An Empathetic Fast
on January 14th, 2020
Isaiah 58:3 " “Why have we humbled ourselves [with fasting], and you take no knowledge of it?’”What an honest question the Israel people feel before God!This may be a question we resonate with during our times of fasting and praying.As I mentioned in a recent sermon on Fasting 101, even if God does not answer our fasting and praying requests, it is still never wasted time because He is teaching us...
What the Church of Jesus Needs Most, Part 2
on August 8th, 2019
What is the one thing needed most to fix the Church? In my previous post, I commented that this was faithfulness. In spite of whatever perceived problem might exist within the Church, it is our steady and continual faithfulness to God, to one another and to His mission, that teaches us the meaning of patience, of hope, of dependency, surrender, and wisdom.It is a stubborn devotion that enables us ...
What the Church of Jesus Needs Most
on August 2nd, 2019
Through my years of pastoring, I have watched read books and blogs, heard speakers and watched videos of those in influence share what they believed the church needs most. This is nothing new. There has persisted through the centuries a steady drip of discontent that never ceases. Alas, there has never been, nor will there ever be in this lifetime on earth, a perfect expression of Jesus Church. Ye...
Hope of Glory
on July 12th, 2019
"God did this because he wanted you Gentiles to understand his wonderful and glorious mystery. And the mystery is that Christ lives in you, and he is your hope of sharing in God's glory.." -Colossians 1:27 What is this Hope of Glory…Christ in us? God is glory, God deserves all the glory. The very birth, death and resurrection of Jesus was to bring Glory to God the father. What is it that would ...
Worship Without the "Feels"
on May 30th, 2019
We often sing songs in the church about how great God is, how He is our healer, and He is good. But what about the times I do not feel or believe all that I’m singing?This was my thought as I listened to songs and prepared for worship a few months back.How do I move forward and lead when I don’t “feel it”? Do I have to feel the closeness and goodness of God to worship? Am I “faking” it if I sing a...
Pray As One
on May 22nd, 2019
What could it look like if we prayed together in unity, lifting our various ministries, overlapping and covering each other in prayer?