Long Before You Were Born

Long Before You Were Born

On March 5, 1995, I was on a school bus headed to Louisville, Kentucky for a field trip when I first read about the prophet Jeremiah’s call to ministry. The word of the LORD came to me, saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I...
I'm Called and I Know My Purpose… Now What?

I'm Called and I Know My Purpose… Now What?

I have a relationship with Jesus Christ. I’m saved and secure. I’m on my way to heaven someday. But I still live here and I know that my purpose is to glorify Jesus Christ in all of the life that I have left. But how? A common plight Christians suffer is...
Find Your Calling Podcast with Todd Wilson

Find Your Calling Podcast with Todd Wilson

When Todd Wilson reached out and asked if I’d do an interview with him on his Find Your Calling podcast, I was humbled and grateful. Todd’s a great guy and he’s had some great guests, so I gladly agreed. Amazingly, during the interview, Todd actually...
How to Know if God is Calling You to Ministry Leadership

How to Know if God is Calling You to Ministry Leadership

Is God calling you to serve Him in ministry? First of all, it’s a big YES. God draws lost people to himself to save them, and his desire is that all saved people serve people. So, if you’re a believer, you are called! Obviously, however, there is a kind of...

Three Phases of Accepting a God-sized Opportunity

When I knew that God was calling me to serve in pastoral ministry for the rest of my life, I wrote a note in the margin of my Bible, “Called to Preach, March 1, 1995.” Seven months later, on October 1, I finally surrendered and said “yes” to...
Before You Plant a Church, Clarify Your Calling

Before You Plant a Church, Clarify Your Calling

The work of planting a new church will probably kill you. On my first day in Greek Grammar class in Bible college, Dr. Jesse Thomas walked in and stood at the podium to offer a brief welcome, “Welcome to boot camp.” Serious students survived, some even...
Enjoying the Favor of God

Enjoying the Favor of God

Yesterday, I talked about defining the favor of God, and I defined it as enjoying the undeserved kindness of God. I also said you can spot the favor of God when you see that He has sovereignly chosen to bless something or someone for the purpose of bringing Himself...

Walking In the Confidence of God’s Calling

Ever struggle with confidence? I think it’s widespread among leaders. Even though we’ve experienced some success, have heard affirming messages from others, and believe that God gifts his people for leadership and ministry, we still struggle to actually...

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