Looking to Jesus for Transformation “Lord, we want to be different. Not just because of this pandemic that the world is dealing with but because we have looked inside and found our hearts are not where we want them to be. More importantly, they aren’t where You want them to be. You don’t see as … More Mid-Day Prayer–Change Us O God
Sanctify the Day Together — a Call to Worship Volume 1 Day 9 “May the Lord who called your name over this morning be your steadfast love and deliverer this day. May His promises to you be your shield, and stronghold, be your pillar of support, and may your Deliverer be your comfort and joy. … More He Calls You by Your Name this Morning
[Listen to the sound file while you read — two inches to the right of this line on this page, marked “Aubre’s Gift”] An Evening Devotion for Thursday of Holy Week Preparing our hearts for Good Friday and Easter The Savior is mocked and the soldiers gamble over His clothes. Adapted from the accounts of … More First He Mocked, then He Received Grace
[Listen to the sound file while you read — two inches to the right of this line on this page, marked “Aubre’s Gift”] A Morning Devotion for Thursday of Holy Week Preparing our hearts for Good Friday and Easter The Savior is stripped and nailed to the cross. Adapted from the accounts of Ps 22:16-18 … More Public Humiliation for Him, Forgiveness for You and Me
I love this! Pulled this off Facebook the other day and thought I would pass it on with some comment and an idea or two or . . . (we’ll see). It is the latest attempt to try to do something that is kind of a “pay-it-forward” and hope it goes viral. So, first, the … More Loving Neighbors at Christmas
Tomorrow I am meeting with a church planter looking for a mentor. He contacted me last week and tomorrow I will get my first chance to assess him, his plan, his vision, and, most of all, his guts and passion. I don’t know what I will find. But before I go any further let me … More Wanted: Church Planters with Guts and Passion
Stunning survey of seminary graduates now serving in the pastorate. “A leading seminary recently surveyed its graduates to discover where it might better address any deficencies in its program. The questionaire asked its alumni to identify the one area in which they wish they had received better instruction. After three or four years of intenses … More How Do Such Men Lead the Church?
We are to become a people who live passionately for and like Jesus. If we aren’t becoming that, something is wrong. The C.S. Lewis quote above comes the article “True Conversion and Wholehearted Commitment: Foundations of Discipleship” by Thomas A. Tarrants, III, Directory of Ministry, C.S. Lewis Institute.
The American Church is losing the war. I’m not thinking of the cultural war, or the war against abortion, or the war against same-sex marriage, or the war being waged against the faith of our children, or the war for respect among the elites in the media. I’m thinking of a much more important war … More The American Church is Losing the War.
I am currently taking our church leaders (we call them elders) through a study on the biblical concept of an elder’s roles and duties. This morning we met at 6:15 for prayer and study, working through the last pages of lesson 3 in the Biblical Eldership Mentor’s Guide by Alexander Strauch and Richard Swartley. It … More The Spontaneous Prayer: How We Learn to Pray