Life Is Short – Make It Holy

Life Is Short – Make It Holy

When I was a kid, I saw the mini-series Lonesome Dove, which sparked a cowboy phase in my early imagination. In one scene, the herd of cattle is being driven across a river just after a storm. One young cowboy manages to get thrown off his horse into a tangled mess of...
We Are One Day Closer to Jesus Coming Back

We Are One Day Closer to Jesus Coming Back

Just as the cross and the resurrection are essential to our Christian faith, so is the promise of Jesus’ return. He’s coming back! And today, we’re one day closer to that apocalyptic event than we were yesterday. When it comes to the prophecies that...
Never Stop Going Deeper

Never Stop Going Deeper

Pine trees grow fast. That’s why pine is the cheapest of woods to purchase for building projects. Pine tree farms can raise a crop of trees to maturity in a decade. The strength of a pine tree is also its greatest weakness. It grows fast because its roots are...
Where Would I Be Without God’s Patience?

Where Would I Be Without God’s Patience?

As of the moment in which I’m writing this, I’m 42 years old. And there are mistakes I’ve been making for more than four decades. You’d think, by now, I’d have mastered all of my areas of weakness, right? Surely I’ve had time to...
One New Commandment to Rule Them All

One New Commandment to Rule Them All

The Jewish people had lots of commandments in their scriptures. There were the “big ten,” but hundreds of others as well, plus all the extra, outside-the-scriptures commandments that helped them keep the in-the-scriptures commandments. Imagine the sense of...
9 Breakthrough Prayers to Pray for the Local Church

9 Breakthrough Prayers to Pray for the Local Church

At Grace Hills, having sensed something of the direction God was taking us as a community, we declared 2017 to be “the year of the breakthrough.” And we’ve seen breakthrough! People have come to know Jesus and have been baptized. Marriages have...
9 Breakthrough Prayers to Pray for the Local Church

9 Breakthrough Prayers to Pray for the Local Church

At Grace Hills, having sensed something of the direction God was taking us as a community, we declared 2017 to be “the year of the breakthrough.” And we’ve seen breakthrough! People have come to know Jesus and have been baptized. Marriages have...
8 Gifts to "Pour Into" the Leaders You're Developing

8 Gifts to "Pour Into" the Leaders You're Developing

It’s great to be “pouring into” people. That’s a popular phrase in today’s leadership environment. I’ve used it because I like the word picture of it. Whatever I may have learned about life and leadership, I’m supposed to be passing along to others. But...
God Will Find You In the Gutter, And Take You Somewhere Else

God Will Find You In the Gutter, And Take You Somewhere Else

Jesus met with Nicodemus in the night, a relationally broken woman at a Samaritan well, and Matthew at a party thrown for tax collectors. He befriended prostitutes, recruited zealots, and pronounced forgiveness for known adulterers. God, in Christ, has definitely...
6 Ways the Local Church Can Set the Table for Discipleship

6 Ways the Local Church Can Set the Table for Discipleship

I grew up attending church A LOT. I was in a church classroom A LOT. When I was a kid, my family attended Sunday morning, Sunday night, and Wednesday night preaching and prayer services, plus Sunday School, plus missions education programs and Vacation Bible Schools....

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