Church Planter’s Devotional

My Father Promised this Land to Me

Church Planting Devotional I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses. ~ Joshua 1:3 READING: Joshua 1:1-11, Matthew 28:16-20 The beautiful luxury buses were lined-up to leave for Karachi from Hyderabad (both within Pakistan), as Pastor Nasir and I climbed aboard to complete preparation

Three Essentials of God’s Call

Church Planting Devotional Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God… ~ Romans 1:1 READING: Romans 1:1-6 Be optimistic, you are “called” by God! Has the thought of your “calling” contributed optimism as you serve God? Indeed, our calling is

Called by God

Church Planting Devotional And he said to him, “Friend, how did you get in here without wedding clothes?” But he had nothing to say. ~ Matthew 22:12 READING: Matthew 22:1-14 Every Christian is at once called to salvation and to ministry. Christians minister because we are called of God. Sometimes a

Why Plant?

Church Planting Devotional Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. ~ Galatians 6:9 READING: Galatians 6:7-10 If someone were to ask me, “Paul, why are you devoted to church planting?” two answers top my

Lean Into the Wind

Church Planting Devotional …they shall mount up with wings like eagles. ~ Isaiah 40:31 (ESV) READING: Isaiah 40:9-31 For my 50th birthday, my wife gave me an unusual present – a paragliding lesson. A paraglider is a fabric wing attached by suspension lines to a harness. You strap on the harness,

The Church Planter’s Children #7

Church Planting Devotional Look! Your disciples are doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath. ~ Matthew 12:2 READING: Matthew 12:1-8 One day in our first church, we gathered at a home to baptize several new converts in a backyard pool. Fifty or sixty people informally surrounded the pool to watch, singing

The Church Planter’s Children #6

Church Planting Devotional An elder must be blameless, the husband of but one wife, a man whose children believe and are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient. ~ Titus 1:6 READING: Titus 1:5-9 I grew up in a dysfunctional pastor’s home. It’s tough to be a pastor’s

The Church Planter’s Children #4

Church Planting Devotional Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it. ~ Proverbs 22:6 READING: I Corinthians 12:4-11 I found the model of the family farm to be a helpful analogy as we pondered how much to involve our children

The Art of Giving

Church Planting Devotional For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you. ~ Romans 12:3 READING: John 5:1-20 How

The Church Planter’s Children #2

Church Planting Devotional Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord. ~ Ephesians 6:4 READING: I Corinthians 12:21-26 Since catalytic church planting usually requires a nomadic lifestyle, it became very important that our sons feel good about each move. Being a pastor’s