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May the Lord grant mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, for he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my chains, but when he arrived in Rome he searched for me earnestly and found me. 2 Tim. 1:16–17 Lord Jesus, Onesiphorus is just one of many of my brothers and sisters we’ll have to wait till heaven to meet. But long before then, I’d like to become much more like him. Though Onesiphorus’...
     Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm 73:25-26 Heavenly Father, as we marinate in Asaph’s exquisite words, and taste his heart of impassioned worship, our only response is to cry out, us too, Lord, us too. Always bring us back to the mathematics of mercy—...
He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death. Rev. 21:4 And now, dear brothers and sisters, we want you to know what will happen to the believers who have died so you will not grieve like people who have no hope. 1 Thess. 4:13 Most sovereign, caring, and compassionate Lord Jesus. Certain days intensify our ache for the Day of no more death. Today is one of those days. A...
For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11(NLT) And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. Philippians 1:6 Dear Father, I know this verse isn’t a private verse for us to claim; it’s...
  Having loved his own who were in the world, he now showed them the full extent of his love. John 13:1 NIV Lord Jesus, when you stripped and stooped to wash the apostles’ feet, you opened the curtains on the kind of Savior you really are. It wasn’t primarily dirty feet, but sinful hearts you came to wash, yet you do care about every aspect of our lives. There’s not one arena of lives, or...

Collect, Connect, Convene

For those in church leadership, the issue of assimilation typically comes with questions of effectiveness and strategy. Truth be told, there is no one-size-fits-all plan for assimilation in every church.

That said, let me share a few of...

Occam's razor, hermeneutics, and what the research really says

The accusations against Roy Moore are credible and Moore should step down. If he continues to maintain his innocence, he should still step down so he can fight to clear his name, for the good of his state, for the...

How can church leaders prepare themselves and their churches?

The rise of church planting fervor within many streams of evangelicalism leads us to a question: Is it possible that we will see a church planting movement in North America? We read Luke’s account of the...

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Church Replanter

Nehemiah had to overcome difficult obstacles in terms of logistics, personal, and severe...