Dr. Roger explains what the Bible says about curses, both from God and from others.
- March 06, 2013 |
“Lack of conviction is the nullification of leadership,” writes Dr. Albert Mohler in his latest book, The Conviction to Lead: 25 Principles for Leadership that Matters. Dr. Mohler explains how his book bridges two different cultures within the evangelical church: one that likes to talk about leadership and another that likes to talk about theology. The convictional leader embraces both.
Nothing restores your “mojo” (momentum, enthusiasm, your heart for this work) like pulling aside periodically to renew your commitment to the Lord and to receive a reaffirmation from Him that you are where He put you, doing His work.
What may come from the current debate about the charitable deduction? Only the Lord knows—literally.
Listen as the congregation files out of the sanctuary on Sunday, and you'll hear the common refrain: "I didn't get anything out of ___ [fill-in-the-blank] ___."
Only one job in the world requires expertise in, well, everything. We expect our pastor to be an expert on any pressing issue in our lives.
We would never be guilty of making worship more about ourselves than God, would we?
I hate to disappoint you, but the Bible is not about you. Specifically, it was not written to improve the quality of your daily existence (in the way you think).
Ted and his wife were regular fixtures in my office at the time. He was a serious slave of sin. He’d turned to Christ a couple years before and seemed to truly despise his sin, but kept sliding back into it.
"I set My bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between Me and the earth."
Dr. Roger discusses what the Bible says about Spiritual Gifts and how can we identify our gifts.
If I don’t do crazy things for God, am I wasting my life? Am I not being crazy radical enough? I don’t think so. Here’s why: being a Christian is fundamentally radical, risky, and crazy.
As obvious as this sounds, it is amazing the amount of men in local churches desiring to be pastors and considering a call to preach, but are never given the opportunity to actually preach.
I was meeting with a potential church planter recently and some of the words of wisdom spoken to me over the years flooded my mind. Some of these were given to me by others. Some were learned firsthand by experience.
The most unbelieved beatitude in the Bible is: “It is more blessed to give than receive” (Acts 20:35). The giver happier than the getter? Surely some mistake?
We Christians do have a counter-cultural message to share with the world. But how we share that message matters. A lot.
Giving to churches is flat. No turnaround of the economy is in sight. Many church attendees are unemployed. That’s the bad news.
That is an occupational hazard for a preacher of the gospel and a fatal flaw in our makeup, this “wanting to please people.” God help us. The evidence then suggests that people-phobia has been with us from the beginning, afflicts even the strongest among us, and continues to be a threat to effective service for the Lord today.