Christian Identity and Personality

Menorah L.I.T.E.S

Leadership Inspiring Thoughts for Evangelist Servants

A News Letter from Menorah Leadership Ministries

You have heard the much clichéd saying “ Actions speak louder than words”. Much clichéd it might sound, but it is a basic fact. People do not see our intentions, they do not see our knowledge or skills, they do not get an idea about our love, and they do not care how much of the bible we know, unless they see these things in our behaviour. Consistently demonstrated becomes a style, or in leadership jargon, it becomes your leadership style. And our ability to influence others depends a lot on our demonstrated and observable behaviour.

This is explained in the Menorah FOLD that I have developed. Click here to study the interrelationships between the various aspects from the leadership (influence) perspective.

But have you wondered what makes different people behave differently? What really impacts our behaviour?

For Christians, the basic difference should always be in the identity that we derive from Christ. Our whole being should develop from the core of Christian Identity. And it is not something that will come naturally, because the Natural identity is always defective. Christian Identity needs to be intentionally developed, after shedding the natural identity that we are born with. Follow my study on the topic by clicking here.

One of the very controversial topics in Christianity is the concept of Personality. Many people believe that Christians should not worry or be concerned about the concept of personality. I am of a different opinion. Follow my thoughts on this topic by clicking here.

Would you like to know your personality? The personality that God gave you. Please remember that the idea is not to try and change your personality, but to use the knowledge of your personality to serve God better. If you wish to know, try out the tool that I have developed and made available to you free of cost by clicking here.

Do let me know your thoughts on the topic.

Stay blessed in the meantime.

Power Abuse and an Antidote

Menorah L.I.T.E.S

Leadership Inspiring Thoughts for Evangelist Servants

A News Letter from Menorah Leadership Ministries

What comes to your mind when we hear the word “Abuse of Power”. If you are like me, the first names that come to your mind would be Hitler or Saddam Hussain or some other dictator in the history or current world. We normally do not think that abuse of power is a day to day activity, prevalent in many of our own lives or the lives of those around us. Take the treatment of women in our society for example. Feminists claim that patriarchy (the affirmation of male authority over females) is the basis for most social pathology and for virtually all domestic violence, child abuse, and sexual assault. And they have reasons to claim this. Physical, emotional and sexual abuse by men is shockingly prevalent in our culture (in any culture for that matter). Even in the so called advanced society like US, domestic violence perpetrated by males account for more adult female emergency room visits than traffic accidents, muggings, and rapes combined. According to the U.S. Surgeon General, it is the greatest single cause of injury to American women. World Health Organization research indicates that at least one in five of the world’s females have been physically or sexually abused by a man or men at some time in her life.

And that is not the only area where we see abuse of power in day to day life. Look at the way personal staff like maids, cooks, drivers, security guards etc  are treated by employers, look at the way children are treated by teachers and grown ups. The list goes on!!

The painful fact is we do not need to look only in history or leadership positions or elsewhere to find abuse of power. We might be surprised by the proximity of that to our own personal life. Christian homes, Christian organisations, Churches etc are no exception.

Is there an antidote? Thankfully yes!! There is an antidote. A study of different relationships from the bible will point us to the antidote called Servant Leadership

Why do some of us fall into this trap? How do some of the Christians “justify” such behaviour? What is the antidote to this? Think along with me as we study the concept of headship, the misunderstandings around the same, and the application of servant leadership in day to day life. Click here to follow my thoughts on the topic of  “Applications in Everyday life

Let us keep the conversation going. This is a serious subject. And we can make a difference. I would love to hear from you about stories of abuse and application of servant leadership in day to day life. Contact us and let us know your views.

Stay Blessed in the meantime!!!

December 2008

Menorah L.I.T.E.S
Leadership Inspiring Thoughts for Evangelist Servants
A News Letter from Menorah Leadership Ministries
Volume 2, Issue 2, December 2008
We bring you Christian Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

So much time has flown by since our last newsletter. A lot of things have happened

in many of our lives. Our country has gone through a number of tribulations,
culminating in the high profile and barbaric terrorist attacks in Mumbai, which is
still very fresh in our minds. The attacks against Christians and Churches in Orissa,
Karnataka and some other parts of the country has brought many of us to our knees
praying for this country and praying for our persecuted brethren. Are these sings of
end times? Will these unite the Christians? Will the faith become stronger due to the
persecution? Will sin reduce due to the uncertainty of future? We have many
questions. And in Jesus we Christians have the answers too.

The terrorist attacks in the so called “safe places”, have shaken the beliefs of many
people in the security systems of the country. For us Christians, this is another
reminder that there is only one safe place for us. That is with the Lord. We surely do
not know what tomorrow holds for us, but in Jesus, we sure do know who holds our
tomorrow and hence we can face that tomorrow, just because He lives amongst us.

In the context of the “secular” thrust that is going on, in the wake of the Church
attacks, against the “conversion” activities, we pause to think about how we should
live among unbelievers. Can we really use our biblical knowledge to excel at
workplace and other areas of life that we are in? Do biblical values have any
relevance in the “secular” world that we live in? The answer is a resounding “Yes”.
We at MLM look at some of the aspects of this in our sermon in text on “Excelling@work using Christian Values” and in audio.

Personality is an interesting subject and MLM is keen to pursue the study of this
subject from the biblical perspective. Personality is hotly debated in Christian
circles and there are equally strong arguments for and against the use of
personality testing tools and methods in the Christian fraternity. It is our firm belief
that God has given each one of us a very unique personality. It is also our belief
that each one of us should strive to understand ourselves more before we try to
understand God. There are some strong critics to this view, and there are some
strong supporters to this view. The supports include men of God, like John Calvin,
St. Augustine, Thomas Merton, Selwyn Hughes etc. Some of our arguments can be
found in our sermons on the subject of personality. To help us to understand our
personality better, MLM is glad to bring the Menorah Personality test. We encourage you to take the test and let us know your views. Please do remember that the purpose of

knowing our personality is not to change it like that of some one else. God loves us
as we are, and He created us different from others. The purpose of knowing our
personality type is to use that unique personality for glorification of His name.

The subject of Leadership styles also continues to fascinate us. With a view of
understanding the most suited Leadership styles for Christian organisations, MLM
is glad to announce the commencement of a research project on this. We plan to
research into the Leadership Styles used in Christian Non Profit organisations. We
welcome to join us in this effort.

We hope that you are enjoying the Podcast of our sermons, and the new technology is being used for feeding on the word more often. Remember, technology is available to us, and it is our choice whether we put it to “good” use of not.

Our sermons continue to be available through the Sermoncentral.com www.sermoncentral.com site, along with many other sermons on various subjects from Leaders in the Kingdom’s Service. Please check out some of the sermons here at the sermon central website.

 

Our Church Partner Bangalore Bible Fellowship www.bangalorebiblefellowship.in is looking for a shepherd to lead them in the spiritual journey. Please visit their web site www.bangalorebiblefellowship.in for more details.

Menorah Leadership Ministries continue to look for ways to serve Christian professional, Christian Workers, Churches and Christian Organisations to develop Leadership Skills, based on strong Biblical principles, applied through modern leadership principles. To get an idea about what MLM can offer you , as an individual Leader or as an organisation, please do go through the Menorah F.O.L.D ( Framework of Leadership Development)

If you want to know what we can offer to you, please visit our Offerings page

If you would like any of your friends to subscribe to this news letter, please add their name in the subscription list.

We look forward to your feedback on this news letter and the contents on the web site from the Contact Us page

Yours in Christ

  Madana Kumar A.
Leadership Evangelist
Mail: madanakumar@menorahleadership.com
Phone: Cellular: +91 9880271502 |
Menorah Leadership Ministries
Serving the Leaders In Kingdom’s Service
For Christian Leadership Resources, please visit our web site:www.menorahleadership.com

March 2008

Menorah L.I.T.E.S
Leadership Inspiring Thoughts for Evangelist Servants
A News Letter from Menorah Leadership Ministries
Volume 2, Issue 1, March 2008
We bring you Christian Greetings in the name of our Risen Lord . 

The Lent and Easter season is a season of remembrance and recommitment. We remember the greatest sacrifice that has ever happened, the almighty God coming down to earth, and becoming a human being like you and me, going through the pains, and the joys just like you and me. He was hungry , and thirsty just like you and me, he was tempted like you and me ( the biggest difference being that He never yielded to the temptation, like we some times do). And he died fully like a human being, going through the excruciating pain and insults of crucifixion. To me, Jesus’ human nature is a big sacrifice, some thing he did not have to do, but chose to do so that you and me could be freed from sin for ever.

The book of Hebrews gives some beautiful messages on this subject. The book of Hebrews continue to be relevant to us, thought it was written to the Judaic Christians who were facing doubts about the superiority of Jesus. It is relevant to us today especially in India where Jesus is just “one of the gods” for may people. Ravi Zachariah has authored this book “Jesus Among other gods” on this subject, and he says the book; “Philosophically, you can believe anything, so long as you do not claim it to be true, Morally, you can practice anything, so long as you do not claim it to be a ‘better’ way. Religiously, you can hold to anything, so long as you do not bring Jesus Christ into it. How does one, to a mood such as this, communicate the message of Jesus Christ, in which Truth and absoluteness are not only assumed, but sustained?”

We take a look at the Jesus portrayed in the Book of Hebrews in two of our sermons, Relevance of Jesus in our times and Know the Man Jesus. Please read the sermon or listen to the sermon on line on to the Podcast player.

MLM is happy to launch it’s Workplace Ministry Support:
A number of us are constantly faced with questions on how to witness at the workplace. A number of us think that ministry is a full time job and is meant for pastors and missionaries. We could not be farter from God’s will, if we separate ourselves from the task of witnessing where God has placed us. However this is a very sensitive area, and needs to be done very carefully , especially since the laws of the secular world are Secular. MLM is happy to offer it’s services to Christian professionals to do our Father’s business at workplace, while upholding the highest levels of work ethics, and non interference. We bring you our sermon on “Workplace Ministry – Equipping ourselves” in text and “Workplace Ministry – Equipping ourselves” in audio form.
 

Personality is a buzz word in the modern world. Does it have any place in the Church and Christian life? We try to look at the personality aspects of an “Evangelist” and see what type of a “person” is God asking us to be , in order for us to attract more people to the Kingdom. Check out our thoughts on this here from the “Personality of an Evangelist” sermon.

Please pray for the Mission organisations specifically IEM who are organising the National Convention at Bangalore during may 1st week, and the FMPB which is organising the Navodaya camp at Yelagiri (Salem) in the end of May 2008.

We hope that you are enjoying the Podcast of our sermons, and the new technology is being used for feeding on the word more often. Remember, technology is available to us, and it is our choice whether we put it to “good” use of not.

 

Our sermons continue to be available through the Sermoncentral.com www.sermoncentral.com site, along with many other sermons on various subjects from Leaders in the Kingdom’s Service. Please check out some of the sermons here at the sermon central website.

 

Our Church Partner Bangalore Bible Fellowship www.bangalorebiblefellowship.in is looking for a shepherd to lead them in the spiritual journey. Please visit their web site www.bangalorebiblefellowship.in for more details.

Menorah Leadership Ministries continue to look for ways to serve Christian professional, Christian Workers, Churches and Christian Organisations to develop Leadership Skills, based on strong Biblical principles, applied through modern leadership principles. To get an idea about what MLM can offer you , as an individual Leader or as an organisation, please do go through the Menorah F.O.L.D ( Framework of Leadership Development)

If you want to know what we can offer to you, please visit our Offerings page 

If you would like any of your friends to subscribe to this news letter, please add their name in the subscription list.

We look forward to your feedback on this news letter and the contents on the web site from the Contact Us page 

 Yours in Christ

 
Mail: madanakumar@menorahleadership.com
Phone: Cellular: +91 9880271502 |
Menorah Leadership Ministries 
Serving the Leaders In Kingdom’s Service
For Christian Leadership Resources, please visit our web site:www.menorahleadership.com