Live Love Lead by Brian Houston

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It’s rare to come across a book that is filled with equal parts inspiration, knowledge and story.

Live Love Lead by Brian Houston (senior pastor of Hillsong Church) is one of those books.

Houston pulls back the curtain and let’s readers see behind the heart, vision, and past of his life as well as the life of Hillsong Church, which are inextricably linked. With vulnerability, compassion, and love, Houston combines story with teaching and inspiration to bring to life a book that is faith inspiring.

As he says in the introduction, “It is my firm belief that following Jesus is the only journey in life worth taking. After seeing the way God changes hearts, meets impossible needs, heals incurable diseases, and restores people, I am convinced beyond a doubt that God didn’t create us to live mediocre, settle-for-less lives.”

Perhaps what I loved most about this book was his willingness to show readers his scars. Ministry,even leading a church like Hillsong, comes with deep pains, wounds, and scars. And he didn’t hold back showing them to us, admitting his own mistakes, and writing with vulnerability. I can trust a guy who shows us his wounds and admits his mistakes.

If you are a pastor, leader, or a follow of Christ, I would strongly suggest reading this book. I’m looking forward to seeing Hillsong and Brian Houston in Minneapolis on Sept. 22 and can’t wait to hear more from a man I now deeply admire.

Live Love Lead Testimony video:

What’s That In Your Hand?

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You don’t have what it takes.
You don’t possess enough talent, education, expertise, and skill to make it happen and get it done.

I’m guessing I’m not the only one who speaks this way to themselves at times.

Moses did too.

Then the Lord told Moses, “I have certainly seen the oppression of my people in Egypt. I have heard their cries of distress because of their harsh slave drivers. Yes, I am aware of their suffering. Exodus 3:7

Hey Moses, I see a need of eternal importance. I’m gonna need someone to help.

Now go, for I am sending you to Pharaoh. You must lead my people Israel out of Egypt. Exodus 3:10

I need your help. It’s going to be bigger than you, a holy ambition, and BHAG (big hairy audacious goal).

But Moses protested to God, “Who am I to appear before Pharaoh? Who am I to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt?” Exodus 3:11

Uh oh. Here comes that voice. You don’t have what it takes, do you? You don’t possess enough to get it done.

God answered, “I will be with you.” Exodus 3:12

Isn’t that enough, Moses?

But Moses protested again, “What if they won’t believe me or listen to me? What if they say, ‘The Lord never appeared to you’?” Exodus 4:1-2

Apparently not. The self-doubt is TOO great to overcome.

Then the Lord asked him, “What’s that in your hand?” Exodus 4:3

That’s the KEY question. What do you already possess? I’ve equipped you with something, given you more than you realize. What is that in your hand?

“A shepherd’s staff,” Moses replied.

“We have a perspective limited by what we see on earth, which keeps us from recognizing the invisible, unlimited resources of our Father in Heaven. What I think I need to get the job done and what God thinks I need are not always the same thing.” Brian Houston, Live Love Lead

Combine what God has already given you with God’s unlimited power and potential, you have what it takes to see God work. Powerfully. When the self-doubt rises, let God ask you: What’s that in your hand?