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Effective Leadership—by Lies or Truth?

A very successful leader shared the keys to his success:

Men do not think.
Make the lie big.
Make it simple; keep it simple.
Keep saying it.
Eventually they will believe it.

This was Hitler’s secret.

Only 10% of the German citizens actively supported him.  Others stood by, watched and kept silent, avoiding the uncomfortable truth until it was too late.  As they heard the screams of trainloads of Jews headed for extermination, they just sang their hymns louder to drown them out, feeling that there was nothing they could do.

Where are we on this cycle?

Bondage > Spiritual Faith > Courage > Liberty > Abundance > Complacency   > Apathy > Dependence > and back to Bondage

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Hitler’s key was lies; may our key be truth and integrity,
no matter what it costs us! 
Let’s keep this standard for ourselves and for our leaders, by God’s help!

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Source:  New York Times best-selling author Andy Andrews’ book “How Do You Kill 11 Million People?” via www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDKcF—1hEc

What Makes Me Secure?

Years ago I had a strange dream:  A clock whose hands were not anchored down.  They were moving, but their movements were out of control, meaningless.  To me, this was a vivid illustration of the meaninglessness of a life not centered and anchored in Christ. 

But rooted & grounded in God, who is unchanging, the movements of my life (with all its changes) are meaningful & orchestrated. 

Whenever I leave a familiar and secure environment to travel to a different place, a switch occurs in my mind. It’s a letting go of all those things in which I find security—friends, routines, resources—and reaffirming my dependence on the Lord who is my true Friend and Resource for whatever may lie ahead. 

The Bible contains other metaphors for the stability we have in Christ:

Rock:  Ps. 18:2;  31:2
Anchor:  Heb. 6:19
Foundation:  Is. 33:6; 1 Cor. 3:11
Roots:  Eph. 3:16-17 

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