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The Most Important Skill in Ministry

Steven Furtick recently posted on the single most important aspect of ministry (church planting in his case). He said that it was hearing the voice of God. I tend to agree with him. In his blog, he says, “You can’t fake or simulate the ability to hear from God....

Coming Fire: The Lord is Patient

I am so thankful today that God is patient. Aren’t you? If God would not have been patient with me, I would have been gone a long time ago. I never want to take His patience and mercy for granted. Yet, we know that there are people who will take it for granted...

The Coming Fire

I have watched the wildfires burning across Southern California over the past week and began to think about what happens when nature gives us a picture of reality. I watched with others around the world in horror as mansions worth millions of dollars were reduced to a...

Honored by Men; Detestable to God

Although, we may not like to meditate on it, the fact is there are some things that God detests. There are thinks that He feels so strongly about that He actually uses the word “hate.” When I think about this, words come to mind like: sin, the devil,...

Of Whom the World Was Not Worthy…

There are men and women who have served God in their generation that many of us know nothing about. Yet, their stories are essential to understanding our faith. Their lives are living proof of what it means to “hate your own life.” (see John 12:25 &...

Filth of the World; Pride of Heaven

I was reading the passage below from 1 Cor 4:8-13 today and I was amazed to hear the Apostle Paul describing himself and comparing what he was experiencing in his walk with Jesus compared to others who were prideful about their position in life. Again I began to think...

“Weirdos”: Greatest in the Kingdom?

In Matthew 11:11, Jesus said that there wasn’t one born among women that is greater than John the Baptist. When you think it about it, in terms of our culture and even in terms of his culture, John the Baptist was out there. He lived in the desert and ate bugs....

Dying Stars

Back to the motivation theme again. One thing that kept coming to my mind was Jason Upton’s song “Dying Star.”  This song has to do with the rise and fall of a “star” in the church.  You should listen to it.   This is what Jason writes in...

Saved From a Life of Comfort

This past weekend at the Catalyst Conference in Atlanta, Ga, Craig Groeschel prayed a simple prayer that impacted alot of people. “Lord, disturb us.” Wow! What a simple, yet powerful prayer. When God disturbs us, we may come to the place and ask the...

I Can’t Do It!

I remember the time in my life where I was wrestling with whether or not I would fully give myself to the will of God. I was 20 years old and had come to understand that my life, my thoughts, my actions, my ways, did not live up to God’s standard. I was reading...

I Am Ready to Fail

I have been reading a few things from various leaders lately and one thing they all seem to have in common is that they have failed at something they’ve tried to do. I am seeing that it is only when we have conquered the fear of failure that we can truly be...

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