Category: Christian Living

The Person Jesus Uses

The Person Jesus Uses

From the time I left the business world to enter full time ministry, I had a conviction that to grow a church I needed to focus on growing leaders who would grow the church. Or as Paul Scanlon has said, “To grow a big church, focus on growing big people.”

This led me to a very important question, “Who is the person Jesus uses?” For I wanted to be a person Jesus could use and I wanted to raise up a generation of people that Jesus could use.

Good leaders know what and who they are looking for and consequently have a better chance of achieving their ultimate goal. Take, …

The A E I O U of Living Your Life Like Jesus

AEIOU Of Living Your Life Like Jesus

A Pastor recently contacted me to ask if there was any hope for his church to survive. The few people in his church were aged, and the church was slowly but surely declining in numbers.  My answer shocked him. I said there was great hope for him and his church  –  because the Father was already at work in his town.

I then opened my Bible to John chapter 5 and shared the story of Jesus healing the man who had been sick for 38 years, and who was lying close to the pool of Bethesda. Unfortunately, Jesus didn’t receive rave reviews for what He did, for the healing took …

Let’s Get Intentional

Lets Get Intentional

I spent December quietly at home with the intention of getting much needed perspective on the next season of my life. I was aware of the danger of drift on one hand, and of indiscriminately maintaining the status quo on the other hand.

In the process, the key word that surfaced for me was the word intentional. Being intentional was a reminder for me to stay focused, to know what on earth I am here for, to live proactively, and not be caught up reacting to the many needs that surround me, and to live purposely the one life that has been entrusted to me, with courage and humility.…

The Radical Kingdom Banquet

It has been said that if we are not succeeding in what we are doing, we should go back and check the maker’s instructions. This thought has motivated me to re-read the gospels and learn anew what Jesus had to say on the subject of evangelism.

Not surprisingly, as I have read the gospels with a renewed awareness of the way Jesus modeled and taught about evangelism, I have been challenged by the radical way He addressed the culture of His day. I sense He would not be any different today.

As an example, let me invite you to read again the parable of the Great Banquet (Luke 14:1-24), which …