February 2018

World of Numbers

By |February 25th, 2018|

Some boast in chariots and some in horses, but we will boast in the name of the LORD, our God. ~ Psalm 20:7

READING: Psalm 20
How can we live in a world of numbers but not be of it, especially in the world of church planting? The measuring of things that are supposed to be growing seems unavoidable. When my baby was born I wanted to know her weight and length because I deeply cared about the health and vitality of my newborn. I did not know a better, clearer way to be reassured that she was doing okay.

Categories like attendance, offering intake, and number of conversions are real and often telling and therefore easy to trust and take comfort in. It’s also easy to use these numbers to be critical or to boast.


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Painting the Dragon Red #2

By |February 25th, 2018|

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. ~ Matthew 6:13
READING: I Peter 5:8
In her excellent book, Listening Prayer, gifted Christian psychologist Leann Payne tells the story of a time when she and her ministry team faced daunting and wide-spread spiritual attack. She suspected some degree of demonic warfare by […]

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Painting the Dragon Red #1

By |February 24th, 2018|

Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around
like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. ~ I Peter 5:8
READING: I Peter 5:5-11
When Pastor Jim and Stephanie Boyd planted their first church in San Marcos, California, they enlisted a prayer team of thirty-one people who each promised to fast and pray for their […]

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Shepherding on Your Knees

By |February 23rd, 2018|

I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering
you in my prayers… ~ Ephesians 1:16
READING: Ephesians 1:14-23
“Pastor, your note arrived at a time when we were really hurting. I miscarried that week – nobody even knew we were pregnant – and it was such a comfort to know that you were praying for us.”

That’s […]

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Interceding for Our People

By |February 22nd, 2018|

So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer
and petition, in fasting, and in sackcloth and ashes. ~ Daniel 9:3
READING: Daniel 9:1-23
When we receive a calling from God to a particular group of people, God makes us responsible to Him for them. Many times we forget that He has a purpose […]

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On the Altar

By |February 21st, 2018|

He said, “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love and
go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one
of the mountains of which I shall tell you.” ~ Genesis 22:2 (ESV)
READING: Genesis 22
Starting our first church was very much the birth of a long-cherished dream, one […]

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Obeying God’s EXACT Instruction

By |February 20th, 2018|

Does the LORD delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much
as in obeying the voice of the LORD? To obey is better than sacrifice,
and to heed is better than the fat of rams. ~ I Samuel 15:22
READING: I Samuel 15:10-22
Because we’re often trailblazers in uncharted territory, church planters typically are quite passionate about asking God […]

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Transparent Prayer

By |February 19th, 2018|

Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me;
yet not my will, but yours be done. ~ Luke 22:42
READING: Luke 22:39-46
Jesus took His disciples to Prayer Mountain and then withdrew from them to pray. Luke says it was a usual act of Jesus, an ideal modeling from the Lord for “a habituated prayer retreating.” […]

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By |February 18th, 2018|

Saul died because he was unfaithful to the LORD; he did not keep
the word of the LORD and even consulted a medium for guidance,
and did not inquire of the LORD. So the LORD put him to death and
turned the kingdom over to David son of Jesse. ~ I Chronicles 10:13, 14
READING: I Samuel 23:1-5
One of […]

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He Will Guard You Against the Evil One

By |February 17th, 2018|

But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and
guard you against the evil one. ~ II Thessalonians 3:3 (ESV )
READING: II Thessalonians 3:1-5
My wife and I were both instantly awake in the middle of the night. We sensed the presence of evil in our bedroom so strongly that, without exchanging a word, we dropped […]

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