Paul’s Heart to Yours

From My Heart to Yours

Happy New Year! 2020 was a difficult year for everyone … especially church planters! COVID-19 brought great challenges that forced church planters to creatively determine how they would stay connected and on mission in spite of overwhelming restrictions against meeting together for most of the year. Worship gatherings were forced to happen

From My Heart to Yours

The Apostle Paul knew that we were in a spiritual battle as believers. He encouraged the church of Ephesus to “Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. Ephesians 6:11” Church planting is spiritual warfare. Whether church planters are starting churches in oppressive countries

From My Heart to Yours

To accomplish great things for God, we need to be ON MISSION. In Matthew 28:19-20, Jesus gave His disciples an incredible challenge that we know of as the Great Commission. Jesus said, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son

From My Heart to Yours

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many people around the world to live life differently. People need to stay indoors, it has prohibited the gathering of churches for worship, it has closed borders, and it has brought feelings of anxiety and despair. But, even in these desperate times, God continues to bring hope

From My Heart to Yours

I pray to our Great God that you and yours are healthy and strong during this pandemic! In Psalm 71:5 we read, For you have been my hope, Sovereign LORD, my confidence since my youth. The word hope carries a meaning of trust and expectation. From the root of the word hope, we discover

Fear Not! God Cares!

Fear Not! God Cares! In this time of the virus, people are afraid all over the world. Recently, I noticed a sign on our community mailbox that simply said: FEAR NOT. Shortly afterward, I saw my neighbor and friend, Steve. We met on our street…6 feet apart. Steve is a strong

The Bridge

The Bridge To establish a dynamic church, you must build bridges with unchurched people. Recently, I was on a long flight from London to Los Angeles. I sat by the window, and a young woman took the aisle seat next to me. I don’t believe in coincidence. Why had the Lord

The Key is Reproduction – Part 2

The Key is Reproduction - Part 2 Forty years ago, a baby was born into a family in Bihar, the poorest state of India.  (I am not sharing his name to protect him and our ministry in India.)  He was in the “untouchable” class of Hindu people in India, among the

The Key is Reproduction

The Key is Reproduction This next principle of ministry growth is one of the hardest to learn and practice. Yet it is one of the most productive for the King and his Kingdom. Whether the Lord is leading you to establish a rapidly growing church or He is guiding you to

Central Work

Central Work Recently, my wife, Cathy and I were in India. We heard a remarkable testimony of Jesus’ saving work in one person’s life. We will call him Yadav. He is from a village in northern India, where many terrorists live. In the 1990’s, Yadav became one of them. With guns