Generational Differences in the Church

                  Generational differences and frustrations have been a part of life since the beginning of time. Every generation is different. Each generation develops their own culture and their own worldview. In the church, each generation sees things through the lenses of their specific cultural influences. For example, older generations may tend to be more…

Dealing with difficult situations

                  In positions of leadership that deals with people there is constant awareness of the issues and circumstances in people’s lives. As burdensome as this may be, such responsibility demands a certain level of calm, wisdom, and grace. There are times when we have the tendency to over complicate and over dramatize various situations…

God can still use you

I have read the Bible through many times. It never ceases to amaze me how God used such sinful people to carry out His work. There were always consequences for sin and there were times when God executed great wrath and judgment. However, think of names like: Jacob, Judah, Moses, Rahab, Saul, David, Solomon, Samson,…

A Christmas Nugget

There are many wonderful spiritual nuggets that are found in the Biblical account of the events surrounding the birth of Jesus. One spiritual nugget that sticks out like a flashing light is found in Luke 1:38. The angel had just explained to Mary how she would give birth to the Savior of the world though…

Wisdom, Discernment, and Discretion

Proverbs 2:10-11 says, “When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul; Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee.” I am sure that you have heard it said before that there is a right and a wrong way to do things. Sometimes we have the right idea concerning a matter,…

Conscience

  Often times we speak of having a clear conscience. Oswald Chambers says the conscience is “the eyes of the soul which looks either toward God or toward what we regard as the highest standard.” Everyone has a conscience. However, the question is: to what standard do we hold our conscience? As Christians, our standard…

Don’t Worry

  There is a television commercial where a man is standing at his front door trying to keep the mailman from putting another bill in the mail slot. He is then seen sitting in the shower with his arms around his legs sobbing and crying. This comical commercial gives a picture of real life. Paying…

IT WORKS!

Our local association newsletter had a section recently that listed six secrets of a turnaround church. Thom Rainer, president of Lifeway Christian Resources, conducted a survey of churches that were in decline and experienced a great turnaround. From that survey these six things were evident in every church that made a turnaround: They became highly…