What Does the Instruction Manual Say?
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 […]Read more
Are you a Motel 6? We’ll leave the light on . . .
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.” […]Read more
Where Do I Start? Missionally Speaking.
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 […]Read more
Dead Donkeys Can Tell Tales!
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 […]Read more
Do You Need a Mission Coach?
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 […]Read more
Spirit-filled Church! How do you know?
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 […]Read more
Missional Dreams: Eddie Hancock’s Testimony
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 […]Read more
What’s First? Not Who’s on first?
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 […]Read more
Where’s the Fire?
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 […]Read more
Every Story Matters to God!
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 […]Read more