Giving First

Yesterday was Giving Tuesday also known as the National Day of Giving. It’s interesting we put that day after Black Friday and Cyber Monday. We have it backward, don’t we? –After all our getting, we add giving, almost as an afterthought. The Bible says it should be just the opposite: we should give first, not…

7 Things to Pray for Your Church

I don’t pray enough. One thing that helps me in my prayer time is having a guide for what I am to pray about. Here’s my list for us to pray for the local church. I hope it will prompt you to pray more for your church.

A Better Walk with God

I’m in a series of blogs entitled “Better!” In the last blog, I shared how I believe that better is, well, better. So often in our enthusiasm for the new year, we over-commit and over-extend ourselves, setting impossible goals and sabotaging ourselves along the way. Let’s make it our goal to do and be just…

Real Thanks

One of my favorite Thanksgiving songs is “Give Thanks!’ In that chorus, there is a phrase that says, “…and now let the poor say I am rich because of what the Lord has done for us.” Every time I sing that, it gets to me. Why? I remember being in worship with a group of…

Let’s Pray for One Another

I’ve met people who think they can be the church on their own. The Bible says that’s impossible. There are no Lone Ranger Christians. Every metaphor of the church is about others. We are the “body of Christ”, with many parts. We are the “family of God”, related as brothers and sisters. We were made to…

How to “Forgive One Another”

We’re in a four-week series, talking about our “one anothers.” For week three, we’re addressing forgiveness…of others and for ourselves. We’ve all been hurt by others and we all have hurt others. That’s why we all need forgiveness. Paul wrote that we are to “…forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as…

The One Secret to Serving One Another

Serving one another is not an option, it’s a command. Paul said that “You were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love” Galatians 5:13 (NIV). Unfortunately, we live in a culture that likes to be served, rather than serve. This is…

Three Ways to Encourage One Another

I can tell you something about every person you meet today… they all need encouragement. I need it, you need, we all need it, don’t we? The sad thing is that we think we encourage others more than we really do. One researcher found this out in business: “More than 80 percent of supervisors claim they…

What To Do About Evil

“An Act of Pure Evil” –that’s the headline in USA Today’s newspaper describing the massacre in Las Vegas. One man gone mad. At least 58 dead and over 500 injured. How tragic! It is evil! I can’t help believe that something demonic influenced that man’s actions. What should our response be to this kind of…

GENEROSITY AND WHAT IT REVEALS ABOUT OURSELVES

As a pastor I’ve always been reluctant to talk about money. After all, isn’t that what every church is after… my money? Yet, what we do with our money reveals a lot about ourselves. Jesus said that “where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” (Matthew 6:21). LET’S TALK… Every believer should be…

How to Triumph in Tough Times

Practical Wisdom from James 1 How are things going? Actually, I’m pretty certain I can answer that for you! It’s likely you are either coming out of a tough time, in the middle of a tough time, or about to face a tough time (I know I’m just a bundle of optimism). But, how do…

Three Daring Prayers

Prayers from Psalm 139:23-24 I love the Psalms. I think it’s because of its highs and lows. It flows from the highs of praising and acknowledging God for his greatness down to the throws of distress when we feel like God has deserted us. The Psalms express life. Much of it is written in prayer…