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

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

Life Skills – Etiquette and Manners

Life Skills

This post was one part of the multiple post series Life Lessons. To view the previous post of the series: Life Lessons – Six Indispensable Lessons click here. Etiquette rules help us value other human beings. Each of us should behave respectfully toward others, regardless of their age or gender. Manners are important because they build character, build self-esteem and help create a positive environment. Manners Read More

Ambassadors For Christ

Ambassador for Christ

If you’ve heard me speak or if you’ve read any of my books, what I’m about to write shouldn’t be new to you: if you’re an adopted child of God, you’re not just called to be a recipient of saving grace; you’ve now been called to be a participant of that same redeeming grace. In other words – pastors aren’t supposed to be the only Christians in ministry. Every believer is called to be in ministry, Read More

How to Love the Unlovable

Mentoring Leaders - How to Love the Unlovable

Doing vs. Knowing In John 13, it says, “If you know these things you are blessed if you do them.” Does God say if we know He will bless us? No, but if we do, He will bless us. The Bible says sometimes we think the more we know, the better we are, but God says, “No, if you know these things, you are blessed if you do them.” Is it through the knowing that our blessing will come or through Read More

The Truth About Money

Mentoring Leaders - The Truth About Money

Love of Money The Bible says, “For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil …” (1 Tim. 6:10). That phrase, “love of money,” does not encompass the word agape. It is actually an interesting Greek word, philarguria.   Philarguria means love that has turned obsessive until it is an addiction and we cannot control it anymore; it controls us. The word “greed” is simply defined Read More

Defining Your Needs

Mentoring Leaders - Defining Your Needs

I’ve been spending some time reflecting on Jesus’ teaching from Matthew chapter 6. I’ve laid out 3 Treasure Principles; I’ve explained the Exclusivity of Treasure Pursuit; and I’ve discussed some applications of Earth-Bound Parenting. Today I want to talk about the word “need” found in verse 32. “Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ Read More

The Good and the Bad: Lessons from Both Sides

Mentoring Leaders - The Good and the Bad

There are two basic kinds of mentors in the Bible. Most of them, like Abraham, Daniel, and James, are godly mentors. They teach us how to live wisely, how to please the heart of Almighty God. But the Bible also features many mentors who, through their examples of foolish or even evil living, teach us how not to live. God includes the stories of Cain, Esau, Ahab, Jezebel, Herod, and Judas, allowing Read More

Dare To Be A Darius

Mentoring Leaders - Dare To Be A Darius

I don’t need to write this, because you know it’s true, but I’ll write it again as a reminder: many things in your life are out of your control. We live in a world filled with injustice, oppression, corruption, disaster, disease, and various other kinds of trouble. Many of us have experienced loss, tragedy, and suffering because of the condition of our fallen world. As I’ve traveled around the global Read More