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Wind Beneath My Wings

Team members are vital to the overall success of the organization and must be appreciated by leadership. I’m eternally thankful for the team members I work with presently and those that have stood by my side through the years. This blog and poem is dedicated to you! I hope you know who you are and what you have done for me.

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“The Wind Beneath My Wings”

It must have been cold there in my shadow,
To never have the sunlight on your face.
You’ve been content to see me shine
You always walked a step behind.
I was the one with all the glory,
While you were the one with all the strain,
Only a face without a name,
I never once heard you complain.

Did you ever know that you’re my hero?
And everything I’d like to be?
I can fly higher than an eagle,
But you are the wind beneath my wings.

Roger Whittaker

photo credit: Todd Ryburn via photopin cc

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Determining whether Actions are Right or Wrong

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The Bible presents general principles that permit us to determine the rightness or wrongness of actions (even those not mentioned in the Bible).

We can ask the following questions:

  1. “Can it be done for the glory of God? (1 Corinthians 10:31).
  2. Can it be done “in the name of the Lord Jesus” asking His blessing on the activity? (John 14:13).
  3. Can it be done while sincerely giving thanks to God?
  4. Is it a Christlike action? (1 John 2:6).
  5. Will it weaken the sincere convictions of other Christians? (1 Corinthians 8:10-11).
  6. Will it weaken my desire for spiritual things, God’s Word, and prayer? (Luke 8:14; Matthew 5:6).
  7. Will it weaken or hinder my witness for Christ? (Matthew 5:13-16)” (Author Unknown).
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Is Our Church Like the First Church?

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The promise of power caused the disciples to assemble in the Upper Room at Jerusalem for a ten day prayer meeting.

  • They waited.
  • They expected.
  • They trusted.
  • They were united.
  • They were in one accord.
  • They received.
  • They were transformed.
  • They were changed.
  • They continued.
  • They changed their world.
  • They changed religion forever.
  • They “turned the world upside down” (Acts 17:6).
  • They filled Jerusalem with their doctrine (Acts 5:28).
  • They became the New Testament Church.
  • They were the Biblical Church.
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Becoming the Biblical Church

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We must also be the Biblical Church:

  • “A Church which believes the Bible.
  • A Church which teaches the Bible.
  • A Church which honors the Bible.
  • A Church which lives according to the Bible.
  • A Church which reproduces the Acts of Christ.
  • A Church that steps out on the promises of God and exercises the power of God.
  • A Church where our voices are blended with the voice of God.
  • A Church where the impossible becomes possible, and is brought to pass.
  • A Church which senses the power of the Spirit.
  • A Church which is more concerned with a manifestation of God’s Spirit and power than with enticing words of men’s wisdom” (Anonymous).
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