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December 2015

Running the Race #2

By |December 3rd, 2015|

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set […]

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Running the Race #1

By |December 2nd, 2015|

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set […]

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Building a Good Foundation

By |December 1st, 2015|

If any man builds on this foundation using gold, silver,
costly stones, wood, hay or straw, his work will be shown for what it is,
because the Day will bring it to light. ~ I Corinthians 3:12, 13
READING: I Corinthians 3
Recently my husband was invited to help a local church plant that had struggled along for about […]

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November 2015

Conflict in the Church

By |November 30th, 2015|

I wrote a short letter to the church; but Diotrephes, who likes
to be their leader, will not pay any attention to what I say.
When I come, then, I will bring up everything he has done:
the terrible things he says about us and the lies he tells!
But that is not enough for him; he will not […]

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The Greatness of God #4

By |November 29th, 2015|

And I am sure of this, that he who began
a good work in you will bring it to completion at the
day of Jesus Christ. ~ Philippians 1:6 (ESV)
READING: John 10:27-29
Paul was a great encourager. Even while awaiting possible execution in Rome, he encouraged his new churches. And one of Paul’s favorite ways to encourage was […]

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Leaping Joy

By |November 24th, 2015|

Praise be to the Lord, for he has heard my cry for mercy.
The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped.
My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song. ~ Psalm 28:6, 7
READING: Psalm 28
David was facing a deadly peril. We are […]

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March 2015

The Testimony of Planning #2

By |March 4th, 2015|

 
I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow. ~ I Corinthians 3:6
READING: I Corinthians 1:18-31
OK, now let’s look at this young man’s story from a different point of view. While it appears obvious that he’s making plenty of rookie mistakes, and while it would do him good to listen to wiser […]

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The Testimony of Planning #1

By |March 3rd, 2015|

Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Will he not
first sit down and estimate the cost to see if he has enough money
to complete it? For if he lays the foundation and is not able to finish
it, everyone who sees it will ridicule him, saying, “This fellow
began to build and was not able […]

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Impossible Does Not Mean Unsolvable

By |March 2nd, 2015|

Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many? ~ John 6:9
READING: John 6:1-15
Insufficiency is not an uncommon word as we strive to plant churches around the globe. There are various kinds of insufficiency: insufficiency of funds, manpower, talents, skills, abilities, and […]

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February 2015

World of Numbers

By |February 25th, 2015|

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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