“You experienced it all firsthand. With each of you we were like a father with his child” (1 Thessalonians 2:11 Msg). No, I didn’t get a GMC truck. I spent the day driving GMAC (Gordon MacDonald) from the Raleigh airport to a pastor’s conference in Winston Salem and then back to his hotel in Raleigh.
“A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path; it was trampled on, and the birds of the air ate it up” (Luke 8:5 NIV). Some Sundays are more challenging than others. This past Sunday was like that. I should have been prepared for it,
"I have told you this, so that you might have peace in your hearts because of me. While you are in the world, you will have to suffer. But cheer up! I have defeated the world" (John 16:33 CEV). "Americans don’t have a good theology of suffering" (Rick McKinley, Pastor at Imago Dei Church, Portland,
Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first love. (Revelation 2:4) “Woa…woa…woe.” (The Righteous Brothers) Sometimes we forget what it was like when we first fell in love. The object of our affection consumes our every thought. Some describe it as being “love sick.” But Jesus told the church in the city
“I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish you were one or the other! But since you are like lukewarm water, I will spit you out of my mouth!” Revelation 3:15-16. Stephen (that’s the back of his head on the bottom right) and I just got back
I’m still stoked about our last Sunday service! We talked about how we want to be a people that uses our light of influence to shine on Jesus. So many churches and Christians waste their influence by declaring what they’re against. Or they misuse their influence by discussing peripheral or temporal things. But in the