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Christ-Centered Leadership

A Note from Luminex: This morning’s blog post is a reprise of a post originally published on May 22, 2017. Enjoy! There are seven “I am” statements from Jesus sprinkled throughout the Gospel of John. Each one points in some way to Jesus’ divinity, and to the exclusivity of Jesus as the way – the only way – to escape from death and enter into …

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Mission Critical

It has long been my belief that a clear, concise mission statement is essential for organizational success. For example, at Luminex we hold a seven-word mission statement to “Develop leaders to start and strengthen churches.” This mission informs our priorities, plans, and resources – so much so that we strive to have everything we do be in in support of, …

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From Darkness to Light

“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.” Eph. 5:8-11 Darkness, which in essence is the …

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Priorities Series: Church Strengthening

NOTE FROM LUMINEX: This is the seventh entry in an 8-week series on Priorities. Today’s focus is Church Strengthening. Enjoy! Acts 2 provides a vivid picture of the intersection between faith-based leadership and the work of the Holy Spirit. This combination gave birth to the early church, and has fueled thriving churches ever since. Lesson 1: The Holy Spirit shows …

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What Child is This?

What child is this? “The babe, the son of Mary.” “She gave birth to a firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.” (Luke 2:7) Far too many people think of the Christmas story as a quaint, cerebral affair – angels with fluttering wings, animals …

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The Thankfulness of Squanto

On December 21, 1620, a group of English separatists – people we now refer to as “pilgrims” – landed at Plymouth Rock. There were 102 people who had boarded the Mayflower when it sailed from England, but two had perished during the disease-ridden 66-day voyage. After reaching land, they entered headfirst into a devastatingly cold and windy winter. Their food …

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Standing Firm in the Gospel

The Gospel must be central to all that we do, say, and think.  The truth of the Gospel – God’s unfathomable love (John 3:16, Romans 5:8), our inherent sin (Romans 3:23, 5:12), salvation by and through Jesus Christ (Romans 6:23, John 1:12) – is the Good News that we are called to live out and carry to the very ends …

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Where is Your Mountaintop?

NOTE: The Following is an excerpt from Faith-Based: A Biblical, Practical Guide to Strategic Planning in the Church, by Michael Gafa. Confidence and assurance for what lies ahead is rooted in understanding and appreciating what has already taken place. The whole of scripture reveals the breathtaking dimensions of God’s unfolding plan of redemption and restoration, which is assured in Christ. …

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Praying Through

Several years ago, the church I was a part of held a multi-day prayer summit with a guest facilitator named Gerhard Du Toit. One phrase that Gerhard used repeatedly throughout the summit was, “Praying through.” In general, what Gerhard was conveying is that the more deeply we live for the cause of Christ, the more we can expect resistance – …

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An Out of the Box Partnership: Luminex and Lanio

Over the past few years, as we (Luminex) have worked to more effectively realize our mission to Develop Leaders to Start and Strengthen Churches, one of the questions we are often asked is, “How did a middle judicatory in the Reformed Church in America become a recognized thought leader for leadership development, and for starting and strengthening churches, in the RCA …