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  • 10/22/19 Approved by God
    READING: Isaiah 49:14-53:12, 1 Thessalonians 1-2 I love leading God’s people and preaching God’s Word. The privilege is great, and the blessings are many—even when ministry is hard. I’m forever grateful that God chose to call me to ministry when I was a 13-year-old new believer. At the same time, though, ... read more
    Published on 2019-10-22
  • 12 Unique Gifts Believers Have Given Me as Their Pastor
    We have only one week or so left in Pastor Appreciation Month. As I think about this month, I’m reminded of some of the unique gifts church members have given me over the years. Perhaps one of these ideas will encourage you to honor your pastor this year.  Painting the ... read more
    Published on 2019-10-22
  • 10/21/19 Encouragement
    READING: Isaiah 46:1-49:13, Colossians 4:2-18 I cannot talk highly enough about the importance of encouragement. Over the years of my ministry, I remember that handwritten note that arrived just as I was struggling, that phone call simply to say, “We’re glad you’re our pastor,” that quick conversation that gave me energy ... read more
    Published on 2019-10-21
  • 10 Lessons for New Believers . . . and Older Ones, Too
    My first years as a Christ-follower weren’t easy. I was in my early teens, wanting to be faithful to God but also seeking to fit in with my peers. I wish someone had helped prepare me for the journey. If I were writing today a new believer’s guide today for ... read more
    Published on 2019-10-21
  • Six Quick Tips for Church Budget Season
    Some church leaders love to swim in a sea of spreadsheets. If you are among them, then October is likely your favorite month. The vast majority of churches budget on a calendar year, which means the spreadsheets come out in full force about the same time as pumpkin spice lattes. ... read more
    Published on 2019-10-20
  • 10/20/19 Practical Discipleship: Prayer and the Few
    READING: Luke 9:28 This weekend, I’ve spent some time training pastors and lay leaders to equip their congregations to pray – and I’ve been careful to remind some of them that God has often brought revival and awakening through the prayers of just a few people. While we think we have to ... read more
    Published on 2019-10-20
  • An Encouraging Word for Church Leaders for Today
    Deuteronomy 32:2  Let my teaching fall like rain and my word settle like dew, like gentle rain on new grassand showers on tender plants.” Pray these words to God as you prepare to teach and preach today. Bring refreshing water to thirsty people!   ... read more
    Published on 2019-10-20
  • 10/19/19 Living for Jesus
    READING: Isaiah 43-45, Colossians 3:1-4:1   And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (Col 3:17). – the Apostle Paul Under the inspiration of the Spirit of God, Paul wrote the above words to the ... read more
    Published on 2019-10-19
  • Saturday Suggestions/Week in Review
    Check out these important posts from others:  Praying for Your Small Group by Tyler QuilletMany of us are guilty of promising to pray for someone, but not following through on our commitment. Tyler Quillet shares a scripture passage we can use as a guide for praying for others. Pastor, You ... read more
    Published on 2019-10-19
  • 10/18/19 Stars in the Sky
    READING: Isaiah 40-42, Colossians 1:24-2:23 To be honest, I typically do each day’s devotion one day ahead of time so that I can post it in time for others to receive it early in the day. So, I’m actually working on this devotion on October 17 though the date is October ... read more
    Published on 2019-10-18
  • 5 Questions to Ask to Help You Avoid a Fall
    My study of spiritual warfare over the years has reminded me that a supernatural enemy is out to destroy us as Christians and church leaders, regardless of our role. Dr. Bill Cook of Southern Seminary and I have written a book coming out in November entitled Spiritual Warfare in the ... read more
    Published on 2019-10-18
  • 10/17/19 Powerless Gods
    READING: Isaiah 37-39, Colossians 1:1-23 Sometimes I take God’s power for granted, and I pray too little for those who are worshipping false gods that have no power. Sennacherib, king of Assyria, “mocked and blasphemed” the Holy One of Israel (Isa 37:23). He raged against God in arrogance, and he was ... read more
    Published on 2019-10-17
  • 10 Questions to Determine if You’re a Good Delegator
    I’m not very good at delegating. I have to work at it. One of the ways I do so is to keep these questions in mind as I evaluate my leadership:  Who are the people I’m equipping to do ministry beyond me? If I can’t name anyone, I’m probably not ... read more
    Published on 2019-10-17
  • 10/16/19 Pleading for Unity
    READING: Isaiah 33-36, Philippians 4 I wish it didn’t happen, but it does. Regardless of how strong a local church might be, members get aggravated with each other and allow separation to take place. Sometimes, the division is so strong between particular believers that it affects the entire church. That’s apparently ... read more
    Published on 2019-10-16
  • 14 Ways to Increase Giving in Your Church
    If you want to increase the giving in your congregation, consider these steps: Teach what the Bible teaches. It is clear God expects believers to give cheerfully (2 Cor 9:7), regularly (1 Cor 16:2), and sacrificially (Mark 12:41-44). If we don’t teach this mandate intentionally and passionately, our congregations aren’t likely ... read more
    Published on 2019-10-16