William Thompson

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Five Life Principles

Principles to A Brighter Future

1 Kings 19:9-16

9And he came thither unto a cave, and lodged there; and behold the word of the LORD came to him, and he said unto him, What doest thou here, Elijah?
10And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.
11And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake:
12And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.
13And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah?
14And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: because the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.
15And the LORD said unto him, Go, return on thy way to the wilderness of Damascus: and when thou comest, anoint Hazael to be king over Syria:
16And Jehu the son of Nimshi shalt thou anoint to be king over Israel: and Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abelmeholah shalt thou anoint to be prophet in thy room.
Elijah was in the wrong place. He got caught off guard, He expected Jezebel to welcome him but she chased him. He was not ready for her reception. Are you ready for what is coming next?
If time will permit this morning I would like to give you five principles for your life, career, and your family. Without these principles you may as well find yourself in a cave. Elijah was doing what he thought was best but found himself in a cave and it was not the place God intend for him in his life at this time yet he was discourage with life.

There are so many people who are just unhappy with life. Without holding your hands up have you ever been in that place of unhappiness?

Vision
 Division
 Supervision
 Provision
 Revision

Vision
I can recall summoning the leadership team of St. Peter together to come up with a vision statement for the church. This might sound weird for a church that has operated successful since 1867 and had built many sanctuaries and released numbers of pastor, evangelist and musician to now be talking vision. The earlier fore parents understood their purpose just like in Acts 4:20 the earlier church had it together. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.

What they were doing was speaking the gospel of what they had seen and heard. They were not protesting the Sanhedrin or the Roman government nor struggling to find grants to feed the poor or educate the youth. They understood their mandate and calling.

Peter and John went everywhere telling people what they had seen and heard. That is still the Christians job today. When we get side tracked from the Vision we misinterpret what it is that God wants and find ourselves in the wrong place in our lives.

No vision means we lack a defining purpose in life – a compelling motive for getting out of bed and getting busy doing something meaningful. As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me, Jesus told His disciples. “Night is coming, when no one can work”. Michelangelo purchased a large stone and had it taken to his home. Someone asked him what he was going to do with the stone he replied “there is an angel inside trying to get out and I must help.” He had Vision!

Vision is what makes up press on when the work becomes difficult…. 1 Corinthians 16:8-9 I will stay, because a good opportunity for a great and growing work has been given to me now. And there are many people working against me.

Without Vision most people see opposition as a reason to quit but Paul stated something I had missed in my studies. Opportunities are often found in obstacles. Just so often we move away from what God’s will to avoid opposition without vision. Two men went to Africa to sell shoes and both men saw the same thing people without shoes but the respond was different. One man said, “Send me a ticket for I see no opportunity for no one here wear shoes.” The other man said, “Send me all the shoes you have for no one here has any shoes.” The difference is one man had Vision and the other didn’t.

Division

Please don’t let this word trouble you as it did me when I first heard it. Division means dividing up the responsibilities and bringing together the task and talents, the assignments and abilities, so that each stage of the work is in the hands of the most capable person. I have seen in marriages that a man who couldn’t handle the money would have to much pride to say to his wife “I will work and you will manage the money so here is my check.” “Just give me an allowance.” Matthew 25:21 says, The master answered, “You did well. You are a good servant who can be trusted. You did well with small things. So I will let you care for much greater things. Come and share my happiness with me.”

Joseph became second in command in Egypt but first he had to manage Potiphar’s house and next the prison. He had an excellent record so he got noticed. Too often we want to do the big things first and get angry and quit.
David destiny was to become King but first he had to take care of the sheep and play music for Saul. You must learn to serve!

Nehemiah was chosen to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem but first he had to be cupbearer for the Kings.

Often churches struggle because the wrong people are in the wrong place. People who lack heart, mind and desire for the work. Proper division.
Vision brings the organization alive and helps to keep it together, while division makes sure the right people are working in the right jobs.

Supervision

Rockwell Manufacturing once displayed this slogan “The value of our employees is measured by the amount of supervision they require.”

Samuel Chand said you must grow or go! If a leader is spending all his or her time supervising then who is dreaming for the next big change.
I know we don’t like change but change happens all the time. Harris Teeter, Winn Dixie, A&P Grocery, out houses, outside plumbing, Black and White TVs, milk straight from the cow, raising your own chickens and producing your own eggs for breakfast, Glady’s Knight & The Pimps – Every Beat of My Heart , Ice Cube is now making movies, music artists are singing pop and góspel, Things are Changing.

Provision

Whenever God gives a Vision he will make Provision for it.
Start looking for people who can make you better. Make room for those who can stretch you! When the telephone was invented some experts said it was a toy with little to no practical usage. The radio was considered to be the radio craze and it wouldn’t last. New things will challenge our minds.
Hebrews 11:32-34 says, Do I need to give more examples? I do not have time to tell you about Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, and the prophets.
33Through their faith they defeated kingdoms. They did what was right and received what God promised. They shut the mouths of lions,
34stopped great fires and were saved from being killed with swords. They were weak, and yet were made strong. They were powerful in battle and defeated other armies.

When we talk about God’s provisions we must never wait it. I believe we must respect time, talent, and resources that God provide through the people. Yes turn the lights off, turn the A/C down, and close the doors after you.

More than 5,000 People Fed
John 6
1After this, Jesus went across Lake Galilee (or, Lake Tiberias).
2Many people followed him because they saw the miracles he did to heal the sick.
3Jesus went up on a hill and there sat down with his followers.
4It was almost the time for the Jewish Passover Feast.
5Jesus looked up and saw a large crowd coming toward him. He said to Philip, “Where can we buy bread for all these people to eat?”
6(Jesus asked Philip this question to test him. Jesus already knew what he planned to do.)
7Philip answered, “We would all have to work a month to buy enough bread for each person here to have only a little piece.”
8Another follower there was Andrew. He was Simon Peter’s brother. Andrew said,
9“Here is a boy with five loaves of barley bread and two little fish. But that is not enough for so many people.”
10Jesus said, “Tell the people to sit down.” This was a very grassy place. There were about 5,000 men who sat down there.
11Then Jesus took the loaves of bread. He thanked God for the bread and gave it to the people who were sitting there. He did the same with the fish. He gave them as much as they wanted.
12They all had enough to eat. When they had finished, Jesus said to his followers, “Gather the pieces of fish and bread that were not eaten. Don’t waste anything.”
13So they gathered up the pieces that were left. They filled 12 large baskets with the pieces that were left of the five barley loaves.
Look at verse 12, He had them gather up the leftovers for another day. We waste too much and then cannot figure out what happen to our resources. Start respecting what God had provided.

Revision

Large and successful companies have finally learned how to revisit their success yearly. Just because it worked in 2012 does not mean it will be successful in 2013. We have moved from a local economy to a global economy.

Things are not just measured by the local vendors but global Walmart set the new standards. Your local doctor does not own his practice but the hospital does. Change is all around us and we must learn how to embrace and use it to the Glory of God.

Churches are dying because they will not change. Marriages are dying because one person wants change. Business is dying because management will not change.
Wake up to Proverbs 27:5-6
Open rebuke is better than secret love.
6Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.
We have been saved to tear down Satan’s Kingdom but he is attacking the church because he uses a different favor but the same deception. Fear, envy, jealousy, lies, backbiting, hypocrisy all to destroy the work of the Lord.

Let us together catch the Vision, Seek to understand Division, Operate under Supervision, Respect Provision, and not fear Revision.

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COMMUNICATION

What are you doing here?

After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire and after the fire
came a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and
went out and stood at the mouth of the cave. Then a voice said to him, “What are
you doing here, Elijah?” (1 Kings 19:12-13, niv)

There are too many people in the wrong place in their lives simple because they
are not good listeners. They are out of place because the only voice they can hear
is theirs. Because they refuse to listen they are constantly out of place.

Listening for God is training in humility. Elijah knew that the sound of the
gentle whisper was God’s voice. He realized that God doesn’t reveal himself
only in powerful, miraculous ways.

To look for God only in something big (rallies, churches, conferences, highly
visible leaders) may be to miss him, because he is often found gently whispering
in the quietness of a humbled heart.

Are you listening for God? Step back from the noise and activity of your busy
life, and listen humbly and quietly for his guidance. It may come when you least
expect it.

He replied, “You are permitted to know some truths about the Kingdom of God
that are hidden to those outside the Kingdom: “Though they see and hear, they
will not understand or turn to God, or be forgiven for their sins.”
(Ma 4:11rk-12, tlb)

Spiritual listening involves the heart and mind.

We hear with our ears, but there is a deeper kind of listening with the mind and
heart that is necessary in order to gain spiritual understanding from Jesus’ words.
Some people in the crowd were looking for evidence to use against Jesus; others
truly wanted to learn and grow. Jesus’ words were for the honest seekers.

Spiritual listening requires an openness to God.

Some people do not understand God’s truth because they are not ready for
it. God reveals truth to people who will act on it, who will make it visible in
their lives. When you talk with people about God, be aware that they will not
understand if they are not yet ready.

Be patient, taking every chance to tell them more of the truth about God, and
praying that the Holy Spirit will open their minds and hearts to receive the truth
and act on it.

ABSTRACT
The apparent problem is, of all the communication skills, listening is the earliest
learned and the most frequently used, yet it seems to be the least mastered.

Keep in mind people will forgive many things where trust exists, but
will rarely forgive anything where trust is absent.

1. Get personal: There is great truth in the following axiom: “people don’t
care how much you know until they know how much you care.”

If you don’t develop meaningful relationships with people you’ll never
know what’s really on their mind until it’s too late to do anything about it.

2. Get specific: Specificity is better than vagueness 11 times out of 10:
Learn to communicate with clarity. Simple and concise is always better
than complicated and confusing.

Time has never been a more precious commodity than it is today. It is critical
leaders learn how to cut to the chase and hit the high points – it’s also
important to expect the same from others.

Without understanding the value of briefness and clarity it is unlikely
you’ll ever be afforded the opportunity to get to the common level as
people will tune you out long before you ever get there.

Your goal is to weed out the superfluous and to make your words
count.

3. Focus on the leave-behinds not the take-aways: The best
communicators are not only skilled at learning and gathering
information while communicating, they are also adept at transferring
ideas, aligning expectations, inspiring action, and spreading their
vision.

The key is to approach each interaction with a servant’s heart. When
you truly focus on contributing more than receiving you will have
accomplished the goal.

4. Have an open mind: I’ve often said that the rigidity of a closed mind
is the single greatest limiting factor of new opportunities. A leader
takes their game to a whole new level the minute they willingly seek out
those who hold dissenting opinions and opposing positions with the
goal not of convincing them to change their minds, but with the goal of
understanding what’s on their mind.

I’m always amazed at how many people are truly fearful of opposing
views, when what they should be is genuinely curious and interested.
Open dialogs with those who confront you, challenge you, stretch you,
and develop you.

Remember that it’s not the opinion that matters, but rather the willingness
to discuss it with an open mind and learn.

5. Shut-up and listen: Great leaders know when to dial it up, dial
it down, and dial it off (mostly down and off). Simply broadcasting
your message public notice will not have the same result as engaging in
meaningful conversation, but this assumes that you understand that the
greatest form of discourse takes place within a conversation, and not a
lecture or a monologue.

When you reach that point in your life where the light bulb goes off,
and you begin to understand that knowledge is not gained by flapping
your lips, but by removing your ear wax, you have taken the first step to
becoming a skilled communicator.

6. Replace ego with empathy: I have long advised leaders not to let their
ego write checks that their talent can’t cash.

When candor is communicated with empathy & amp; caring and not the
prideful arrogance of an over inflated ego good things begin to happen.
Empathetic communicators display a level of genuineness and
transparency that is not present with those who choose to communicate
behind the carefully crafted facade propped-up by a very fragile ego.
Understanding the communication principle is what helps turn anger
into respect and doubt into trust.

7. Read between the lines: Take a moment and reflect back on any great
leader that comes to mind… you’ll find they are very adept at reading
between the lines. They have the uncanny ability to understand what is
not said, witnessed, or heard.

Being a leader should not be viewed as a license to increase the volume of
public speaking. Rather smart leaders know that there is far more to be
gained by surrendering the floor than by filibustering.

In this age of instant communication, everyone seems to be in such a
rush to communicate what’s on their mind that they fail to realize
everything to be gained from the minds of others.

Keep your eyes & amp; ears open and your mouth shut and you’ll be amazed at
how your level or organizational awareness is raised.

What is a man or woman of God doing here?
You get here when you stop listen to God.
1. Elijah predicated a drought to King Ahab
2. Received food from a widow and a bird
3. Announced the end of the drought
4. Challenged 450 prophets of Baal
5. Mobilized the people to kill the false prophets
6. Prayed down rain
7. Outran the storm and the chariot of Ahab
8. Confronted by Queen Jezebel he now stands
9. Running for his life; Isolated; Paranoia; Exhausted; In self-piety; Depressed;
Hiding; Empty

And all these emotions happen because he stops hearing God. Chapter 19 God
speaks to Elijah in a gentle voice. Anoint Hazael King of Syria; Jehu King of
Israel and Elisha to replace himself.

What amaze me if when Elijah does anoint Elisha with his mantle the scriptures
states that Elisha was plowing and he took the oxen and sacrificed them and
became Elijah’s servant.

If you want to get out of that place then begin to listen for and to the voice of God.

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This was a moment But an Hour was Coming! SPMBC

This was a moment But an Hour was Coming!

Jesus life had a purpose but his life did not define Him. It was the

totality of His Miracle Birth, His Life, His Death, His Resurrection, and

His Ascension back to the Father.

Jesus life would have no meaning if his didn’t finish what the Father sent

Him to do.

We must remember to always look for the totality of our lives and not just the events of our
lives.

John 12:12-19

On the next day much people that were come to the feast, when they heard

that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem,

13Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried,

Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord.

14And Jesus, when he had found a young ass, sat thereon; as it is written,

15Fear not, daughter of Sion: behold, thy King cometh, sitting on an ass’s

16These things understood not his disciples at the first: but when Jesus was

glorified, then remembered they that these things were written of him, and

that they had done these things unto him.

17The people therefore that was with him when he called Lazarus out of his

grave, and raised him from the dead, bare record.

18For this cause the people also met him, for that they heard that he had

done this miracle.

19The Pharisees therefore said among themselves, Perceive ye how ye prevail

nothing? behold, the world is gone after him.

This Sunday represent Palm Sunday.

The Meaning of Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday commemorates the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem to

celebrate the Passover. The gospels record the arrival of Jesus riding into

the city on a donkey, while the crowds spread their cloaks and palm branches

on the street and shouted “Hosanna to the Son of David” and “Blessed is he

who comes in the name of the Lord” to honor him as their long-awaited

Messiah and King.

The significance of Jesus riding a donkey and having his way paved with palm

branches is a fulfillment of a prophecy spoken by the prophet Zechariah

(Zechariah 9:9). In biblical times, the regional custom called for kings and

nobles arriving in procession to ride on the back of a donkey. The donkey

was a symbol of peace; those who rode upon them proclaimed peaceful

intentions. The laying of palm branches indicated that the king or dignitary

was arriving in victory or triumph.

What I have learned most from this event is that each of us needs to know

who we are and for what purpose we exist. If we draw our identity from

others when God causes our true purpose to come forth we might feel disappointed.

This was a moment But an Hour was Coming!

I asked myself what was the Pillars for which my life is built upon.

1) Worshiping and please God

2) Providing for Family

3) Maintaining Health

4) Serving People

There are some things that I do that don’t define who I am.

1) Work

2) Vacation/Res

3) Personal Growth

4) Church/Preaching/Teaching

5) Job/Positions/Titles

6) Friends

7) Leader

Each one of the things that I do bring me satisfaction but the lost of one

or all would not affect me as much as the lost of a Pillar that I have built

my life on.

Companies have Pillars.

Cleveland Regional Hospital has Pillars of Commitment:

1) Quality

2) Service

3) Growth

4) Finance

5) People

Here at SPMBC we have Vision – Mission – Values – Goals

“TO EQUIP AND EMPOWER DISCIPLES THAT WILL LEARN, LIVE, AND TEACH

GODLY PRINCIPLES HERE ON EARTH; WHILE WAITING ON CHRIST’S RETURN”

SPMBC Mission:

1) Worship

2) Share our Faith

3) Stud God’s Word

4) Serve others

5) Live out our Faith in our daily lives

Acts 2:42-47

Core Values

v PASSION

v Caring

v Commitment

v Integrity

v Teamwork

Our Strategies (Goals)

v Love God

v Love Others

v Worship

v Serve

v Witness

John 18:4

Jesus therefore, knowing all things that should come upon him, went forth,

and said unto them, Whom seek ye?

Jesus knew in John 12 that the crowd would celebrate him in one hour but in

another hour they would turn on him.

It is now Palm Sunday. It is one week from the Crucifixion. It was just six

days in John 12 and he was in the Bethany eating with Mary, Martha and

Lazarus. He was being anointed by Mary and using her hair to wipe his feet.

Now he is marching toward his death. Could the excitement of the Crowd turn

him from his true destiny?

The crowd was coming to Jerusalem for the Passover celebration. There were

those in the city coming to meet him for they had heard how he raised

Lazarus. They were excited that this was the King coming to deliver the

people from bondage of the Roman government.

If you are not rooted and grounded in something the excitement will leave

and then what?

They bring their coats and branches for him to travel on. He come riding on

a donkey. In the bible times Kings would ride into a conquered land on a

donkey to show victory! Now they see Jesus coming! They perceive one thing

but in reality it is totally different.

They assumed that Jesus was coming for His Glory but it was the Glory of the

Father He came for. His kingdom was not of this earth. His kingdom was with

the Father in heaven.

Once the people figured out that Jesus was not who they thought he was they

turned on him.

John 12:27-28

Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this

hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour.

28Father, glorify thy name. Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I

have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.

1) When you know who you are your whole focus will change.

2) When you know what you value most your life will change.

3) Stop trying understand others and start understanding who you are.

Jeremiah 1:4-5

Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth

out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.

Do you know your pillars?

Do you know the mission God has for you in this life?

Do you have life goals rest on?

Just never allowed the attitude of the crowd to determine what he was going

to do in this life

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