Church Planter’s Devotional

Never Despise Your Own Gift

Church Planting Devotional I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow... ~ I Corinthians 3:6 READING: Zechariah 4:4-10 Recently, I read an interview of the singer/song-writer Michael Card. He’s not as famous or as flashy as other Christian musicians, but his songs have ministered deeply to my

Vision Despite Obstacles

Church Planting Devotional So then, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the vision from heaven.~ Acts 26:19 READING: Acts 26:19-22 The vision Paul was referring to was the divine vision he saw on the road to Damascus, twenty-three years before, in which Jesus Himself gave him the mission of witnessing

How to Spot a Catalyst

Church Planting Devotional I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow. ~ I Corinthians 3:6 READING: I Corinthians 3:5-9 When Jim and I moved to Chino, California, to plant our first church, we both assumed he was a founding pastor and that we would retire in Chino

If You Had Been With Jesus

Church Planting Devotional If You Had Been with Jesus …and they took note that these men had been with Jesus. ~ Acts 4:13b READING: John 1:1-18 In Acts, people testified about Peter and John being with Jesus; they saw certain charisma in them. John’s Gospel says that it was Jesus who

Preach the Word

Church Planting Devotional …I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God. ~ Acts 20:27 READING: 1 Corinthians 1:18-26 Preaching is under assault, especially in church planting. Often church planting trainers, seminars, and tapes deemphasize preaching God’s word. Instead they urge us to direct our time and

Does My Wife Need Her Own Call? #2

Church Planting Devotional Aquila and Priscilla greet you warmly in the Lord, and so does the church that meets at their house. ~ I Corinthians 16:19 READING: Romans 6:3, 4 Even if your wife has received a personalized call to church planting, how that translates into ministry may vary widely. Here’s

Does My Wife Need Her Own Call? #1

Church Planting Devotional You are [Sarah’s] daughters if you do what is right and do not give way to fear. ~ I Peter 3:6 READING: I Peter 3:1-6 Church planting is so demanding you need to be called to it. But is it enough for just the husband to hear that

Anointed for Service

Church Planting Devotional Then the Lord said, “Rise and anoint him, for he is the one.” ~ I Samuel 16:12b READING: I Samuel 16:1-13 Samuel had made the mistake once before with Saul. The Bible describes Saul as the most handsome man in Israel who stood one head taller than everybody

God’s Will for You

Church Planting Devotional …give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. ~ I Thessalonians 5:18 READING: I Thessalonians 5:16-24 Although I may never have met you, I know God’s will for you right now. What is it? God’s will is for you to always

Consistency in Purpose

Church Planting Devotional Before I formed you in the womb I knew (chose) you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations. ~ Jeremiah 1:4, 5 READING: Philippians 2:5-11 God sets a single exclusive purpose for each of us. For Moses it