Scripture

Seeing Salvation

In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias was tetrarch of Abilene, during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to […]

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Making Church Matter

Definitely Never Desired or Required

More thoughts on us and what we’re trying to do.   Here are some thoughts on things (beyond the obvious things) I’m thinking we should probably never do.   Here are ten in no particular order. 1) We will never honor God by compromising the vision he gives us in order to keep people happy. […]

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Opportunities

The Sunday before Thanksgiving feels like the beginning of a sprint to January.  It’s a great time of year but there is so much ahead for us as a Church. As we look to this holiday season and the new year I see so many opportunities for our Church community.  We have a really inspiring Advent […]

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Making Church Matter

Questions for Church-world

Friday evening I was with a bunch of Pastors and other Church leaders.  Saturday I spent the morning at a Church conference, for Pastors and Parish staffs.  These recent back to back experiences got me thinking and reminded me of some things I struggle with when it comes to “Church-world” and “Church people.” Here are […]

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Scripture | Stewardship

More on Money

Most all of us want to be generous.  Even if you don’t want it, you want to want it.  You want to be a generous person. That word, “generous” means to act with nobility.  We’d all like that, we’d all like to act with nobility.  And that’s what God would like from us too.   […]

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Scripture

Desired and Required

There is an unmistakable correlation between the miracles God accomplished throughout the Bible and the unusual and sometimes seemingly unnecessary or even banal commands he gives to his servants.  Over and over he asked his servants for obedience in little things, as a prelude to some big thing he is going to do. Obedience is […]

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How we’re doing

In whatever organization or group you’re leading its not only important to keep focus on what you’re doing but also how you’re doing it. I know I am interested in how well everyone on our team is progressing and what kind of success they are experiencing.  But I also want to know how they are […]

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That’s IT

We hosted our annual fall “launch” last weekend, and if you were here you know it was obvious there was a buzz going on, or what Pastor Craig Groeschel calls “it.” Here is what he says: “I can’t tell you exactly what it is. Part of what makes it it is that it defies categorization.  […]

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