September 01, 2015

Three Key Ingredients for Change

F. L. Anderson

I've heard a lot of good quotes over the years. Quotes about life. Quotes about leadership. Quotes that make since and some that don't. 

Some are really great quotes and many have wisdom that can also be found in scripture.

Here's a great quotes I heard on the radio from a well known furniture store owner in Houston. 

"Change the environment, change the brain, change the behavior." 

I've heard this quote before, but as I meditated on it, it dawned on me that this is one of those quotes that reflects wisdom that can also be found throughout the Bible.

From this one quote we find three key ingredients for change.

  1. Change the environment: Paul tells us to "come out from among them and separate yourselves from them." In other words, change who you're hanging around. Associate yourself with those who love truth. Attach yourself to people of light.

  2. Change the brain: Change your thinking. Paul again, tells us to "Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind." The book of Proverbs says, "Wisdom is the principal thing; (The first thing) therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding."

  3. Change your behavior: This can only happen after you have done the first two. "Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy."

"For things to change, somebody, somewhere has to start behaving differently."

"Action speak louder than words."

Now where have I heard this before? Oh... "You can tell the tree by its fruit."

August 27, 2015

Church Leaders and People Pleasing: Five things you need to know

by F. L. Anderson

People have the need to play it safe. To be loved and accepted. However, this need gets a lot of people in trouble when it becomes a controlling desire.

79 percent of church leaders in one survey of 1,000 pastors and 91 percent in another survey of over 1,200 pastors admitted to people-pleasing tendencies to some degree in their respective ministries.

Here are five things I discovered about church leaders who are people pleasers.

August 20, 2015

Why The Phrase "Make it Work" Doesn't Always Work

by F. L. Anderson

I've been in ministry for a long time and in that time I've seen some things, experience some things and "as much as lieth in me" endured many things including people (This includes family). 

In all of this I have learned, that the phrase or saying, "make it work" sounds good, however it doesn't always work.

August 16, 2015

Four Instructions by the Apostle Paul on Giving That May Surprise You

by F. L. Anderson

It is amazing the pressure, fear and condemnation put on God’s people to give.

Don't misunderstand me. Having been a pastor, I understand the pressures and concerns of ensuring that those buildings we like to call "the church", are able to keep it's doors open. I understand all the intangibles and financial resources required to make that building we call the church function.

I also am blessed to have been given the revelation that the institution we call "church", and the model that is and has been used in the western world for the last 1700 years is not scripture, and therefore flawed.