Four new Lessons on Christian Ministry – February 2021

I have made available four new lessons on “Christian Ministry.” You can find them by clicking the “Free Resources” and going to “Ministry Skills and Practices” (the link on this post) They will be the four .pfd files at the top of the list. 

“The Wrong Road Never Leads to the Right Place.”

I must admit I love old TV westerns from the 1950’s or 1960’s. While watching one of my favorite black and white TV westerns from a series about a man named Bat Masterson, I heard one of the actors say, “The wrong road never leads to the right place.” I thought to myself, (more…)

No Recounts When the King of Kings Comes

During the 2004 American presidential election, the race was so close that it came down to a recount of the vote in the state of Florida. This was aggressively contested and it took a decision from the US Supreme Court to declare the winner. Unlike the United States, the Kingdom of God is not a democracy. We don’t get a recount because we don’t get a vote. Our choices in life will already have voted for us. (more…)

A Waterfall of Sweet Expectations

I have not recorded these thoughts, but I would like you to take the time to read them. Have you ever been close to a waterfall? I can remember as a teenager going to a beautiful waterfall in the upper peninsula of Michigan (a Midwestern state in the United States). It’s called Tahquamenon Falls. After walking through the woods for about fifteen minutes, the vista suddenly opens up to a view of this majestic, roaring outpouring of water, (more…)

One Bullet Remaining

Here’s a thought for you to consider as the new year begins. Ignorance puts us in prisons of misunderstanding and unreached potential. Knowledge and understanding frees us. (more…)

From the Hall of Shame to the Hall of Fame

Do you remember Rahab the harlot? In Joshua, Chapters 2 and 6 we read about her. She lived in the city of Jericho, which was about to be attacked by the Israelites. She took a step of faith, and (more…)

Clowns Feeding Goats

I have always enjoyed from reading the works of Charles Spurgeon. He wrote this in 1879: “A time will come, instead of shepherds feeding the sheep, the church will have clowns feeding the goats.” It’s easy to (more…)

Easy Generosity

I would like to share the spiritual secret to becoming a generous giver. Just remember this time-tested truth. “It is easy to be generous with somebody else’s money.” On the surface, this may not seem to be very spiritual. However, everything we have belongs to God, who is our provider. He asks us to trust Him with all He puts in our hands. Because we understand that all our resources and wealth belong to Him, we can be relieved of any pressure to hoard what He has given us. We simply have stewardship over our wealth. If you do not think this is spiritual, let me point you to the Bible.

 Proverbs 11:24-25, 28 (NKJV)

 “There is one who scatters, yet increases more; And there is one who withholds more than is right, But it leads to poverty. {25} The generous soul will be made rich, And he who waters will also be watered himself. {28} He who trusts in his riches will fall, But the righteous will flourish like foliage.”

In Christ, we are free to be generous with what we have. Why? Because it is easy to be generous with somebody else’s money – in this case, with God’s money. Remember, you will never out give God! My dear friend, Pastor David Briggs recently said, “Money, wealth and giftings are directional.”He said that if you sow these things into your purpose, you would be rewarded with so much more than you sowed. You will fulfill your call from God. You will reach your destiny, and do so with good success. You will have traveled in the direction of God-pleasing service and gained eternal significance. My advice is simple. Sow generously what God has given you. Then, expect great things… all the way to your destiny.

Easy Generosity

Greater Than My Expectations

I was recently thinking about the countless times God has moved into my plans, dreams and expectations. Without fail, He has responded to them by taking me to places in Him, and with Him, that (more…)

Determination – An Extended Mentoring Minute

This is an extended Mentoring Minute (about 6 and 1/2 minutes). It speaks of the determination of a salmon swimming upstream.