Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Nick Franks

Nick Franks
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https://firebrandnotes.com
Nick Franks is a blogger/song-writer living in Edinburgh, Scotland. Learning to love as he should, Nick is engrossed in living a contagious life of worship and prayer, finding and leaving signposts for the Kingdom along the way. Nick sweats under his eyes when he eats too much cheese, adores Liverpool FC and has a strong preference for Earl Grey leaf tea. Nick is married to Mairi. Nick’s blog can be found at www.firebrandnotes.com.

We Are One with Christ

As healthy leaders, as we believe and live by faith and not sight, we progressively become who we already are … in Christ.

The Hallmark of a Healthy Christian Leader

Make no mistake, this mournful heart condition that He forms in us, of longing for the things of Christ to be seen and established and over all, is indeed blessed: not a selfish cocktail of leadership insecurity and lime-light grabbing tendency; not a bunch of immature responses of the flesh to the people we’re called to love and the world we’re called to as Priests; but a deep work of the Spirit of God in our lives to hate sin, kill sin and lead towards His salvation.

A Healthy Response to Life When Things Feel Far Too Much

Can you think of a time when you were quite simply overwhelmed with events and circumstances in your life? In this article, Nick Franks highlights two important principles from Scripture to encourage anyone currently in a season like this.

Seven Essential Priorities for Your Physical Health

As Christian leaders in God’s house, I hope these seven essential priorities help you to make the improvements that are within your power to make. God knows, we need healthier, stronger, leaner, more flexible leaders who can stay the course! You can absolutely improve your health!

Resist Spirituality

In our reshaping day and age of fluid culture, society and Church, what are the truest healthy signs of Christian leadership? At the epicenter of our Christian cultures today, what are the real, timeless essentials that we have to gather around? Are you confident that the culture you’re a part of today is truly biblical?

The Pearls of Kingdom Friendship

Ultimately, God has made us ‒ even as leaders ‒ to connect best with other specific people. We must wholeheartedly seek them out and refuse to settle for second best by sometimes saying “no” to certain people in order to say “yes” to others.

Leading with a Limp

I am primarily called to be faithful not successful. Indeed, God isn’t looking for a perfect heart to make willing but a willing heart to make perfect!

The Ploughing of Autumn Fields of Idleness

Would you recall with me for a few minutes the powerful verses in the book of Proverbs that describe the awful human condition named...

How to Ensure Healthy Lone Working

Working from home can be amazing: no stress from commuting or rain-soaked work uniforms, plenty of money and precious time saved, and, let’s be...

Seven Essential Priorities for Your Physical Health

As Christian leaders in God’s house, I hope these seven essential priorities help you to make the improvements that are within your power to make. God knows, we need healthier, stronger, leaner, more flexible leaders who can stay the course! You can absolutely improve your health!

The Question to Stop Asking Your People

How can I help you? On face value it appears to be a great question which explains why it’s one that’s also so commonly used within church leadership or management strategy: it seems to be servant-hearted, empowering and supportive. However, the reality is that this question is something of a foolish wolf in sheepish disguise.

Footfall

When you next encounter someone who is proclaiming a false christ, or someone who announces their belief in no Christ at all, have the confidence of your convictions to ‒ instead of arguing or debating ‒ lead in prayer and in spiritual authority. Then, in a moment of faith, trust that the living, breathing, all-consuming Jesus Christ will emerge in the moment to lovingly confound every spirit of darkness.

Why Telling People What To Do Doesn’t Work

In our leadership contexts, and crucially, within our natural and preferred leadership styles, let us never forget to consider whether our approaches are genuinely reflective of Kingdom values or not.

The Sheer Stupidity of Porn

For the sake of your wisdom and holiness, and of your future, would you join me for perhaps fifteen minutes in hanging out with three men in the Bible who were almost unbelievably stupid?

Defeating the “Kryptonite Fear” of Unhealthy Leadership

There is no reality in you that will kill this evil kind of “Kryptonite fear” (and tendency to shrink back) more than an ongoing encounter with Love Himself. He is more beautiful and kind and patient and all-knowing than you can understand and it is only a closer proximity to Him that will fuel a hotter degree of “bold” in your leadership empowering you to stand and speak against the work of the devil in these days.

The Peace & Might of Gideon

Gideon’s colossal might in slaying thousands of men in war is not at odds in any way with his heart and posture of peace. Gideon was fully a man of peace and yet he was also a man of violence, aggressive strategy, confrontation and victory. Gideon would never have achieved this, never would have functioned as one of Yahweh’s Judges of Israel, had his own personal peace with God not been built first. It was this peace that made him foundationally capable of destroying the locust scum that came every year to destroy the hope of the people of God.

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