We don't fight with our people (wrestle against flesh and blood). We are to be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power, to fight against the principalities and powers.
In order to have this power of God, we must live in communion with him, and that comes through...
a rule of life! Today I introduce the practices that form a rule of life. And in doing so I reference PracticingTheWay.org. Enjoy!
We think we are serving in God's power, but if you had a gun to your head, would you say you're serving out of the power of Jesus Christ? Or your own power.
Pastors, I think this is a HUGE issue in our churches. We need the power of the LORD, not the power of a blog post, or the latest self-help book.
Where DO you get your power?
Pastor, how do you get the ball down the field, and anywhere close to the end zone, when you have opposition, when you have opposers?
How do you get things done in church? How do you enact new programs and initiatives?
How do you create change?
That's what I'm going to talk with you about this week...
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Kay Warren joined me and my friend/colleague Jonny Craig to talk about mental illness, its presence and, unfortunately, stigma in the local church.
Rick and Kay Warren lost their youngest son, Matthew, to suicide almost ten years ago, and they have devoted their lives to helping others who struggle with mental illness.
You can see everything that Kay is doing in her quest to help others, right here: https://kaywarren.com/mentalhealth
In this Weekend Edition episode, Kay shares some very practical things you can do to help your church become more "mental illness literate."
Love is candy, roses, Valentines, velvet, fluffy, soft, compromising, weakness, fall over, take-it-on-the-chin, anything goes Christianity.
No, not really.
Our culture trashes the meaning of love. They've lost it completely.
Here's my best shot at the meaning of truly biblical love...
This is the ONE THING I want my people to live out, more than ANYTHING else!
Sometimes the most important, crucial truth - is also the most fundamental, the most elementary, the most basic.
The ONE thing I want my church to be known for, about everything else.
So it is with the ONE thing I want my church to be known for, to be about. It's not rocket science. It's not profound or transcendent.
But it is absolutely necessary, and before all else, primary and the #1 Priority.
In this episode I reveal what the ONE thing is I want all new members to do.
And for the record, I had FUN recording it! Enjoy!
If you held a membership class, and could only tell your new members ONE thing - ONE thing that they absolutely had to do, had to keep in mind - ONE thing that if they stayed focused on that, everything else would take care of itself - what would that ONE thing be??
This week I want to talk to you about what is most important, most foundational.
I'm going to boil it down to the irreducible minimum, and encourage you to teach your new members that. It's what I do. I've been doing it for years. And all my new members know what it is.
Because it's ONE thing, they don't forget. It helps that I repeat it often. Here we go! Enjoy!
Dave Jacobs from SmallChurchPastor.com joins me to talk about church growth - the things we've been told - and the things we should reconsider.
Dave's book, Second Thoughts - 100 Things Small Church Pastors Should Reconsider, is filled with encouragement for pastors of ordinary sized churches. We talk about only one, #75 - Reconsider what the church growth experts have told you.
Also, if you want to experience pastoral coaching, Dave is offering (4) four 45-minute coaching sessions for FREE. This is his gift and ministry to pastors. Four sessions with Dave will give you ample opportunity to discern whether having a pastoral coach is for you.
If you benefit, this could be something that your church helps you afford, even though Dave's coaching is way too cheap! I tell him he needs to raise the amount he charges pastors, but he wants to keep it affordable for small church pastors.
Email Dave at email@example.com. Tell him Jeff sent you! He routinely offers one free 45-minute call, but for my listeners he's offering four! :-)