March 2018

What Makes a Nehemiah? #2 A Man of Prayer

By |March 9th, 2018|

And I said, “O Lord God of heaven, the great and awesome God who keeps covenant
and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, let your ear
be attentive and your eyes open,  to hear the prayer of your servant that I now pray before
you day and night for the people of Israel your […]

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The Testimony of Planning #2

By |March 4th, 2018|

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, 2018|

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, 2018|

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 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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