Jesus: Follow Me; Not My followers, nor their leaders.

That statement sums up the biblical paradigm of leadership as exemplified by Jesus Himself and the disciples after Him.

I do not mean one should look down upon other disciples/Christians.

The world expects the same quality/quantity of the life of Jesus in us!

While we cannot be like Him one hundred percent, it should motivate us greatly to strive to be like Him in every talk/walk of our lives.

Matthew 10.

Billy Graham and islam

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Billy Graham and Islam:

“I think Islam is misunderstood too.  Muhammad had a great respect for Jesus and he told
‘Jesus, greatest of the prophets except himself and I think that we are closer to Islam than we really think we are.'”

“… we are closer to Islam than we really think we are”

Really, Dr. Graham?  Have you ever read the Quran/Hadith????????????

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Billy Graham and islam

Nehemiah had a burden; he did not bury it or ignore it.

This is a compilation based on the message I gave at my church on 01-03-2013.

Scripture : Nehemiah chapters 1 and 2.

For Nehemiah, it all began with a burden/concern for the people of Israel, his people.  He did not neglect it or bury it.

He had a concern for his people.

– prayed, fasted, and wept before God.

– Go to God first when you have a concern/burden.

He was cup-bearer to the King.

– He carried himself up in his career to where he is now.

– do what you enjoy or enjoy what you do

– look at the hard working man, he will stand before kings.

He carried his burden constantly within his heart.

– a burden is something that kind of haunts you constantly.

– you can work on it or bury it with you.  Give it life by doing something about it immediately or bury it with you in the grave.

His concern/burden of the heart is noticed by the King.

– Hope.  The day will come when your concerns/burdens will be noticed by others or the concerned.

– Keep praying.  Keep planning.  Keep working.

He laid his concern/burden as a plan before the King/Queen.

– He had already planned before talking to the King.  But the King noted it first before he ever opened his mouth.

– BUT Nehemiah was ready with a plan.   He had worked/planned enough that he converted it into a workable plan instantly when King noticed his heart/burden.

– Be prepared.  Get ready for you don’t know when you will have to lay it down before men.  It may come suddenly.

When asked, Nehemiah stated his heart/plan/burden boldly.

– He spoke from his heart.

– He was bold and clear.

– He had a plan.

– He convinced both the King and the Queen at the same time because he was bold and clear.

When asked, he prayed within himself.  He prayed silently.

– Trust in God to give you wisdom when you have to talk/present your plan suddenly.

– Before he laid the plan down before the earthly king, he had already laid it down at the Heavenly King.

He was afraid before the King.

– Because it was not King’s work/concern.

– Yet he spoke boldly and clearly.

2:8 “Because the gracious hand of my God was upon me…”

– He concluded that it was because of his God though that did not exclude him from planning/working/thinking.

He shares the burden to the King and Queen.