No one can be like Jesus yet we can all be like Jesus. In all of history there has never been--and never will be--anyone like Him. ^In this extraordinary book, devout Christian and internationally acclaimed speaker, author and sports executive...
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No one can be like Jesus yet we can all be like Jesus. In all of history there has never been--and never will be--anyone like Him. ^In this extraordinary book, devout Christian and internationally acclaimed speaker, author and sports executive Pat Williams reveals the pure essence of Jesus. Although Christianity teaches that Jesus is God, most people lose sight of His humanity. Through the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, Williams helps us understand who Jesus really was--His mind, His wisdom, His love, His humility, His courage and His goodness. The story of Jesus' life is told powerfully and dramatically and the meaning of his teachings is compellingly brought home through contemporary stories of people who exemplify what it means to be like Jesus. ^The Jesus of this book is truly the Jesus who lived and identified with us and with whom we also can identify. Williams provides persuasive and provocative insight on how to truly be like Jesus through His teachings and this
from Chapter 13 Jesus showed us how one leader can change the world. He began with a bold vision that he put up in lights for all to see-a shining vision of God's kingdom on Earth. Then he chose twelve people and entrusted his vision to them. He built close, tightly bonded relationships with them and mentored them. He trained them, coached them and delegated his authority to them to minister in his name. Jesus knew they would fail and make mistakes, but he unleashed them and transferred increasing amounts of responsibility to their shoulders. He knew he could not to do it all, especially in view of the short time he had left. Se he poured his life into them and multiplied himself through them. Jesus fed a crowd in northern Israel to demonstrate to his disciples what his ministry was all about: spiritual bread for hungry souls. The feeding of the five thousand was not as some would suppose, just a flashy display of miraculous power. It was symbolic of what Jesus had come to do for the nation of Israel. The second feeding of four thousand people took that same message of living bread beyond the borders of Israel and into the world at large. As a leader, Jesus walked on water. You may think How can I lead like Jesus? I can swim, but I can't walk on water! It's a mistake, however, to think that the point of this miracle was just to show off the power of Jesus. The theme of that event was faith. Jesus did something unthinkable, then he called Peter out of the boat and commanded him to do the unthinkable as well. If you are a leader, there are things you do every day that your followers probably consider impossible to imitate: You envision the future, think creatively, initiate action, take charge, motivate, inspire, mentor, empower, communicate, manage conflict, remain calm under pressure, handle multiple tasks, exude confidence, demonstrate management skills, demonstrate sales skills and more. To the people around you, the leadership abilities that are natural to you look like "walking on water" to them. Your job as a leader is to call people out of the safety of the boat and urge them to take a step of faith. Get them out on the water and tell them to start walking! Jesus, the ultimate leader, taught his disciples that if they would dare the unthinkable, they could achieve the impossible-as long as they kept their eyes on him. Peter didn't sink until he took his eyes off Jesus and started looking at his circumstances. As long as he kept looking to Jesus, there was no limit to what he could do. So it is with you and me. Above all, Jesus tried to prepare his followers for the fact that he would not always be there holding their hands. Jesus knew that the goal of leadership is not to produce childlike dependents, but mature, confident, dependable disciples. So Jesus did amazing things in their presence, then he told his followers that they would achieve even greater things. He wanted his followers to understand that, with God's power flowing through them, they were going to change the world. Finally, he took three of his closest disciples upon Mount Hermon, where he have them a glimpse of the incredible glory that lay ahead of them-the culmination of God's plan for the human race, a plan that led through such men as Moses and Elijah, as well as through Peter, James and John. Jesus knew that a time was soon approaching when he would gather his disciples in an upper room in Jerusalem. He would bid them farewell, and they would feel lost and without hope. One of them would slip away from that room and sell the life of Jesus for thirty pieces of sliver. But the eleven who stayed with Jesus would change the course of history. The work of Jesus remains unfinished. He is still calling men and women who are willing to follow him and become his next "inner circle" of lead
Some Books Change the Way You Think; This Book Will Change the Way You Live. Imagine how the world would change if everyone were just a little more like Jesus. While there will never be anyone like Jesus, throughout history the most successful, most enlightened and most joy-filled people have followed his example in their daily lives because they know what others don't-that Jesus is not just a deity to pray to, but someone to know intimately; to understand deeply; to emulate consistently. Now you can know him, too.In this extraordinary book, acclaimed motivational speaker and inspirational author Pat Williams offers a fresh new look at who Jesus really was as a person-his mind, his wisdom, his love, his courage, his goodness and his humanity. By blending the accounts of the four gospels-Matthew, Mark, Luke and John-into one dramatic and compelling narrative, you will walk alongside the greatest human being who ever lived as he faces seemingly insurmountable life challenges of hatred, greed, abuse and jealousy with love, humility, forgiveness and courage. His wisdom and insights are illuminated through contemporary leaders who reveal how they pattern their lives after his example, even when it would be easier to do otherwise. You'll learn how to incorporate positive characteristics into your own life, including: *How to Have Integrity Like Jesus *How to Lead Like Jesus *How to Focus Like Jesus *How to Be Courageous Like Jesus *How to Endure Like Jesus Whether you are trying to build a family, a marriage or a business, these are the principles on which to build. A fascinating read regardless of religious denomination, this is the quintessential book on how to create a better life.
Free-lance writer Jim Denney has written and edited more than 60 books with a number of different authors, including Super Bowl champion Reggie White, Star Trek actress Grace Lee Whitney, supermodel Kim Alexis, and Orlando Magic executive Pat Williams including Answers to Satisfy the Soul and The Timebenders (a children's science-fantasy series), which includes Battle Before Time and Lost in Cydonia. He is married with two teenage children and lives in California.
PAT WILLIAMS lives in Winter Park, Florida and is senior vice President of the NBA's Orlando Magic. He has forty years of professional sports experience, has written 22 books, including Secrets for the Mountain and Unsinkable, and is one of America's most sought-after motivational speakers. Pat and his wife, Ruth, are the parents of 19 children, 14 of whom have been adopted from four foreign countries.