Contributed on Dec 23, 2010
When times are tough, pray in faith, because you are fogiven. Persevere with hope, because God is faithful. And provoke one another to love, because Jesus is coming. These core values of faith, hope, and love will keep the church on track.
Not too long ago, a real estate listing in Dallas had the simple headline: “Converted Church.” In other words, what had once been a church facility is now somebody’s house. The listing under the heading had this description: “The altar has been adapted for use as a granite and stainless steel ...read more
Contributed on Dec 30, 2010
The mission of the church is to wait on God’s Spirit, then witness about God’s Son, because Jesus is alive and coming again!
Several years ago, the London Transit Authority had a problem. Buses were going right past passengers who were waiting at designated places to be picked up. They were at the bus stops, and the buses were sailing right past them. The London Transit Authority released a statement to explain their ...read more
Contributed on Jan 6, 2011
The church grows when we devote ourselves to living out the truth of God’s Word, to sharing our lives together in genuine fellowship, and to joyful worship.
A few years ago, some wag told his friends he wasn’t going to any more ball games. Why? Well he said… a. Whenever I go to a game, they ask for money. b. The other fans don’t care about me. c. The seats are too hard. d. Coach never visits me. e. The referee makes calls I don’t agree ...read more
Contributed on Jan 12, 2011
The church can turn its problems into opportunities for growth if it meets needs by mobilizing people so the leaders can maintain the priority of prayer and the word.
Some time ago, wolves were picking off the livestock of ranchers at an alarming rate, so the state offered a bounty of $5,000 for every wolf killed. It turned Sam and Jed into fortune hunters. Day and night they searched the mountains and forests looking for their valuable prey. Exhausted one ...read more
Contributed on Jan 20, 2011
The church multiplies disciples only when its members are present as God's humble servants, preach the word as God's human spokesmen, and present themselves as God's holy sacrifices.
Rick Harrison, of Newark, Ohio, talks about his six-year-old son, who seemed to demand Rick’s attention just when he was most busy around the house. Rick says, “My standard reply has been, 'I'm busy right now. Go ask your mother.’” Then one day, the disappointed look ...read more