Why do people change? Emotion, not intellect.

Aug 21, 2018
 

When we preach the word of God we do so most often appealing to the intellect of our audience.  We want them to study, II Timothy 2:15, reason, Acts 17:2 and then make a decision for change, either to stop doing something wrong they are doing or start doing something good that they aren't doing.  

And yet there was a reason why Jesus used story telling constantly in his ministry.  Jesus knew that while he could give people reasons, which he did, they would not make decisions until they "felt" like it, or until their emotions were involved.  As a result, he used stories, the greatest tool for tapping into people's emotions.

A few years ago, neuroscientist, Antonio Demasio, made a groundbreaking discovery. He studied people with damage in the part of the brain where emotions are generated. While they seemed normal in most instances, they were not able to feel emotions. As a result, they all had something peculiar in common: they...

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Discipline - We Hate it, We Love it - Here's how to get it!

Aug 15, 2018
 

How do you accomplish the impossible?

God's power

AND

discipline.  

Here's 3 steps to get discipline in your own life and the 3 steps you must teach others in order for them to have a disciplined life.

Many years ago Richard Foster wrote the classic The Celebration Of Discipline.  It was not a book that I wanted to read.  I thought it would be laborious, judgmental, frustrating and leave me with a terrible case of "I'm a loser".   

None of that occurred.  In fact, the book became one of my favorite.  A book that pointed the way to freedom, power and accomplishment in life.  

These 3 steps are the start.  Without these three, you will never engage in a disciplined life and without that type of life you cannot hope to accomplish what God has called you to do and be.

Blessings,

Vance

Dr. Vance

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The Gift of Vision!

Aug 07, 2018
 

Vision.  Not yours for them.  

But giving people the ability to have their own vision.  

This is THE GREATEST gift you can give to your people.  I promise.  It will change their lives and the lives of all who know them - forever.

But, it is not only a gift, but it is your responsibility.  You must paint such a vivid picture of how their lives and the lives of all those who know them, would change.  How it would change if they were willing to live a life filled with God's vision.

Blessings,

Vance

Dr. Vance Hardisty 

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4 Guaranteed Way To Regain Your Audience - When You've Lost Them - Shot in Delhi, India

Jul 31, 2018
 

We all like to think that we can keep our audiences spellbound with our preaching and teaching.  But, no matter how good you are, no matter how many years you've been teaching, there will be times when you look down into the audience and see people nodding off, distracted, whispering or surfing the net.

To continue the way you have been going means that you waste their time and yours because frankly they are not going to remember anything more that you say.  

What can you do?

Here are 4 very simple methods for regaining your audience.  4 simple ways to go from boring to "What did he just say?!!"

May you use these to more effectively communicate our Lord's gospel.

Blessings,

Vance

Dr. Vance Hardisty

 

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THE foundation for impact! It really ISN"T about us.

Jul 24, 2018
 

We've read it.  

We've taught it.

But do we actually realize the power of humility.  Demonstrated humility.  Humility in action.

I was in Punjab, working with about 150 pastors and what the Lord led me to do changed everything.

Blessings,

Vance

Dr. Vance Hardisty

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Change Your Filters

Jul 19, 2018
 

How many times do we allow our surroundings to dictate our emotions, perception and attitudes?  

And yet, if we look closely, the only reason the problems and garbage of life so impact us is because we are making life all about us - our comfort, our desires, our expectations.  The result is a frustrating and self focused life.  The cure?  simply changing our filters through which we view our circumstances.  

If we are willing to change our filters we will change our lives.

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The LAST and MOST IMPORTANT lesson Jesus ever taught

Jun 20, 2018
 

Jesus thought this was so important that with just a few hours left to live, he didn't just teach the disciples, he demonstrated it.  

If Jesus thought servant leadership was that important, I think it is fair to step back and say, we teach it, preach it but do we live it each and every day.  I know that it is not something that we can take for granted.  Our society, our humanity, everything around us screams that being a servant is crazy, yet Christ, at death's door challenged the heart of the world's system.

Are we willing to take a long hard and honest look at ourselves and ask, "Are we being obedient to the calling and example of Christ?"

Blessings,

Vance

Dr. Vance Hardisty

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Know - Think - Do - These 3 things are a MUST - BEFORE you speak!

Jun 14, 2018
 

The message doesn't begin when we get up front.  Hours before we start to speak, these three habits form the foundation for significant impact.  If you over look these three, you will be blindsided often.

Blessings,

Vance

Dr. Vance Hardisty

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Pastors, Teachers - How can you be Christ to people who want to talk to you AFTER you speak? Here's how.

May 24, 2018
 

You've finished your message, you have a line of people who want to speak with you but, there is that person who seems to go on and on, or you are exhausted, or there are guests and visitors that you should meet.

How can you deal with the reasons that we as pastors tend to use that cause us not to give that person who is in front of us our 100% undivided attention?  There is a solution - a powerful one.

Blessings,

Vance

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Pastors and Teachers - You MUST do this one thing AFTER you preach

May 15, 2018
 

Often, when we finish a message, sermon or presentation, we sit down and figure our job is finished.  But that is far from the truth.  

When the service ends we mingle with the crowd and greet people who come to shake our hands and there is one thing that we do that will either tell people to believe us, or forget everything that we just said.

People don't even realize that they are looking for this, but they are.  Subconsciously this plays a huge role in our ability to minister and relate to people.  Subconsciously, this tells people whether we are real or fake.  Subconsciously this tells people whether they should believe us, or throw away everything that we just said.

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