The Deluge of the ‘Dones’.

on May 21, 2016 awareness and Tags: , , , , with 0 comments

‘Dones’ are a group that is on the rise in western culture, it seems to me. Not long ago I read a book entitled The Rise of the Nones, which spoke of that group who on a census when asked their religion mark the selection ‘None’. There seems to be a deluge of another group […]

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Where Do I Start? Missionally Speaking.

on February 18, 2016 awareness, Mission and Tags: , , , , , , with 0 comments

Where do I begin? How do I get started? Those are frequently asked questions when the topic of “Going” in obedience to the Great Commission comes up. The conversation had focused on the responsibility of each church to obey the Great Commission. The pastor said, “We want as a church to reach out to the […]

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UH-OH: God Changed the Menu.

on February 9, 2016 awareness, Difficult Times and Tags: , , , , with 0 comments

Menus. Do you hate to go into a favorite place to eat and see a new menu? One of the first thoughts that comes to my mind is they have raised their prices. But often more disturbing is some favorite menu item is no longer available. We might miss a blessing of something new and […]

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Who Holds the “Key of David’s House”?

on January 25, 2016 awareness, Discipleship, Mission and Tags: , , , , , , with 0 comments

Key of David’s house, what is that? What do you know about the “key of the house of David”? The two passages that I am familiar with that discuss this are Isaiah 22:22 and Revelation 3:7. In fact, I believe Revelation 3:7 ultimately answers the question of who holds the key. In this verse the […]

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Do You Need a Mission Coach?

on January 12, 2016 Awakening, Mission, Revitalization and Tags: , , , , with 0 comments

Do you need a mission coach? I think this is an important question in our 21st century church lives and our ministries. People are using coaches to help them in all areas of life. The business world has recognized the value of coaching for a long time. Like in other areas, the church has been […]

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Spirit-filled Church! How do you know?

on January 2, 2016 Awakening, awareness, Fresh Wind, Mission, Revitalization and Tags: , , , , , with 0 comments
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How can you tell if a church is Spirit-filled? Some of our “friends” will quickly say that it is obvious: there is an outward display of the sign gifts of speaking in tongues, interpretation of tongues, and working of miracles. I am not debating the existence of the cessation of those gifts when I say […]

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Where’s the Fire?

on December 4, 2015 awareness, Mission and Tags: , , , , , , with 0 comments

Where’s the Fire? A number of year’s ago a fast food restaurant caught everyone’s attention with the feisty little lady opening hamburger buns and asking the server behind the counter, “Where’s the Beef?” We need some feisty folks in church today asking, “Where’s the Fire?” Emil Bruner once said, “The Church exists by mission, just […]

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Wait for the “When”.

on March 9, 2015 Awakening, awareness and Tags: , , with 0 comments

In Acts 1:4 it says, “Gathering them together He (Jesus) commanded them to wait . . .” Notice Jesus did not make a soft suggestion or give a helpful hint to these early followers. It says that He commands them to not leave Jerusalem, but to wait until the promise of the Father is fulfilled. […]

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Christian Posers

on November 10, 2014 Discipleship, Financies, Fresh Wind, Revitalization, Spiritual Awakening and Tags: , , , , , with 0 comments

Ananias and Saphirra were “posers”.The urban dictionary defines a poser as someone who pretends to be someone that they are not. When we come to the opening verses of Acts 5 we are introduced to two early church posers, a husband and wife team. Chapter 4 had ended with the incredible generosity of a man […]

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POLITICS IS . . .well, it is politics!

on November 5, 2014 awareness and Tags: , , , , , , , , , , with 0 comments

Growing up it was not unusual to hear, “You don’t talk politics and religion.” The point seemed to be that those two subjects can be very inflammatory, and after all everyone has their own point of view. It is interesting to watch. I studied history in college, and I remember that it was a Republican […]

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