November 25, 2013
This weekend I preached from John 15:1-17 about the secret to a joyful life, which Jesus makes clear begins with abiding in Him. I challenged our church family to make a plan to spend time in His life-giving Word every day… We need God’s Word to cleanse, influence, correct and encourage our hearts, minds and lives—every [...]
November 21, 2013
Everywhere you look, men are in trouble—falling to superficiality, entertainment lifestyles, sensuality, secularism, lives lived apart from God, reaping for themselves and their families the harvest of what they have sown. Someone needs to throw men a life line. Men are are sinking, and only Jesus Christ can save them.
November 14, 2013
Keep your heart alert to the powerful stories of God at work in your church. As the Spirit moves and changes lives you will serve your church well by building a team of people, volunteers at first, who can grow their ability to tell those stories well.
October 23, 2013
Incredibly blessed to host Harvest University at our church this week, with more than 2000 church plant and ministry leaders from 15 countries around the world.
October 08, 2013
So many great things are going on these days, and I pray you are blessed in your service to Christ and His church as well. Just to give you a sense of where my heart is at today…
September 27, 2013
Hey Pastor: I always thought the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) was for parachurch ministries. As your church grows, the percentage of people diminishes whose confidence can be based in personal relationship.
August 10, 2013
I wrote this many weeks ago, but didn’t post it. My jet lag woke me up early, and I felt compelled to review this important obedience Christ commands, which in His strength we must obey.
June 24, 2013
Last weekend in our church, we saw many respond to the teaching on the death and Christ’s raising of Lazarus in John 11. Seeing eternal transformation take place before your eyes—as God’s Spirit brings conviction of sin and grants repentance,
April 30, 2013
I wanted to wait until we returned from the Holy Land to make my decision public. I am officially announcing my resignation today from a job I have long held, and frequently done very poorly.
April 19, 2013
My Wednesday post on how the glory of God is the only fire that can sustain evangelistic zeal in local church ministry, may seem a very indirect evangelistic approach to you. If you believe intentional evangelism is what reaches people, you may find it hard to accept what I am writing.
April 17, 2013
Soteriology is a word that comes from the Greek word soterios, which means “to save.” Doxology comes from the Greek word for glory and names the single stanza hymn. While many have heard the Westminster Confession that “the chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever,” fewer have understood that doxology [...]
April 10, 2013
Thank God for Rick and Kay Warren, and for Keith and Beth Moore. Beth says it better than I could, so let this woman of God be heard…”Sadness and Madness“
April 05, 2013
In John 9, the disciples wanted to debate with Jesus about the source of a man’s blindness—when Jesus saw him much differently. Not as an issue to discuss, but as a person to help. Why do some Christians see everything so differently? Possibly they have become consumers of spiritual content vs. disciples who are not [...]
March 25, 2013
This is Holy Week. And with the outpouring of ministry that will accompany it among our churches, I want to take a few minutes to encourage my fellow pastors as we prepare for its significance. Visit TheDayJesusDied.com Download the videos Download the devotionals
March 08, 2013
I love this: “accurately handling the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15). When I was a kid, I memorized this verse in the King James Version as “rightly dividing the word of truth.” Actually, in the original Greek there’s just one word. It’s a compound word that means cut it straight. Don’t you love that [...]
February 14, 2013
My heart goes out to the family that is in a downward spiral. You know what I mean. Whether they live in the same house or come from the same parents or worship at the same church, ‘families’ can fall into bad patterns that become very hard to break. Where every step forward is quickly [...]
February 08, 2013
Happy Friday…I’ve been thinking about my mom a lot this week. I think that’s partly because I spoke at Moody Founders Week—she always used to loved to come and hear me there. We also just passed her third birthday in heaven, which was January 31—I’m sure she had an awesome day.
November 08, 2012
Hey: Sometimes my best movie-watching experience is an old favorite vs. something new—and I think the same can be true about blog posts. Back in July before the Vertical Church Tour, I posted something I hoped would be helpful to pastors facing criticism, from the trenches