“For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? Matthew 5:46
My prayer for this year? To love extravagantly! This is a better way. Right before each new year I have a season of asking God for a specific thrust for
Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
In writing the Churches of Corinth the Apostle Paul begins by emphasizing the necessity of preaching in the Christian experience and journey. Consider the fact that Paul feels inspired to
…. the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth - 1 Timothy 3:15.
Preaching is powerful. When God set in motion a revival for Israel in Ezekiel 37, did he ask Ezekiel to put together a plan or get the latest community survey results? No. He
“What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?” – Romans 8:31
Attitude can affect a person’s altitude. So it is with faith. The level of faith we operate with greatly influences the results we see. There is a necessity, need and
“A sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed . . .” - Luke 8:5
In Luke chapter 8, Jesus gives a great parable regarding the harvest He has in our world and local communities. Jesus talks about the sowing of seed and how that sometimes it produces
“. . . whom we may appoint over this business. But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word” - Acts 6:3-4
As leaders, it can be easy to become preoccupied with so many necessary things that have to be done. And they need to
By Brian Norman
“And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers” (Acts 2:42)
The original Church was one that was powerful, and one that experienced great growth. We find that after the birthing of the early Church they immediately focused on several
“Behold, now I know that there is no God in all the earth, but in Israel” – 2 Kings 5:15
“I asked and the Lord answered,” he said. Such a response might seem simplistic, yet is it? Naaman needed a healing and the prophet Elisha let it be known God was
“And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all . . .” (Acts 2:1).
The Apostolic Church began with leadership. Obviously, it was the leadership of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, but mere men were involved too. And, notably for this discussion, they were not normal men;
“I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase” - 1 Corinthians 3:6.
God has a plan for every church’s growth. It includes some planting and others watering, then God giving the increase. It is to our own detriment that we try to abandon or avoid this process of God.
“Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me” (Psalm 51:10).
In David’s prayer we see modeled humility, the beginning of all true worship and the recipe for revival in our own personal lives and local churches. Revival within a local church congregation is not
“For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God” – 1 Corinthians 1:18
We live in a time where there seem to be so many quick fixes, latest greatest books, and other things concerning church growth.