February 2018

Grace and Worship

By |February 9th, 2018|

Then the men feared the Lord greatly, and they offered
a sacrifice to the Lord and made vows. ~ Jonah 1:16
READING: Jonah 1:11-17
The men rowed desperately to evade the storm. And when the storm subsided, their fear of the storm transformed into a fear and worship of God.

It’s not that some are desperate and some are […]

Comments Off on Grace and Worship

Grace and Prayer

By |February 8th, 2018|

Each man said to his mate, “Come, let us cast lots so we may learn on
whose account this calamity has struck us.” So they cast lots and the lot
fell on Jonah. Then they said to him, “Tell us, now! On whose account has
this calamity struck us? What is your occupation? And where do you come
from? […]

Comments Off on Grace and Prayer

Only by Prayer

By |February 7th, 2018|

After Jesus had gone indoors, his disciples asked him privately.
“Why couldn’t we drive it out?” He replied,
“This kind can come out only by prayer.” ~ Mark 9:28, 29
READING: Mark 9:14-29
This is an encouraging passage for church planters. Read the entire story. “Everything is possible for him who believes,” Jesus says in verse 23. Then there […]

Comments Off on Only by Prayer

Time for a Prayer Retreat

By |February 6th, 2018|

But he would withdraw to desolate places and pray. ~ Luke 5:16
READING: Luke 6:12-16
If the holy and perfect Son of God needed regularly to go away and pray to His Heavenly Father, how could any of us survive as church planters without regular prayer retreats? Jesus regularly withdrew to pray. Despite the crushing need of […]

Comments Off on Time for a Prayer Retreat

Ask for Help

By |February 5th, 2018|

Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery.
Instead, be filled with the Spirit. ~ Ephesians 5:18
READING: John 16:7-14
Do you feel that ministry is too demanding – that you need help? You are right, you do need help. And the most important help you need is God’s Holy Spirit filling you every day, empowering […]

Comments Off on Ask for Help

On This Rock

By |February 4th, 2018|

…on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of
Hades will not overcome it. ~ Matthew 16:18
READING: Matthew 28:16 – 20
During the hot summer of 2000, Pastor Bashir Deewan and I prayed, planned and planted our first church in Francis Town, Karachi. How difficult it was to purchase this small piece of land […]

Comments Off on On This Rock

Seeing with the Eyes of Faith

By |February 3rd, 2018|

Now Jericho was tightly shut up because of the Israelites.
No one went out and no one came in. Then the LORD said
to Joshua, “See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands, along
with its king and its fighting men.” ~ Joshua 6:1, 2
READING: Joshua 6
Joshua looks around. He sees the city stretched out before him, shut […]

Comments Off on Seeing with the Eyes of Faith

A Reminder to Pray

By |February 2nd, 2018|

But whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door
and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father
who sees in secret will reward you. ~ Matthew 6:6
READING: Matthew 6:5-13
And, of course, the reward is God himself. How often would you say that your prayer times end with a sense that […]

Comments Off on A Reminder to Pray

Paul’s Prayer Life

By |February 1st, 2018|

I thank my God in all my remembrance of you,
always in every prayer of mine for you all making
my prayer with joy… ~ Philippians 1:3, 4 (ESV)
READING: Philippians 1:1-11
The person who has taught me the most about prayer is the Apostle Paul. His prayer life is so rich that some of his prayers are included […]

Comments Off on Paul’s Prayer Life

January 2018

Getting Your Vision Off the Runway #2 The Runway Lights

By |January 30th, 2018|

For by you I can run against a troop, and by my God
I can leap over a wall. ~ II Samuel 22:30 (ESV)
READING: II Samuel 22:21-51
Uncertainty always marks the journey of effective leaders.It’s the uncertainty of wondering, “How could we possibly do this?” or “I’m not sufficient for these things” or “I’m not really sure […]

Comments Off on Getting Your Vision Off the Runway #2 The Runway Lights