I’ve Got This, God

By Linda Myers I have a frightening verse underlined in my Bible. When the people of Gibeon heard how Joshua had conquered Jericho and Ai, they came up with a ruse. A delegation of men went to Joshua saying they had come from a distant country and asked that a treaty be made between them…

Reasons Why We Aren’t Reaching Secular People

It is a different time for the Church in America. While other parts of the world, such as Asia and Africa, are experiencing rapid growth in the church, we are seeing a steady decline. And just to be clear, that drop was going on long before COVID. Our Evangelical Church has a rich past of…

R-Rated Prayer

Is God too pure to listen when his children suffer violence? By Wayne Schock As Christians, we are often aware that polite conversation excludes certain words and even whole topics, especially when young people or children are present. But how serious can I be about talking with God, when there are topics that I choose…

Sowing in Prayer

“You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.” -John Maxwell This year, the Pacific Conference’s emphasis is one word – IMPACT. Christ wants His Church to have an impact. We are called to be the salt and light to…

Break Down Every Idol

There is a beautiful phrase of surrender from an old hymn. It goes like this: “Break down every idol, cast out every foe. Now wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.” I believe that every one of us grapples with idols. An idol is anything we trust or love more than God. Who…

Leaders Who Last

We all want to be a leader who lasts. We want to be able to say along with the Apostle Paul, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” (2 Timothy 4:7). Sadly, too many of us burn out, bail out, or fall out. LET’S TALK Recently I…

Your Attitude Is Showing

How’s your attitude? The difference between a good attitude and a lousy one can make or break your ministry. I can tell you one thing—your attitude is showing and it makes a difference! LET’S TALK Several years ago, John Maxwell wrote a book entitled The Winning Attitude: Your Key to Personal Key to Success (1992)….

What We Can Learn from 2021

Small Church Leadership Trends As we continue to work through COVID and culture changes, the church is forced to re-examine what it is doing and why. In today’s blog I’m sharing Karl Vaters list of trends he observed in smaller churches.  As I read them over, I think they apply to larger churches as well….

21 Questions to Start Your New Year

Happy New Year! This past year has hit us with many things. Many of us are tired, discouraged, and distracted. It may be difficult to even think of New Year’s resolutions when so many things are uncertain. To be honest, I’m not much of a New Years’ resolution type of guy. I do like setting…

The Priority of Prayer

This coming year the theme for the Pacific Conference is “IMPACT.”  We can only make an impact as we depend on God. Someone said, “Prayer can do anything God can do.”  The call to pray is one of Scripture’s most commonly mentioned commands. “The first thing I want you to do is pray.” (1 Timothy…

Three Ways to Avoid Conflict This Christmas

Christmas gatherings are a wonderful time to deepen our relationships with family and friends. They can also be a time of tension and division. Recently someone forwarded me an article written by Ron Hutchcraft. He writes, “Do not allow yourself to be dragged into the issues that are dividing and polarizing people. Many of them are…

‘Tis the Season

Many years ago, our church started a Christmas emphasis called “Spend Less, Give More.” We encouraged everyone to spend less on themselves in order to be more generous during Christmas. We were able to bless others in need, both locally and globally. It also changed our family’s perspective of Christmas.  To this day Linda and…