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

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

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

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

Stewards Are Us

Mentoring Leaders - Stewards Are Us

God’s GPS The Bible is God’s GPS. He tells us when we go off track and how to get back on. Like a GPS, our desired destination is where we want our hearts to be. What kind of heart do we want to have? This is David’s prayer, his desired destination, and it should also be ours: “Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory and the majesty. Everything in the heavens Read More

Do You Do Windows?

Mentoring Leaders - DO YOU DO WINDOWS-

Whenever he hires new church staff, a good friend of mine will always ask at some point in the interview, “But do you do windows?”

He is not asking if they are savvy with the Microsoft operating system; he literally means washing windows. It doesn’t matter to him if the person he is hiring is a talented worship leader, staff counselor, or computer expert. He wants to know if they have the servant-heartedness to do whatever it takes to get the job done.