Why You Don’t Need the Holy Spirit to Lead

Great leaders come and go. They inspire us to be better than ourselves. They encourage us to press through even when the going gets tough. But what truly makes a successful leader?


As a pastor, I often am confronted with choices. Do I go this direction, or that direction? Which way should I take those I’m leading? The hard reality, knowing you’ve made the right choice.

3 Reasons Praise is More than Sacrifice

Learn to Praise by Dying

We all understand and realize life has its ups and its downs. Life will throw our daily routine into the spin cycle. Everything is crazy, it’s hard and it is sometimes difficult to find some sort of normalcy in our daily life. We know that He says, “…and my grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Cor. 12:9). This is the reasoning we can offer up a sacrifice of praise.

Our praise should never be contingent on how we feel. The writer of Hebrews calls us priests of God. As priests it is our duty to help others through acts of service by sharing the grace God has poured out in our lives.


Soldier Praying

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I came across this video this morning. It lifted my spirit and caused me to praise the Lord. This video shows a room filled with U.S. Marines praising God! It’s powerful, and is a great reminder that we are supposed to be spiritual Marines!

Matthew 16:18 [Full Chapter]

“And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”


J. B. Sisam

Thanks through Praise!



As I woke up this morning, I realized that 2014 is nearing its end. We are excited when each year begins, because it creates a new and fresh start for us. By the time we get to Thanksgiving, people are already in a frenzy over the latest Frozen Doll that’s out of stock at Target. They don’t care about giving thanks, they want the next big deal to go on sale mid-day Thanksgiving.

Have we come so far in the past 20-30 years that we cannot spend even one day with our family, not going out, not thinking about shopping – just being a family?

God has called us to praise Him in everything–no matter where we are at or how we are feeling.

King David in Psalm 150 says this; “Praise the Lord.” This is how he chose to open his song. This tells us it doesn’t matter what life throws our way, we praise. It doesn’t matter if our family has abused us, we praise. It doesn’t matter if we have a boss/supervisor who does what they can to get at our last nerve, we praise. It doesn’t matter if we forgot the cranberries, we praise.

God is calling His people to be people of praise. It is in our praise that we can truly be thankful for the blessings He has given us. We can be thankful for our job, our family, our spouse, our children, our church family, and the list goes on and on. We are called to praise Him in His mighty heavens. Praise Him for His acts of power, praise Him with… dancing.

It doesn’t matter how we choose to praise, we are called to praise the Lord. This Thanksgiving, don’t worry about the turkey being too dry, the stuffing being too soggy or the green bean hotdish not having enough crispy onions. Don’t worry about getting the latest Frozen item from Target. Don’t worry about getting in line at your favorite Apple Store when you should be spending that time with your loved ones.

We are called to praise, and this Thanksgiving praise the Lord and thank Him for his many blessings.

“Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.


GRACE: sample!

Hey everyone! I’m really excited about my new book “GRACE: What’s So Amazing About It?”  Here, and no where else, you can find two devotionals from my new book. Download the PDF, print and enjoy. 

Keep paying attention to www.jbsisam.com and Facebook.com/jbsisam for more goodies to be released. GRACE will be released this fall! 🙂



J. B. Sisam