The Word of God was and has always been a community experience.
The ministry of love outside of Sunday morning gatherings creates the credibility that not only arrests, but keeps the attention of those inside the church and outside it.
Let stories be as bold, brash, and audacious as they were meant to be.
I've consistently encountered such misunderstanding, as well as bold-faced attempts to hijack David and Jonathan for the sake of normalizing (and wrongly biblicizing) homosexual relationships.
The first heart that the preached Word must affect in your gospel-centered community is yours.
Wonder is necessary to survival, either in telling a story or living your own. No wonder we are a people starved of soul satisfaction.
Jesus’ ministry in homes was a ministry of love. Such love in the most private of places was a most potent apologetic to an unbelieving world. It still is.
Even in his weaknesses, David fights to surrender himself to God and to persevere despite physical and spiritual opposition.
This is an important and vital issue most Christians face but never really understand or defeat because they are blinded to it.
Parents, use the sacred space of car rides and other "as you go" moments to explore and deepen your family faith story with the people who matter most.
When words no longer mean anything, can men and women who live by the Word long endure?
Many of us were never trained in our formal education, internships, or perhaps even our associate roles how to lead a great ministry team meeting. This was something that became apparent to me as I stepped into lead a burgeoning team of strong leaders at my church. What follows here are hard knocks and necessary considerations, I believe, for a great ministry meeting.
In both intentional and unintentional moments, we pass on our stories to the people we love most because we know and understand their significance and power.
Both extroverts and introverts must do the work to see that those with the gift of introversion are a grace to God’s Church, so I have some considerations for my fellow introverted church members and the extroverts who love them.
Christian encouragement is a command.
I believe encouragement should take its place alongside any list of spiritual disciplines.
I’m reminded of God’s faithful use of community to rebuild this young pastor and prepare him to shepherd more boldly and faithfully. I want to do the same for the men in my church and sphere.
Has God called you to stay behind? Be faithful in the so-called mundane
Godly people who are about the gospel say goodbye often, confident in our union together as the family of God and confident that we will celebrate again.
Let the news be an instigator to get you involved in all that God is doing in this world that belongs—without hype, sensationalism or slant—to Him.
What are the songs of Christmas that help you fight off cynicism or even despair? THE ones that remind you of the reason for the hope of Christ?