God is worthy and due our honor and glory.
Here are three reasons to conduct membership interviews with everyone seeking to join your church.
Be humble and open to correction from those inside and outside your peer group.
I share in the victory of Christ.
All of this makes me wonder: If a king doing "what is right in the eyes of the Lord" could miss such blatant idolatry . . . couldn’t I?
The key to staying on the right course is GPS.
I don’t “have to” read my Bible every day, I need to.
Engaging our children in healthy, God-honoring conversations about sexuality is less about "keeping up with culture", and more about learning to set the pace.
I come to church and remember how awesome God is, how wonderful my salvation is, and how glorious heaven is, and then, after leaving, I act like my world is falling apart at the first hint of difficulty.
If the average church member would seek to live out these principles, they would find deeper relationships and have a much richer sense of purpose.
He frustratingly questioned, “If all this is Bible stuff is true, why won’t God just prove that he is real!? Why won’t God just prove he loves me!?”
A desire exists to be famous and live for the applause of others despite reality showing us that the applause does not satisfy. Nor does the applause last.
Distractions of all forms hit pastors. These distractions are circumstances that burden the pastor’s heart to such an extent that it threatens their ability to properly prepare for preaching the Bible faithfully.
Throughout the Scriptures, believers are challenged to respond to society in a way reflective of the amazing love and grace we have received from God, while not allowing thoughts of self-preservation to dictate the ways in which we interact with our culture.
These aren’t means carried out on our own strength or wisdom, but these are actions committed in surrender to the Lord in acknowledgment of the ordinary system that he has created within this world.
These 4 recommendations will help you create a culture of discipleship in your home.
Your spiritual legacy and that which you impress within the life of your children will be influenced by these four areas
Moral integrity helps to gain respect and influence in our culture; however, when our moral authority is compromised it undercuts our influence and our ability to lead effectively.
What's the one thing the church needs to get right in the 21st century?
"What is the one thing you would say to the new pastor?"
Is God good? As I reflected upon this question, I had a decision to make. If the answer was “yes,” then that answer had to hold even if God allowed my child to die.
I don’t recall struggling consistently with depression before I entered the ministry.
My friends, let us be a church that savors, promotes, and clings to grace.
As we acknowledge the need to lead humbly, what does godly, humble leadership look like in the day-to-day?
Our response to Jesus will often be proportionate to our understanding of the egregiousness of our sin.
I regularly hear conference speakers claim that if someone isn’t nervous before they stand up to declare the words of God then something is wrong. I'm not sure this is right.
illustrations are often a critical part of preaching and can help crystalize truth. However, illustrations that are not developed or used well can actually distract or mislead from the truth and, in some cases, call your credibility into question.
Seeking to leverage ministry for comfort goes against the grain of the ministry picture in the New Testament.
If you are a leader and you’ve led them thus far, lead them further by giving them some space to plan, pray, and get collected.
Peter introduces his letter to God’s chosen people with a glimpse of the front porch light.
For the believer committed to upholding the authority of God's Word, seemingly inherent desires never justify a choice to sin. The real issue at the heart of the matter is the answer to the question: “Which matters most to me, the way I feel or what God says?”
God never leaves his child behind. He promises to recover them all and see them safely to their heavenly hope.
The better the ending the less necessary the tension. When I know something will end well, I don’t have to fret as much in the middle.
Prayer is an important aspect of the spiritual life, but if we were honest, we’d probably admit that we pray much less than we ought
What if we refused to be threatened by our sister churches and instead committed to pray for them?
While distracted driving is bad, distracted living can be great. In fact, it can be liberating.
A community that lives with love enough to both provide and receive gentle rebukes from one another makes for an incredible family.
Let us be radically compassionate because of the radical compassion we have richly received from Jesus.
So, I was off to a great morning to jog and talk to the Lord. As I began to jog and pray, I became pretty convicted of all that I take for granted.
Let us listen to wisdom and grow in grace and knowledge as we seek to be the community that God intended for us to be.
Our present difficulties do not dismiss God’s future promises.
What helped reenergize my passion and joy for ministry? A 14-year-old blessed daughter with a righteous perspective.
Circumstances may currently be tough, but they are temporary. On the other side of this life, a future glory awaits. Don’t forget that.
God has called his church to live in a constant conversation seeking him in the midst of all things at all times.
Six things I was reminded of when I sought the congregation's feedback on my preaching.
To my daughters: I pray that you will be a light for Jesus, that you will live for him, and tell others about him.
God’s pronouncement that He will not share his affections with false gods stands the test of time, bridging the gap between the Israelites and present-day believers.
While the fullness of that plan will not be experienced until Jesus returns and establishes the fullness of his Kingdom, God in his grace often allows some of the blessings of our promised future to splash over the rim of the present so that we get a glimpse of what is to come.
As I piously read Ahaz’s failure, I began to ponder how we in the church, all too often, act similarly in resorting to the ways of the word while ignoring God’s promises.