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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Wait on the Lord

By |March 23rd, 2018|

But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run,
and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. ~ Isaiah 40:31
READING: Isaiah 40:27-31
Many Old Testament passages tell us to “wait on the Lord.” Perhaps the best known is this beautiful verse at […]

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Beholding Your Beauty

By |March 22nd, 2018|

 
One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after;
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in His temple. ~ Psalm 27:4 (KJV)
READING: Psalm 27
I caught sight of the bald eagle when she skimmed the […]

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Quality vs. Quantity

By |March 21st, 2018|

 
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ,
that each one may receive what is due him for the things done
while in the body, whether good or bad. ~ II Corinthians 5:10
READING: II Corinthians 5
Paul was an active itinerant who travelled throughout his life and accomplished things beyond any numbers. However, he did […]

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The Act of Faith

By |March 20th, 2018|

 
…faith, by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. ~ James 2:17b
READING: Genesis 6:9-22
The Hebrew concept of faith makes the practical assumption that if people truly believe a message (aman) they will act on it in some way. For instance, if I heard a news flash warning that a hurricane was headed […]

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