We are in the last week of our study of 1 Timothy. I have loved hearing the words of this book echo in my ears: fight the good fight, hold the faith, train yourself for godliness, set an example, watch your life and doctrine. Honoring God is urgent and challenging. There is an important task and a stolid resolution towards…
When I was in seminary I had a church polity class, that is a class on how churches work and govern. It was taught by an old school professor who loved diving into every clause and phrase of church constitution and bylaws. He would give details of different situations and problem encountered in his denomination, and which sections addressed it. It…
Everyone lives with some house rules. You institute these as a parent. “Walk don’t run down the hall!” “You used it; You clean it.” “No double dipping.” We have a sign in our kitchen that says, “No whining... ever.” A neighbor recently came over and saw the sign and freaked out like, “Oh no! What are they going to do…
Where do you want to be in 5 years? Have you ever been asked that question? It’s a great one to contemplate.Do you want to be a CEO, a professional football player, a published author? First question is where do you want to be, and the next question is what do you do to get there. If you want to…
We see images every day. We are captivated by they. However many are fake. Lets look at some of these. This first is amazing. Do you know that it is hurricane Sandy with New York Super Imposed. This is an Iran rocket launch. Apparently when displaying your power you don’t want to show failed rocket launches so they doctored up…
God desires his church to advance in its mission and advancing require leaders that push it forward. There must be leaders that can get the job done. So what are the qualification for church leadership? For any position you are trying to find a person for there has to be a qualification a fit for the job. You might think he should…
Have you ever been in a running race and experienced the encouragement of the spectators at the end? I am not a big runner. I actually hate running. I run so I can eat more. But I have run in a couple 5ks, just to say I have done it. :-) Each time I finished I was amazed at how…
Have you ever hung something on the wall only to find out later that the nail didn’t actually penetrate a stud. That meant it was not anchored into anything. You normally get the message by a loud crashing sound in the middle of the night. We had trouble with this at our last house because it was old and the walls were…
Every night Amanda and I get ready for bed and we have a regular routine. I go down to the basement to turn the lights off and lock the door. I then come up back to the main floor, go to the back door to lock it, that usually ends up with a slight detour to stand on the deck…