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
Like with a rifle, you’ve got to adjust your sights. If your sights are off, it doesn’t matter how much skill you have, you’re going to be off target. What do I mean by that? If you want to increase the accuracy of the trajectory of your bullet you’ve got to make sure that you have a rear sight that’s in line with the front sight. Your front sight simply means your vision of what God has for you Read More
OBSERVATION: Jesus warned and encouraged His disciples to be prepared and ready, keeping watch as they would not know the day of His return. He then further asked them as to who would be a wise servant that would continue to follow through in obedience to His will, plan and commands, metaphorically likening His request to tending His house?
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.
But the Lord answered and said to her, ‘‘Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.’’
Both sisters dearly loved Jesus. Imagine how they scurried about their home to get things ready for His arrival. This wasn’t just any generic visitor; both Mary and Martha recognized Jesus as the long-awaited Messiah of Israel and the very Son of God.
I don’t know where you are in your walk with the Lord, what season you’re in, or what happened in your past, but I want to start from right where you are at today. All of us, in the beginning of a ministry, job or marriage, will find life fun and exciting. But sooner or later the fun and excitement will turn into a season of steadiness. This is the point where we need to learn the critical life lesson Read More
1 Kings 4: 22 – 25
Solomon was King over all of Israel. All the tribes and people within the described geographic region. He served as the King, making the decisions necessary to run this huge area and everyone that resided within it. He was blessed by the Lord and ruled with “Godly wisdom”. The task of ruling is difficult but the scripture that I chose focuses on the daily provision needed just to run Solomon’s household. He needed Godly wisdom just to organize the affairs of the kingdom and to provide for the daily sustenance of everyone from the royal household to the workers in the field.