December 6, 2018

When we look back at the history of many Christian organizations, we often find that they began with great dreams and ambitions. But as they grew older, they stagnated in the rules and regulations that were meant to help them move forward. That is why I believe it is good for us to continually look to the Scriptures. From Scripture we can see how God called people and empowered them, how they succeeded, how they failed and how they returned… Read more

December 3, 2018

Years ago, while traveling in the Midwest, I was looking forward to meeting an old friend of mine. When we were younger we had worked together on a Gospel team. I remember how I was challenged by his zeal for the Lord, his burden for others and his example as a servant. The more we talked, the more I realized he was no longer interested in bringing the love of God to those who don’t know Him. His whole life… Read more

November 29, 2018

Many years ago, I was visiting Germany during the fall. The man who was hosting me took me for an afternoon ride in his car to show me the breathtaking countryside.The weather was beautiful, the air was crisp, and many trees were loaded with fruit nearly ready for harvest.As we were driving along, we passed by an apple orchard. I was amazed at the enormous amount of fruit each tree carried. But to my bewilderment, many of those trees had… Read more

November 27, 2018

When Jesus lived and walked on this earth, vast numbers of people came to Him with enormous problems. How did He respond? He healed and delivered them from their afflictions with great compassion.For a while, His 12 disciples were just observers, but all that changed when the Lord called them to serve Him. He gave them authority to heal the sick and to cast out demons and told them to go and preach the Kingdom. He explained what this call… Read more

November 26, 2018

It seems that with all our knowledge, information and experience, we should be on top of the mountain more of the time.I know this is how I often evaluate my life. I think that after all I’ve endured, I should now be able to face all kinds of problems without discouragement. But it doesn’t work like that. I can preach a message and see hundreds of people set free. . . . But within a short time, I can find… Read more

November 23, 2018

As many ministries get older, they slowly lose their initial focus on serving the Lord. What once was excitement to serve and spontaneous growth is now replaced with stagnancy. How do we go about restoring in our ministries that initial passion to serve the Lord? The simplest way to bring about change is to start with changing yourself. 1. Abandon Yourself to God Genuine revival of ourselves comes from a personal, intimate encounter with the living God, not with changing… Read more

November 21, 2018

I want to share a few thoughts on things that have helped me in times of struggle and when I get discouraged. God has given us focus in the battle and weapons to fight with.  First, no matter the reason for getting discouraged, think about the Lord. Hebrews 12:1–3 says,  Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let… Read more

November 16, 2018

“You know one of the hardest things I have to deal with is to sit in front of a man who has done awful, stupid things in his life or ministry yet has no conviction of sin. Even if he is caught, he acts as if there is no problem and simply asks for a transfer. I am weary of it.”  These were the exact words to me from a minister whose denomination appointed him as a counselor for its… Read more

November 14, 2018

We have seen time and time again in Scripture that our ministry is built upon relationships. However, sometimes an organization’s culture can develop controlling rules and regulations that can hinder an individual’s freedom to serve and grow.   So, what do we do when our relationship-oriented ministry has become more focused on what each person can do rather than on everyone serving together?  We must come to the place at which we let go of our controls and give freedom… Read more

November 13, 2018

Spread love everywhere you go: first of all in your own house. Give love to your children, to your wife or husband, to a next door neighbor … Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness; kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile, kindness in your warm greeting.[1] Take a minute and look around you. Look close at the faces of people and see in… Read more

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