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

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

Looking in the Wrong Places

LOOKINGIN THE WRONG PLACES

A daily devotional journal entry by Wayne Cordeiro. Scripture But the word of God continued to increase and spread. – Acts 12:24 Observation It reads like a fictional thriller. A brilliant escape from an impossible Roman jail confounded even those who were a part of the escape team. The escapee, Peter, was bound with two (not one) chains directly to the guards themselves. Those assigned to insure Read More

Why You Aren’t a Leader

Mentoring Leaders - Why You Aren't a Leader

I meet a lot of people in their 20’s and 30’s who are really smart. The reason I know they are smart is because they tell me. Typically, in your 20’s, you are always the smartest person in the room, especially as it relates to churches. I get it. I was the same way. I’ve had to since apologize to some people I worked under for my arrogance. If you are in your 20’s and 30’s, there is Read More