David: the madness of power…

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Reading: 1 Samuel 20:1-22:23

Focus: 1 Samuel 22:6-19

The old saying goes, “Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely.” The double-edge sword of leadership, the power and authority of leadership, can be dangerous in the hands of anyone, even the most careful of leaders. For if a leader is unable to wield the sword of leadership, he is easily overcome by those who despise his leadership; if a leader wields the sword wildly with absolute disregard for those around him, it is likely that he’ll hurt people and himself in the process. It takes a strong, but firm, leader to wield the sword so that those he leads follows him, but also feel protected with him.

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Joshua: strong supports…

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Reading: Joshua 1:1-6:27

Focus: Joshua 1:12-18

A leader is only as good as those who follow him. After all, what good is a leader who has no followers? Kinda pointless to be a leader when no one follows you… What is worse is you succeed a great leader! The pressure of meeting the standard set by the previous leader, not in spite of you, but simply because they were great. It is a greater test of one’s leadership in the line of succession. Even with the full blessing of the previous leader, it does not automatically ensure a successful transition and leadership.

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Numbers: a leader’s burden…

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Reading: Numbers 10:11-13:33

Focus: Numbers 11:10-30

Being up the top can be hard. There’s a lot of weight carried upon the shoulders of the head-honchos. All the responsibility of decision making, keeping people happy, leading the way into a new era of success and growth… it isn’t easy. The pressure and stress can really get to you and you might just snap. Just that little something which you didn’t need, and it pushes you over the edge—you’ve had enough, you want out, you want it to end…!

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