Finding Contentment

FINDING

The devil’s tactic was to try to tempt the King of Kings and Lord of Lords in the wilderness, and the same is true with you and with me. The devil’s bottom line to tempt you is to get you to feel dissatisfied with what you have. If he can get us to feel dissatisfied with what we have, when we are dissatisfied, we will play into his hands. This is the same temptation he used with Eve in the Garden Read More

David: Finding Confidence in the Desert

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Saul was jealous of David and all his successes, so he pursued him relentlessly for a long period of time. David had his chances to kill Saul and claim the throne that God had promised him, but he refused. He remained a faithful servant of God and waited upon the Lord to rescue him.  Living in the Desert It isn’t common knowledge, but there was a time David actually deserted the people of Read More

Waiting on the Promises

WAITING

Microwave ovens! Cell phones! E-mail! Fast food! We live in an age where we want things instantaneously. As it is with our culture, we have the same expectation in our relationship with God. We say, “I want it now, God! I want a fast God — not a slow God!” We want to take shortcuts; we think God is too slow! But God is not slow. He is patient! There is a purpose for waiting. “The Lord Read More

An Appointment with God

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God has appointments with different people, including us. On Palm Sunday, Jesus had an appointment with Jerusalem, as He rode off from the Mount of Olives and through the gate called Beautiful. He came not on a white stallion, but on a donkey. People didn’t have flags fluttering; they had branches waving. He had a message for Jerusalem because He knew that, in a few days, the greatest even in the Read More

Taking a Step Back

TAKING

Today, potters make vases using newer technology like automatic thermostats and timers in kilns so a signal lets them know when the vessels are ready to be brought out. A long time ago, potters would use the old-fashioned method of making the fire themselves and fanning the flames with bellows. There was an old potter who did not have the advantage of the newer technology, but his vessels were always Read More

Becoming a Leader in Your Own Home

Becoming a Leader in Your Own Home

As we delve into the topic of leadership, I’d like to introduce you to one of the very first young leaders in the Church. His name was Timothy. Timothy was one of the converts that came to know the Lord under Paul’s ministry. Timothy became not only a strong Christian, but he eventually became a pastor. Timothy must have written to Paul one day and asked, “Paul, if someone wants to be a Read More

The Faith of Mary

The Faith of Mary

Mary was someone who was chosen by God. Of all the women in the world through whom God would reveal Jesus to a needy world, He chose a young lady named Mary. And God is still looking for Marys through whom He will reveal His Son. That is what Christmas is really all about — God is looking for a people who have the character qualities and the pre-requisites of a Mary that He can choose and through 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

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

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