If you don’t forgive

Mark 11:26

“But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.” what a bold statement. God has forgiven us and now he tells us that if we do not forgive others, he will not forgive our sins. Wow! He is already promised and has already forgiven me, what does this mean? since I am already saved and on my way to heaven, I believe my lack of forgiving others will become a obstacle to my prayers. I may ask God to help me or bless me, yet, as in Matthew 5:23-24, he may respond by saying leave your gift at the altar and go fix things before I can hear you. I am forgiven, how can I not forgive others? If Christ for gave me up so much, why could I not forgive people for simple offenses towards me? When the apostle Peter past Christ how many times he should forgive, if it should be seven times, Christ responded 70×7. We are to forgive and continue forgetting because our Lord commands and models forgiveness.

Have faith in God

Mark 11:22 “And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.” Earlier in this chapter, Jesus told the fig tree to be dried up. When they return on their journey, the fig tree is dried up and the disciples act amazed, as if they did not believe that it really would be even though Jesus said it.  I believe Christ told them to have faith in God because they did not believe that the fig tree would actually be dried up even though he said it would.  And how many times do I doubt God?! He is promised his presence, his protection and his providence, yet so many times and I get worried and fret about a situation. I get nervous about situations when he is told me to cast all my cares on him because he cares for me. So the admonition that Christ gave his disciples to have faith in God, I need the same admonition. May I believe what he says enough to know it will come to pass.

Real Leadership

Mark 10 Vs. 35-45  James and John want a place of leadership and position. Everyone gets upset at them for even asking the Lord. But the Lord turns it around and uses this as a lesson. He lets the disciples know that this world tries to rule, exercise lordship and exercise authority (vs. 42), but “so shall it not be among you” (vs. 43). Christ goes on to tell them that the greatest shall be your minister, the chiefest, shall be servant of all (vs. 43-44)… and then he tops it off by showing His own life as an example. He said that He himself did not come “to be ministered unto, but to minister” (vs. 45). So is leadership a position? Is it authority? Is it having rule over others? According to our example, our Lord, leadership is serving.

More than a Prayer

Mark 10Vs. 17-22  A young rich ruler comes running to Jesus wanting to have eternal life. Why in the world does Christ not give him the answer or just lead him through a simple prayer? It appears the Lord is showing a works salvation by talking to him about the commandments, but this is not the case at all. The Lord is making this man think, finding what this man’s real god is. The man turns and walks away from Christ grieved because he was not willing to take Christ for his riches. Did this man have to do all the commandments to be saved? Did this man have to sell all that he had? Is it a sin to have wealth? Not at all. Moses, Abraham, David and many more Bible men had wealth. But when the Lord told this man to take all that he had and sell it, the real god of this man stepped forward… he was not willing to do that. He wanted salvation for
convenience, he didn’t really want it out of necessity. Knowing God and even serving God is much more than a few mere words, it must be born from the heart. Vs

Faith of a Child

Mark 10 Vs. 13-16

When children are brought to Jesus, the disciples think He will be annoyed and try running them off. Christ responds by saying “forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God” (vs. 14). He goes on saying that if you do not receive as a little child shall not enter in (vs. 15). I remember a popular décor when I was young called “Precious Moments”, it is man who used the theme of children in heaven because of this verse. He painted in buildings, had notebooks, Bibles and even a pretty museum in MO where all the character paintings were of children in Heaven. It was pretty, but I don’t think the Bible is saying that when we get to Heaven we will all be children again. I personally believe we must receive Christ “as a little child” (vs. 15). A child has a blind faith. A child is willing to jump into daddy’s arms, willing to drive on a motorcycle without feeling fear because “daddy will protect me” and no worries about what he’ll eat because daddy will provide. When a child believes, a child really believes, there’s no hidden agenda or halfway of believing. And if someone is going to go to Heaven, he/she has to believe like a child and humble himself as a child.

Throw Away the Excuse

Mark 9 Vs. 43-48

The devil is astute giving plenty of excuses to man to not accept the free gift of salvation. The Lord says three different times that there is a place where the worm dieth not and the fire is not quenched (vs. 44, 46, 48). Hell was not prepared for man rather for the devil and his angels (Mt. 25:41), but man will go there if He does not accept the free gift of salvation. So the Lord pleads with man that if his hand is what keeps him from accepting (maybe work or what a person can grab onto), than cut it off. If a foot is what prevents one from accepting Christ (maybe where he can go in life: good job, famous, etc.), than cut it off. Or if it’s the eye that prevents one from accepting Christ (maybe the mirage of thinking he can have everything if he follows his dreams or the devil), than pluck it out. These three examples tell us to throw away the excuses, it is not worth going to hell over.

Speak like Lincoln, Stand like Churchill

By James C. Humes
Lincoln overcame is a voice, Martin Luther king Junior overcame being black and
a white dominant world, Churchill overcame his weaknesses, etc. Leaders
overcome weaknesses or fears to do what they feel life’s calling demands.
Power Pause
Many great leaders that have dominated public speaking use the power pause to
look at people and get their attention and let it sink in.
Before you speak and before you answer a question, use the power pause to
look people in the eye, gather your thoughts and then speak.
Stand, stare and pause before saying anything. Make your power pause a
moment to gather your thoughts before you open your mouth. It commands
attention from others and speaks volumes. Stand, stare and command your
Power Openers
A good speakers opening is powerful and important. When you stand up, your
opener will tell people who you are and what you mean.
99% of speakers start by saying thank you or hello, or something boring… This
makes the rest of what you say very boring.
If you do not captivate your audience in the opening, the people will begin to
daydream about other things and will be very difficult to gain back there ear.
Begin with a bang. Begin with a strong statement. If you have, start your speech
off with that. The difference between a normal speaker and a great speaker is
how he begins – a great speaker begins with a bang.
Attention grabbers – sit down and plan what you're going to say and then make a
singer of a good opening.
Power Presence.
Dress right. It's not just your for a tour that will make you a good speaker, but
your aura, your presence. Dress in a way that is gold and commands respect, but
not flashy goofy. Many people have signs they are known for – specific hat, color,
type of suit or tie, etc.
Power Point.
Speak plain and clear and to the point. What is your bottom line, what do you
want the people to understand or know before you finish. When some people
stand, they do not know what they're going to say, when they are speaking they
do not know what they're saying and when they finish they do not know what they
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What is the purpose of your message? Many people ramble, many people do not
have a point or have figured out and when they begin their speech and do not
figure it out until later. Stop, plan and think. No your point before you begin. What
is the bottom line of your message – you focus on this first.
Yes, you need stories, illustrations and truth to help out, but you first must have
the point of what you want to say.
Know your target audience
Before you speak, ask yourself what your purpose speaking to these people is,
then meditate and dictate to yourself what that is.
Power Brief.
A speech that is good many times is brief. Less is more.
Les is generally better than more
Terse is far better than tedious. If your audience is expecting 20 or 30 minutes,
go with 10 minutes and surprise them. That is the power brief.
Brief is better – one of the most memorable speeches was the Declaration of
Independence that was about two minutes long.
Brief is also more memorable.
Shorter is sweeter.
Sometimes what you need to say to the point and brief – a Power brief can be
Insecure to feel they have to use up every minute of their time. It is the self-
assured that knows they do not have to use up every moment of a lot of time.
Great speakers speak for brief.
Power brief is the short statement that can replace the whole message.
Brief is better in short is sharper.
Listen to what others say get the meet together.
Power Quote.
Those that never quote others are never quoted.
Dig up a powerful quotation use it.
Take a picture and read the quote on the back of it – using a specific item (bible,
newspaper article, envelope, etc.) on it.
Dramatize and emphasize your quotes to make them more powerful.
A quote in the middle of the speech is like a picture of this changing up his pitch
throwing a curveball. It can be very dynamic.
Start collecting good quotations; make a file out of it. Use only quotations from
famous people.
Put them in under specific headings like: action, leadership, help, etc.
Too many statistics for numbers can confuse people are. Reading a statistic can
be good, reading many statistics is not good.
Too many slides make the audience tired. Do not become overly dependent
upon slides. If the size or a projection, not mechanical projection. Let your slides
be a prop, not a crutch. Keep the slides simple and do not make them confusing.
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If you have to explain the slide, you have destroyed the reason you are using it –
nothing to explain it will cause the audience to become get in and tired. If the
picture is not simple and self-explanatory, don't try it out. Visual aids are a visual,
not a substitute for speaking. Quotes are an appetizer, not a full meal.
Power Wit.
Prepare the eye with.
Not power jokes, but power wit. Humor is not only jokes. Great speakers know
how to use humor.
The 3Rs in humor: make it realistic, make it relevant and don't read it.
Power Parable.
Jesus used parables.
Parables provide pictures to abstraction.
Parable power is persuasive power.
Parable Gesture
Sometimes gestures say more than words.
People should be able to see your concern or whatever by your actions – your
facial or body language speaks volumes. You can bond through body language.
One gesture maybe all it takes to get your point across. Acts of the body can
register more than words. Remember pilot washing his hands saying he is
innocent before Christ?
Power Speech
First he read it, then you read it poorly, and then he finished it badly.
Memorize then conversational-ize. Don't just read something.
Never let words come out of your mouth while your eyes are looking down. When
you're looking down and speaking, you're disconnecting from your listeners.
Practice the principal see, stop, say. See something and stop for a momentous
pause and then say it in your own words. Many speakers getting nervous and
think that they have to keep talking instead of pausing, but a pause is good and
will make it sound like it is you speaking instead of reading something. The
pause is a major tool and writing a speech.
Weather forecasters are hired more because they have learned how to speak
and read something then the brains they have.
Power Poetry
And article must be written for the eye but a speech should be written for the ear.
Transform a speech into poetry.
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Power Line
Cream – contrast, rhyme, alliteration,
Your audience will most likely only remember one line from your speech, make it
a good one.
Power Question
Sometimes the right question powers the punch of a lightning strike.
Hold the power of your speech or suggestion into a question.
Sometimes Jesus Christ posed a question two others that was very big. Many of
his teachings were informed of questions.
A question forces the listener to sit down, think and react whereas a declarative
statement does not. It compels someone to answer.
Know the answer before you ask the question.
If the trumpet does not make a sure sound, how will the soldiers know what to
do? (Apostle Paul)
If you want to wake up and get an audience, make a power question, a simple,
clear and rhetorical question that will get them to think
Power Word
Use a strong word with the power pause before or after it.
Power Active
Passive voice could mean inactive, lifeless, and unenthusiastic. Passive voice =
passive mind. Most of the time, the passive voice just reveals her pushes to a
passive mind. The active voice provides forced to your speech where is the
passive voice sound spineless and deadens your delivery.
Power Dollar
The one I focus like on the dollar bill.
When making a speech, be direct, tell exactly how much money, exactly what
you want them to do, exactly every detail.
Power Button
The power button says ready, set, listen to the audience; setting them up for the
power line that is going to follow.
In your notes you may use a highlighter or underline things for emphasis, the
audience can't see that so your power button shows your audience it is coming.
The power button tells people to perk up and listen because what is about to
come next is worth writing down and remembering. It is the preamble to the big
news that is to follow. It is something like: "the secret is the following"; or, "the
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following is exactly what you need to do", etc. this is your neon sign, your ignition
switch to turn on the power.
Many great speakers throughout history have used this tactic of using a power
button to set up for the power line.
Don't overuse the power button, limited down to one for speech. And use it only
to spotlight a singer that is going to burn a hole in your listeners years.
Power Closer
Great is the art of beginning but greater is the art of closing – Henry Wadsworth
A strong last impression can make your speech great.
The ending is the last impression that the speaker leaves with the audience.
Even if your speech has been flat, you can still leave the audience with a good
For a good ending, you have to appeal to the emotions according to Churchill –
pride, love, concern, even fear sometimes.
Your closing does not have to be a tearjerker, any powerful closing will do.
You could use a powerful closer for an inspiring plea or incisive please
Find your own it dates. The best of them come from your own experience.
A doll speech that inns of the dazzle get more applause that a good speech is
flat. So remember you can always give a good, emotional or impactful closing.
Power Audacity
Dare to be different, that is what made Lincoln and Churchill stand out above the
crowd. Leaders don't play it safe.
Surprise your audience. Good speakers catch their listeners off-guard, say
something, do quick moves, etc.
At times, being straightforward and blunt is exactly what is needed.
A leader can never afford to be boring.
Maybe instead of starting your speech, use silence to make everyone look at you
and get their attention.
Stage your scene – steal the spotlight by doing something that will catch ever
want to touch and make them respond.
Deep old. Don't be afraid of drifting from the script if needed.