I don’t know about you, but I’m sure tired of ministry leaders who assume that their BIG VISION for mobilizing the body of Christ automatically trumps my smaller vision for our local church.
Yet, it happens all the time. A parachurch organization, a denominational leader or local pastor comes up with a plan to mobilize the body of Christ at large in order to do something great for God. It’s always a cause that’s hard to argue with: an evangelistic outreach, church planting, a mission project, a compassion drive, a citywide prayer meeting or even a political agenda that can only be pulled off if we all mobilize to fend off the latest crisis de jour.
Faith Comes by Hearing “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ” (Rom. 10:17). Because faith comes from hearing, if we want faith for something, we have to hear about it. So, if we want to have faith about money and learn to steward it God’s way, we have to hear about it. Seed for Sowing “Now He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply Read More
Life in this fallen world is hard.
Preparation is hard. Change is hard. It’s easy to get discouraged. It‘s easy to feel overwhelmed. It’s easy to remain or revert to being self-absorbed. It’s easy to feel alone. It’s easy to think that no one understands what you are going through.
A Pastor’s Devotion from the New Hope Team. SCRIPTURE Beyond all question, the mystery from which true godliness springs is great: He appeared in the flesh, was vindicated by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory. – 1 Timothy 3:16 OBSERVATION After the instructions involving spiritual leadership Read More
It does not matter how long one has been in ministry; we need to continue learning and be subject to correction. Unfortunately, as we move higher in ministry, fewer opportunities occur through which we will be corrected. When we are at the low end of the totem pole and on the bottom of the food chain, everybody loves to correct us. However, as we rise on the food chain, fewer and fewer people correct Read More
F2F “F2F.” Do you know what that means? “Face to face.” There is a new wave of social networking that can cause us to become people who hide in plain sight. In this socially connected world, people are still not connected. Divorce rates are the same. Families are still breaking apart. Greed in America is at its highest peak and everyone is still looking out for number one. People now Read More
A Pastor’s Devotion from the New Hope Team. SCRIPTURE Set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity. . . Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers. 1 Timothy 4:12 & 16 OBSERVATION The effectiveness of my preaching is better caught then taught. Scripture Read More
A Lifestyle of Action I started a series in Hebrews 10 where we’ll examine four different ways to live if the gospel is true. The first was a lifestyle of devotion; today is a lifestyle of ACTION. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. -Hebrews 10:23 It’s natural for me to respond to situations based on what’s happening in my Read More
At North Coast Church I’ve long used the word picture of giving the steering wheel of our life over to Jesus to describe what it means to become a follower of Christ. Periodically I get emails, letters, and comments on this blog from folks who object to that imagery. Usually, it’s from someone concerned about one of two extremes – either that I’m over-simplifying the gospel or adding something Read More
It was the hardest thing I had faced in my young life. When I was a junior in high school, I blew out my knee during a summer football practice and never played again. I surely wasn’t a superstar, but I still found my identity in putting on my pads and helmet and running onto the field. I grew up in a family where sports were important. My dad was an accomplished athlete and always pushed us Read More