15 But the evil spirit answered them, “Jesus I know, and Paul I recognize, but who are you? Acts 19:15 A fascinating passage. In my mind, Acts 19:11-20 is one of the more extraordinary passages in the entire book of Acts. It starts out by telling us that God was doing “extraordinary miracles” by the the … More I Want to be Known in Hell.
If you live in snow country you might find it difficult to interact with neighbors for the next 5 months or more. When I lived in the Chicago area, it wasn’t uncommon to be putting a parka on children from Mid-October to the end of March. Sure there were exceptions, but it can be difficult … More Winter Strategies to Engage with Neighbors
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
My last post (also with a ‘river’ of flowers) started a conversation about ideas and ways to interact with neighbors during the summer months. Practice the Ministry of Presence. —see previous post Create Opportunities to be Present. —see previous post Invite. —see previous post Serve and Sacrifice for Them. —see previous post ddd Use your … More 7 Ideas for Summer Outreach (Part 2)
Part One of a two part series: Practice the Ministry of Presence. There is no influence without contact. My general rule is that if a neighbor invites me to anything, whatever was on my schedule is going to be replaced. My neighbors know I am a Christian. So when they are willing to take the … More 7 Ideas for Summer Outreach in Your Neighborhood
I doubt it. But I suspect that most people have verbalized those five words or that sentiment in their spirit after some particularly convicting portion of Scripture was exposited on a Sunday morning. Most pastors (in my experience) don’t try to deliberatley make people feel guilty. I know I don’t try to do that. But … More “My Pastor is Guilting Me.”
I’m not selling anything. I am simply the messenger. The message is simple. I am a citizen and ambassador of a Kingdom. My allegiance is to the King of the Kingdom.I currently dwell in another kingdom, the kingdom of this world and have a dual citizenship in the country in which I was born, the … More The King Has an Announcement
Leonard Ravenhill (June 18, 1907 – November 27, 1994 Ravenhill was an English Christian evangelist and author who focused on the subjects of prayer and revival. He is best known for challenging western evangelicalism (through his books and sermons) to compare itself to the early Christian Church as chronicled in the Book of Acts. (Wiki) In answer to … More The Challenge of Ravenhill
I hope the answer is yes. I hope you know the meaning of Jesus’s parables in Matthew 13, in particular the one we talked about last week and the one we will take up this week. (Come and visit if you can or go to our website on Monday for the audio, ManchesterCreek.org) There is … More Do You Believe in the Divine Conspiracy?