We can't shine as lights to the world if we are all centered on ourselves.
If I were to give a potential church planter some advice for that season in their process of planting, I would encourage them in the following ways . . .
The Lord loves a straight shooter
Your volunteer leaders are your greatest resource at your church.
Developing godly habits is extremely important. And one of these healthy habits is to share the gospel with those we encounter.
Prayer is naturally one of the most spiritual things we can do as believers, so we don’t need to add anything extra to over-spiritualize it.
We need more partnerships between churches, and we need more churches. Working together to plant churches is a biblical way to fulfill the cooperative commission to make disciples.
Here are some common ways churches engage in “mission drift.”
To show and teach our kids what a renewed mind thinks requires us to renew our minds.
Here’s some good news: You don’t have to share the gospel the way I did. You don’t have to dread doing evangelism. And you don't have to treat it like a salespitch. Jesus certaily didn't.
The key to staying on the right course is GPS.
Here are some of the things that I have done to better understand difficult Bible verses . . .
I recommend that you always be reading.
Your spouse is a gift from God, there to encourage, support, and affirm you. But your spouse is not the primary source of your encouragement, support, or affirmation
I’ve been blessed to know many people who were good listeners. What makes them good listeners? Some observations . . .
It is better get an ‘A’ at home and a ‘C’ in the classroom, than an ‘A’ in the classroom and a ‘C’ at home.
Husbands, we love our wives by going to the hard places with them.
There are certain types of group prayer participants none of us should want to be.
How do you inspire fellow believers to take up the call to make disciples?
While I have always known God's Word changes lives, experiencing it in my life and that of others has given me the confidence to stand with the Reformers of years past in calling for the primacy of God's Word in our lives and churches.
Here are 9 ways the Gospel directly affects marriage.
Here are 7 principles about Sabbath rest that I am learning. I share them in hopes they might help others fighting the battle of busyness, fatigue, and endurance.
Resolved, That I will do whatsoever I think to be most to the glory of God . . .
Unfamiliar with the search process, this dear sister asked if, after examining all of the resumes, we would whittle the number of candidates down to two and have them come in to participate in some kind of “Preach Off.” Then and only then would the members vote for the one they liked best.
I wish that I longed for the kingdom of God to come so much that its coming is a heartfelt and genuine request from the deepest recesses of my soul. But I don’t.
As I have tried to help guys struggling in this area, and also remain vigilant and creative and fresh in my own Bible intake, I’ve come up with a couple basic ideas that some have found helpful.
Here are 3 ways your family can participate in God's mission by building a God-honoring legacy . . .
Ultimately we want to honor God with the resources we've been given. These premises are God's before they are ours.
All wives need to hear their husband say these six things.
One big challenge is how many people in the community think they know what it means to be Christian
It hurts to be gossiped about. Because church leaders are out in front, their lives can be closely scrutinized. They make obvious targets. And no leader is immune, no matter how godly.
You’re not there just for your job. You’re not there just for a promotion. You’re not there just to make a name for yourself and build your resume. God didn’t just put you there for you. He put you there for others. He wants to reach your workplace with the gospel through you.
Christians are in a battle with the world, a battle that rages continually as we are confronted with promises of pleasure, joy, and satisfaction at every turn. These messages are often subtle, chipping away at our defenses little by little.
This step of humility has a very high success rate because it does one thing right away: it fires our prestigious lawyers.
Effective ministry is not simply saying, “Take this Bible verse and call me in the morning."
Everywhere I look are photos and testimonies about the wonders of this dark spot correcting cream, essential oils, healthy shakes that aid in weight loss, and that body shaping wrap. What strikes me most about these posts is that they are coming from men and women in the church.
Over the last several years I have watched my wife prepare for birthday parties, holiday seasons, or other special events. She, like many women, gives considerable time and attention to the details. This is what women do. Men on the other hand, we think function. We reuse our forks, wipe our chin on our sleeves, and pass on the straws. We skim past the details without noticing.
Since I love to help women business owners be effective on social media, I find that a lot of people that ask me for help are those that work from home as a “consultant” or “rep” for a Multi-Level Marking (MLM) company. Here is my short and condensed list of things that you definitely should NOT do if you want to go far with your business.
Through his Holy Spirit, Christ is powerfully present when believers meet together for the purpose of making relationships right.
In a perfect world all members of a church would be regenerate and would remain so throughout their lives. But we do not live in a perfect world. So it is beneficial that we have strategies in mind to safeguard regenerate church membership.
How does one measure health in the church? This has been a question that has plagued me for years. How do we take a step back and take an honest view about where we are at as a church?
How do we minister to our wives? How do we encourage them, especially when their hearts are weary?
God showed me that my attitude toward email was sinful. In writing short, to-the-point, sometimes brusque emails, I was misrepresenting the gospel. By not seeing the people behind the emails I was essentially elevating myself above them and ignoring an opportunity to share Christ’s love with them.
If you want your deacons to be all they can be, to serve your church, and Christ’s mission well, you should not only pray for them, but you should also encourage them in their work.
These are things you can do right away and they will bring immediate impact. As I look back on sermons that have seemed to have the most traction, they have most often been the ones when I have faithfully unfolded the passage, gotten out of the way, and let these 5 friends loose.
By God’s all-encompassing grace, fast-forward 5 years and there’s a bit more variety in style, coif, music, gender, and seasons of life at Maranatha.
The importance of repentance is hard to overstate.
Through years of trial and error, I have come to follow these five keys to taking notes during a sermon.
These five boundaries promote an attitude of sexual purity and can keep us safely away from situations which could make it easier to commit sexual sin.
Given the variety of difficult circumstances in our lives, recalling and trusting the promises of God can feel nearly impossible. Thankfully, our gracious God provides a model for trust through his gracious Son.