Archive for the ‘Discipleship’ Category

Positive Encouragement   1 comment

Would you rather be told what is wrong or shown how to make something right?  Most people prefer positive feedback over demeaning discourses, especially when a word of correction is being delivered.  In a world filled with negativity and harsh realities of just how rough life can sometimes be, we should give encouraging words instead of negative lectures.  Read the rest of this entry »

A Prayer for Leaders   3 comments

I belong to seemingly countless email groups that keep me informed in the world of religion, culture, and ministry.  One of those groups (smart ministry and preaching unleashed) sent an email yesterday with a prayer for all of their subscribers who are mostly ministers and church leaders.  I was moved to hear such a prayer for me and simply want to pass this along to all who dare to read it.

My challenge to those of you who are not in ministry or church leadership positions is to pray this prayer for your pastor and other leaders.  It isn’t very often we ministers hear of such prayers being offered for us. Read the rest of this entry »

Real Heroes, part 1   Leave a comment

Acts 9:1-19.

If we are writing tomorrow’s history today as God’s people, we need more heroes.  The world needs heroes to help with disasters, to win wars, and to combat moral and ethical deterioration.  We could hang a sign on the earth that reads: Heroes needed – Apply within!

Hebrews 11 tells of the heroes of the faith.  There you can find summaries of some famous faithful like Abel, Enoch, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses and so on.  You can see a clear definition of what faith really is – being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.

Veggie Tales has a really cool character called Larryboy.  His slogan is: I am that hero!  In a world that needs clear examples of living in faith, are you that hero? Read the rest of this entry »

Encore   Leave a comment

Matthew 15:29-39.

There are countless places we could go with a text like this.  Everybody ate and was satisfied.  What happened with the leftovers?  What are the significant points to be made of the numbers of loaves and fishes this time?  …and so on…

What jumped off the page at me while reading this today involved none of that, but rather where in Matthew’s Gospel this appears.

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I Can’t   Leave a comment

I don’t know about you, but I sometimes look in the mirror and see glaring back at me nothing but my own limitations.  We are finite creatures with physical, emotional, and spiritual limitations.  There are some things that we simply cannot do.

The disciples were in a situation with Jesus one day and what they saw were limitations.  A huge crowd was gathered and meal time rolled around.  They suggested sending them away when Jesus asked what was in the pantry.  “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish.” (Matthew 14:17, NIV).  ONLY.  This is all we have.  You can’t get there from here.  Here is the need and we can’t meet it.  We can’t.

Where we see limitations, God sees opportunity!

We know from the text that Jesus took those loaves of bread and two fish and miraculously multiplied them to feed the crowd of 5,000 men, plus the women and children present who were not counted.  You and I can look all around us and see ministry needs.  We need to reach our community for Christ.  We need to minister to real needs of hurting people.  We need to not only help groups and organizations that are making a Kingdom difference in our neighborhood and world, but we need to also be busy about this work ourselves!

How do we do this?  How do we meet these needs?  If God has unlimited resources, unlimited love, and unlimited compassion for our world, then why would we want to put our “limitations” in between Him and the ministry He calls us to perform?  There is no answer to that question.

When you sense God’s leadership in your life or your church, look to the Resource and not your own resources.