• Creating a Church Culture – Part 5

    Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.  Colossians 3:23          I have been writing about the importance of creating a Christ-honoring church culture.  I’ve written about a culture of evangelism and discipleship (Great Commission), a culture of prayer, a culture of grace and honoring others, and a culture of servanthood.  Today I would like to consider having a “Cul…

  • A Different Perspective

    And behold, a leper came to him and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.” And Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “I will; be clean.” Matthew 8:3        In January I had the privilege of going to India.  One Sunday morning we visited a leper colony.  I didn’t know lepers still existed.  Many had lost body parts (toes, feet, fingers, etc.) and they…

  • Creating a Church Culture – Part 4

    Even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.  Matthew 20:28          I’m excited about our “Invite Your One” challenge this Sunday.  How might God honor our efforts in inviting our friends, relatives, associates, and neighbors to join us in worshipping Him?  I hope everybody will at least put forth the effort to invite somebody.  Yes, many m…

  • Creating a Church Culture – Part 3

    Outdo one another in showing honor.  Romans 12:10          We have been talking about creating a church culture that brings glory to God!  This week I would like to encourage us to have a culture of grace and of honoring others.  We know that we come into God’s family by the gift of God’s amazing grace.  As such, we should always be looking for ways to show and extend the grace and kindness of God…

  • Creating a Church Culture – Part 2

    Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ. 1 Corinthians 11:1   Last week I began writing about culture and how important it is to strive to have a culture of Christlikeness. This Sunday we will start through the book of Colossians in a series called Christ-Centered Living. Christ is the foundation of the church (1 Cor. 3:11) and Colossians highlights the supremacy and sufficiency of Christ. I wo…

  • Creating a Church Culture

    Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ. 1 Corinthians 11:1   I’ve often thought about the tremendous responsibility that Paul put upon his shoulders when he invited other believers to imitate him as he sought to imitate Christ. But when we really think about it, we should all live our lives in that same manner. As followers of Jesus, we should be seeking to be like Him, to imitate Him, and to…

  • Why Is There So Much Evil In the World?

    Last week was not a good week for America in regards to violence and evil. We were saddened by the shooting at the Walmart in El Paso, Texas on Saturday where 22 people lost their lives and over two dozen were severally injured. Then we woke up to more sad news on Sunday morning when we learned that nine people lost their lives in Dayton, Ohio in another shooting. (Twelve were killed on May 31st i…

  • Praying for Boldness

    I’ve been thinking about what Paul asked the church in Ephesus to pray for him in Ephesians 6:19, “that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel.” Of all the things that Paul might have requested prayer for, it amazes me that he wanted more boldness in his gospel witness. If you pray for me (I hope you do), I would love for you to pray that I would…

  • Excited About Evangelism Training

    I’m excited to start some evangelism training this evening (Wednesday’s from 6:15-7:00). I’ve had several indicate they were coming to the training. On Sunday evening I decided to read “The Disciple-Making Pastor” again and was surprised by a statistic in the first chapter. “Gallup poll indicated that of the 22 million churchgoing evangelicals, only 7 percent had taken any evangelistic training an…

  • Humbled by God

    This morning I happened to be reading 1 Chronicles 17. Verse 16 says, “Then David went in and sat before the LORD and said, ‘Who am I, O LORD God, and what is my house, that you have brought me thus far?’” David was humbled by God’s goodness toward him and his family. I have felt a little like David the past month or so. I feel so blessed by God’s goodness toward me and my family. We were so eager…