Living with Kingdom Priorities

Living with Kingdom Priorities

When someone says, “I’m concerned…,” we usually perk up and listen. It signifies that whatever is spoken next is deeply personal and pertinent in the moment. You can tell a lot about a person by what they are concerned with at any given moment in life. When we are...
Experiencing the Empowerment of the Holy Spirit

Experiencing the Empowerment of the Holy Spirit

In the world of sales, there is often the product, and then there is the enhanced edition of the product. Is the upsell worth it? Depends on if you want the basic version or the full-featured version with all the bells and whistles. In my Christian walk, I want all...
Faith Comes by Hearing the Word of God

Faith Comes by Hearing the Word of God

I believe in what is often called lifestyle evangelism, if by that term one means that we must both live out and verbally share our faith through relationships. But I don’t believe it’s “evangelism” to simply live a good and godly life and set...
The Good News of the Kingdom of God

The Good News of the Kingdom of God

When you’re thirsty, the arrival of water is good news. When you’re hungry, food is good news. When you’re hurting, healing is good news. And when you live in a world where everything is flipped, the innocent are oppressed, unrighteous people rule,...
If You’ve Been Changed by the Gospel, Share It and Show It

If You’ve Been Changed by the Gospel, Share It and Show It

If you’re a follower of Jesus, you are called, commissioned, and equipped to share your faith. It’s not a matter of having a special calling to full-time pastoral ministry or moving overseas as a missionary. You’re already a missionary to your...
The Good News of the Gospel is TOO Good to Keep Hidden

The Good News of the Gospel is TOO Good to Keep Hidden

One of my favorite subtle movie lines is found in The Grinch (the Jim Carrey edition). In a scene where he’s busy “hating the Who’s,” the Grinch runs through is to do list and one of the items is, “Solve world hunger… Tell no...
You were Created to Get Creative

You were Created to Get Creative

God is quite creative. All you have to do is look up and around you and you’ll see a world filled with wonder, with color, in mesmerizing detail. Often when people express themselves creatively, even when they aren’t producing specifically...
The Church Jesus Started is a Generosity Movement

The Church Jesus Started is a Generosity Movement

I love the church. And I don’t love it nearly as much as Jesus loves the church. He’s the One who died for her. We often evaluate the church today as an institution. We’ll talk about what’s wrong with the church, what’s right with the...
Giving the Gift of a Blessing

Giving the Gift of a Blessing

When I was a fairly young believer, my father-in-law (who was also my Pastor) led us in a study of Gary Smalley and John Trent’s The Gift Of The Blessing. We talked then about how frivolously we throw around the words “blessed” and...
How to Walk in the Light

How to Walk in the Light

There is darkness, and there is light. And because of the existence of both Satan and sin, the world walks in darkness. Satan blinds the minds of unbelievers and people walk in darkness. But light dispels darkness! When John, one of Jesus’ closest apostles,...

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