living devotions

ernest reading pose

Rev. E. Anderson

OVERCOMING

Living Senior Ministries

“The LORD is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?” — Psalm 27:1

Byron Janis was a world-class concert pianist at the peak of his career. He had spent years studying and practicing and developing his art. Then one day, he felt a stiffness that wasn’t there before. So he went to a doctor for tests and the diagnosis came back: arthritis.

Within a short time, Janis’ arthritis quickly spread to all his fingers. The joints of nine of them fused. Some people would have never recovered from such a blow, but Janis decided to fight back. He kept his ailment a secret from all but his wife and two close friends, and worked long hours to treat his condition and change his playing technique.

Through hard work and sheer determination, Janis was able to continue his career. Finally, he told the world at a White House concert in 1985. To this day, he still plays the piano. He credits faith, hope, and will for his success and says, “I have arthritis, but it doesn’t have me.”

As we get older, the challenges that come our way are inevitably going to increase. But if we’ll face those challenges head-on, trusting fully in God to work all things out for our best, we can say with Janis, “We have challenges, but they don’t have us!”

PRAYER CHALLENGE

Ask God to help you maintain a right attitude toward challenges in your life.

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leadership factors

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Gary Rucci

A LIFE LESSON FROM MOSES

The life of Moses is an incredible example of how God shapes an ordinary person into a nation changing leader. Not without fault or flaw, Moses was the imperfect man who became the miracle-working deliverer of Israel.

As I ponder the biblical account of his life I am enamoured by one of his greatest attributes: teachability. Regardless of the scale of his success or altitude of his achievements, he still needed someone to ‘speak into his life’.

In Exodus 18 we read of the mentoring relationship between Jethro and Moses. A brief overview provides us with a minimum of four important life principles:

1. Jethro asked about his personal well being (vs 7).
2. Jethro challenged his methods by asking ‘what’ he was doing (vs 14).
3. Jethro challenged his motives by asking ‘why’ he was doing it (vs 14).
4. Jethro offered a solution and a strategy (vs. 17-23)

We all need a mentor who can ask these questions of our life and ministry. A fellow leader who can walk alongside of us, challenge us and inspire us to advance the Kingdom of God where we are located. An apostolically led and relationally connected movement looks like this.

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just a thought

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Rev. Aaron Linford

MICROSCOPIC MIGHT
The greatest force in punctuation is the period. Other “points” say, “Steady up”, or “Pause”, but this says “Stop!” A tiny dot at the end of a sentence indicates finality, absolute authority, a literary barrier beyond which the sentence must not proceed.

And it is just a macroscopic, pin-head-size, spot of ink. Once used, the sentence is complete. We must start again. It is like a policeman’s raised hand holding up a double-decker bus, intrinsically weak, but authoritatively strong.

Little things are often big in importance, influence or impact. A released atom can create havoc, a minute cotter-pin secure a massive wheel, a tiny tug nuzzle an ocean liner into its berth.

And so to higher things. An insignificant band of “nonentities” changed the face of civilisation (cf 1 Cor 1:26-28); one dissatisfied monk led Europe from “the dark ages” to a reformation that re-directed its destiny; an undistinguished “Bible-class”, seeking God, became the launching-pad of pentecostalism with its profound impact on twentieth – century life. To “despise the day of small things” (Zech 4:10) is neither wise nor witty. If God is in it, a “dot” becomes dynamic.

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