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March 2018

What is Faith?

By |March 19th, 2018|

 
Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord
has said to her will be accomplished! ~ Luke 1:45
READING: Genesis 15:1-6
Volumes have been written to parse the meaning of the word “faith.” Here, let’s look at one small aspect that particularly applies to us as church planters. Although divided by centuries, Abraham the Patriarch and […]

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Why Do We Go Through Storms in Life? #2

By |March 18th, 2018|

 
And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said
to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased,
and there was a great calm. ~ Mark 4:39 (ESV)
READING: Daniel 3:17, 18
I believe the second reason why the Lord allows his children to go through storms is for us to see God manifest his power (Mark 4:39). […]

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Why Do We Go Through Storms in Life? #1

By |March 17th, 2018|

 
But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion.
And they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not
care that we are perishing?” ~ Mark 4:38 (ESV)
READING: Mark 4:35-41
It amazes me that the disciples went through a storm while Jesus was on the boat and while they obeyed a direct order from Jesus to […]

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The Pleasure of Planning

By |March 16th, 2018|

 
We should make plans . . . counting on God to direct us. ~ Proverbs 16:9 (TLB)
READING: Exodus 25
We have a God who plans: He had a detailed plan for the Tabernacle (Exodus 25), He has a plan of salvation, a plan for eternity and a plan for your life. Clearly God enjoys planning and […]

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We’ve Never Done It That Way Before

By |March 15th, 2018|

 
Neither do men pour new wine into old wineskins.
If they do, the skins will burst, the wine will run out and
the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins,
and both are preserved. ~ Matthew 9:17
READING: Matthew 9:9-17
One of the major frustrations for many godly pastors serving in established churches comes when […]

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What Makes a Nehemiah? #7 Vision Casting & Teambuilding

By |March 14th, 2018|

 
Then I said to them, “ You see the trouble we are in, how Jerusalem lies in ruins with its gates burned. Come, let us build the wall of Jerusalem, that we may no longer suffer derision.” And I told them of the hand of my God that had been upon me for good, and also of […]

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What Makes a Nehemiah? #6 Community Assessment

By |March 13th, 2018|

 
So I went to Jerusalem and was there three days. Then I arose in the night, I and a few men with me. And I told no one what my God had put into my heart to do for Jerusalem. There was no animal with me but the one on which I rode. I went […]

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What Makes a Nehemiah? #5 Working Your Plan And Facing Opposition

By |March 12th, 2018|

 
Then I came to the governors of the province beyond the river and gave them the king’s letters. Now the king had sent with me officers of the army and horsemen. But when Sanballat the Horonite and Tobiah, the Ammonite servant, heard this, it displeased them greatly that someone had come to seek the welfare […]

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What Makes a Nehemiah? #4 Planning

By |March 11th, 2018|

 
And I said to the king, “If it pleases the king, and if your servant has found favor in your sight,
that you send me to Judah, to the city of my fathers’ graves, that I may rebuild it.”
And the king said to me… “How long will you be gone, and when will you return?”
So it […]

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What Makes a Nehemiah? #3 Patience

By |March 10th, 2018|

 
The words of Nehemiah the son of Hacaliah. Now it happened in the month of Chislev,
in the twentieth year, as I was in Susa the capital… In the month of Nisan,
in the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes, when wine was before him,
I took up the wine and gave it to the king… ~ Nehemiah 1:1; 2:1 […]

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