Do you have any intentional plans to grow this year? A few years ago I saw a quote on the preacher’s door at my home church, that said, “If you are not growing, then you are coasting. And if you are coasting, you’re going downhill” One of the major purposes of the Church is to … More Are you coasting?
I know many who struggle to find their life’s calling. I have found the following seven questions helpful when it comes to discerning the calling of God: Am I living out my primary calling to God himself? Calling can be a very mysterious concept for some. In a general way, the Bible describes the life … More Follow me!
Churches have two major problems when it comes to new Christians. First is spiritual infanticide. We often leave new believers on their own after their baptism, expecting them to figure out the Christian life on their own somehow. We fail to mentor them and disciple them, neglecting to teach them how to obey the teachings … More Growth is evidence of life!
In Matthew 21, Jesus reminded the Jewish leaders that God had ordained praise from children and infants (Matthew 21:14–16), and by extension this includes youth as well. The children and youth in our churches have been ordained by God to worship him—and to eventually become leaders in the Church. Older generations must come to grips … More Old and New Treasures
Life is too short to spend it only with people your own age. Intergenerational relationships can be some of the most rewarding in life, but crossing the generation gap takes courage. I deal with this divide every time I walk into the cafeteria of the university where I teach. In that moment, I have to … More Can I sit here?
Other-focused people are great listeners. Listeners can be selective, attentive, or empathic. When we listen selectively, we focus only partially on others, hearing only part of what they say—often only the parts we want to hear. When we listen attentively, we pay attention to the other person and probably will remember what he or she … More Listen and Learn
My single life was like a roller coaster ride: While I was dating someone, I felt good about myself, but when I wasn’t dating, I was in the pits. Once the pit was so deep that I fell into depression. During my senior year of college, I dated a girl for eight months. I thought … More One is a whole number!
Several years ago, I heard a true story about an old man who once toured a Wycliffe Bible Translators center in North Carolina. He listened to the tour guide talk about the Bibleless peoples of the world, describing how translators were giving their lives to translate God’s Word into the heart language of these peoples. … More I’m not retired–just redeployed!
It would be a sad thing to get to the end of your life only to say, “I sensed that God wanted me to do something significant with my life, but I was afraid that I would never be able to do it, so I took the safe route.” William Borden was only 25 years … More No regrets!
Prayer must become one of our life’s highest priorities instead of a last resort. I confess that sometimes, after trying everything else, I have said something like “Well—I guess all we can do now is pray.” My friend David Butts likens this bad theology to a soldier lamenting his lack of a good weapon before … More The Main Thing!