This week I am encouraging my congregation to pray the following prayer of peace that is most commonly attributed to St. Francis of Assisi... Lord, make me an instrument of your peace: where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; … Continue reading Pray & Work for Peace
I have challenged the members at Alameda Church of Christ to spend 5 minutes a day in God's Word and to pray the following prayer every day for the next two months as I preach a sermon series on the fruit of the Spirit: Heavenly Father, I pray that this day I may live in … Continue reading A Prayer for Growth
Here's the first sermon in the series on Psalms that I am doing this summer, along with some devotional questions that are designed to help people see more clearly how God has and is shepherding them... https://vimeo.com/344133357 Devotional Guide Preparation Read Psalm 23. Read Psalm 23 again and pay attention to words and phrases … Continue reading The Lord is My Shepherd
As a group of Christ-followers, our church family at Alameda is on a mission from God. In John 17:18 Jesus, praying to God the Father, said of his disciples: "As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world." The Message translation puts it like this: "In the same way that … Continue reading On A Mission From God
This past weekend at Alameda Church of Christ was our annual Ray Evans Seminar with guest speaker Dr. Charles Rix, who is the Dean of the College of Biblical Studies at Oklahoma Christian University. The theme was "The Old Testament Roots of Our Faith," and as Dr. Rix connected the dots between the Old and … Continue reading Moving Forward
This past Sunday during the Shepherd's Prayer in our worship service, one of our congregation's spiritual shepherds prayed an incredible prayer over us and for us. The line in his prayer that really stood out to me was when he asked God to put people in our lives "who would rebuke us when we make … Continue reading Can You Pray This?
Tonight I will be teaching a new session of our monthly D-School at Alameda Church of Christ to a small group of our members. D-School is a 4-week discipleship training course that is designed to help followers of Christ become disciple-makers for Christ. We started it at the end of last year and, so far, … Continue reading The Discipling Lifestyle