1. Jesus Will Build His Church
    15 Nov, 2017
    Jesus Will Build His Church
    And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.  Matthew 16:18 As a pastor I receive emails about church growth all the time.   Here are a few examples of the titles of the church growth helps I've been sent over the past few days: "3 Secrets to Move Guests from Outsiders to Insiders" "Increasing the Millennial Attendance in Your Church 10 Times" "What Fast-Growing Churches Do Differently"  To be fair, emails
  2. Filled by the Spirit?
    05 Jun, 2017
    Filled by the Spirit?
    And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled by the Spirit Ephesians 5:18  I've said this several times before, but it bears repeating . . . the iPhone is a very helpful tool.  Phone. Texting. Calendar.  Internet access. Email. Maps. Notes. Music. Photos. Clock. And all kinds of other things this small contraption can do. It's amazing to have all this ability at the tips of my fingers. There just one problem . . . the battery. The iPhone doesn't have its own power. It
  3. Let All Things Be Done For Building Up
    08 Jun, 2016
    Let All Things Be Done For Building Up
    What then, brothers? When you come together, each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Let all things be done for building up. 1 Corinthians 14:26  It seems to me that the gatherings of Christians in the first century looked a lot different than our worship services today.  A quick read through 1 Corinthians 14 suggests several things that would certainly raise more than one eyebrow if practiced in our Sunday services. Yet for all the out of our experience
  4. Church Growth
    10 May, 2016
    Church Growth
    Then he said to me, "This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the LORD of hosts.   Zechariah 4:6 As a pastor, I receive several emails each week telling me about the latest church growth models.  The companies that send these emails do research on the fastest growing churches, and then they make those results available to pastors (for a relatively small fee, of course). Some of what these companies find can actually be helpful on various
  5. My Desire for All of You
    01 Feb, 2016
    My Desire for All of You
    Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ.  For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.  Colossians 1:28-29 Have you ever longed for something so much that your heart actually ached? I’ve had moments where that was true. When I was younger, a large part of what I yearned for was recognition.  I wanted people to see something good in me or in what I was doing and acknowledge
  6. Abiding and Bearing Fruit
    28 Jan, 2016
    Abiding and Bearing Fruit
    Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.  I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:4-5 I want to bear fruit for the glory of God.  I want each of you to bear fruit for the glory of God.  I want our church as a whole to bear fruit for the glory of God.  I want the Church all over the world