The 7 “Secrets” of Celebrate Recovery

I continue to be amazed at how God is using our Celebrate Recovery ministry to impact the lives of people in our community and in our congregation. Recently, Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Community Church, where Celebrate Recovery began, wrote an article describing the features that make CR uniquely impactful.  I have posted the article … Continue reading The 7 “Secrets” of Celebrate Recovery

Love Your Neighbor – Even Online

Jesus said that the second greatest commandment is "love your neighbor as yourself."  At Alameda, we are encouraging each other to take those words of Jesus seriously; which is why we are launching several initiatives designed to help our members live intentionally  among their neighbors. But being a good neighbor nowadays also must include our … Continue reading Love Your Neighbor – Even Online

Do You Believe This?

At Alameda, we are slowly unfolding an initiative called "Make Jesus Known."  The goal of this initiative is to position our congregation to be proactive in faithfully and effectively sharing the gospel of Christ with our community and beyond. We're starting by equipping and empowering our members to build intentional relationships with their neighbors that … Continue reading Do You Believe This?

Making Jesus Known

On Sunday I shared with our congregation many of the ways we made Jesus known to our community in 2017. The list was extensive and impressive. It really is remarkable what God can do through a group of people who are committed to glorifying God by serving others in the name of Christ. One of … Continue reading Making Jesus Known

An Inside Look at Preaching

Tomorrow I will be a guest speaker in a homiletics class at Oklahoma Christian University.  The professor emailed some questions he would like for me to address, and I thought I would write out my answers here on my blog as a way of helping me prepare for the class with the bonus of also … Continue reading An Inside Look at Preaching

4 Keystone Actions in Following Jesus

One of the most amazing disciple-makers for Jesus that I know is Todd Lollar.  Todd and his wife Marissa have dedicated their lives to teaching others about Jesus and teaching others to teach others about Jesus.  Todd has a remarkable story that you can read about here. Here is a recent blog post Todd wrote … Continue reading 4 Keystone Actions in Following Jesus

The Church Being the Church

I love this report from Bobby Ross Jr., who is the Chief Correspondent for The Christian Chronicle, about the efforts that churches of Christ are making to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey... HOUSTON — From organizing a "Hurricane Bucket Challenge" to feeding 5,000 — hot dogs, not fish — Churches of Christ are finding … Continue reading The Church Being the Church

5 Ways to “Remove the Roof”

You've heard of "raising the roof," but what about "removing the roof?" Yesterday, in my devotional reading of the Bible, I read the story of Jesus healing the paralytic in Mark 2:1-12.  The point of the story is, of course, the revelation of Jesus as God's Messiah who has the authority and the ability to … Continue reading 5 Ways to “Remove the Roof”

Sharing Jesus Without Freaking Out

I recently finished Alvin Reid's book entitled Sharing Jesus Without Freaking Out: Evangelism The Way You Were Born To Do It, and it is an excellent resource for anyone who wants to learn how to share the gospel of Christ with others. I am constantly striving to improve my ability to communicate the gospel with … Continue reading Sharing Jesus Without Freaking Out