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The Centurion

The Holy Spirit uses people to enlarge the Kingdom of God. When people are not willing to be used of God, they grieve the Holy Spirit, and, as a result, the Kingdom ceases to grow. As Jesus began His earthly ministry, the people played a prominent role in promoting His ministry. The masses came to see and witness the power and authority that Jesus displayed. Amazed at the miracles which He preformed, they sought out the sick and possessed and brought them to Jesus for His healing touch. So was the case with a certain Centurion. This elite soldier was stationed in the seaside town of Capernaum. Through the influence of the Jewish community, he became receptive to their religion. He built a Synagogue so they could easily hear and study the Word of their God. One day the Centurion's servant became gravely ill. He had heard the people talk about a "prophet/ teacher" that healed people. He summoned the elders of the Jews and urged them to bring the miracle w…

Reasons Why You Need To See A Nail Spa Expert

For women, it takes a lot of effort to stay beautiful and confident all day, every single day. This is why they treat nail spas as their best friends when it comes to feeling beautiful, empowered and looking fab. Having a manicure and pedicure regularly is like having a breath of fresh air. It only takes one full session at a nearby beauty and health spa to realize that it truly pays to pay attention to your nails. Making your hands and feet look pretty by investing in professional nail care and pampering can go a long way - in terms of helping you achieve a more put-together look, let go of some of the worries of the day and improve your overall health and wellness. Below are some of the benefits you'll get:

1. Receive no less than professional service and attention.

DIY mani-pedi can be time-consuming and may lead to disastrous results. Like a bad haircut, it can sometimes need a long time to correct those amateur errors (hello, misshapen, too-short nails). Going…

WHERE Will A New Leader Take His Organization?

Regardless of whether someone takes the helms of a small group, or gains the top leadership position in a major organization, many wonder WHERE that individual might take his organization/ group! Whether he ascended to his position unopposed, or through a contentious election campaign, one can never be completely certain what someone will do, and how, until/ unless he actually begins leading. Some campaigns are rhetoric, and promises - filled, while others are either predominantly negative or positive, but those of us who analyze and review historical patterns of behavior, there is often a wide disparity between one's campaign talk, and leadership reality/ behavior! Only, once someone gains the powers and authorities of his office, is it possible, to know for sure, how he will handle his responsibilities, and what he might actually do, etc.

1. Wishes; wants; what; when; why; who: One of the rude awakenings faced by many new leaders, is it's not always simply…

Empowerment - Problem Ownership = Errand Runner

Some time back I was working with a leader who was having difficulty with his employees feeling empowered in their work. Ned (not his real name) was frustrated. "I don't understand it!" he stammered. "I assign tasks out, stay out of their way while they're completing the tasks, hold them accountable to dates, and praise them when the task is done well. I do all this yet my employees tell me I don't empower them. I'm ready to pull my hair out (ironically he was folically challenged)".

We talked a bit more about how he does things. As Ned was describing his empowerment technique, something occurred to me. When he assigned work, he took great pains to describe the task, what the deliverable had to look like, and when it needed to be done. What Ned failed to do was clearly articulate the underlying problem that he was trying to solve. Rather, he would assign the task to an employee, get the work product, then use the work product to he…

How Leaders ENDURE Challenges

One of the greatest intangibles, which makes identifying, qualifying, and selecting the best possible leader, often challenging, difficult, and/ or uncertain, is not being able to know, for sure, how someone might handle the stresses, challenges, and less glorious aspects of leadership. One should remember and respect the slogan made famous by President Harry Truman, "The buck stops here." While there are many aspects of leading, which are wonderful, there are times when positions of leadership become thankless jobs. How might you handle those situations? What will you do, to motivate yourself to persist and persevere, when lesser, or weaker individuals, might probably give up, and/ or quit trying? How will you be able to consistently maintain a true, honest, legitimate, positive attitude? In addition to all the skills, assets, training, knowledge, wisdom, etc, needed to be a real leader, let's consider how leaders ENDURE challenges?

1. Empathy; excelle…