After watching the debate last night, I realized this election is not about policies and politics, it’s about character. We are seeing the dumbing down of morality and the mental capabilities of people. How do you know if someone’s character is compromised?
When I think of someone in high esteem, I assume, naturally, that they are a person of strong character. When you think of someone, who you believe is stable and has a sense of right and wrong, you naturally assume they have a morally centered character.
As the political winds are shifting toward who will become our next President of the United States, we have an idea of the kind of leader we want in the highest office. But as we take a look at the candidates of both sides of the aisle, there are those we love and those we don’t. There are good leaders, average leaders and bad leaders.
As a pastor, I deal with leadership issues on a weekly basis. Decisions have to be made, and people are looking to me to help them along in life. I’ve made some very good choices and have been praised, and I’ve made some choices that those in leadership have pulled me aside and have said… “Jason, let’s have a talk.”
In today’s episode I want to answer the question, what makes a great leader? I want to walk you through 5 principles that make great leaders.
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Goals, dreams and the future are things that we all want. They elude some, but those who keep their eyes on the prize will cross the finish line with success. But so many people are focusing on the wrong things that their dreams begin to die.
In the craze of Pokémon Go, people have their heads buried in their phones and tablets trying to catch the most rare Pokémon. I recently downloaded the game, and found it was not worth the hype it’s generated. But now all I see is people with their heads down, staring at the wrong thing. They are not walking toward a successful future or goal.
Character is something that has massive affect on those around us. Whether we know it or not, our character determines how we view the world and those around us. It doesn’t matter who you’re trying to lead–your family, spouse, co-workers, company etc.–because effective leadership begins inside. It’s an inside-out job.
I believe character begins at home. Who you are when no one is looking, is who you really are. I also believe that our character is shaped during our formidable years. There’s a scene in season two of Smallville, where Lex Luthor finds his long lost brother, Lucas. In the scene Clark Kent and Lucas talk about being raised differently.
We all go through dry seasons in our spiritual walk. These desert times can either be an awakening or a time that keeps us from pursuing God. It can be difficult for most to find the time to get unstuck. It’s like the mud of life keeps you from moving forward. As you spin your spiritual tires and nothing happens, what can you do? How do you apply traction to an otherwise dry season of life?
I served my college internship in Australia, at a sister church of the world famous Hillsong Church. One night after the Hillsong Conference, I was dropped off late at my host home. I walked up the path to the house and I heard, “If you go in, you won’t hear what I have to say.”
Last week I attended the annual Harvest Network International assembly (pastor and leader’s conference) in Minnesota. The music, speakers, workshops and fellowship/networking were out of this world. I’m so glad I decided to go this year. This conference is designed to help leaders take their ministries and lives to the next level.
This year we had an awesome lineup of speakers; Ken Roberts, Francis Frangipane, Jim Anderson and Kirk Bennett. I took tons of notes and the Spirit of God spoke heavily to my spirit. I want to focus on talks given by Francis Frangipane and by Jim Anderson. Their focus; humility.
If you’re running a church, ministry or business you should be blogging. A simple act that can have great benefit is something most leaders miss out on. But, if you want to take your ministry to the next level, you must blog weekly.
When I began blogging in 2009, I really didn’t know I was venturing into something few did. I know countless leaders who say they don’t blog because they either don’t understand the need, or say they don’t have the time. Yet, I found when I began to blog, I would get feedback from people saying, “Thank you for that, it’s just want I needed.”
The J. B. Sisam Show is on a hiatus this week as I begin preparing for Season 5 of the show. So, I combed through my previous episodes and found one of the most popular ones. Also, when this episode aired, it was called CrossTalk Online Radio – It’s since been changed to The J. B. Sisam show. I hope you enjoy this listener favorite.
In this special encore episode #18 of The J. B. Sisam Show, I talk about lies that hold us back from seeing true success. But how do we combat these lies and how do we find freedom.
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Sacrifice is a part of life for those in the Military. These men and women put their lives on the line so that we can live freely in this Republic. But as time passes, I often wonder if we’ve truly forgotten why we even celebrate Memorial Day.
As a Pastor, I get the chance to meet so many different people. Each of them have a special place in my heart. They make me a better man by encouraging me to live beyond my means and make Jesus number one in my life.
One such individual, whom I considered another Grandpa was Merton Willette. He served his country in World War II in the U.S. Navy and left with a Lieutenant Junior Grade rank. Before his death in 2012 he had the privilege to take a Military Honor Flight to the WWII Memorial in Washington DC.
One of my favorite movie series of all time is Star Wars. In the second movie, The Empire Strikes Back Luke Skywalker sets out on a journey to find Master Jedi Yoda. In a scene from the movie, Yoda teaches young Luke a powerful lesson on using the force and changing your mental attitude to accomplish amazing goals.
In watching this scene, you find Luke trying to rescue his X-wing fighter. He gives up, not wanting to move forward. He’d moved rocks and stones, but Yoda says he has the power to lift the ship. Luke responds with… “Alright, I’ll give it another try…”