December 2015

The Sacrifice of Good Works

By |December 31st, 2015|

Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise –
the fruit of lips that confess his name. And do not forget to do good and
to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. ~ Hebrews 13:15, 16
READING: Hebrews 13
I was once asked to speak to a women’s group in […]

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The Planting of the Lord

By |December 30th, 2015|

…every tree that does not produce good fruit
will be cut down and thrown into the fire. ~ Luke 3:9
READING: Isaiah 61:1-3
In the synagogue, Jesus read this to the Jews who were present (Lk. 4:18, 19). His twist on the passage is that the time of the Lord’s favor has come. Isaiah said, “that they may […]

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Twelve Stones

By |December 29th, 2015|

And Joshua set up at Gilgal the twelve stones
they had taken out of the Jordan. ~ Joshua 4:20
READING: Joshua 4
The twelve stones at Gilgal were the first of seven stone memorials that Joshua set up, as recorded in the Book of Joshua. (See Josh. 7:26; 8:28, 29; 8:32; 10:27; 22:34; and 24:26, 27.) Each one […]

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Positive Attitude

By |December 28th, 2015|

Rejoice in the Lord always. ~ Philippians 4:4
READING: Philippians 4
Recently, I was with a fellow minister, a man whom I love and respect. He had been going through some hard times in his family life and in his ministry life. As we talked, I began to notice that most of what he said reflected a […]

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Using Perception to Encourage the Faithful

By |December 27th, 2015|

Therefore, encourage one another and build each other up,
just as in fact you are doing. ~ I Thessalonians 5:11
READING: Acts 4:13-31
As a co-leader of a local prayer group, I arrived early and noticed that forty chairs had been set up for our group of twenty people. I instantly saw there were too many chairs, so […]

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Your Father Knows

By |December 26th, 2015|

When you do good deeds, don’t try to show off. If you do,
you won’t get a reward from your Father in heaven. ~ Matthew 6:1 (CEV)
READING: Matthew 6:1-4
Wouldn’t it be nice if people recognized our efforts, valued our sacrifices and honored our church planting accomplishments? But if we pin our hopes on expecting honor and […]

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You Shall Call His Name Jesus

By |December 25th, 2015|

She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for
he will save his people from their sins. ~ Matthew 1:21 (ESV)
READING: Matthew 1:18-25
The children sang in an impromptu choir. One of the young men played the guitar, and the rest of us joined in on the familiar Christmas carols. Mrs. John’s house […]

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The Birth of Hope

By |December 24th, 2015|

And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS:
for he shall save his people from their sins. ~ Matthew 1:21, (KJV)
READING: Matthew 1:18-25
During the Christmas Eve service we sang “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” the classic Christmas melody. One of the verses penned by Charles Wesley touched the core of […]

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The Lord Is My Support

By |December 23rd, 2015|

They confronted me in the day of my disaster,
but the LORD was my support. ~ Psalm 18:18
READING: Psalm 18:1-19
Those of us who raise support to fund church planting projects find ourselves in a curious position of depending on the faithfulness of many people to sit down every month and write a check, or hand us […]

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Despising Small Things

By |December 22nd, 2015|

For whoever has despised the day of small things
shall rejoice… ~ Zechariah 4:10a (ESV)
READING: Matthew 13:31, 32
Church planting often starts small. Most new churches do not grow to become “megachurches.” There’s a danger in measuring God’s blessing by the scale of attendance or conversions or baptism. Is not every work of God a miracle?

Some churches […]

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