Church Planter’s Devotional

Divine Appointments

Divine Appointments Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails. ~ Proverbs 19:21 READING: Acts 8:26-40 A Kenyan leader, Dr. Francis Kamau, asked me to speak to about 100 church planters, pastors and spouses who are involved in a School of Ministers. We

God’s Plans are Good Plans

God's Plans are Good Plans “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” ~ Jeremiah 29:11 (ESV) READING: Jeremiah 29:1-14 What promises from God’s word do you hang onto as a church

Mentoring the Broken

Mentoring the Broken A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out, till he leads justice to victory. ~ Matthew 12:20 READING: Isaiah 42:1-10 My childhood home life concealed ghastly dysfunction. It took years before I found the courage to challenge the #1 rule

Mentoring the Passing Parade

Mentoring the Passing Parade Freely you have received, freely give. ~ Matthew 10:8b READING: I Corinthians 3:1-9 I’ll never forget the comment that someone on the search committee made just before we moved out to California to plant our first church: “Pastoring a church in California is like preaching to a

Mentoring the F.A.T.

Mentoring the F.A.T. Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much. ~ Luke 16:10a READING: Luke 16:10-12 During college, I was mentored through our campus ministry program, with the goal in mind that I would mentor others. I was taught to look for people who were

From Pigs to the Pulpit

From Pigs to the Pulpit …and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. ~ II Timothy 2:2 READING: II Timothy 2:1-3 He was a long-haired, seventeen year old runner who ran past my house

Knowing What to Mentor

Knowing What to Mentor All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. ~ II Timothy 3:16, 17 READING: II Timothy 3:10-17 It is apparent in this passage that Paul had

The Grace of Giving #2

The Grace of Giving #2 I have received full payment, and more. I am well supplied, having received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent, a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God. And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ

The Grace of Giving #1

The Grace of Giving #1 And you Philippians yourselves know that in the beginning of the gospel, when I left Macedonia, no church entered into partnership with me in giving and receiving, except you only. Even in Thessalonica you sent me help for my needs once and again. Not that I

Watching Dad Pack the Trunk

Watching Dad Pack the Trunk Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus. ~ Acts 4:13 READING: Mark 3:13-19 Before one of our many car trips, I remember my