Times have changed. We are living in a new age of information and influence. To be effective in ministry in this present age, we must learn from the examples of those who were leading the church in an unchurched world. With this in mind, I'd like to share a few thoughts with you from Paul's … Continue reading Ministry in the Present Age
“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive … Continue reading Dealing with Doubt
How do you handle the demands of life? Jesus shows us how.
“Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! For it is … Continue reading Success doesn’t equal identity
“Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written: ‘He shall give His angels charge over you,’ and, ‘In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you … Continue reading Your title isn’t your identity.
Last week, my friend Jeff Centers, pastor of Riverland Church, shared a thought with me. He said one of the primary ways the enemy attacks ministry leaders is in the area of identity. As we discussed this concept I began to believe Jeff was right. Immediately my mind went to the interaction between Jesus and … Continue reading Ability doesn’t equal identity
“And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’”Matthew 25:30 NKJV Jesus tells a parable about servants making investments for their master. The story takes a turn when one of the servants decides he doesn't want to make the investment because he feels he won't get anything … Continue reading How to deal with unprofitable people
““No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.”Matthew 6:24 NKJV This week in the message Turning the Tables Part 2 I talked about our financial priorities. One … Continue reading God and Riches
We're in a series at GFMBC about personal finance entitled "Turning the Tables". Yesterday I began with the story of Jesus turning over the tables of the money changers in Matthew 21:12-13. In that message I told our church to "focus on the money". What does that mean? I'm going to explain but it may … Continue reading Focus on the Money
When those around Him saw what was going to happen, they said to Him, “Lord, shall we strike with the sword?” And one of them struck the servant of the high priest and cut off his right ear. But Jesus answered and said, “Permit even this.” And He touched his ear and healed him. (Luke … Continue reading Correcting with Grace