December 2015

The Lord Is My Support

By |December 23rd, 2015|

They confronted me in the day of my disaster,
but the LORD was my support. ~ Psalm 18:18
READING: Psalm 18:1-19
Those of us who raise support to fund church planting projects find ourselves in a curious position of depending on the faithfulness of many people to sit down every month and write a check, or hand us […]

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Despising Small Things

By |December 22nd, 2015|

For whoever has despised the day of small things
shall rejoice… ~ Zechariah 4:10a (ESV)
READING: Matthew 13:31, 32
Church planting often starts small. Most new churches do not grow to become “megachurches.” There’s a danger in measuring God’s blessing by the scale of attendance or conversions or baptism. Is not every work of God a miracle?

Some churches […]

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Shaking Off the Dust

By |December 21st, 2015|

If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, shake the dust
off of your feet when you leave that home or town. ~ Matthew 10:14
READING: Matthew 10:1-16
When Jesus sent out the Twelve on their first preaching tour, He gave them sound instruction that can free us from much angst about rejection or failure […]

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Every Tribe and Language and Tongue and Nation

By |December 20th, 2015|

And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are you to take the scroll and to
open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God
from every tribe and language and people and nation.” ~ Revelation 5:9
READING: Revelation 5:1-14
One Easter Sunday morning our worship service began with greetings and Scripture […]

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Priceless

By |December 19th, 2015|

Instruct them to…be generous and ready to share, storing up for
themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may
take hold of that which is life indeed. ~ I Timothy 6:18, 19 (NASB)
READING: Philippians 3:7-21
Bernie Madoff was a financial assets manager who was convicted of embezzling millions of dollars. At an […]

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To Die Is Gain

By |December 18th, 2015|

For me to live is Christ and to die is gain. ~ Philippians 1:21
READING: Acts 7:54-8:8
A few years ago I was shocked to read the story of a young pastor who was electrocuted during a baptismal service. He left a wife and small children, and a growing church. Most of us church planters don’t think […]

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To Live Is Christ

By |December 17th, 2015|

For to me to live is Christ… ~ Philippians 1:21a
READING: Philippians 1:12-26
How would you complete this sentence: “For me to live is ________.”? Suppose your spouse, children or a close friend were to answer for you. What would they say is your reason for living?

Most church planters are driven by a vision to win people […]

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Giving

By |December 16th, 2015|

Give and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down,
shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap.
For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. ~ Luke 6:38
READING: II Corinthians 8
Times are tough economically. Pastors are telling me that giving is down in many churches. The […]

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This Side of Heaven

By |December 15th, 2015|

My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh
cry out for the living God… Blessed are those whose strength is in you,
who have set their hearts on pilgrimage. ~ Psalm 84:2, 5
READING: Philippians 2:12-21
Although human beings are made by God and for God, on this side of heaven, […]

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Problems

By |December 14th, 2015|

But he told me: “My kindness is all you need. My power is strongest when you are weak.” So I will brag even more about my weaknesses in order that Christ’s power will live in me. Therefore, I accept weakness, mistreatment, hardship, persecution, and difficulties suffered for Christ. It’s clear that when I’m weak, I’m […]

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