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Posted 1 month ago

The Law of Connection Part 8

Cyrus Rules-Ezra 1:1-7

Unlike King Rehoboam, the Persian King Cyrus was able to connect with God's people. He first displayed mercy and then identify with the values and heart of his people. This allowed him to strengthen his reign.

What enabled King Cyrus to connect with the people? Ezra tells us he practiced . . .

Go Ye Therefore

Posted 2 months ago

The Law of Connection Part 7

When You Connect with People

Connecting with people isn't complicated, but it takes effort. Observe how Rehoboam neglected this priority:

  1. Your people are more willing to take action when you first move them with emotion. 

Even when King Solomon's elders advised Rehoboam that he could win the people's hearts forever by lightening their workload, he turned a deaf ear. When he showed no concern for their welfare, they sought another leader who would listen. 

Go Ye Therefore

Posted 2 months ago

The Law of Connection Part 6

Rehoboam: Leaders Touch Hearts-1 Kings 12:1-24

A leader can't connect with people only when he is communicating to groups; he must connect with individuals. The stronger the relationship and connection between individuals, the more likely the follower will want to help the leader. Some leaders have problems because they believe that followers must take the responsibility to connect. But successful leaders always initiate. They take the first step and then make the effort to continue building relationships.

Go Ye Therefore

Posted 2 months ago

The Law of Connection Part 5

Covenant Love-1 Samuel 20:1-41

Although Jonathan was the royal prince, he exalted and encouraged David, knowing he risked his future throne. First Samuel 20 describes the four characteristics of their friendship. Jonathan was: available (vv. 1-4); dependable (vv. 5-17); vulnerable (vv. 18-33); and responsible (vv. 34-42). And so Jonathan won David's loyalty (v. 41).

Abigail-1 Samuel 25:1-42

Go Ye Therefore

Posted 2 months ago

The Law of Connection Part 4

God Touches Hearts First-Deuteronomy 10:1-11:25

As the Ultimate Leader, God directs His people to obey Him. But He doesn't simply demand obedience without giving sufficient reason. The Lord provides a good rationale for His people to obey Him. He reminds them that He first touched and blessed themnow, the only proper response is loving obedience. God's people were to follow His leadership because of:

Go Ye Therefore

Posted 2 months ago

The Law of Connection Part 3

God's Covenant, God's Rules-Exodus 19:3-13

Have you ever noticed how God introduced the Ten Commandments? Before He spoke His laws to the people in Exodus 20, He took time to remind them of three vital truths:

Go Ye Therefore

Posted 3 months ago

The Law of Connection Part 2

Pharaoh Violates Law-Exodus 1:8-22

The first chapter of Exodus introduces us to a man with great power, but little character or wisdom. The leader of the most powerful nation of the ancient world, this pharaoh had little in common with the confident ruler who led Egypt during Joseph's day. He constantly worried that others might usurp his power, felt his security threatened, and consequently sabotaged his own leadership. Notice how he responded to the challenges he faced (along with what he should have done).

Go Ye Therefore

Posted 3 months ago

The Law of Connection Part 1

 God and Abram-Genesis 12:1-7

At first glance, the incident at the Tower of Babel looks like an angry God bent on punishing the people for disobedience. It was much more than that; actually, God was implementing a plan called "divide and conquer. "In Genesis 11, the Lord divided the people into many language groups. In Genesis 12, He chose one of those groups and made a covenant with one of their members. God spoke to Abraham and promised to bless him, and through him to bless the entire human race. Because of that covenant, Abram became the father of the Hebrew nation.

Go Ye Therefore

Posted 3 months ago

Leadership Issues: Compassion Part 3

What to Cry About-Micah 1:1-9

The more leaders mature, the more value they place on people. When all is said and done, leadership isn't about strategy, marketing, organization, efficiency, our high- quality products, but about people. Micah hurt when others hurt, even though they were in the wrong. The high value he placed on people teaches us . . .

Go Ye Therefore

Posted 4 months ago

Leadership Issues: Compassion Part 2

Leaders Must Empathize-Jeremiah 4:19-26

Compassion drove Jeremiah. He empathized with the flaws of his people, and even though he warned them of coming judgment, his proclamation sounded far from cold and sterile. He identified with the Israelites and anguished over their plight. This enabled him to lead over the long haul.

Commitment to Vision-Lamentations 2:20