It is likely that all of us pray for God’s blessing. It’s an oft-used phrase that expresses our desire for God to take things to a dimension we cannot realize on our own.
What is the blessing of God? It can be described as God descending on something normal and making it above normal; making the natural supernatural, or the human divine. For instance, when a boy gave five loaves and two fish, God blessed it, and suddenly it fed well over 5,000 people.
Think of the areas we pray for this blessing: “Lord, bless our work ...
Jesus spoke harsh condemnations on the Pharisees of His day. In fact, He called them serpents and a brood of vipers that would not escape the sentence of hell (Matthew 23:33).
Obviously these men were not believers. In that regard, thank God I will never be a true Pharisee, because God’s grace has saved me.
But I am easily capable of being like a Pharisee in my actions. I can pick up pharisaical ways in a heartbeat.
To study Jesus’ indictment of these men is helpful so that we can face and put to death any part of ...
Every good pastor wants to see the church he has been entrusted with grow with a “growth that is from God” (Colossians 2:19). We study the Scriptures, talk to friends, read books, go to seminars to find help.
We’ve become big on names that help us understand, in a few words, what a church is about. Good men have coined these ideas in key phrases such as “purpose-driven church,” “simple church,” “disciple-making church,” “exponential church,” etc. We learn from all of these models.
I wonder how Moses would have described the church he was shepherding as they headed ...