What Does the Instruction Manual Say?

on May 12, 2016 awareness, Discipleship, Mission and Tags: , , , , , with 0 comments

When is the last time you gave serious consideration to the directions our LORD Jesus left us with in our instruction manual? His final words before departing from the world focus on what we have called the Great Commission. It constitutes His last command to us. In my opinion it becomes the measuring stick of […]

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Are you a Motel 6? We’ll leave the light on . . .

on February 22, 2016 Uncategorized and Tags: , , , , , with 0 comments

Hospitality may well be a key missing ingredient in Western Christianity. A famous motel commercial says, “We’ll leave the lights on for you.” Jesus said, “You are the light of the world.” So, is your light on? The Bible says, “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” […]

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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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Dead Donkeys Can Tell Tales!

on January 28, 2016 awareness, Difficult Times and Tags: , , , , with 0 comments

Dead donkeys can tell tales; Really? Have you ever heard a donkey talk? Chances are that you haven’t, and I suspect if you start telling people you have they may lock you away. The only time I have ever heard of a donkey talking is in the book of Numbers when God wanted to get […]

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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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Missional Dreams: Eddie Hancock’s Testimony

on December 16, 2015 awareness, Discipleship, Mission and Tags: , , , , , with 0 comments

Our Journey to the Uttermost Parts We have dreams. The broad strokes are clear in the Bible, stated as certainties, not possibilities or probabilities. Certainties. “You will be my witnesses.” Our church, First Southern Baptist, Caldwell, Idaho, has been pressing into those certainties confident that there we can share to a different people the abundant […]

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What’s First? Not Who’s on first?

on December 8, 2015 awareness and Tags: , , , , , with 0 comments

What is the first step I should take? Start at the very beginning, as the song said, “a very good place to start.” So where do we begin? This past Sunday I had the privilege to speak at a church on the topic of missions. After church I met with their mission committee. The most […]

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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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Every Story Matters to God!

on December 1, 2015 awareness, Discipleship, Fresh Wind and Tags: , , , , , , , , , , with 0 comments

Your Story Matters to God! So does Theirs. The truth is that every story matters, because every story is a person valued and loved by God.Every person needs to hear God’s Story. EVERY NUMBER HAS A NAME! It is certainly not original with me, but I love the concept. Someone has said God must care […]

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