Resources by Jim Elliff

Jim Elliff is the president of Christian Communicators Worldwide. Through this ministry Jim, and a team of communicators, train leaders, teach the Bible, and evangelize, both overseas and throughout the United States. He is the author of several books, and writes regularly for three CCW websites:, and Jim is also one of several pastors of Christ Fellowship of Kansas City, a network of congregations meeting in homes in Metro Kansas City.

Mar 18

Worth A Lot of Sparrows by Jim Elliff

It is hardly God’s great purpose to make you feel like you’re something special.

Mar 8, 2018

Why do Some Pastors Deliberately Avoid Teaching Doctrine? by Jim Elliff

Pastor, give yourself to sound doctrine and make much of it from now on. If you cannot do this, resign.

Apr 6, 2016

When Ball Becomes Baal

Is Your Kid's Sports Involvement A Family Idol?

Perhaps nothing outside of a change in your job has so much potential to turn the family schedule upside down. Is it possible your family's sports-centric life is evidence of upside down worship?

Aug 25, 2016

What to Ask Myself Before I Teach the Bible by Jim Elliff

The results of our teaching are entirely God’s business. But it is our business to be as prepared as possible

Mar 11, 2016

What Should You Look for in a Church? by Jim Elliff

It's just this simple: a church is a good church only if it pursues what its Head desires.

Nov 18, 2019

What It Means To Love Christ by Jim Elliff

In valuing Christ we devalue all else for this object of our love, the treasure. 

Nov 29, 2018

What It Means to Love Christ by Jim Elliff

You cannot love Christ as an attachment to life, either in an intentional part-time way or a part-hearted way.

Oct 9, 2015

What if Churches Started Churches? by Jim Elliff

Good churches should add “church starting” to the list of ingredients that define their health.

Jun 1, 2015

What Do You Do With The Discouraged Pastor? by Jim Elliff

There are things you can do for your pastor that are like a drink of cool water on a dry, dusty day.

May 24, 2016

What Does God Have to Do With It? by Jim Elliff

We fit the occasion and have our place, but the “doing” of evangelism is done by God.

Oct 17, 2019

Tolerance Trouble by Jim Elliff

When you hear of new appeals for tolerance of sinful behavior in the churches, remember that this is not a nascent problem, but the old Corinthian problem revived.

Dec 8, 2016

Tis the Season to be Jolly? by Jim Elliff

Christmas then is not the season to be jolly, as if the other seasons are the opposite.

May 16, 2019

This Mystery is Profound by Jim Elliff

Nothing can provide a better picture of the relationship between believers to Christ than marriage. It explains why loving submission and sacrificial authority is so important.

Sep 23, 2016

The Word Was In The World: Doing What? by Jim Elliff

There is more to Christ than what happened in a three year span, as critical as that is for man’s salvation.

May 15, 2015

The Rural Church Dilemma by Jim Elliff

What happens when the young seminarian or college ministerial student takes his first churches in these areas? And what should the committed rural pastor think about his church’s future?

Nov 16, 2017

The Pronouns Preach

Lessons on the Glory of the Church

Paul’s letter to the Ephesians assumes their great diversity, which comes to us in the form of his use of pronouns.

Feb 18

The Love of Beauty by Jim Elliff

Within me is the longing for beauty, and the repulsion of non-beauty. I am convinced that I have the normal longings of all of us. We are made for beauty.

Mar 25, 2016

The Elderly Mr. Phipp

How Affection Toward God is Inseparable from Authentic Worship

When we perceive something of the Lord’s beauty, majesty, knowledge, or some other noble characteristic through what is said or sung or brought to the mind, our emotions are not to be either worked up by conscious effort or checked by deliberate willfulness. To do so would mean that we must take our gaze away from Him to ourselves.

Feb 26, 2016

Should We Have Black Churches or White Churches (or Cowboy Churches)?

Multicultural Glory in the Church

A cowboy church or a country music church may reach cowboys or country music lovers, but is this anything like what God intends to promote as the primary social implication of the cross? Does it depict real earth-side yearning for a future glorious church? We have diminished the meaning of the church by doing this.

Jul 28, 2017

Shadows of Hell: Fear and Emptiness Before Death by Jim Elliff

How often have men and women entered “outer darkness” after pretending a life of faith in Christ?

Apr 11, 2019

Seen by the Unseen by Jim Elliff

Among the panoply of spiritual beings said to see into our world, none is more pervasive, interested, and involved than God himself.

Dec 30, 2015

Righteousness On the Broad Way? by Jim Elliff

Do you merely perform religious duties like a pharisee, or is your life the fruit of a changed heart?

Apr 21, 2017

Reject by Jim Elliff

They looked the stone over and marked it unusable, not valuable, replaceable and inadequate.

Apr 27, 2016

Reformation or Revival? by Jim Elliff

Experience-driven revival is more like a flash flood than a mighty river. Heightened experience certainly leaves its mark, some of which may be good wherever it meets orthodoxy, but a reformational revival is a life-giving river which has continuing positive effects.

Dec 12, 2018

Reading Scripture Rightly by Jim Elliff

I let the original intent of the passage sting me, move me, drive me to what I need to be.

Jul 19, 2016

Powerfully Kept by Jim Elliff

True believers are held "in Christ," not by an armed guard. No, you are kept secure in Christ by the greatest power ever known - God Himself. And there has never been anyone able to snatch a person out of His hands.

Jun 8, 2016

Pastor, Should You Hire a Male Assistant? by Jim Elliff

An invitation to consider the reasonableness of male Christian leaders working with male assistants.

Jul 12, 2018

Pain to Gain for Others by Jim Elliff

Let’s face it: being nominal is a breeze, but standing strong as a true believer can be very costly. 

Dec 21, 2015

Our Relatives and Friends Without Christ by Jim Elliff

They don’t really want to listen to you. At least it appears to be so.

Dec 25, 2015

O, Come Let Us Ignore Him

Singing Songs About the Jesus You Won't Love

Better than all other possible “solutions,” following the Christ you sing about would be the best.

Feb 10

Looking For a Church? Here’s What to Look For by Jim Elliff

Though there are many things a particular church may not be able to do well, love is not one of them.

Apr 18, 2018

Living By The Prophet's Words by Jim Elliff

It has been revealed to God’s prophets already, they have written it for you, and that is enough.

Aug 7, 2018

It Isn’t About Me by Jim Elliff

The world is a barren wilderness without love. You really do need each other.

Mar 2, 2017

In or Out? by Jim Elliff

You are in Christ and fully in, or you are out and fully out.

May 24, 2018

Identity Theft: Losing Our Christian Self-Consciousness by Jim Elliff

We are nothing on our own. But in Christ, we are something beyond imagination.

Aug 3, 2015

How to Repent Without Really Repenting by Jim Elliff

The religious man often deceives himself in his repentance.

Jan 29, 2016

How 'Church Relevance' Is Boring by Jim Elliff

I received the umpteenth glossy card in the mail this week from yet another church opening a brand new “state-of-the-art” facility in our city.

Oct 13, 2016

God’s Purpose Isn’t Ruined by Unbelief: Don’t Be Discouraged by Jim Elliff

There is a good reason the parable is that of the Sower and not the Soils. Christ's purposes will never be thwarted by the unbelief of the masses.

Feb 17, 2017

For Better Conversations by Jim Elliff

Your artful questions and interest make both sides of the conversation possible.

Jun 26, 2015

Finding The Right Church by Jim Elliff

What should you look for in a church?

Dec 22, 2016

Do You Need to Repent of Book Hoarding? by Jim Elliff

For some time most of these books have been of little use to me except to hold dust and to look good.

Jul 5, 2017

Don't Just Tweet Your Proverbs by Jim Elliff

We should never think that just because God has blessed us, we are free to allow our heart to be turned from God. 

Jun 7, 2018

Culture is the Backdrop for the Real Story by Jim Elliff

The priority of the church should be seen in the things we do and say.

Feb 12, 2016

Comfort for Parents of Unconverted Children by Jim Elliff

Although salvation is the work of God and not something that we can do for our child, there is hope.

Jun 19, 2015

Church Going Downhill? by Jim Elliff

Was your church meeting disappointing this week? Do you find that there seems to be little life in the church? Are there troubles stirring? Are there way too many parking lot conversations? What can you do as a member to make things better?

Sep 8, 2015

Churches on Fire

What Goes Up Must Come Down

It is possible that your favorite leader could end up with nothing to show for years of labor! It is also possible that he could be rewarded beyond imagination.

Nov 12, 2015

Christians Should Be The Best Conversationalists by Jim Elliff

Good conversation went fugitive with the invasion of electronic media. Yet you long for it, and so do those in your circle of acquaintances. Believers in Christ ought to be excellent at it. Even our non-believing friends ought to leave us saying, “That was the best conversation I’ve had for months.”

Nov 1, 2015

Christians and No-Work Sundays by Jim Elliff

Believers haven’t always had Sundays free from work. Though our culture is changing in this regard, it still is largely expected that most of our members will be exempt from Sunday work to give attention to our worship. The earliest Christians did not have such a privilege.