December 2015

Learning to Trust When I Don’t Understand

By |December 13th, 2015|

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not
on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make your paths straight. ~ Proverbs 3:5
READING: Hebrews 11
When assessing a potential church planter we always look for someone who “walks by faith” and not by sight. When a new church planter ventures […]

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The Lord is in the Details #5 Celebrate the Solutions

By |December 12th, 2015|

 
These they set before the apostles and they prayed
and laid their hands on them. ~ Acts 6:6 (ESV)
READING: Nehemiah 12:27-43
The apostles were so wise. They were not only visionary leaders but calm administrators. New churches need both. The visionary sees where God wants the church to go; the administrator charts a course to get there. […]

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The Lord is in the Details #4 Select and Deploy the Right People

By |December 11th, 2015|

…pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit
and of wisdom, whom we will appoint to this duty. ~ Acts 6:3 (ESV)
READING: I Timothy 3:8-13
In our first church plant music was a problem. We did our best, and God was praised, but I often cringed at the lack of quality. […]

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The Lord is in the Details #3 Maintain Your Own Priorities

By |December 10th, 2015|

It is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God
to serve tables…we will devote ourselves to prayer
and to the ministry of the word. ~ Acts 6:2b, 4 (ESV)
READING: II Timothy 4:1-5
Have you ever had one of those weeks when unexpected problems and crises kept you from study and prayer, so that […]

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The Lord is in the Details #2 Help Everyone “Own” the Problem

By |December 9th, 2015|

And the twelve summoned the full number of the disciples… ~ Acts 6:2a (ESV)
READING: Romans 12:3-8
My friend Tim worked as a computer repairman. People would come to his shop, plunk their laptop down on the sales counter, and start complaining. He learned to walk around the counter to stand with the customer. “Let’s see what […]

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The Lord is in the Details #1 Listen and Take the Problem Seriously

By |December 8th, 2015|

For God is not a God of confusion but of peace. ~ 1 Corinthians 14:33a (ESV)
READING: Acts 6:1-7
There’s an old saying: “the devil is in the details.” But for church planters, it’s far truer to say, “The Lord is in the details.” For many church planters, administrative matters are dull and dry, and have little […]

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Getting Out of the Way

By |December 7th, 2015|

The bride belongs to the bridegroom. The friend who attends the
bridegroom waits and listens for him, and is full of joy when he
hears the bridegroom’s voice. That joy is mine, and it is now complete.
He must become greater; I must become less. ~ John 3:29, 30
READING: John 3:22-31
The people we meet in the course of […]

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About Jesus

By |December 6th, 2015|

“Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?”
And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all
the scriptures the things concerning himself. ~ Luke 24:26, 27 (KJV )
READING: Luke 24:13-35
I wonder what synagogue sermons are like. I bet they are filled with wisdom, truth, and […]

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The Vocabulary of Praise

By |December 5th, 2015|

When they had sung a hymn, they went out
to the Mount of Olives. ~ Mark 14:26
READING: Exodus 15:1-3; Psalm 118:13-24; Isaiah 12:1-3
Standing by the Red Sea, little did Moses know he would forever bless God’s people. Sure, people had seen miracles before. Lots of them. But for the first time someone recorded a praise song […]

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He Fell Asleep

By |December 4th, 2015|

For David, after he had served the purpose of God
in his own generation, fell asleep… ~ Acts 13:36 (ESV)
READING: Acts 13:13-52
Scripture says David completed his mission and then went to be with the Lord. One day, all of us will “fall asleep.”The question each of us must ask is this: Will we have served our […]

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