Here’s a very insightful article on why many churches die after pastors retire or leave and how churches need to plan ahead… Gospel Integrity and Pastoral Succession – The Gospel Coalition Blog.
Francis Chan says we should stop trying to make people love Jesus, and learn to rely on prayer, elders, and the Holy Spirit instead. “It’s been a gradual thing over the last five years. For several years in my ministry, I really operated as though the Holy Spirit didn’t exist. The truth is I trusted […]
Francis Chan shares his insight after 15 years of ministry and seeing no life change in one man in his church… “Churches that are built through our effort rather than the Spirit’s will quickly collapse when we stop pushing and prodding people along. Now we should push, prod, and persuade men, but I’ve learned to […]
I came across this video which wonderfully explains baptism, what it is, and why believers choose to do it… Baptism « What’s Next Kit: What’s next in your relationship with Jesus?. via Why Baptism?.
“…Christians should not be offended by her (Anne Rice’s) rejection of Christianity. We should instead use it as an opportunity to search our own lives to see how we have been vicious, cruel, mean, unloving, and difficult to others, and repent of our own sin without fixating on what we think are her sins. We […]
Repent of our theological idolatry. While theology is a great thing, it is not an ultimate thing. It is a means to an end to know God and make him known. In what ways have you made it an ultimate thing? Confess them to God. Claim gospel promises. Ask God to help you not make […]
Trial and temptation is often a sign of God’s work in our circumstances to draw us away from the fleeting promises of sin into the sweeter promises of grace. Allow trial and temptation to push you closer to God, not away from him. Difficult things often indicate God’s presence, not his absence. He disciplines those […]
I think it was Francis Chan who said that if you took away the Holy Spirit in churches today, sadly many would still keep on operating because they have been built completely on talent with no request from the supernatural. “Many churches are empty, dry, and void of spiritual life because they have lost touch […]
The Father Does Not Shout, He Whispers. It wasn’t until I shut everything off that I slowly realized how much I tune into that which is the most immediately appealing…to that which “wins” my attention, and everything around me seems to SHOUT and compete for it – the television I watch, the movies I see, […]
Imagine if Christ had adopted a 10% world view. What if he gave only 10% of his time and passion while he was on earth and considered the other 90% his? What if he could only have spared 10% of his life on the cross or had chosen to take on just 10% of our […]