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    When Jesus Is M.I.A. When Jesus Is M.I.A.

    When Jesus Is M.I.A.

When Jesus Is M.I.A.

It happens more frequently than we like to admit. We are walking with God, things are going great, then for no apparent reason when we need Him the most Jesus is missing in action. This happens to young believers and seasoned saints. Ministers who are honest about the subject will tell you that they experience this as well. So what should we do when Jesus is M.I.A.? Take sometime to read Luke 24:6-12, and let me offer a few suggestions. When Jesus is M.I.A. we should… Remember– I have found that when Christ is no place to be found in my own life it is helpful to try to remember where I last encountered His presence. I try to remember my last conversation with Him. In the scripture in Luke the ladies went to the last place they saw Jesus but He was not there. Then it says “they remembered His words…” Jesus had told them what to expect, and where He would be but they had forgotten. Run– If Jesus is M.I.A. in your life may I suggest you run as fast as you can to find Him?  If Jesus is gone there is something wrong and that is a big deal. When the disciples learned that Jesus was missing they ran to the tomb. They realized the gravity of the situation so they went running. Return– Go to the place you last had an encounter with Christ if you find He is missing. When those in the passage learned that Jesus was gone, they did not go to the grocery store, bank, lake, or even the church.  They went to the tomb because that was the last place Jesus had been spotted. Where […]

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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, […]

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    Why Leaders Fail…Part 2 Why Leaders Fail…Part 2

    Why Leaders Fail…Part 2

Why Leaders Fail…Part 2

I recently posted part 1 of Why Leaders Fail.  Below you will find the final five reasons many leaders experience failure. They fail to prioritize– This is one I have seen destroy leaders from all walks of life.  When I say they fail to prioritize I am speaking of a failure with their families.  Many leaders both inside and outside the church lead at the expense of their children and spouses.  They miss sporting events, cut vacations short, leave before breakfast, and arrive home after dinner.  Failing on the home front leads to more than just leadership failure, it can lead to the collapse of your family as well. Every leader’s family will suffer in some ways, but no family should have to sacrifice their father, mother, or loving spouse for the sake of leadership. Learn to say no to things, so you can say yes to those who love and need you the most.  Make your family a top priority or face the fate of many failed leaders. They fail to communicate– After you have been a leader for some time, it is easy to start to think that everyone knows what you think.  This is especially true when you lead a single organization, company, or department for an extended period of time.  When a leader assumes everyone understands, they tend to start cutting corners when it comes to communication.  The results of poor communication in this scenario are very slow to mature into real problems, but they always do. Eventually things start to breakdown.  People become frustrated, ill informed, and unaware of the leaders expectations.  Clear, constant, communication is essential for any leader who desires to avoid failure. They fail to acknowledge– When […]

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    The Uncommon Church Is NOT… The Uncommon Church Is NOT…

    The Uncommon Church Is NOT…

The Uncommon Church Is NOT…

In “The Uncommon Church” we talk a lot about what “The Uncommon Church” looks like, how it functions, makes decisions, and advances the gospel.  The titles of the chapters of the book are below and outline the characteristics of “The Uncommon Church” that are discussed in the book: Chapter 1: Basic Questions Chapter 2: Uncommon Mindset Chapter 3: Uncommon Relationships Chapter 4: Uncommon Prayer Chapter 5: Uncommon Caring Chapter 6: Uncommon Forgiveness Chapter 7: Uncommon Sharing Chapter 8: Uncommon Attitude Chapter 9: Uncommon Giving Chapter 10: Uncommon Commitment Chapter 11: Uncommon Work Chapter 12: Uncommon Discipleship Chapter 13: Uncommon Victory In this post however I want to discuss a few things that The Uncommon Church is not.  There are many misconceptions about what it means to be uncommon and I hope this post will clear some of those up. 1)   “The Uncommon Church” is not always big.  Our culture has become infatuated with numbers and statistics.  The culture of the church has come to believe that big automatically equals success.  We evaluate the success of our programs many times based solely on the number of conversions, or people who attend.  Being uncommon however is not measured in numbers.  There are many small churches that are practicing the Christian faith in a wonderfully uncommon way.  Likewise there are medium and large churches doing the same.  You can’t tell if a church is truly uncommon from the numbers alone, only when you evaluate the people that are represented in those numbers will you find out the degree to which they represent “The Uncommon Church.” 2)   “The Uncommon Church” does not always have the most dynamic, impressive, inspiring, pastor or leader.  Leadership is important for all churches.  However […]

The Five Most Common Mistakes of Those Who Lead Volunteers | FaithVillage Blog

In his blog post entitled The Five Most Common Mistakes of Those Who Lead Volunteers | FaithVillage Blog, Rick Howerton hits the nail on the head with some very practical advice for all who dare to lead volunteers.  I have seen all of these mistakes at work in our ministry over the years, and while they are seemingly simple to correct getting a real handle on them has proven difficult. Read his article below and see if you are making any of these mistakes or if your church has a problem in any of these areas.  How can we better address these issues so we don’t neglect those who desire to diligently serve our King? Sometimes we church leaders think, because the work got done, all is well. Remember this… anytime a team member leaves the team, it’s very possible it is due to some oversight on the part of the church staff member, a lapse no volunteer will ever mention to you. There are five common mistakes that cause a volunteer some serious cringe. 1. Recruiting them without orienting them. Orientation includes introducing them to the team they will be working with, taking them to the location where they will be working, and showing them where to find the resources they will need to accomplish their tasks, then turning them over to the leader of the team. 2. Recruiting them without training them. Remember this important fact . . . When we recruit someone and don’t give them the training they need to accomplish the work they have been asked to do, they will most likely fail. Volunteers are most likely to leave the team when they are not experiencing fulfillment in the role […]

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Am I adequate? (Day 37 Corinthians 3:4–6 NET)

  4 Now we have such confidence in God through Christ. 5 Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as if it were coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God, 6 who made us adequate to be servants of a new covenant not based on the letter but on the Spirit, for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. 2 Corinthians 3:4–6 NET Everyone wants to personally feel and be seen as adequate.  However our flesh and the evil of the world constantly works against this desire in our lives.  Many look in the mirror and feel inadequate.  Some arrive at work each day feeling unfit for the job.  Parents frequently feel inadequate and ineffective in their God given role of raising children. Some walk into a room of their peers and immediately feel the pressure, shame, and guilt of inadequacy. Our natural tendency to trust and promote ourselves leads us to these hurtful and painful conclusions in life.  Certainly when we rely on our own ability, skill, wit, or power we will be lead to a place of inadequacy because despite our best efforts we all fall short in some way at some time.  Paul however took a different approach and I would suggest a better approach as well.  He says we are not adequate ourselves but our adequacy is from God.  What makes you valuable is not what is contained within yourself but rather what comes from the Spirit into yourself.   Comparing ourselves to others is seldom beneficial to our moral, self worth, or emotional well being.  However understanding that our adequacy comes from our father in heaven rather than from ourselves or others is a huge […]

Worldly Leaders vs Spiritual Leaders: 3 Key Differences By: Jonathan Dodson

I got the article below from another Pastor friend this past week.  I think the author brings up some straight forward down to earth points.  It’s worth the short read in my opinion…

Plan, Prepare, Proceed

Nehemiah 2:7–8 ESV  7 And I said to the king, “If it pleases the king, let letters be given me to the governors of the province Beyond the River, that they may let me pass through until I come to Judah, 8 and a letter to Asaph, the keeper of the king’s forest, that he may give me timber to make beams for the gates of the fortress of the temple, and for the wall of the city, and for the house that I shall occupy.” And the king granted me what I asked, for the good hand of my God was upon me. God’s hand is good and I believe His good hand rests on you and I today in the same way it rested on Nehemiah.  Our God is gracious, loving, kind, and thoughtful enough, to have a plan and purpose for our lives.  Yet I wonder if we are as thoughtful as people like Nehemiah.  His heart was broken for God’s people and His city.  It was a God given passion that led Nehemiah to breakdown to the point of tears in his prayers to God for those people and this city.  When the door was opened for an audience with the King over the matter Nehemiah risked it all to request permission to leave the King’s court to rebuild Jerusalem. I have always been impressed with Nehemiah’s thoughtfulness.  Once he was given permission to go, he immediately asks the king for letters to secure safe passage and the materials that would be needed to complete the work.  Nehemiah had thought this ministry through and was prepared when God made a way for him to begin the work.  Frequently the believers in […]

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