Living in His Presence


God is always with us, but if we don’t recognize His Presence, then there’s something that goes away, something that ends up in a dead end. How do we get reminded of the fact that we are in His Presence? How do we learn to live in His Presence? Let me give you three measuring sticks as to how you can determine how we’re doing in that. Three Measurements: Genuine and Healthy Relationships “And Read More

Nation Under Friendly Fire

Nation Under Friendly Fire

Today, we are a nation under friendly fire. “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people” (Prov. 14:34). The Bible says that righteousness exalts a nation, but sin disgraces it. It’s not the wars waged on the outside that wreck havoc and depress a nation and its families. It’s the sin within. It’s the inside job — like friendly fire in a war. Friendly fire Read More

Thy Kingdom Come

Thy Kingdom Come

Miracles happen every day. The Bible says that in heaven, there will be no more tears and no more sorrow. It is normal in heaven to have health, wholeness and deliverance. He gives it to us on this spinning earth as our inheritance, but He packages it in promised form — the promise of healing, the promise of wholeness and the promise of deliverance. During our stay on this spinning globe, where Read More

Ministry Components

Ministry Components

Here is a question that I received recently that might help young leaders in the same situation. I have changed the name in order to keep the sender anonymous. The lesson however, may be very personal to your situation! Here it is: Dear Wayne: I had said, when I met you at a conference last April, that I’d keep in touch … Your book [Leading on Empty] is coming at a much-needed time for Read More

The Most Overlooked People in a Church Plant

Overlooked People

The other day I got a question from a church planter that I hear a lot: How do I get older, more mature Christians to my church plant? How do I engage and utilize the gifts of business leaders in my church? The answers are deeply connected. Most church plants are filled with young professionals, young families, and singles. Because of this, most church plants have a lot of energy and a lot of Read More

Where Shall We Stand?

Where shall we stand-

SCRIPTURE I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! 16So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. – Revelations 3: 15 OBSERVATION This scripture speaking to the Church in Laodicea about the “lukewarm” way they pursued their religion and followed their God. It is a rebuke to the Church, Read More

Worn and New

Worn and New

Have you ever noticed that everything in your life wears out? The jacket you loved so much at the mall is now beaten up, with stains and smudges and frayed ends. The brand new car you drove off the lot doesn’t shine like it used to, and now is just a normal old ride with scratches and squeaks like everyone else. Your smartphone and tablet don’t run as flawlessly as they did the first day you Read More

Don’t Take Matters Into Your Own Hands

Matters into your own hands

Unfortunately, Abraham and Sarah did just that. Remember the story of when God promised them that they would bear a son, even though they were already on Medicare? This took place before God changed their names: from Sarai to Sarah and Abram to Abraham. The story goes something like this: God said to Abram, “Abram, you’re going to have a child, you and Sarai.” Abram looked at his reflection Read More

How to Counsel Towards Resolution

Counsel Towards Resolution

  Part of your role as a pastor or staff leader in the church is to counsel people under your care. The people that come to you are in spiritual warfare. Your goal is to move towards quick resolution in a biblical manner backed by scripture. There is a huge difference between being empathetic about their situation or bringing about a resolution that connects the person back to Christ. I Read More

Faith & the Pygmalion Effect

Faith and the Pygmalion Effect

“While He was still speaking, someone came from the house of the synagogue official saying, “Your daughter has died; do not trouble the Teacher anymore.” But when Jesus heard this, He answered him, “Do not be afraid any longer; only believe, and she will be made well.” (Luke 8:49) This reminds me of the Pygmalion effect. In simplest terms it means that what we believe may eventually come to pass. Read More