Missing the Point

Missing the Point

Bruised Reeds, Second Chances and Finishing Well Part 5: Missing the Point You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above. John 19:11 (NIV) Mark Twain must have been a prophet of some kind. His pithy insights into human nature still make much...
Why You Need to Know About Ministry Systems

Why You Need to Know About Ministry Systems

I met a great church planter in a North Carolina restaurant. He was a sharp, articulate entrepreneur kind of guy, just at the front end of what will probably be a very long and fruitful ministry. Since successfully planting his church four years before, he had started...
The Enemy is Us

The Enemy is Us

Bruised Reeds, Second Chances and Finishing Well Part 4: The Enemy is Us Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” “No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of...
Has Jesus Changed His Mind?

Has Jesus Changed His Mind?

Bruised Reeds, Second Chances and Finishing Well Part 3: Has Jesus Changed His Mind? He said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish. Then the...
How Distressed Should We Be?

How Distressed Should We Be?

Bruised Reeds, Second Chances and Finishing Well Part 2: How Distressed Should We Be? Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven. Matthew...
Amazing Moment From Our Africa Trip

Amazing Moment From Our Africa Trip

I had come to the end of several days of training leaders of an unreached people group in Africa. D. had been doing a fabulous job translating from English into his people’s language. We had been presenting to these young church leaders what it is that we must...
Adventures in Transformational Discipleship

Adventures in Transformational Discipleship

Imagine holding a Bible in your hands for the first time. Think about learning the difference between the Old and New Testament, and getting to read the words for yourself instead of hearing them translated to you from a missionary. Now imagine being a teacher who...
No Plan B

No Plan B

Keeping in Step with the Spirit Part 20: No Plan B Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Galatians 5:25 (NIV) God had only one plan for salvation—Jesus and the cross. There is no Plan B. As Jesus gave up his life, he announced, “It is...