Old Testament Groaners Q. What kind of man was Boaz before he married Ruth? A. Ruthless. Q. What do they call pastors in Germany? A. German Shepherds. Q. Who was the greatest female financier in the Bible? A. Pharaoh's daughter. She went to the Nile Bank and drew out a little prophet. Q What excuse did Adam give to his children as to why he no longer lived in Eden? A. Your mother ate us out of house and home. Q. Which servant of God was the most flagrant lawbreaker in the Bible? A. Moses. He broke all 10 commandments at once. Q. Which Bible character had no parents? A. Joshua, son of Nun. Q. Why didn't they play cards on the Ark ? A. Because Noah was standing on the deck
What do these men have in common? A vision- Their version of the World as they want it
What determines who we listen to and follow? Political journalist Garry Willis at BYU In an election year we get the presidents we deserve. A great people is what you need for a great president. Washington was the greatest president because the people were at their most enlightened and alert. America right now is escapist. It wants to be soothed, and told is doesn’t have to pay or sacrifice or learn People magazine editor: "If you have a story about Jennifer Aniston or Jessica Simpson, or someone's break up, or a wedding, there's a high likelihood most readers will dive into that. When you're looking at a story about a local hero, or a woman who has been dealing with a dying child, or helping to save her community, you have to work harder editorially to take the reader in.“ “…the average age of our reader is 40…”
Question: How would you define the difference between a good leader and a bad leader? Is that different between an “effective leader” and one who is not?
St. Hugh Nibley Brother Kimball casually took an immaculate linen handkerchief from the breast pocket of his jacket, and stooping over, vigorously dusted off my shoes and trousers. It was the most natural thing in the world, and we both took it completely for granted. After all, my shoes were dusty in the race for the train, and Brother Kimball had always told missionaries to keep themselves clean and proper. It was no great thing…Neither of us said a thing about it, but ever since, that has conditioned my attitude towards Brethren. I truly believe that they are chosen servants of God.
The Influence of Righteous Leaders 2 Chr 12 King Jehoshaphat viewing an approaching army The Plea: "O our God,... we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee" The answer… "Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the Lord unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God's.... "Fear not, nor be dismayed;... for the Lord will be with you" Jehoshaphat’s response… "Believe in the Lord your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper"
The House of Israel Splits David Unified the Tribes King Solomon REHOBOAM Son of Solomon JEROBOAM Advisor to Solomon Judah10 Tribes of Israel And now whereas my father did lade you with a heavy yoke, I will add to your yoke; my father hath chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions. …when all Israel saw that the king hearkened not [unto the counsel of the old men], the people answered the king, saying, What portion have we in David? …So Israel departed into their tents.
Question In the church, we will receive opportunities to fill “leadership” responsibilities. What does the Lord expect of us?
Hugh Nibley Leaders to Managers: The Fatal Shift "If you love me," said the greatest of all leaders, "you will keep my commandments." "If you know what is good for you," says the manager," "you will keep my commandments and not make waves." True leaders are inspiring because they are inspired, caught up in a higher purpose, devoid of personal ambition, idealistic, and incorruptible.
Joseph Smith Thy mind, O man! If thou wilt lead a soul unto salvation… Must stretch as high as the utmost heavens, and search into and contemplate the darkest abyss, and the broad expanse of eternity… …You mind will expand wider and wider, until you can circumscribe the earth and the heavens… and contemplate the mighty acts of Jehovah in all their variety and glory…
Finally- Elder Busche None of us has enough wisdom, enough intelligence, enough knowledge, enough skills, or enough courage, by ourselves, to master our lives and even succeed in life… Unless we learn what it means to surrender ourselves into the arms of the Lord and be filled with the Spirit. He wants to empower us with the gifts that he promised to give to each of his disciples who has made sacred covenants with him.
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