Entries from June 2011

Evidences A Person Really Cares

Date June 30, 2011

Photo Credit: lagrange.edu Recently I have considering the question: “What drew 100s and 1000s of people to Jesus type of holiness?” It’s a question from Alan and Deb Hirsch’s book, Untamed! As I continue to think about the question, I have come to the following list of “evidences that  a person really cares for you.” […]

Transformed Interviews Steve Gladen About Small Groups With Purpose!

Date June 29, 2011

Steve and Matt Photo Credit: Melodee Smith In today’s episode, we return to the world of the 1st century and try to discover how the early church exploded upon the Roman Empire so quickly. Matt’s guest today is Steve Gladen, who is currently the Pastor of Small Groups at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, […]

Do You Have a Dream for Your Church?

Date June 28, 2011

Artwork Credit: facebook.com Within the heart of most of the leaders of your church is a dream they long to see God fulfill in their midst. In reality, those dreams can fall into one of three categories. 3 Types of Dreams … Selfish dreams – I want something to happen in my church for my […]

Psalms: Worship Manual for Life!

Date June 27, 2011

Editor’s Note: We continue our series of blogs for those who are reading the Bible with us cover-to-cover this year. Interspersed with our thoughts on our daily reading, we want to provide some tips about reading the Bible in general. Psalms: Worship Manual for Life! Psalms are, in reality, the words to the praise and […]

Job: God Does What He Does (Job 38-42)

Date June 24, 2011

Artwork Credit: cwlinc.com Editor’s Note: We continue our series of blogs for those who are reading the Bible with us cover-to-cover this year. Interspersed with our thoughts on our daily reading, we want to provide some tips about reading the Bible in general. Job: God Does What He Does (Job 38-42) As Elihu wraps up […]

How Do You Develop Church Leadership Talent?

Date June 23, 2011

Artwork Credit: insights-poweroflove.blogspot.com Many churches today suffer from a leadership need – whether that is at the ministry level or at the board level. Often the question is, “How do you develop church leadership talent.” I like to develop church leaders using many different ways, levels and methods throughout the month. Perhaps some of these […]

Job: God Is Always Just (Job 32-37)

Date June 22, 2011

Photo Credit: elca.org Editor’s Note: We continue our series of blogs for those who are reading the Bible with us cover-to-cover this year. Interspersed with our thoughts on our daily reading, we want to provide some tips about reading the Bible in general. Job: God Is Always Just (Job 32-37) Job has been through the […]

2 Conditions of the Happy Man in Times of Distress

Date June 21, 2011

Photo Credit: danlew.com In difficult times, many “Christians” display less than the fruit of the Spirit, especially the fruit of joy. Strain can do awful things to the child of God when they are living their daily lives at a distance from God. However, when we are in close relationship with the Lord, the fruit […]

7 Reasons to Hope In God

Date June 20, 2011

Photo Credit: itswonderfulgood.blogspot.com For so many, fulltime employment seems to be an elusive dream. Unemployment rates are high, and the gap between jobs can be paralyzing for many. I know because it has been 15 months since I’ve had a fulltime position. When time drags on and you have done everything you can possibly think […]

Genuine Friends for Grieving Times

Date June 19, 2011

Photo Credit: babyloncounseling.com I have been at the side of a loved one’s coffin too many times for my age. In a period of three years our family buried my great-aunt, grandmother, an uncle and aunt through cancer, my grandfather and a cousin by suicide. Since I am a vocational pastor, I have done the […]