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  • February 29 is the Leap Day that occurs every fourth year
    What will you do with your extra day? What will you do with your extra day?

    What will you do with your extra day?

What will you do with your extra day?

“O LORD, help me understand my mortality and the brevity of life! Let me realize how quickly my life will pass!   Psalm 39:4 (NET) Have you ever wished for more time? Have you ever said “if I only had an extra day I would…” Well 2016 is a leap year and today February 29th is the leap day, so what will you do with it? For those who may not know, a leap year happens every four years to keep the calendar we use coordinated with the astronomical calendar. So you get an extra day this year, instead of 365 days you get 366 days in 2016. So what will you do with your extra day? The average person will only get about seventeen extra days like this over the course of a lifetime. So, shouldn’t we make the most of it? Here are some ideas I have about what could be done with this extra day… 1. Forgive that person you have been meaning to forgive. 2. Write that note you have been meaning to write. 3. Make that phone call you have been meaning to make. 4. Take that nap you have been meaning to take. 5. Share the gospel with that person you have been meaning to share with. 6. Go see that movie you have been meaning to see. 7. Start that book you have been meaning to start. 8. Clean that room you have been meaning to clean. 9. Go see that friend you have been meaning to see. 10. Take that day off you have been meaning to take. 11. Say those words you have been meaning to say. 12. Start chasing that dream you have been meaning to […]

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    Live Out The Message Live Out The Message

    Live Out The Message

Live Out The Message

 James 1:19–22 (NET) 19Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters! Let every person be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger. 20For human anger does not accomplish God’s righteousness.21So put away all filth and evil excess and humbly welcome the message implanted within you, which is able to save your souls. 22But be sure you live out the message and do not merely listen to it and so deceive yourselves. How can we be sure we are living out the message?  Living out the message is a difficult task even in the best circumstances.  When life gets tough, the marriage is in trouble, the boss is unhappy with us, or finical issues strike, living out the message can seem impossible.  In my years in ministry I have noticed some common traits in those that are truly  able to live out the message in both the good times and bad.  I decided for this weeks post to mention those things here.  I pray you will consider them as you attempt to live out the message yourself. Know the message- it is hard to live out the message when you don’t know what the message is.  Those who read the word, memorize scripture, and pray continually tend to live out the message more consistently then those who don’t.  If you want to live out the message you need to know what that message is. Know others living out the message- Living out the message is a team sport, God never designed it to be lived out alone.  When you live life with others who are living out the message you are more likely to stay on track yourself.  Certainly it is most helpful to have […]

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    The Purpose Of The Church Pt. 3 The Purpose Of The Church Pt. 3

    The Purpose Of The Church Pt. 3

The Purpose Of The Church Pt. 3

Over the last three weeks I have been presenting some of the main purposes of God’s church.  As I travel around and speak about the Uncommon Church I am always surprised to learn how many churches don’t understand what the most basic and fundamental purposes of God’s church are. So these posts have been my effort to share nine of them.  In my first post I talked about the purpose of producing disciple, providing resources, and proclaiming the gospel. In my second post I talked about the church’s responsibility to propel missionaries, present proof, and practice holiness.  Today I would like to briefly discuss the last three. To Pray- Every Christian knows that they are suppose to pray, and most of us do.  But I am talking about focused corporate prayer here in this post.  I believe that God hears all of our prayers but He does something special when a church practices uncommon prayer together. In my book The Uncommon Church I talk in detail about the power of uncommon prayer.  When the body of Christ unites together in prayer many wonderful things happen.  We see this in scripture in places like 1 Thessalonians 5:25 when Paul urged the church to pray for him and his companions.  In Acts 12 we see an amazing miracle in the form of a prison escape for Peter and we learn that the church was gathered in prayer for him during his captivity. As individuals we must pray, and as a church body we must pray as well.  Churches should make it a priority to unite their minds and hearts in prayer! To Protect- 1 Peter 5:8 tells us that our enemy is a predator on the prowl!  Like […]

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    The Purpose Of The Church Part 2 The Purpose Of The Church Part 2

    The Purpose Of The Church Part 2

The Purpose Of The Church Part 2

Last week I posted three things that I believe all churches should be focused on and dedicated to. Over the years I have noticed that almost all churches are full of great people, and lead by very dedicated, and devoted leaders.  However over time it is easy to forget what the purpose of the church actually is.  There are so many good things that churches focus on, that have little or no impact on the Kingdom of God. Why?  Because they are not part of God’s purpose for the church.  The list I am providing here is not meant to be an exhaustive list, and the things mentioned are in no particular order.  I simply feel that churches should carefully consider what their purpose is, and then fulfill that purpose.  If you have other things you feel should be mentioned by all means feel free to make a comment down below.  Here are three more things to think about when it comes to the purpose of the church. The purpose of the church is to… Propel Missionaries –  Throughout the book of Acts and indeed the New Testament we see God using churches to propel missionaries like Paul, Barnabas, Timothy, and many others throughout the world.  This should still be one of the primary purposes of all churches.  We must remain focused on the task to winning the world to Christ.  God calls people to the mission field and he calls churches to equip, support, pray for, and provide for those missionaries needs.  The missionary on the field is far less effective without the support of the local church. Many churches today have elected to only support missions through cooperative giving through their denomination.  This […]

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    The Purpose Of The Church Pt. 1 The Purpose Of The Church Pt. 1

    The Purpose Of The Church Pt. 1

The Purpose Of The Church Pt. 1

What is the purpose of the church?  This is an interesting and complex question that I believe deserves some attention.  So over the next few weeks I am going to post some thoughts about this here on the blog.  If you agree, disagree, or have other things you would like to add to the list along the way please feel free to comment. Rather than discussing all of these in one post I want to spread them out so we have time to consider each point and cover it thoroughly.   The points below and in upcoming posts are in no particular order.  So what is the purpose of the church? To produce disciples: God has always intended that His church would produce disciples.  This evolves the eternal transformation of one’s soul though the blood of Christ.  As well as the daily sanctification that comes when we walk in the Spirit.  Perhaps the most well-known verse on the subject is Matthew 28:19 when Jesus says “go and make disciples of all nations.”  Most believers and church leaders know that we are supposed to make disciples but many churches have ceased to even attempt to make disciples.  Why? To put it simply, because making disciples is hard work.  It takes lots of time, resources, and patience along with many other things.  As a result many simply go about making other things.  They put their focus into making good people, polite people, or politically correct people. Instead of making disciples they are more into making friends, nice church programs, a comfortable atmosphere, or just making excuses as to why they can’t make disciples.  These things are not bad things until they become the central focus in a church, […]

Pulpit Abuse: What it is, How to Stop it

via Pulpit Abuse: What it is, How to Stop it. By Calvin Miller We preachers are all prone to use family events and incidents to illustrate our sermons. The dumb spouse is second only to the idiot adolescent child in making his or her meandering way through the fertile fields of homiletics. It is easy to eisegetically snuggle a good spouse into a Corinthian passage on how women ought to behave, but it is not fair! Even if you ask your spouse for permission, you sin with the practice. The fact you have to ask permission probably says you’re pretty sure this kind of sermon inclusion is off track. Even the asking of it sounds as if you’re saying: “Is it OK, darling, if I exhibit your idiocy in my sermon this week? It would mean a lot to Jesus.” I want off this thumb-worn issue in favor of a more insidious kind of abuse. I have a lay friend who loves to teach. He is very big on the Civil War and often takes part in Civil War battle reenactments. He’s a fair Bible teacher, but he is an indefatigable historian because this is his passion. So no matter what he is teaching, it all ends up at Manassas. He amazes me when, with a bit of gyrations, he can snuggle Gettysburg into Philemon. When it is all over, I can’t remember exactly how he did it, but I know he did. Most of us who preach pursue some kind of hobby or field of learning and, without realizing it, can make our pursuit part of our sermon. I like prophecy in general, but I am suspicious of it when it becomes too specific. […]

Who Is He?

“Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” Matthew 16:13 NET In my judgement this is still a valid question that needs to be asked more often in our current culture.  I am constantly surprised at how many people have no idea who Jesus is.  Certainly, they know of His name and surface characteristics but few really know him.  Sadly, this is true of many in the church as well.  The pace of our current Christian culture is such that many don’t have time to read the Bible, pray, and fellowship with other believers.  As a result our personal knowledge of Christ suffers.  Do you know who the Son of man is?  Consider your own personal knowledge of Christ are you satisfied with that?  I am not speaking of surface knowledge or intellectual book knowledge but instead a personal understanding of who Jesus actual is. There is more to Christ than most understand because so few have made the choice to dive in and really get to know the Son of Man.  Why not pause for a few moments today and attempt to gain a better understanding of who Christ is?  Why not make this our goal each day?

The Last Hour

 Children, it is the last hour, and just as you heard that the antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have appeared. We know from this that it is the last hour. 19 They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us, because if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us. But they went out from us to demonstrate that all of them do not belong to us. 1 John 2:18–19 NET Taken from The Modern Day Disciple Bible Study on 1, 2, & 3 John Once again we see some unique language that is used only by John contained in the passage we will examine today. John alone uses the terminology “last hour” found twice in verse eighteen. While similar terms are used in other parts of Scripture such as “last days”14 and “last times”15 only John uses the phrase “last hour”. The word for antichrist in the Greek is antichristos. This word too is used exclusively by John (1 John 2:18, 22; 4:3; 2 John 1:7) although we do see the idea and concept of the antichrist throughout both the Old and New Testaments. While some understand this passage to refer to a single “antichrist” it is more likely that John was referring to individuals or a group of people who were opposed to God and His divine purposes. John specifically states that there were “many” of these antichrists and apparently they were known by the church. Most likely they were people who had at one time been included in the fellowship of God’s people prior to becoming exposed as people who were actually opposed to the things of God. So what is the point […]

Love Of The World

  15   Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him, 16 because all that is in the world (the desire of the flesh and the desire of the eyes and the arrogance produced by material possessions) is not from the Father, but is from the world. 17 And the world is passing away with all its desires, but the person who does the will of God remains forever. 1 John 2:15–17 NET Taken from The Modern Day Disciple Bible Study on 1, 2, & 3 John Have you ever been “in love”? Maybe there was a special somebody who suddenly took your breath away as they walked into the room. Your nerves were shot, and all you could think about was how to keep from making a fool of yourself in front of this person. Or, maybe you just found yourself thinking about this person throughout the day. In a good way, you just couldn’t get them out of your mind. Now, my follow-up question would be, “How long did that last?” Unfortunately, people think that being “in love” is the equivalent of loving someone. This is part of why so many marriages don’t last – because people claim that they don’t love each other anymore. What they really mean is that they don’t feel “in love” anymore. Love is more than just a feeling; it’s a choice. It’s about setting your affections to rest on a certain person or entity. It is committing yourself unconditionally in fact, covenantally to someone or something. The feeling of being “in love” is really more of an involuntary thing, something you […]

The Truth About Lies

  Nevertheless you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you all know. 21 I have not written to you that you do not know the truth, but that you do know it, and that no lie is of the truth. 22 Who is the liar but the person who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This one is the antichrist: the person who denies the Father and the Son. 23 Everyone who denies the Son does not have the Father either. The person who confesses the Son has the Father also. 1 John 2:20–23 NET Taken from The Modern Day Disciple Bible Study on 1, 2, & 3 John In an effort to combat the cultic notions of the day, which denied the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead and touted a secret knowledge as the mark of enlightenment, John lays it all out for his readers. He boldly proclaims that belief in Jesus Christ, as He was revealed to the apostles, is the mark of true enlightenment. Anything that disagrees with this is a distortion of the truth, or as John puts it, a lie. John had a very down-to-earth understanding of who Jesus was. John was essentially one of Jesus’ roommates for the better part of Jesus’ three-year ministry. John ate with Jesus, laughed and cried with Jesus, walked for miles with Jesus, and saw Jesus perform many miracles and wonderful signs that all pointed to Jesus being the Christ. John was there when Jesus was betrayed, and John followed Jesus as He was taken captive. John saw Jesus, bloody and suffocating on the cross. However, John also witnessed the resurrection. He talked with and ate with the risen […]

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