Now — Next —Never

Now Next Never

As a new year begins it is a good time to have a look at life 

Your life – the life of Christ that you are experiencing – the life of the Church and the Kingdom of God here on earth

To look at how things are right now – an honest look at yourself as a disciple of Jesus

To think about what is next in your life and how you should prepare for the steps the Spirit is guiding you to take

To even look back and see the things that you have done in the past year which should never be repeated in the new year

Now — Next —Never

As I have been reading God’s Word there have been a number of verses that have stood out to me – spoken to me Read more

Seven Deadly Sins and Seven Virtues 

Seven sins & the Christian church

According to Christian tradition, the seven deadly sins (also known as cardinal sins or capital vices) could not be forgiven. However, according to the Bible, these seven deadly sins are completely and totally forgivable by God, but this doesn’t give us free license to commit these sins. Biblically, the only sin that cannot be forgiven is a complete rejection of God’s grace, which is outright rebellion against God—also known as blasphemy against the Holy Spirit.

The root cause of these sins

Each one of these deadly sins listed above has its root in the desire for more and the human need for excess. Each sin goes against the root of Christianity which is: love for God, love for our fellow man, and love for our bodies (keeping them as clean temples for God, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20). Paul writes in Philippians 4:11-12, “I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am.” This strikes at the root of each of these deadly sins. Paul in effect is saying that God can take care of our needs and there is no need to lust or desire after excessive things.

What cures these deadly sins? Read more

Building Healthy Relationships

I realized many years ago that we are defined by our relationships. You can actually trace your successes and failures to the relationships in your life.
Maybe up until now your relationships have not been as positive, rewarding, and productive as you’d like them to be. That’s okay, because you can learn how to build better relationships and increase your relational potential. You can actually cultivate healthy, stronger, long-term relationships that enable and encourage you to move forward in your life and career.
Here are some suggestions that you can apply to your life to move you forward towards healthier and mutually beneficial relationships…

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Growing Your Potential As a Leader

One of the motivational gifts listed in Romans 12:6-8 is the gift of leadership.

“Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.”

Leadership by simple definition is influence. And, everyone influences someone. Parents influence their children. Teachers influence their students. Small group leaders influence their members. Church leaders influence their people. Leadership is your ability to lift and lead other people. In many ways, everyone is a leader.

Your leadership ability and potential is not something that is inherent. It is not a given that is built into your character and thus unchangeable. You can grow in your understand of leadership as well as improve your skills and abilities as a leader and thus become a better leader. Your leadership potential is something that can grow and change. Here are some ideas that I work with as a leader as I work to increase my level of influence and thus impact in life and ministry.

1> Ask questions and listen to understand and find your people. Read more

The Missing Ingredient Is Character

As I get older – I am in my mid-seventies – I am finding that my values are probably deeper and stronger than they have ever been in my life. And I am valuing the area of my character more than many other yet still important areas of life. And I am taking note of character, or the lack of it, in other people’s lives. 

Character is a word that we don’t think about a lot. In fact, often we are not even sure what a look at character truly involves. What are we looking for in a person when we comment on their character or are working to know their character? 

In my study of character over the years I have created a list of what I believe constitutes “character” in a person. These are the qualities I look at and look for…

I invite you to look over this character traits list and pick at least one of these good qualities to begin working on: Read more

You Spell Faith “RISK”

Not everyone is a natural risk-taker. Perhaps you are facing a risky challenge right now. Maybe you are considering taking on a high-risk project. Or maybe you desire to do something significant, and you sense that something big but risky is on the horizon. Or you are considering taking on a project that will require you to learn new skills and go where you have never been (spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and skill set wise) before. I am currently in such a place and so have begun to think about what I am risking. Of course, I also see the hand of God and know that He is asking me to take a step of faith. You Spell Faith “Risk”
On the other hand, maybe you have been risk averse your whole life, and yo recognize how much it has held you back and limited your potential.
No matter what your circumstances are, here are some things you need to know that will help you to step out in faith and take more risks.

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Sometimes I Find It Hard To Forgive

Sometimes I Find it Hard to Forgive

Over the last 50+ years of ministering I have noticed that the number one reason for believers not growing in their faith is that they do not have a deep assurance that they are totally forgiven

  • Forgiven of everything in their past
  • Forgiven for any sin or mis-step in the present
  • Forgiven for any future sin or slip-up that might happen in the future 

And because they don’t feel forgiven

Because they have not – do not – experience this sense of freedom from the burden of sin and guilt

They find it very difficult, if not impossible, to totally and permanently forgive others….

Of course, this is deeply troubling.

Jesus said: Read more

  Sometimes I Don’t Pray Boldly

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I want to talk about seizing the life God has planned for us

Too many believers play it safe and never seize real life

Last time we were talking about boldness and we learned… I hope we learned that:

BOLDNESS is behaviour born out of belief

In other words: If you believe in a powerful and sovereign God then you will be bold in your life as a disciple of Jesus

Today let’s look at boldness as it relates to prayer

Key thought: How you pray reflects what you believe about God

Key insight: Most of us need the spiritual gift of spunk Read more

SOMETIMES I DON’T LIVE A BOLD LIFESTYLE

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I have been reading the book of Acts

Often referred to as The Acts of the Apostles when really it is a book of the Bible all about The Acts of the Holy Spirit

And, I notice, once again, the boldness of the apostle 

Men who were just normal people who were committed to following Jesus and spreading the Gospel of the Kingdom (Matthew 24:14)

We tend to make superheroes out of them – stain glass heroes – who were special and extraordinary when really they were just regular people like you and me

Their boldness is amazing Read more

Sometimes I’m Not Bold In My Conversations

Sometimes I’m Not Bold In My Conversations

We have been talking about being bold

Doing so through the book of Acts in the New Testament – chapters 4 and 5

The story of the early Church and the first believers in the resurrection of Jesus from the dead

We have seen:

Boldness is behaviour born out of belief

How you pray reflects what you believe about God (bold prayers)

Today – let’s talk about boldness in the way we speak and what we speak about

There is a problem today in the Church:

We don’t want to offend anyone and so we are careful to be politically correct and thus we don’t speak boldly about what we believe

As a result: we decide that we are just going to let our life – the way we live – be a witness to others

It sounds good and is a good place to start Read more