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Human Limitation - it's real

Two weeks ago I taught on Mark 9:14-32 at Colossae and talked about some limitations we experience as people.  At one point (v.19) we even see Jesus articulate the harsh reality that people are actually incapable of remaining faithful to God's design for them.   Throughout the book of Mark we've seen him articulate his realizations of people's limitations a few different times in our study and here it seems that he knows he is going to have to reconcile these issues himself - by leaving and dying to make the imperfect, perfect. 
Anyway, we didn't break the message down this way necessarily, but we saw human limitations expressed in at least 3 different ways through this passage: The misplacement of expectations.  We can often take what we should only expect of God and expect the same of other people.  We saw this with the man who brought his boy to Jesus, but then placed what he expected of Jesus onto the disciples.  They could not meet his expectations and it ended up i…

Leadership 101

Over the next couple weeks I will be throwing out some thoughts on leadership.  I of course have a lot of different thoughts so this will be simply me throwing out whatever thought comes to me at the point of writing.  They will be somewhat random, straight to the point and hopefully helpful for you - although you may be the one that should be writing these instead of me. 
Todays thought comes from the apostle Paul and understanding a bit about his ministry.  For me, one of the biggest things that pops out about his leadership is the fact that he "lived among" those he served.  See Acts 20:17-21 for an example.  You can also see this phraseology throughout the book of 1 Thessalonians.
You might say Paul's leadership was "down to earth" and there is a beauty to leading this way.  He didn't lead from a position, he led from his life.  In Acts 20:17-21 alone we see those he led could attest to at least the following things:
1. his humility.  Can we look at those …