Words God Loves to Hear

Words God Loves to Hear

We live in a world where words are plenteous and abundant, where words are cheap and words are sometimes excessive to the point that we don’t want to hear any more words. Sometimes, I wonder if God ever gets irritated with our words. Our words, our prayers, are just empty sometimes. Sometimes, I look at my own life and think I shouldn’t even pray. When I reflect on what I have been saying, I Read More

The Reason for Our Faith

The Reason for Our Faith

God met with Abraham and said, “I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars of the night and you will become a nation of faith.” Abraham said, “I will enter into that agreement.” “So He said to him, ‘Bring Me a three year old heifer and a three year old female goat, and a three year old ram, and a turtledove, and a young pigeon.’ Then he brought all these to Him and cut Read More

A Season of Harvest

A Season of Harvest

We are called “a church without walls.” We don’t have the traditional church, a building with a steeple or stained glass. The common conception is that when people think of a church, they identify it with a building. But the church isn’t a building. This church—New Hope—is YOU! Church services are not the extent of our Christianity. As wonderful as the service might be, that is not the Read More

Worship Amidst Uncertainty

worship amidst uncertainty

What do we do in uncertain times? What does God expect of us when things are out of our control? We can’t control everything. But we spend a lot of our life trying to control what we can’t control. In doing so, we lose what we do have and what we should have stewarded — family, relationships, favor with God, our faith, our devotion and relationships with mankind. We lose these things that Read More

Foundations

Foundations

All of us are going to be faced with decisions. Do we have the capacity to make divine decisions, or are we just out of luck? Out of the 300 decisions that we make every day, 10 percent will be future-altering decisions that can alter our finances, futures and even our faith. I am convinced that life is made up of 10 percent of what happens to us and 90 percent of what we choose to do with what Read More

Taking Time to Enjoy Life

Taking Time to Enjoy Life

“You will make known to me the path of life, in thy presence is fullness of joy, in thy right hand are pleasures forever” (Ps. 16:11). God is saying to have a life filled with joy is not a distasteful thing. It is something that is pleasurable in a right, godly and spiritual way. It is one of the ingredients to balance out our lives. The Sweet Spot We all know what the sweet spot is. If Read More

Living in His Presence

LIVING

God is always with us, but if we don’t recognize His Presence, then there’s something that goes away, something that ends up in a dead end. How do we get reminded of the fact that we are in His Presence? How do we learn to live in His Presence? Let me give you three measuring sticks as to how you can determine how we’re doing in that. Three Measurements: Genuine and Healthy Relationships “And 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

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