But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Saturday, 22 April 2017 15:30

04/23/17 A Pillar of Salt

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READING: 2 Samuel 16-18, Luke 17:20-37

“Remember Lot’s wife.”

Luke 17:32

I was in Israel for the first time when I was a young believer, and our tour group had made our way to the region of the Dead Sea. When we passed some kind of pillar that unexpectedly stood upright from the...

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Saturday, 22 April 2017 15:00

An Encouraging Word for Church Leaders for Today

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Psalm 86:5-6"For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, and abundant in lovingkindness to all who call upon You. Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer; and give heed to the voice of my supplications!"

Our God is incredibly forgiving and loving. Earnestly seek Him today...

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Friday, 21 April 2017 15:30

04/22/17 Genuine Gratitude

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READING: 2 Samuel 14-15, Luke 17:1-19

“And as they were going, they were cleansed.”

Luke 17:14

You would think they would have come running back to Jesus. They had been lepers, separated from others because of their disease. And, they had intentionally sought Jesus’ help...

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Friday, 21 April 2017 15:00

10 Questions for Leaders to Ask Each Week

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At theseminary where I teach, we are now completing end-of-the-academic year faculty evaluations. Annual evaluations like these are helpful and necessary. They push us to ask how we might improve over the next academic year.

Most leaders, though, would benefit from more regular evaluations...

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Thursday, 20 April 2017 15:30

04/21/17 The Lord Sent Someone

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READING: 2 Samuel 12-13, Luke 16

“And the Lord sent Nathan to David.”

2 Samuel 12:1

They are just seven words in English, but they were life-changing words for King David: “And the Lord sent Nathan to David” (2 Sam. 12:1). The Lord of...

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I was shocked. The church had a noticeable, distinct, musty odor, but none of the church leaders noticed it. It seems they had lived with it for so long that it no longer caught their attention – even though it almost knocked out anyone who entered the building for the first time.

Because we...

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Wednesday, 19 April 2017 15:30

04/20/17 Temptation and Adultery

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READING: 2 Samuel 9-11, Luke 15:11-32

“But the thing that David had done was evil in the sight of the Lord.”

2 Samuel 11:27

We don’t know all the details, and nor do we need to know them. What we do know is the king, David, should have been fighting with his warriors...

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Let me get right to the point. Church leaders (laity or clergy), I’m convinced you’ll lead your small group or congregation better if you follow these two simple steps each day: 

  • EVERY day, ask somebody about himself or herself.
  • Genuinely listen in response.

Here are some reasons why...

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Tuesday, 18 April 2017 15:30

04/19/17 Who Am I?

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READING: 2 Samuel 6-8, Luke 15:1-10

“Who am I, O Lord God?”

2 Samuel 7:18

The contrast is dramatic. Like “wet and dry.” Or “black and white.” Or “night and day.” Or “rich and poor.” It’s the contrast of a sinful man who wanted to...

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As a pastor, I sometimes felt like I spent all my time putting out fires in the church. It might have been right for me to deal with the fires, but I seldom caught the fire before it started burning more brightly than I wanted. Here’s why the fires of church conflict often burn out of control...

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Monday, 17 April 2017 15:30

04/18/17 The Cost of Discipleship

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READING: 2 Samuel 1-2, Luke 14:1-24

“Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.”

Luke 14:27

We’ve made following Jesus far too easy. These days, it’s almost as if you can simply proclaim you’re a follower, join a congregation,...

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I’m achurch consultant, but I make no claims that consulting always leads to success. In fact, here are times when consultations usually don’t produce needed change:

  1. When the church waits too long to ask for help. Frankly, that often happens. Churches that are far down the slope of...

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Sunday, 16 April 2017 15:30

04/17/17 Humble or Humbled?

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READING: 2 Samuel 1-2, Luke 14:1-24

“Do not take the place of honor.”

Luke 14:8

I’ve seen it happen, and you probably have, too. People who want to climb ladders do so by intentionally getting close to others who can help them ascend the next rungs. I’ve seen it...

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Yesterday was Resurrection Sunday, when people around the world gathered to celebrate the resurrection of Christ. The power of that event, though, is not wrapped up in a single Sunday when we wear special clothes and enjoy dinner with our families; it’s evident only when it changes our life...

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Saturday, 15 April 2017 15:30

04/16/17 Grieving

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READING: 1 Samuel 30-31, Luke 13:23-35

“How often I wanted to gather your children together . . .”

Luke 13:34

Imagine the scene. Jesus looked over the city of Jerusalem, whose people had so often rejected God’s prophets. Even as He spoke, the city was teeming with religious...

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Saturday, 15 April 2017 15:00

An Encouraging Word for Church Leaders for Today

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Matthew 28:5-6 But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay.” 

It’s Easter, and Jesus is alive! Look where they laid Him – He is...

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Friday, 14 April 2017 15:30

04/15/17 Patient, But For Only So Long

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READING: 1 Samuel 27-29, Luke 13:1-22

“Let it alone, sir, for this year too, until I dig around it.”

Luke 13:8

I can see the scene in my mind. Jesus had emphasized the importance of repentance, calling people to turn from their wrong. If they did not repent, they would perish. The...

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Friday, 14 April 2017 15:00

An Easter Devotion

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As far as they knew, the story was over. He had meant so much to them, but now He was gone. Religious and political leaders had turned against Him. He was too much a threat to them, so they had Him crucified. He would no longer be a problem.

Dead people never are.

So, all the women could do was go...

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Thursday, 13 April 2017 15:30

04/14/17 Much Will Be Required

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READING: 1 Samuel 25-26, Luke 12:32-59

“From everyone who has been given much, much will be required.”

Luke 12:48

I could spend hours listing the ways God has blessed me. He has given me access to His Word – all of it, in my language. He allows me to worship freely without...

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Thursday, 13 April 2017 15:00

7 Reasons We Take the Cross for Granted

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I had been a believer for about four years, and I was in Israel for the first time. When we visited one of the possible sites for the crucifixion of Jesus, I was shocked to see people just wandering by the place as if nothing happened there. In fact, a large, loud, busy, smelly bus station in front...

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Wednesday, 12 April 2017 15:30

04/13/17 Possessions That Don’t Last

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READING: 1 Samuel 22-24, Luke 12:1-31

“And now who will own what you have prepared?”

Luke 12:20

Years ago, I remember a New Testament professor of mine talking about how much he did not like the Gospel of Luke, primarily because the book has much to say about the foolishness...

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Wednesday, 12 April 2017 15:00

7 Things I DID Learn in Seminary

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I’m a seminary dean who recognizes that seminary can’t teach students everything. In fact, I wrote yesterday about things I didn’t learn in seminary. On the other hand, some of the things I DID learn in seminary have changed my life:

  1. I wasn’t anywhere nearly as gifted as I...

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Tuesday, 11 April 2017 15:30

04/12/17 Friends

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READING: 1 Samuel 19-21, Luke 11:29-54

“He loved him as he loved his own life.”

1 Samuel 20:17

Across 40+ years of being a Christ follower, I’ve been incredibly blessed with Christian friends. In fact, it is not a stretch to say that these men and women have genuinely been moms...

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Tuesday, 11 April 2017 15:00

8 Things I DIDN’T Learn in Seminary

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I’m a seminary dean who believes in what we do. In fact, I think anyone called to ministry who has opportunity for further training has some obligation to at least consider this option. On the other hand, I recognize some things that are hard to learn in the classroom:

  1. How great the people of...

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Monday, 10 April 2017 15:30

04/11/17 Praying Like Jesus Prayed

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READING: 1 Samuel 17-18, Luke 11:1-28

“Lord, teach us to pray.”

Luke 11:1

You might know somebody like the people I’m about to describe. When they pray, you just know that heaven hears them. It’s as if they have a direct line to the Father (which they do, of course,...

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