June 2018

“I Have Many People in this City”

By |June 12th, 2018|

One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision: “Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent.
For I am with you, and no one is going to attack and harm you, because I have many people in this city.” ~ Acts 18:9, 10 (ESV)
READING: Acts 18:1-11
Church planting can be a fearful thing.

We […]

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May 2018

A Church Planter Must Look Fear in the Eye and Rebuke It!

By |May 21st, 2018|

Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. ~ Isaiah 43:1
READING: I Peter 3:12-17
Every church planter must learn to look fear in the eye and rebuke it. The Apostle Paul, the great church planter, reminded Timothy, the young lead pastor: “For God hath not given us the […]

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Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda

By |May 7th, 2018|

But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. ~ Philippians 3:13b, 14 (ESV)
READING: I Timothy 1:12-20
One of the blessings of church planting is that you don’t have to live […]

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The Apostolic Leadership Model

By |May 6th, 2018|

It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers… ~ Ephesians 4:11
READING: Ephesians 2:19-22; 4:11-16
It has always been the Lord’s desire to use apostolic teams for the building up of the foundation of the church. With today’s reading in mind, […]

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March 2018

Be Content with What You Have

By |March 28th, 2018|

For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there. ~ James 3:16 (NKJV)
READING: James 3:13-18
It was wrong and I knew it, but I couldn’t seem to stop envying a church planter in my area whose church seemed far more successful. In fact, every Sunday I had to drive past his church […]

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Triumphs Through Trials

By |March 27th, 2018|

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds… ~ James 1:2
READING: James 1:2-6
Trials are an integral part of our ministry journey. They can become a tossing wind against us or a blessing that strengthens our walk with God. It was a tossing wind for Elijah who said, “I have had […]

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Never Give Up, Give In, or Give Out

By |March 26th, 2018|

So do not throw away your confidence;
it will be richly rewarded. ~ Hebrews 10:35
READING: Hebrews 10:35-39
Many times in our church planting careers we have a real need of patient endurance and to not cast away our confidence. We may have been working steadfastly to develop the right attitude in the hearts of our congregation and […]

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Dealing with Criticisms

By |March 25th, 2018|

Moses listened to his father-in-law and did everything he said. ~ Exodus 18:24
READING: Exodus 18; Nehemiah 6:5-9
Critiques – do we like them? Of course, not many of us welcome criticism. But, in fact, critiquing is good for a servant of God. Both constructive and destructive critiques are to be treated as instrumental for our spiritual […]

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In the Meantime #2

By |March 25th, 2018|

On that very day Abraham took…every male in his household,
and circumcised them, as God told him. ~ Genesis 17:23
READING: Genesis 17:23-27
Hip deep in the middle of planting a church it can feel as if God’s promises will never come true. They may shimmer out there at the edge of our peripheral vision. And if we […]

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In the Meantime #1

By |March 24th, 2018|

I am God Almighty; walk before Me and be blameless.
I will confirm My covenant between Me and you and
will greatly increase your numbers. ~ Genesis 17:1, 2
READING: Genesis 17:1-22
Abraham knew what it felt like to wait. He had been waiting for twenty- four years by the time God renewed His promises to him here in […]

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