This is what all ministry leaders need prayer for… Colossians 1:9-12 (The Message) 9-12Be assured that from the first day we heard of you, we haven’t stopped praying for you, asking God to give you wise minds and spirits attuned to his will, and so acquire a thorough understanding of the ways in which God works.Continue reading “Praying for a Wise Mind and a Spirit Attuned to His Will”
Grumbling and complaining is contagious and only destroys. It does not build up others, but it only destroys. Galatians 5:14,15 “The entire law is summed up in a single command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” If you keep on biting and devouring each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other. Phil 2:14,Continue reading “Grumbling and Complaining Only Kills”
Many of us have been hurt by those who call themselves Christians. I have. In fact, I’ve been hurt the most by Christians and yet I still choose to follow Christ. Some would say I’m nuts or duped. Ten years ago I myself just about walked away from Christ and then I just about killedContinue reading “Are You Confusing Christ With Christians?”
A couple times at a church here in Portland, the lead pastor has very kindly asked people to leave. Read… RELEVANT Magazine – Asking People to Leave Church.
A Pastor writes… A while back, an ex-gang member got baptized at our church. He fell in love with Jesus and turned from his old lifestyle. But after several months at the church, he stopped attending. When we asked him why he stopped attending, he answered: “I had the wrong idea of what church wasContinue reading “A Street Gang Better Than The Church?”
Henri Nouwen wrote, “When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can beContinue reading “A Person Who Means The Most To Us, Grieves With Us”
“If today you decided you wanted to change your husband, you wouldn’t be short of resources on telling you how to do it. Just a simple Google search on “how to change your man” turns up any number of purportedly helpful blogs, articles, and commentary on how to go about fixing all the things youContinue reading “Wives: How Not to Change Your Man”
I read the following article on whether businesses still need websites and the very last line summarizes what seems to be bubbling inside me for the past couple years about church. I suspect that many of today’s churches die if they continue in the “come and see” model. They need to move towards the “engageContinue reading “Do We Still Need Churches?”
Britt writes… “Hundreds started rushing forward before I even finished the invitation. The front of stage area was packed and people just began to get on their knees in the aisles and at their seats (on the concrete!!)…” Read the full story: A Powerful Move of the Holy Spirit – Britt Merrick.
Whatever the causes, many and varied, that lead to broken down lives, God has one solution: his church and his people. When we live in Christ-like compassion, God names us and makes us Repairers and Restorers. Read: Broken Down