10 Reasons Why Leaders Flame-out!...

Aug 2, 2010 by

10 Reasons Why I Believe Leaders Flame Out! July 27, 2010 By Pastor Perry Noble   www.newspring.cc               #1 – They feel like have something to prove…and so instead of becoming obsessed with God’s greatness they become obsessed with their own.     #2 – They have a hard time accepting Gods grace…thus throwing themselves into an achievement based mentality.  They think the more they accomplish the more God loves them – despite what is written in Ephesians 2:8-9   #3 – They feel like rest is sin…despite the LONGEST command in the 10 commandments being the one on rest!  (Leaders…Isaiah 30:15…READ IT NOW!!!)     #4 – They do not trust the leaders around them…thus they feel like they need to do it all.  (We were not called to...

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One Man’s Story

Jan 30, 2009 by

“Midway this life we’re bound upon, I woke to find myself in a dark wood, where the right road was wholly lost and gone.” The Divine Comedy-Canto I- Dante Dante’s words ring true to me when I remember my experience with burnout. At the time I was the Pastor at the same Baptist church for over twenty years. My wife and I have three sons who were all teens back then. I had several pressures at this time. The church had grown in numbers as had the Christian day school on campus. This led to a major building program to renovate and expand the small 200 year old building we called home. It was decided to get a loan for the entire project, big bucks. The growth of the ministry was in some measure...

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Religion and Weariness

Dec 27, 2008 by

The flesh loves the idea of earning, achieving, qualifying for, winning, paying for – whatever dream we may have. The flesh rarely likes charity. Charity means someone else did it, and you didn’t. It means you have achieved nothing. An individual may desire to run in the Boston Marathon. So, every morning for six months prior to the race, he crawls out of bed at 5:30 AM and runs five miles before work. We say he is training religiously for the marathon. What does the phrase, “training religiously,” mean? If you look in an older dictionary (50 years or older) one of the usages of the word religion was, “a return to bondage”. Our marathon runner has placed him/herself into self-imposed bondage in the training routine. Whether rain, snow, hail, blistering sun, high wind...

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Falling Into the Lake

Dec 27, 2008 by

What is spiritual burnout? One of the simplest definitions I have heard is, “spiritual and emotional exhaustion, with little or no desire to keep trying.” That is not a comprehensive explanation by any means, but it hints at the feelings and weariness that are part of the package. Spiritual burnout can also be defined as growing disillusionment with the belief system, usually because we are believing in an altered version. Our expectations never come to pass, and as the years roll by we become increasingly disillusioned. In a future article we will discuss further this idea and the Gospel. A third perspective is to realize the individual has been trying, and even striving, to live the victorious life by their own power instead of God’s power. It doesn’t work and disillusionment, frustration and fatigue...

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The Quitter – Robert Service...

Dec 27, 2008 by

The following is a poem by Robert Service written during his days in the Yukon, when he wrote many of his famous Yukon ballads. When you are feeling very low there are a number of thoughts you can relate with, especially the final sentence. When you’re lost in the Wild, and scared as a child, And death looks you bang in the eye, And you’re sore as a boil, it’s according to Hoyle To cock your revolver and . . . die. But the Code of a Man says: “Fight all you can,” And self-dissolution is barred. In hunger and woe, oh, it’s easy to blow . . . It’s the hell-served-for-breakfast that’s hard. “You’re sick of the game!” Well, now, that’s a shame. You’re young and you’re brave and you’re bright. You’ve had...

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Meaningful Encounter with God in 2003...

Dec 27, 2008 by

Steve Packer, Speech at Linn County Association of Evangelicals Luncheon, former pastor Jeremiah 18:18 says, “Come let us devise plans against Jeremiah . . . let us attack him with the tongue, and let us not give heed to any of his words.” I walked this same path with Jeremiah five and a half years ago and have been taking baby steps toward complete healing ever since that time. I had come to expect (even anticipate) the rejection of antagonists within the local church. However, I did not anticipate the confusion they successfully created among other believers and the devastating escalation of the rejection which followed from friends, peers, and denominational officials. I soon lost my job, our family lost its support group and local church, we eventually lost our home, most of our...

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