We live in a world where “enough” is never enough. Whether we realize it or not, there is a constant pull on our hearts toward materialism and covetousness.
But it’s not just adults who fight these battles. Our children are bombarded with the offer of more. They need more friends on Facebook. More style in their wardrobe. More entertainment. More money. More fun. More…of everything.
Of course, more isn’t always bad. But it is harmful if we can’t be satisfied without it.
In today’s materialistic society, however, it’s not difficult to see why our kids struggle with contentment. Children ages two to five see more than forty thousand commercials on television a year. No wonder they need more.(more…)
Do you ever wonder how a nation that carved the words of Scripture into its stone monuments and inscribed “In God We Trust” on its currency could come to the place where the Bible is openly scorned and its truth is disregarded?
Although there have been concerning trends in our nation for years, it seemed to me that the Supreme Court decision this past summer granting same-sex marriage as a constitutional right brought this rejection of God to the level of an official national position.
Just decades ago, we saw the resurgence of what some called the “moral majority” in America, but today, Christians who believe the Bible can only be described as a “moral minority.”
How did we get here as a nation? Is there hope for a national turning back to God? And more importantly, what can Christians do today to make a difference for Christ? (more…)
If your experience is like mine, you’ve discovered that Satan does everything he can to rob you of your joy in the ministry.
But it’s not just ministry. In every area of life, we face ongoing pressure and the potential for a loss of joy. We have to be wise to sense when that discouragement is developing so we can rebuild and maintain the joy of the Lord.
In this short growth points video, I share six ways the Lord has taught me to maintain or rebuild joy:
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One of the highlights every year for me at Spiritual Leadership Conference is the pre-conference Church Planter’s Luncheon on Monday afternoon.
All church planters and their wives are invited for a complimentary meal, great fellowship with other church planters (and pastors who are heavily involved in church planting), a lesson from a veteran church planter, and a Q&A to close.
This year we had about sixty church planters present. As they went around the room introducing themselves, it was a thrill to me to see so many young men from across America (and foreign fields as well) planting fresh works for God. (more…)
God has not only called us to build with Him. He has called us to build with one another as well.
We’re “labourers together with God” (1 Corinthians 3:9) and are called to “stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel” (Philippians 1:27).
This type of cohesiveness on a team requires a leader who intentionally builds others and builds the team.
At Spiritual Leadership Conference this summer, I taught a general session on becoming a team-building leader. We looked at how to build teams for ministry as well as what types of leaders build people and cohesive teams. You can watch the session below as well as download the session notes.
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