In John 4 we are told about a conversation between Jesus and a woman drawing water from a well. Jesus asked her for a drink, and she quizzed him concerning why he, a Jewish man, would break the cultural customs to talk to a Samaritan woman. But Jesus wasn’t interested in such mundane matters. He saw an opportunity to turn the conversation toward a much more important topic. Read more
In are in a season of great change in the Church worldwide and here especially here at home. And, one of the lessons I learned many years ago as a leader is that leading change demands personally changing. When God wanted to change something in the world, what was the first thing He did? He changed the person He was calling to lead the change. This was true of Moses (Exodus 3), Isaiah (Isaiah 6) and Paul (Acts 9). Read more
Someone asked Dr. Billy Graham how he had stayed so humble over the years, especially in light of everything he had accomplished in his lifetime? Of course, Dr. Graham did not think that he was humble, but he answered, “When you start each day in the presence of the living God by praying and reading your Bible, it’s hard to go through life feeling big.”
That is the secret of true success. While people are looking for bigger methods, God is looking for smaller people. God does everything through people who understand that without Him they are nothing. And, God does nothing through people who think they are everything.
God expects us to be talking to others about His Son, Jesus. That’s right. Call it evangelism, soul-winning, witnessing, giving your testimony … He expects us to be out there telling others the night and day difference that Jesus has made and continues to make in our lives. Why does He expect us to? Easy question to answer: He commanded us to do so and as disciples who love Him we obey Him.
Compassion is only compassion when you cross the street and go to someone. Too often, we confuse emotion with compassion.
Jesus was often moved with compassion – sometimes the Bible uses the term “pity” and “mercy” but the intention is that Jesus had compassion on people and this compassion always moved Him to action. That might mean laying hands on the sick and healing them; feeding the 4,000 or the 5,000 so they would not have to return home hungry, raising the widow’s son so she would still have someone to be the bread-winner and care for her; and even to letting the rich young man walk away and continue in his ways – not chasing him but letting him go so his hunger would increase and he would, one day, return and turn to Jesus.
Researcher Michael Jaffarian has been documenting the rise in evangelism initiatives over the past few years. In his work for Operation World he has found an amazing number of mobile believers going forth into all the world to preach the gospel – literally.
He was the weakest member of a faithless family living on the wrong side of town. He had a tentative and doubt-filled personality. And when we encounter him in the Bible. He is cowering out of fear that marauding outlaws might hunt him down.
His name is, you guessed it, Gideon. One day an angel appeared to him, and guess how he greeted this quivering coward? He could have called out, “Hey, you yellow-bellied chicken?” He could have called out “Hey, you with the spaghetti spine!” But instead, the angel said something entirely unexpected. He declared, “He Gideon, you mighty warrior.”
We live in a time when God doesn’t need any more caretakers of the institution. God needs called and equipped leaders who can bring the Kingdom to bear on this earth and He needs them now. Will you be one of those leaders?
How can you tell? Well, if your heart burns within you and you know there must be more to the Christian life than you are now experiencing – more than going to services, listening to teachings, attending meetings and sitting through prayer times that apparently make no difference to what is happening around you and within the church – then you are one. Well, at least a potential leader.
My study is a large room with books on every shelf and every wall covered with shelves. Hundreds and hundreds of books – all purchased in the last three years … older ones are stored in other rooms in the house again on shelves that cover many of the walls. Books are important to me as I love to read and to learn. I read widely – history, biographies, Bible, ministry – and read secular as well as sacred. I even enjoy a good detective novel once in a while. I am surrounded by books. My current books include a great one by a Christian who is a photographer and who ended up lost in the Amazon rain forest while on assignment and God’s work in his life during the ordeal. Read more
Good News is spreading quickly in Africa – the good news that we know as the Gospel of the Kingdom. Some tremendous things are happening in these nations… Read more