Monthly Archives: August 2019

The Church Planting Journey


As a lot of you know, I’ve been involved in my share of church plants—a few successful ones, as well as a couple unsuccessful ones (that shared one foible in particular . . . more on that later). One of … Continue reading

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Lay Down Your Fears


A great deal of the sin in our lives is little more than a lame attempt to protect ourselves from the possibility of being sinned against. Whether it’s a preemptive strike or a full-scale retreat, we’ll do just about anything … Continue reading

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Three Views on Israel and the Church


There’s plenty of opinions on Christian and/or American relations with Israel—but what does the Bible have to say about it—and how do we interpret what the Bible says? Jared Compton and Andrew David Naselli, eds. Three Views on Israel and the … Continue reading

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Lay Down Your Expectations    


Stop expecting too much from yourself spiritually, or otherwise. Stop expecting instant regeneration, or instant success. Trust God as you once did. Don’t try to anticipate his moves before he’s made them. Allow him to grow you at his pace, instead of thinking you can run out ahead. Continue reading

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Maximizing the Midsize Church


Got a decent-sized (but not big) church, and want to keep a handle on where you’re at and where you’re going? David J. Peter. Maximizing the Midsize Church: Effective Leadership for Fruitful Mission and Ministry. 176p., $18.99, Kregel Ministry. Nearly … Continue reading

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Lay Down Your Goals    


Let’s return to the idea of us “taking things out of God’s hands” through our own control issues—specifically, through the plans and goals we lay out for ourselves. There’s nothing wrong with having goals for our lives. They give us … Continue reading

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The Business of Your Life


For young people ready to take their finances into their own hands. . . . Keith Lloyd Brown. The Business of Your Life: A Young Christian’s Guide to Financial Literacy. 240p., $16.99, Deep River Books. Former Ameriprise financial planner Keith … Continue reading

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