What is effectiveness?

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This question gets asked more than many questions because people want to know how well they are doing. I don’t care if you are a CEO of a fortune 500 company or a stay at home mom each of us desires to know if we are being effective. I recently re-read a book called “The Effective Executive” by Peter Drucker. Drucker opens the book by defining what effectiveness is. He says effectiveness is not doing things right it is the ability to get the right things done.

He explains that effectiveness is not a secret to be discovered it is rather a habit to be formed. I thought I would do a few posts breaking down some of the big thoughts around the 5 practices that Drucker says effective people practice.

Those 5 habits of the mind are:

1. Effective executives know where their time goes.
2. Effective executives focus on outward contribution they gear their efforts to results rather than to work3. Effective executives build on their strengths
4. Effective executives concentrate on the few major areas where superior performance will produce outstanding results.
5. Effective executives make effective decisions.

 

Tim Keller on How the church should address homosexuality

Patheos: Owen Strachan
June 3, 2014

Every Christian needs to know the how to discuss the issue of homosexuality. If you haven’t been asked what you believe you will. Really love what Keller says. Be disarming, yet truthful. Below is an outtake of a full blog post by Owen Strachan blogging on Patheos.

Keller on how the church should speak to the issue of homosexuality:

You always want to speak in the most disarming way, but still be very truthful. Both disarming and truthful. I’m not sure most of us speak in that way—trying to be both. Ed Clowney, former President of Westminster Theological Seminary, said this many years ago: We tend to say we preach the Bible, but you tend to preach the answers to the questions you’ve posed to the Bible. Whether you know it or not, you read the Bible with certain questions. A Korean might have a question in mind when he reads that an African wouldn’t have. Right now our culture asks certain questions and we can’t help but respond to them. We do that in the most disarming way, but to some degree we can’t ignore the culture’s questions. We need to give biblical answers to the culture’s questions. You don’t give them the answers they want, you give them the answers they need. You can’t be a responsible pastor if you don’t.

If we are going to shepherd and teach, we must give the most disarming and truthful answers.

Free Bible Lesson John: Book of God’s Love

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Gospel of John– Book of God’s Love

Key Point – God loves you and Cares for you
Memory Verse – John 14:18 I will not leave you orphans. I will come to you.

Bible Story/Children’s Sermon – John 11 the story of Jesus and Lazarus. Explain to the kids that God will never leave us he is always with us no matter where we go. Jesus loves us. The Bible is all about how much he loves. It tells us in the Bible in Romans 3 that God loves us so much that he sent His one and only son to die for our sins so that we could be God’s friend again and that we go to heaven.
God’s Love for us
Never Ends
Is Shown by Him protecting us
He will never leave us.