The priests in the Old Testament were assigned, as were the Levites, to cities. They were required to live there. Priestly ministry was never confined exclusively to the temple. Priests were not to become other worldly. Ray Bakke, sociologist and missiologist, says that twenty-five types of urban ministry can be found in the historical books of the Old Testament, and they were carried on by the priests. They were agents of health care, there to eradicate plagues and to certify cleanliness… Continue
Added by P. Douglas Small on April 19, 2017 at 12:03pm —
Morning by Morning, April 14 - "Good" Friday -- Through Rejection to…
Added by Tommy Hays on April 14, 2017 at 10:00am —
Easter weekend is a big weekend for the church. It is not so much that we don’t have the opportunity to celebrate the fact that Jesus is alive all year long. When I was in high school I was at a church summer camp where God was at work. I walked around and randomly said, “Jesus is alive.” I wanted to remind people that no matter the miracle they were experiencing it doesn’t compare to the miracle that Jesus is alive. But one of the great things about Easter… Continue
Added by Kevin Senapatiratne on April 13, 2017 at 11:04am —
As our attention is drawn this month to the passion of the Christ, I’ve been reflecting on our Savior’s final words spoken from the cross. By all accounts, Jesus didn’t do a lot of talking. He was almost silent during those painful hours as He hung suspended between earth and heaven. These significant “Seven Last Words,” as they’ve come to be identified, provide a window into Jesus’ soul.
The cruel torture of crucifixion would have virtually pressed…
Added by Kay Horner on April 13, 2017 at 12:40pm —
One urban pastor used the following procedure with new members. He asked, “How did you come to Christ?” It was not the church to which he wanted to connect them, as much as to Christ Himself. He wanted to hear their ‘Jesus’ story! He asked a second questions, “What were the circumstances that led to your faith in Christ?” He wanted them to think through the events that brought them to Christ – to see His guiding and pervasive hand in their lives. Third, he asked about their most enjoyable… Continue
Added by P. Douglas Small on April 6, 2017 at 9:53am —
Some thoughts on the Day of the Crucifixion of Jesus
Psalm 31:5: Into thine hand I commit my spirit: thou hast redeemed me, O LORD God of truth.
This Psalms prophetically contains the words that Christ spoke on… Continue
Added by Lewis Turner on April 1, 2017 at 7:49am —
What are the barriers to our fulfillment of the Great Commission?
- A lack of organized prayer for the city.
- The absence of congregational missional training.
- The lack of vision or a burden for the lost.
- The rural mentality, even of city churches.
- The failure to steward witnessing opportunities – an almost total lack of evangelism consciousness.
- The disconnect of Christians from non-Christians – the insulation of believers into…
Added by P. Douglas Small on March 24, 2017 at 12:17pm —
Let’s have some fun today. What locations could we pray more? Where are some places that would have a big impact on our life? How much do you pray in each of these locations?
Two points for the shower. First the bookends of our days, getting ready for the day or bed, are great times for more prayer. As we prepare our… Continue
Added by Kevin Senapatiratne on March 21, 2017 at 11:28am —
I have a passion to intentionally praying for my grandchildren, great-grandchildren and their parents. I feel God wants me to share my passion with other grandparents, which encouraged me to write the book, Grandparenting with a Purpose: Effective Ways to Pray for your Grandchildren. The book… Continue
Added by Lillian A. Penner on March 17, 2017 at 4:33pm —
“Might we not set ourselves to learn silence, stillness, and solitude? It will not be easy to come by. It must be arranged. The Lord Jesus, available to people much of the time, left them, sometimes a great while before day, to go up to the hills. He could commune in solitude with His Father. Job, enduring his friends’ tiresome lectures and accusations, was very much alone in the ash heap, but it was there that he came to know God as never before. When Paul received God’s…
Added by Debbie Przybylski on March 10, 2017 at 5:02pm —
In a culture where the individual is everything, a congregational prayer meeting is perceived simply, as a lot of individuals in the same room praying. Sadly, we are blind to the critical importance of corporate prayer. We fail to see the difference between the individual’s right and privilege of prayer, not to diminish its value or power, and corporate prayer, from the office of the church.
Eugene Peterson lamented,
The single most widespread American misunderstanding… Continue
Added by P. Douglas Small on March 9, 2017 at 11:06am —
Grandparenting looks different to many grandparents. In some cases, Continue
grandchildren live with their grandparents,…
Added by Lillian A. Penner on March 9, 2017 at 1:26pm —
Morning by Morning, March 9 - Seated with Christ in the…
Added by Tommy Hays on March 9, 2017 at 8:45am —
When I was a teenager, my father was Pastor of a church in Houston, Texas and my mother was President of a city-wide Pastor Wives organization. On a cold-December night I lay in an Emergency Room with a broken second vertebra of the neck, hearing doctors saying it was a miracle I was alive, and not paralyzed. That’s when my mother sprang into action. On the social media of the day, my mother placed phone calls to several Pastor wives, who in turn called several others, and the prayer chain… Continue
Added by Dan R. Crawford on February 20, 2017 at 7:28am —
Morning by Morning, February 16 -…
Added by Tommy Hays on February 16, 2017 at 8:57am —
There are two billion people who call themselves Christians. Of those, only 680 million (11.5 percent) are Evangelicals or Bible reading Christians. Our task is to wake up 1.3 billion sleeping Christians and simultaneously reach the other 4.5 billion people on the earth. Those billions live in… Continue
Added by P. Douglas Small on February 9, 2017 at 1:30pm —
Morning by Morning, February 8 - Lean In to the…
Added by Tommy Hays on February 8, 2017 at 9:05am —
For the entrepreneur, possibility is greatly exaggerated. The question is not if one will get those two minutes with a successful gadzillionaire; it's what one will do with them -- particularly at the inevitable moment of the question, "What do you want from me?" When Steve Jobs cold-called Bill Hewlett out of the phone book, and Bill asked him that question, Jobs' answer was, "left over electronics parts." I don't know how much Jobs had thought about that answer, but… Continue
Added by Michael Richter on February 4, 2017 at 7:13pm —
The more social media responses I read of people responding to prayer requests, the more I realize how much we have failed in teaching people about prayer. When Bible Schools and Seminaries opt not to teach prayer in their curriculum, assuming that students already know how to pray and how to lead others to pray, they graduate ministers who are weak in prayer, who in turn are unable to teach or lead believers how to pray, and thus folks know not how to even respond to the prayer requests of… Continue
Added by Dan R. Crawford on January 29, 2017 at 3:22pm —
Morning by Morning, January 20 - Hear from Heaven and Heal Our Land
Good morning, Lord Jesus. Let Your name be the first word from my mouth this morning and let my relationship with You -- God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit -- have the first place in my life. ...
"If My people who are called by My name will…
Added by Tommy Hays on January 20, 2017 at 8:49am —