True Godliness Revealed


A Pastor’s Devotion from the New Hope Team. SCRIPTURE Beyond all question, the mystery from which true godliness springs is great: He appeared in the flesh, was vindicated by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory. – 1 Timothy 3:16 OBSERVATION After the instructions involving spiritual leadership Read More

Managing Discontent


It does not matter how long one has been in ministry; we need to continue learning and be subject to correction. Unfortunately, as we move higher in ministry, fewer opportunities occur through which we will be corrected. When we are at the low end of the totem pole and on the bottom of the food chain, everybody loves to correct us. However, as we rise on the food chain, fewer and fewer people correct Read More

Hidden in Plain Sight

Mentoring Leaders - HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT

F2F “F2F.” Do you know what that means? “Face to face.” There is a new wave of social networking that can cause us to become people who hide in plain sight. In this socially connected world, people are still not connected. Divorce rates are the same. Families are still breaking apart. Greed in America is at its highest peak and everyone is still looking out for number one. People now Read More

Walk the Talk (Be The Example)

Mentoring Leaders - Walk the Talk (Be The Example)

A Pastor’s Devotion from the New Hope Team.  SCRIPTURE Set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity. . . Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers. 1 Timothy 4:12  & 16 OBSERVATION The effectiveness of my preaching is better caught then taught. Scripture Read More

A Lifestyle of Action

Mentoring Leaders - A LIFESTYLE OF ACTION (1)

A Lifestyle of Action I started a series in Hebrews 10 where we’ll examine four different ways to live if the gospel is true. The first was a lifestyle of devotion; today is a lifestyle of ACTION. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. -Hebrews 10:23 It’s natural for me to respond to situations based on what’s happening in my Read More

Is There Such a Thing as Faith Without Obedience?

Mentoring Leaders - FAITH WITHOUT OBEDIENCE (1)

At North Coast Church I’ve long used the word picture of giving the steering wheel of our life over to Jesus to describe what it means to become a follower of Christ. Periodically I get emails, letters, and comments on this blog from folks who object to that imagery. Usually, it’s from someone concerned about one of two extremes – either that I’m over-simplifying the gospel or adding something Read More

The Replacements

Mentoring Leaders - The Replacements

It was the hardest thing I had faced in my young life. When I was a junior in high school, I blew out my knee during a summer football practice and never played again. I surely wasn’t a superstar, but I still found my identity in putting on my pads and helmet and running onto the field. I grew up in a family where sports were important. My dad was an accomplished athlete and always pushed us Read More

Adjust Your Sights

Mentoring Leaders - Adjust your sights

Like with a rifle, you’ve got to adjust your sights. If your sights are off, it doesn’t matter how much skill you have, you’re going to be off target. What do I mean by that? If you want to increase the accuracy of the trajectory of your bullet you’ve got to make sure that you have a rear sight that’s in line with the front sight. Your front sight simply means your vision of what God has for you Read More

Minding The Store

Mentoring Leaders - Minding the Store

Matthew 24:42-47

OBSERVATION: Jesus warned and encouraged His disciples to be prepared and ready, keeping watch as they would not know the day of His return. He then further asked them as to who would be a wise servant that would continue to follow through in obedience to His will, plan and commands, metaphorically likening His request to tending His house?