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Tag: God

Healthy Churches are Missional Churches

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8 (ESV) Exiting the highway, we pulled up to…

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Journey Together as a Church

Walking the District grounds one cool December morning, I was joined by 3 groups of geese. All total there were nearly 50 who were wandering along with me. Of course, they were not all that happy that I had joined them and told me…

The Church of Purpose

When I began pastoring my first church, I remember visiting with people around town, inquiring about the church that they were a part of.  While there were many who gave various responses to my questions….

God’s Gracious Care for Us!

God offers his compassion to those who realize their deepest need of Him. He cares for us with a heart of concern and mercy. “The LORD, the LORD, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, Exodus…

The Results of Right Pursuit

In our pursuit of happiness, are we pursuing the right things?

Fighting Fear

Yet, the angel tells Mary to not be afraid. I have often asked myself, how would Mary have dealt with her fear? Did she have relapses of fear in the days that followed this encounter?

The Blessing of Sowing

Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered. Proverbs 11.25 (ESV) I have a lot of great memories of my childhood and often think back to those experiences which shaped my life and helped guide and direct my…

Overcoming Discouragement

The story of Elijah has often brought great inspiration to me as a leader.  This was a man who had a nature like us, yet God worked in incredible, supernatural ways in his life.  When he prayed, God answered, in a big way!  Drought,…

10 Tips for Successful Self-Leadership

Leading others is tough. Leading laterally and leading “up” is tougher still. But “self -leadership” is the toughest of them all.–Bill Hybels  Self-leadership can be defined as the process of influencing self to establish the direction and motivation needed for optimal performance.  The person…

A Minute Devotional–James 1.2

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds,  (James 1:2 (ESV)). When faced with the difficulties life throws at us it is easy to turn to a natural response of anger, discouragement, confusion, despair or a combination of all…

A Minute Devotional–James 1.5

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.  (James 1:5 (ESV)) When we face difficult challenges, trials, or even life in general, we need assistance to help us navigate…

A Minute Devotional–2.29.12

“I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.” Jeremiah 31:3 (ESV) What a wonderful promise! God has, does, and always will love us with an everlasting love!  It’s the kind of love that cannot be bought…