Luke 18:16 tells us that Jesus called children to him and said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these." This was an incredible statement by Jesus because he was bestowing value on a group of people - children - … Continue reading “Let the little children come to me…”
I love these opening paragraphs of John Stott's book Between Two Worlds: The Challenge of Preaching Today... Preaching is indispensable to Christianity. Without preaching a necessary part of its authenticity has been lost. For Christianity is, in its very essence, a religion of the Word of God. No attempt to understand Christianity can succeed … Continue reading The Indispensability of Preaching
This week my daughter is participating in a service project/mission experience with her youth group called "Serve OKC." Here's a reflection I wrote last year about the impact that this experience has had on her. I hope it inspires you to serve someone today. This week my daughter has joined several hundred teenagers from among … Continue reading Serve OKC
Here's some motivation for your Monday from Jon Gordon's book The Power of Positive Leadership... No matter what anyone says, just show up and do the work. If they praise you, show up and do the work. If they criticize you, show up and do the work. If no even notices you, just show up … Continue reading Do the Work
This month, Alameda's elders and ministers are reading the New Testament letter of 1 John. In this letter, the apostle John is responding to a situation that is causing some Christians to leave the church and their faith in Christ. But John's response is not an angry one; rather, it is encouraging and loving. The … Continue reading The One Thing I Must Do (A Prayer)
The congregation for whom I preach, Alameda Church of Christ, is going through a season of transition within our leadership team. These transitions are not the result of anything bad happening; rather, they simply represent the natural life cycle of any organization. Therefore, our leaders are intently looking for the opportunities within this challenge, and … Continue reading What Transition Do You Need to Make?
The following is a note that appeared in Alameda's weekly bulletin yesterday, written by Keith Lough, one of our church's Elders: Lynn Cowell wrote, "Sometimes God brings times of transition to create transformation." Over the years Alameda has endured many transitions: births and deaths, changes in ministry staff and eldership, move-ins and move-outs. Each event … Continue reading Transition is a Time for Transformation