3 Benefits of Forgiveness

One of the most frequent issues I deal with as a pastor is the issue of forgiveness. There is so much hurt among people and the tendency is to bottle it up in an unforgiving spirit. It would be easier to hold a grudge, but Scripture is clear we have an obligation to forgive…just as we have been forgiven.

Whenever I address this issue, I get push back from those who say they can’t get over what was done to them. I remind them that the Bible doesn’t say we must forget, but to forgive. There’s a huge difference. It doesn’t even say we should allow forgiveness to be an open door for continued abuse by someone. The goal is to free our hearts by letting go of the anger, bitterness, and frustration with the person who wronged you.

This is not only because God commanded it, but practically speaking, the emotions brought on by failing to forgive begin to control you and serve no purpose to repair the relationship or you. Holding onto the pain certainly doesn’t teach the other person a lesson or make them a better person. Of course, when the other person keeps causing new injury it makes it even tougher, but it doesn’t release us from an obligation to forgive.

Forgiveness brings much to a person’s life: [...] Continue Reading…

Living in the Center of God’s Will

Too many people shy away from what God has called them to do…

They run because of:

  • Fear…
  • Uncertainty…
  • Past mistakes…
  • ???????

I’ve learned, however, that the sweetest days of life are when you are found within the center of God’s will for your life...

Even as scary, unknown, and risky as living that will may appear…

So…let me ask you…

Are you doing what God has burdened your heart to do?

If not, what’s your next move? [...] Continue Reading…

Scripture Memorization: Week 12

I hope you are continuing to memorize these verses.  About this time, gyms empty out because many with a resolution to exercise have fallen out of the habit…or never gained a habit…as the case may be. The same is true here. Now is not the time to give up, but to press forward until a habit fully forms.

Here is this week’s memory verse:

I hope you and I will like by this verse this week and always…

When your “Gospel” is the risen Christ…you can face anything that comes your way. [...] Continue Reading…

Friday Discussion: March Madness Madness

Seems like a timely Friday discussion…

Let’s talk March Madness…

Tell me where you stand with March Madness…

Which describes you:

Wondering what March Madness is?
Won’t watch a game but play in a office pool?
Won’t miss a game, but never watch basketball otherwise?
Sad this is the end of your favorite time of year?

Let me hear from you. Let’s talk basketball!

BTW, Which teams do you pick for the championship game and who is going to win it all this year? [...] Continue Reading…

17 Months from Start to Launch: The Story of One Church Plant

We have had an incredible journey these last five years as a new church. God continues to amaze us. I am consistently asked the story of starting Grace Community Church. Specifically other planters want to know what we did prior to launch. I’ve been asked enough that I thought it was worth sharing here.

The vision for Grace was placed on my heart 10 years before this process began. There were three of us sharing the vision, but the other two moved, I wasn’t in full-time ministry at the time, so the dream basically died…at least to me.

That’s when our timeline begins in May of 2004: [...] Continue Reading…

The Difference in Knowing and Doing

There is often a difference in…

Knowing…

And…

Doing…

When it comes to right things…things we should know and do…

You can know the right things to do…and never do the right things…

In my experience, not doing is often a bigger problem than not knowing…

Many people who know never do…

Yet…

The margin between knowing and doing may determine the degree of success you attain…

What is the current margin between your knowing and your doing? [...] Continue Reading…

7 Actions While Waiting on God

I’ve spent much of my walk with God waiting…

Waiting for Him to give direction…
Waiting on Him to open doors…
Waiting on Him to make things clearer…
Waiting on Him to supply the resources…

The waiting times are difficult to endure, but in times of waiting, I’ve learned there are 7 things I can do: [...] Continue Reading…

5 Ways to Rebuke a Friend

A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity. Proverbs 17:17

Wounds from a friend can be trusted… Proverbs 27:6

rebuke |riˈbyoōk|verb [ trans. ]
express sharp disapproval or criticism of (someone) because of their behavior or actions

Years ago I had a friend tell me I was hanging out with the wrong people. I listened to the advice, switched my sphere of influence, and looking back, it’s one of the best decisions I ever made, considering the different paths our lives took.

There are times when you have to rebuke a friend. Sometimes the most loving thing you can do is to tell another where he or she is doing wrong. If you choose to accept the assignment of rebuking a friend, you should be sure you are correct in your assessment, you should pray through the correct timing of your approach, and you should address the person and not others to keep from spreading gossip.

When that time comes, here are 5 ways to rebuke a friend: [...] Continue Reading…

4 Ways Leaders Create Capacity

Leaders create capacity so others can grow…

That’s what leaders do…

Great leaders:

Paint the void – Allow others to see what could be accomplished…

Empower the team – Give the tools, resources and power to accomplish the task…

Release – Let go of the control so others can lead…

Repeat – As often as possible…

If you are always the doer and never the enabler then you are not a leader. More than likely you are simply an obstacle of all your team could accomplish if you got out of the way.

Any questions? [...] Continue Reading…