Monthly Archives: February 2012

Episode 29

Being a part of a Pentecostal faith tradition, we always heard that we were to always leave our issues at the altar. I want to challenge that today. I think we need to deal with our issues. Our wounds become our greatest strengths in ministry. How do we effectively integrate our past into power for future ministry? That’s what we will talk about in this special episode for leaders.

The Idolatry of Numbers

How many are you running now? How many people are going to your church? Are they reaching a good bit now? I remember them being very small in the past. Oh yes. The inevitable questions that I seem to hear from youth pastor after youth pastor. And senior pastor after senior pastor. I would like to propose that one of the largest idols in the church today is the idol of numbers.  Now don’t get me wrong. I’ve heard it time and time again. Well Pastor Craig numbers represent souls, so we need to be all about numbers. We should […]

Episode 28

In episode 27, we began to examine briefly the subject of holiness. In this episode, we are privileged to turn to Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians and look at his prayer for complete sanctification. The issue of sanctification is central to the reality of the Christian faith. Sanctify used in 1 Thessalonians 5:23 is a verb that defines action, activity, process, and progress. Sanctification is the process of being set apart from sin to holiness. That is Paul’s prayer burden, that there may be a decreasing attachment to sin accompanied with an increasing attachment to holiness. That is the path […]

If I Seek, I Will Succeed

As a pastor, I invest substantial amounts of time into a vital relationship with Jesus Christ. In fact, the time I waste with God every day is the most productive time I spend all day. It often feels like the most unproductive time, but more can happen in that time with God than ten years of my best effort. I learned early on as a follower of Christ that my success and our success as a body is directly related to the level at which we seek God. I want to turn our attention today to King Uzziah. He was […]

Christian Sociopaths

Let’s consider the words of Ephesians 4:14-16: “14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. 15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. 16 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.” I did […]