There are five questions you can ask if you want to know whether or not Jesus is first in your life. Many people say they love Jesus and He is first in their life, but they live like the world does. If Jesus is not first in these areas of your life then He is not first in your life at all. To guide us through the questions let’s use the acronym FIRST. Continue reading
What can you and your church expect to experience when you begin to pray and fast together? In The Power of Prayer and Fasting, Ronnie Floyd gives nine ways that a church family can expect to experience God when they pray and fast. Below are excerpts from that book. Continue reading
As an introduction to Biblical fasting I want to share with you nine different fast that are found in the Bible. The descriptions of the fasts are taken from Elmer Towns’ book, Fasting for Spiritual Break Through. I share this with you in the hopes to give you clearer direction regarding how God may be leading you to fast. Continue reading
When you fast, your spirit becomes uncluttered by the things of this world and amazingly sensitive to the things of God. Once you’ve experienced even a glimpse of this and the countless rewards and blessings that follow, it changes your entire perspective. To whet your appetite for fasting let me give you five reasons to fast. Continue reading
When Jesus said, “when you fast” (Matthew 6:16) He gave us a statement about fasting that is full of meaning. From those three words we see several principles regarding fasting that every believer needs to consider. Continue reading
Did you know you were made by God with a purpose in mind? You were created for a unique ministry. You were designed and put together in such a way that you would be the perfect person to minister and bless in that situation, at that time, and in that place. Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” You are God’s workmanship. He created you with a unique personality, a giftedness, and a passion to serve Him in special ways that only you can do.
But how can you know what you have been designed and created to do? God’s Word gives you the direction you need. To help you identify your uniqueness in ministry, it is helpful to use the D.E.S.I.G.N. approach in identifying the different ingredients that, when combined, provide you with information regarding God’s purpose for your life and ministry. Continue reading
I believe a healthy church begins with a clear understanding of its mission. Jesus said, “Go and make disicples.” This means they have an outward focus. They are willing to sacrifice, change, and adapt (not compromise) to their culture to reach people for Christ and help them grow spiritually. When I evaluate a church’s health I like to look at ten things (these are not in any particular order): Continue reading