Monthly Archives: December 2015

The Sacrifice of Good Works

The Sacrifice of Good Works Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise – the fruit of lips that confess his name. And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. ~ Hebrews 13:15, 16 READING: Hebrews

The Planting of the Lord

The Planting of the Lord ...every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire. ~ Luke 3:9 READING: Isaiah 61:1-3 In the synagogue, Jesus read this to the Jews who were present (Lk. 4:18, 19). His twist on the passage is that the time

Twelve Stones

Twelve Stones And Joshua set up at Gilgal the twelve stones they had taken out of the Jordan. ~ Joshua 4:20 READING: Joshua 4 The twelve stones at Gilgal were the first of seven stone memorials that Joshua set up, as recorded in the Book of Joshua. (See Josh. 7:26; 8:28, 29;

Positive Attitude

Positive Attitude Rejoice in the Lord always. ~ Philippians 4:4 READING: Philippians 4 Recently, I was with a fellow minister, a man whom I love and respect. He had been going through some hard times in his family life and in his ministry life. As we talked, I began to notice that

Using Perception to Encourage the Faithful

Using Perception to Encourage the Faithful Therefore, encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. ~ I Thessalonians 5:11 READING: Acts 4:13-31 As a co-leader of a local prayer group, I arrived early and noticed that forty chairs had been set up for our group of

Your Father Knows

Your Father Knows When you do good deeds, don’t try to show off. If you do, you won’t get a reward from your Father in heaven. ~ Matthew 6:1 (CEV) READING: Matthew 6:1-4 Wouldn’t it be nice if people recognized our efforts, valued our sacrifices and honored our church planting accomplishments? But

You Shall Call His Name Jesus

You Shall Call His Name Jesus She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins. ~ Matthew 1:21 (ESV) READING: Matthew 1:18-25 The children sang in an impromptu choir. One of the young men played the guitar, and the rest

The Birth of Hope

The Birth of Hope And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. ~ Matthew 1:21, (KJV) READING: Matthew 1:18-25 During the Christmas Eve service we sang “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” the classic Christmas melody. One of

The Lord Is My Support

The Lord Is My Support They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the LORD was my support. ~ Psalm 18:18 READING: Psalm 18:1-19 Those of us who raise support to fund church planting projects find ourselves in a curious position of depending on the faithfulness of many people to

Despising Small Things

Despising Small Things For whoever has despised the day of small things shall rejoice... ~ Zechariah 4:10a (ESV) READING: Matthew 13:31, 32 Church planting often starts small. Most new churches do not grow to become “megachurches.” There’s a danger in measuring God’s blessing by the scale of attendance or conversions or baptism.