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Are you having an affair with your Smartphone and other links I liked and learned from this week:

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1. 11 ways to fight well, from 1 Corinthians 13  marriage, 1 Corinthians

Every couple fights. It’s a reality of living in a fallen world. But not every couple fights well.

2. Warning: Don’t Let This Person Join Your Church!

“Because of this person, needs are going unmet in our community today. He will also keep other people in church from serving God, using their spiritual gifts, from worshiping through giving, and growing in their walk with Christ.”

3. The 5 Characteristics of Weak Leaders  leadership, weakleaders

  • Flaw #1: Weak leaders hesitate to take definitive action.
  • Flaw #2: Weak leaders complain about a lack of resources.
  • Flaw #3: Weak leaders refuse to take responsibility.
  • Flaw #4: Weak leaders abuse the privileges of leadership.
  • Flaw #5: Weak leaders engage in acts of insubordination.

4. Three Kinds of People in the World Givers, matchers, and takers. Which are you?  giving

5. Stop Having an Affair with Your Smartphone! (Or iPad!)  TimeManagement

        5 Signs You May Be Having a an Affair With Your Smartphone:

  1. Taking Your Phone/iPad to Bed – When you get into bed, does your smartphone join you? Is it the last “person” that you talk to before going to bed?
  2. Checking Email Before Bed – Do you check email or Facebook before going to bed? And then again in the morning before getting up?
  3. Ignoring Your Family or Spouse – Does your family have to constantly compete for attention with your devices? Do they have to “snap you back to reality” when you are in another world with your phone?
  4. Answering Your Phone When You Are With Others – Do you answer your phone no matter where you are or what you are doing? (Hint: If you are answering your phone in the bathroom, you have lost control…)
  5. Letting Your Phone Interrupt Your Life – Do you prioritize phone beeps, dings, and chimes above people who you are meeting with in person?

“7 Things to Pray for Your Children” and other links I liked and learned from this week:

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  1. Seven Things to Pray for Your Children //  parenting, prayer
  2. 10 Time Management Rules That You Are Breaking //  TimeManagement
  3. 10 Things Your Son Needs From You //  Fatherhood, Sons, Dads
  4. Starting Spiritual Conversations //  evangelism, conversations // “Sometimes people honestly have no idea how to answer a spiritual question. Modeling your own response first makes it easier for them by giving them a category for how to respond.”
  5. 12 Essentials of Powerful Church Communications //  ChurchCommunication
  6. How to Keep Your Insecurity From Hurting Your Church //  leadership, insecurity // “Competitiveness, combativeness, and complaining do not have a place in the church of Jesus Christ, especially in the life of a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”
  7. Disciple Being or Disciple Making? //  Discipleship // “Disciple-making requires making new disciples. Disciple-being involves only existing disciples.”
  8. 9 Leadership Acceleration Skills //  leadership, personaldevelopment // “bad leaders, average leaders, and even good leaders can change their spots.”

25 Ways for Men to Be Servant Leaders… and other links I liked and learned from this week:

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  1. The Real Definition of a Gospel-Centered Leader – excerpt from the book Creature of the Word by Matt Chandler, Eric Geiger, & Josh Patterson –  leadership
  2. EntreLeadership by Dave Ramsey Kindle Edition just $1.99
  3. Leaders of Courageous Character: Why They’re Needed but Lacking– With Four Ways to Be One –  leadership, Courage
  4. 25 Ways for Men to be Servant Leaders – by Micah Carter, from the Men’s Fraternity Study Bible –  Men, husbands, family
  5. The Science Behind Coffee and Why it’s Actually Good for Your Health – “Coffee isn’t just warm and energizing, it may also be extremely good for you. In recent years, scientists have studied the effects of coffee on various aspects of health and their results have been nothing short of amazing.”
  6. “Offering to Others the New Life He Has Given Me” – Great testimony of life change from NOBTS student Shaun Grunblatt –  “Before receiving Christ at the age of twenty seven, my life had been devastated by the effects of my sin and foolish choices. I lost everything to drugs and alcohol. Then through a series of tragedies, I came to a place of humble brokenness before the Lord.”
  7. A Letter to the Church, from a Pastor – What’s your pastor thinking?  pastors
  8. 10 Reasons Dads Should Have Date Night With Their Daughters –  parenting, Daughters

“Why Nice People Kill Churches” and other links I liked and learned from this week

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1. Epic Quotes on Discipleship & Influence from Prof Howard Hendricks (1924-2013)  quotes, howardhendricks, discipleship

  • You can impress from a distance, but you can only impact up close.
  • You teach what you know, but you reproduce what you are.
  • Dusty Bibles lead to dirty lives.

2. Don’t Waste Your Wedding – Great Ideas for making your wedding distinctly Christian.  weddingplanning

3. 7 Common Energy and Time Wasters for Leaders  TimeManagement, Leadership

4. The Fine Art of Delegation [Podcast]  delegation, Leadership

  • Imperative #1: Admit that working non-stop is unsustainable.
  • Imperative #2: Understand your unique calling
  • Imperative #3: Select qualified leaders to assist you
  • Imperative #4: Give these leaders responsibility and authority
  • Imperative #5: Only do those things which others cannot do.

5. The Latest Pornography Statistics – Covenant Eyes Annual Report for 2013.  Porn

6. Why Nice People Kill Churches  Leadership, staff

“when being nice begins to trump being honest because you don’t want to experience the discomfort of a difficult conversation, that’s not nice…that’s selfish.”

7. Startling Facts: An Up Close Look at Church Attendance in America  churchgrowth, churchdecline

  • Less than 20% of Americans regularly attend church. 
  • American church attendance is steadily declining.
  • Mid-sized churches are shrinking; only the smallest and largest are growing.
  • The increase in churches thr0ugh planting and multiplication is only 1/4 what’s needed to keep up with population growth.

A Few Lists for New Year’s Awesomeness:

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