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Fear That I Have Experienced

Upon considering what I feared the most in my Christian life I immediately thought back over the previous year. The greatest fear that occurred in my life during this year: the responsibility of conducting a funeral.

Now it was not the funeral itself that I feared, but it was the responsibilities entailed in such an overwhelming task. I have never been one to shun responsibility, but here I was, in my first pastorate, faced with the task of presiding at the funeral of one of my dear friends.

The fear of failure sunk in. What if I disappointed the family and they looked back upon it with a remembrance of distaste? This thought haunted me. If I failed, this would then be a poor example of the ministry as well as a poor witness for Jesus.

I was therefore at the end of myself. My heart was full of anxiety. I could turn to no resource in myself; thus realizing my utter helplessness, I called upon God. I was then in the place God wanted me – the place of complete dependence upon Him. Here He could take away my fear and use me for His honor and glory. Thus in conducting the funeral, I leaned by faith on God, enabling Him to glorify His name throughout the service. Praise God!

Is it possible to be humble and still be a big shot?

by Doug Nichols

My late father-in-law, who was a missionary in China for 13 years in the 1940s and 50s, said the Chinese had a saying, “You can smell pride and it is not a pleasant smell.”

Recently I participated in three mission leaders’ conferences in Dallas, TX with many ministry and mission leaders worldwide.  It was great to fellowship with God’s people from Kuwait, Bhutan, Egypt, India, Libya, Puerto Rico, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, the Philippines, and so forth.  One brother from Asia, who planted a church among his people in Texas, said one of the biggest problems he had in his church planting ministry was pride among some who had become leaders.

As I met with two major ministry leaders, both of whom lead multi-million ministries in Asia, the whole meeting was totally about them, their work, and the success of their ministry with the smell of pride penetrating the entire time together. In our conversation, I mentioned one brother in Asia and was told that his opinion did not hold any weight as he was an insignificant nobody.

So, can big shots be humble?  Yes, but it seems that they are hard to find.

I once asked a leader to meet with me for lunch with his staff and he simply said, “I’m the Director, I don’t eat with the staff.”

Between conference sessions, I was able to visit the home of a missionary friend and leader, the godly statesman, John Richard.  He is 90, East Indian, and has served the Lord in faithfully in servant leadership worldwide for over 70 years. God has mightily used him, yet he is so humble.


Invaluable Ministry – Administrative Assistants


What would we ever do without ministry assistants, those who help behind the scenes in running a ministry to the glory of God? Recently I’ve been under pressure in keeping up with correspondence, appointments, writing, as well as helping plan a memorial service for my dear father-in-law, Walter Jespersen. I have still been able to dictate emails and letters since I take my dictaphone with me most everywhere (such as today in the car and also on my mile walk).  My ministry assistants have been an invaluable help with correspondence and other tasks, which not only assists our family but also an invaluable ministry continuation worldwide to the glory of God.

I would desire all leaders to trust God for such team members to assist in ministry that the work of the Lord will continue despite our inabilities, inadequacies and lack of time.

Unlikely Candidates for Success

by Harold Sala

Why God chooses to use some individuals who have few natural qualifications and talents and bypasses others who seem more equipped in terms of aptitude, training, and education has never ceased to amaze me.

Download Harold Sala’s ebook Unlikely Candidates for Success here.


25 Principles from Mohler’s book “The Conviction to Lead (25 Principles for Leadership that Matters)

The twenty-five principles covered in Albert Mohler’s new book, The Conviction to Lead (25 Principles for Leadership that Matters.

1. The Conviction to Lead (True Leadership Starts With a Purpose, Not a Plan)

2. Leading is Believing (The Leader Is Driven by Beliefs That Lead to Action)

3. Convictional Intelligence (The Leader Develops the Capacity to Think in Convictional Terms and Leads Followers to Do the Same)

4. Leadership is Narrative (The Leader Draws Followers Into a Story That Frames All of Life)

5. Leaders Understand Worldviews (The Leader Shapes the Worldview of Followers)

6. The Passion to Lead (Passionate Leaders Driven by Passionate Beliefs Draw Passionate Followers)

8. Leader Are Teachers (The Effective Leader Is the Master Teach Within a Learning Organization)

9. Leadership Is All About Character (Leaders Are Trusted When Their Lives Are in Alignment With Their Convictions)

10. Leadership and Credibility (Leadership Happens When Character and Competence Are Combined)

11. Leaders Are Communicators (The Leader’s Most Essential Skill Is the Ability to Communicate… Over and Over Again)

12. Leaders and Readers (When You Find a Leader, You Find a Reader, and for Good Reason)

13. The Leader and Power (The Faithful Leader Knows That Power Is Never and End in Itself)

14. Leaders are Managers (Not All Managers Are Leader, but All Leaders Are Managers

15. Leaders are Speakers (Leaders Give Voice to Conviction and Mobilize Hearts and Minds With A Message)l

16. Leadership in Stewardship (Leaders Never Lead for Themselves; They Are Stewards in Service of Another)

17. The Leader as Decision Maker (Organizations Expect Many Things From Leaders, Most of All the Trusted Ability to Decide

18. The Moral Virtues of Leadership (Leadership and Morality Are Inseparable)

19. The Leader and Media (The Medium Is Not the Message, You Are – and the Leader Must Know How to Deliver That Message

20. The Leader as Writer (The Written Word Remains One of the Most Powerful Ways to Lead, so Leaders Write)

21. The Digital Leader (Leaders Understand the Digital World – a World in Which They are Called to Lead)

22. The Leader and Time (Leaders Know That Time Is the Great Equalizer of Humanity)

23. Leadership That Endures (The Leader’s Goal Is Not Only to Last but to Endure)

24. The Leader is Death (Morality Frames the Horizon of Leadership)

25. The Leader’s Legacy (In The End, the Leader’s Goal Is to Leave a Lasting Imprint)