needed to endure it.

Ironically, for Brother Lawrence, experiencing God was not found in the traditional “quite time”. Obviously he spent long hours in prayer and study, yet it was more than that. “The most effective way Brother Lawrence had for communicating with God was to simply do his ordinary work. He did this obediently, out of a pure love of God, purifying it as much as was humanly possible. He believed it was a serious mistake to think of our prayer time as being different from any other. Our actions should unite us with God when we are involved in our daily activities, just as our prayers unite us with Him in our quiet devotions.” (P24) Brother Lawrence said himself, “When I wasn’t praying, I kept myself carefully in God’s presence, even while I was working. I knew He was always near me, in the deepest part of my heart. This gave me such great respect for God that I was content with faith alone. I continued to pray this way, which gave me enormous peace and joy.” (P39-40)

BEOLOW ARE KEY PRINCIPLES HE LIVED BY, PARAPHRASED:
Seek God’s Presence: Guard your heart

Live God’s Presence: Do what you do for God

Speak in the Presence of God: Offer Short Prayers to God

Treasure God’s Presence: Value His presence more than anything

Practice God’s Presence: hospitality, generosity, justice, stewardship

Friday
Nov022007

DISASTER IN DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR FRIEND IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC THAT GOT HIT HARD BY TROPICAL STORM NOEL. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE. CORNERSTONE COMMUNITY CHURCH WILL BE TAKING UP A COLLECTION TO SEND TO THEM

Thursday
Nov012007

After so many tea parties

"After so many tea parties", he said in a moment of introspection. The conversation began about teenagers. These little adults who have come to determine that you not only are clueless, but they are ready to take on everything - NOW. The ball of hormones that bounce from the highest of high to the lowest of low, where the high is testing your limits of patience and the low requires a scapegoat. The scapegoat could be you, it could be their best friend or it could be their own self as they question if life is worth living... click here