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The Greatest Leadership Mind in the World

Like Obi-Wan Kenobi, Dr. Dean Radtke may be the only hope left for the modern church as we know it. Yah, yah, I know…our hope is in Christ, but perhaps more than anyone I’ve ever witnessed, Dr. Radtke has harnessed the leadership principles of the Bible, specifically those of Jesus, and developed a usable and repeatable system to train and disciple next generation leaders. In a recent episode of The Lucas Miles Show, I was able to talk in depth with Dr. Radtke, founder of The Ministry Institute, as he shared life lessons derived from his 70 plus years circling the sun, including tales from his time in the US Navy, his favorite former distraction at Grand Central Station, as well as what compelled him to give up millions in retirement stock options for Jesus.

Here is a link to the full exclusive interview with Dr. Dean Radtke:

 

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The Power of Humility


Years ago a friend of mine was struggling in his restaurant business due to some poor decisions that he had made.  Upon asking for my advice, God revealed to me in a vision one day exactly what my friend needed to do in order to reverse the situation and save his company.  Unfortunately, the first step required operating in a great deal of humility toward his family in order to carry out (no pun intended), but the man was sadly unwilling to comply and in time ended up losing his store and ruined his relationship with his family.  I truly believe if he had responded differently, much of this could have been avoided.

The Bible tells the story of another man who was in danger of losing, not just his business, but his entire kingdom due to a lapse of judgment.  This man’s name was David.

After conducting a secret affair with a married woman, David tried to cover up his initial moral lapse in judgment by having her husband killed on the battlefield.  With each poor choice, David’s sin became compounded; lust, sexual sin, murder, and now deception.  God then revealed his sin to the prophet Nathan and as a result the prophet warned David of God’s judgment and anger against him.  But David’s response was anything but ordinary.

With a seemingly contrite and repentant heart, David confesses, “I have sinned against the Lord.”  It was a simple sentence, but it demonstrated his heart for God.  As such, God spared David’s life and restored his place on the throne of Israel and Judah.  His deliverance was rooted in humility.

Thankfully today, as New Covenant believers, we possess an even greater covenant than David did.  Through the Cross, Christ bore in his body the penalty for sin, and we are now (as believers) no longer in danger of God’s judgment, but this doesn’t excuse the need for humility, nor strip it of its power.  In fact, humility is just as powerful today as it was for David.  Like my friend above, humility can make the difference between experiencing God’s deliverance or falling back into the fruit of our own efforts and works.

Humility offers a simple path to embracing God’s attitude and opinions, and acknowledging that as people, we don’t have it all together.  In the end, it’s one of the most empowering tools that we possess in the kingdom.  In fact, humility is the key to our salvation.  Although salvation is offered to us, by grace through faith, it takes humility to receive it in the first place. Only when our heart is humble can we acknowledge our need for a Savior.

Is God speaking to you today?  Is your heart soft enough to listen and humbly obey?

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The Human Connection Part 2, Day 5

Personality

Proverbs 18:23-24

The poor plead for mercy, but the rich answer harshly.  24 One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

I can’t control how people look at me or what they expect of me. But, if no one is talking to me I have to ask myself if I am speaking with my whole person that I want to have relationship with people. With my expression, my body language – am I conveying that I want friendship? Some people honestly don’t recognize it.

At networking events there are a couple of rules.

  1. You have to have some sort of beverage in your hand at all time.
  2. Make sure you never look like you have no one to talk to. Keep moving.

Sometimes, rather than just wandering aimlessly with a soft drink in our hands, we have to just break the barrier and say, “Hi. My name is…”

We have to ask – am I showing myself friendly? And the reason this is so important is because it’s necessary to spread the Gospel. 

  • You have what someone else wants. 
  • You have what someone else needs.
  • You have a miracle on the inside of you.

As long as you hold back you will never have an opportunity to heal or share. You can’t just stay in your world. If you want influence, if you want to touch people – you have to show yourself friendly.

Anything else is really position selfishness. Because God has created you to be the conduit of the Gospel. Your life is a missionary base. I’m not talking about the gifts. We all have different gifts. I’m talking about being willing to use your whole body to communicate that God loves you to others. Smile. Show yourself friendly.

Give value to other people.

World leadership says abandon your hopes and dreams to help me achieve mine. Most companies could care less about what you want to do with your life. All they care about is that you show up on time and do your job. Very rarely will your boss ask you what you really want to do with your life – and how can he help you get there?

A good boss will ask those questions and find ways to utilize and leverage those giftings in his employees. He will incorporate them within the company. You might be someone stocking shelves who needs to be groomed for the sales field. Maybe the boss learns that you want to be a standup comedian. He asks if you’ve ever spoken to a group of people or an audience. Your answer is no. So, while he may not be able to kick off your standup comedy routine – he can prepare you by putting you in front of people as you work toward your goals.

The Gospel says, “Tell me your hopes and dreams.”

God helps us realize our dreams while helping him achieve his dream within the body of Christ. And his dream, in reality – is for us to achieve our dreams all together.

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Flying Cockroaches

Who would have thought that you could learn something from a cockroach?

We arrived in Mexico last night after a long day of travel. Overall the trip was smooth, other than the usual Chicago traffic and a lost bag upon arrival; nothing we can’t do without for a day or two.

Our hosts were waiting for us at the airport, helped us load our baggage into their pickup truck, and drove us to their beautiful home in Madeiro, Mexico. After some wonderful refreshments and some even better conversation, we made our way to our rooms for the night.

But shortly after Krissy and I got settled in, we realized we weren’t alone. La cucarachas, aka a giant flying cockroach, had invaded our space uninvited. Now before I start, let me just say that I’ve traveled the world, I’ve seen big bugs before, handled wild snakes, but there is just something about a lightning fast cockroach that still makes my skin crawl. But tonight my fear would have to wait, because I’m a man, and duty called and my wife wasn’t going to be able to sleep until that nasty bug was dead, right? So to battle I went, moving furniture, throwing shoes, checking under rugs, and even swatting my arms a few times; I mean I tore that place apart, but you know what, no matter how hard I tried, I was just no match for that flying beast, that is,…until I finally turned on the light. Man, with just one flicker of incandescent glory that bug ran for the hills never to be scene again. Who would have thought that it was that easy?

That reminded me of something. Problems are a lot like cockroaches, they surprise us, scare us, and despite our best efforts often times leave us feeling defeated and uneasy, that is, until we flip on the light.

Psalm 18.28 says, “You light a lamp for me.
The Lord, my God, lights up my darkness.”. See problems, just like that pesky cockroach, have a way of fleeing at the first glimmer of God’s light. God’s light, his truth and opinion, lights up our darkness and causes our problems to flee.

I don’t know what you’re dealing with today, but keep this in mind, darkness doesn’t like light and can’t ever overcome it. Walk in God’s light today and begin to see your circumstances change.

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Flying Cockroaches

Who would have thought that you could learn something from a cockroach?

We arrived in Mexico last night after a long day of travel. Overall the trip was smooth, other than the usual Chicago traffic and a lost bag upon arrival; nothing we can’t do without for a day or two.

Our hosts were waiting for us at the airport, helped us load our baggage into their pickup truck, and drove us to their beautiful home in Madeiro, Mexico. After some wonderful refreshments and some even better conversation, we made our way to our rooms for the night.

But shortly after Krissy and I got settled in, we realized we weren’t alone. La cucarachas, aka a giant flying cockroach, had invaded our space uninvited. Now before I start, let me just say that I’ve traveled the world, I’ve seen big bugs before, handled wild snakes, but there is just something about a lightning fast cockroach that still makes my skin crawl. But tonight my fear would have to wait, because I’m a man, and duty called and my wife wasn’t going to be able to sleep until that nasty bug was dead, right? So to battle I went, moving furniture, throwing shoes, checking under rugs, and even swatting my arms a few times; I mean I tore that place apart, but you know what, no matter how hard I tried, I was just no match for that flying beast, that is,…until I finally turned on the light. Man, with just one flicker of incandescent glory that bug ran for the hills never to be scene again. Who would have thought that it was that easy?

That reminded me of something. Problems are a lot like cockroaches, they surprise us, scare us, and despite our best efforts often times leave us feeling defeated and uneasy, that is, until we flip on the light.

Psalm 18.28 says, “You light a lamp for me.
The Lord, my God, lights up my darkness.”. See problems, just like that pesky cockroach, have a way of fleeing at the first glimmer of God’s light. God’s light, his truth and opinion, lights up our darkness and causes our problems to flee.

I don’t know what you’re dealing with today, but keep this in mind, darkness doesn’t like light and can’t ever overcome it. Walk in God’s light today and begin to see your circumstances change.

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