I have been attending our church’s annual missions conference over the past couple of days and have been truly blessed to hear some awesome messages from God’s Word, as well as some awesome testimonies from the field. Tonight, I was blessed to hear a message from Dr. Larry Waters, a man of God who spent 27 years on the mission field in the Philippines. His message tonight was from the Gospel of Luke, principles of missions from the example of the Good Samaritan. I would like to share the insights that I gained and pray that they will bless you as much as they blessed me. Continue reading
One of the biggest fears that we have in this life is being left alone to fend for ourselves. God ordained the family as a place of protection for children, a place of community so that we would not be alone. One of the worst things that can happen to a family, other than divorce, is when the leader of the family, the man, dies and a wife and children are left to fend for themselves. In our modern society, this scenario is not as devastating as it was throughout most of human history, especially during Bible times. At a time when there seemed to be no hope, God intervened and made a promise to orphans and widows. This idea is both in the Old and New Testaments. Continue reading
As I have previously written, during the month of March, we are focusing on godly families. We began the month looking at Moses and his family. God teaches us some awesome truths about families based on Moses and his family. Next week, we are going to focus on the importance of the family in society. Our main passage with be Deuteronomy 4. Since I have already written on this passage, I will just link to it. The week after next, we will focus on Ruth and Naomi. There will be a lesson on Elisha and the widow’s family and then we will reach the lesson on Jesus and His family. I would like to write about what I want to teach, even though it is a little down the road, the end of the month will be here before we realize it.
I was out and about today, running some errands for my dear wife and children. As I pulled in the parking lot of a local store, I saw the sign and immediately thought of those delicious samoas that were waiting for me. I reached for my money and then I remembered, the Girl Scouts support Planned Parenthood. I stopped in my tracks, put the money back in my pocket, and entered the store to look for a tasty alternative.
I had the opportunity to study Matthew 23 this weekend and I would like to share some of the insights that I gained with you via this article. I have heard some people claim that it is not biblical to call someone other than Jesus your teacher or leader. I was not sure where that idea came from but I had heard people give chapter and verse where Jesus had “taught” that. Our Senior pastor, Erik Christensen, decided to base our leadership gathering on the following passage: Continue reading
During the month of March, Big City Clubhouse is focusing on families. We want to encourage all of the children that God knows their situation, that He created the family to be a positive influence in society, and that He can intervene in any familial situation and use it for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purposes. During the month of February, we focused on knowing God and how that impacts our daily lives, especially the way that we treat others. Here are some of the lessons that we covered. Continue reading
Today, I am preparing to teach my staff the last lesson on mentoring. It has been a great ride. We have learned how to be mentored, the need for it, and how to mentor others. This final lesson covers the most important mentor/disciple relationship, parents and children. The number one influences and teachers in a child’s life are his parents. This is God’s design. The good thing about our God is that when He asks us to do something, He always teaches us how to do it in His Word. Our job is to discover those teachings, learn them, live by them, and apply them. Here are the passages where these teachings come from. Continue reading
Last week with my staff, we continued the theme of discipleship. This series has been awesome, teaching us as believers, how to mentor others by investing in their lives. When Jesus made disciples, He mentored them. He invested in them day and night, teaching them how to know God and follow Him by giving them practical assignments along the way, as they saw Him minister. It was a life changing experience that He wants us to experience and pass on. All people need to be discipled/mentored. This was and is God’s plan. His Word is full of the idea. We have looked at the mentoring experience from many different angles, studying the mentoring relationship between such people as: Continue reading
I am preparing to teach this Sunday’s children’s message and thought that I would share it with you here as I think through the process. The message is about Zacchaeus. This month has really emphasized the fact that we must learn to know God, and when we do get to know Him, our lives as well as our purpose in life, are both forever changed. In order to get to this point, we learned about how Eli mentored Samuel and how Samuel learned to know God and began to serve others because of that knowledge. God used Samuel to impact many lives in a positive manner. In fact, Samuel acted as the final Judge in the history of the nation of Israel. He was used by God to choose the second king of Israel. This past week, we examined the lives of Mary and Martha, learning the importance of sitting at the feet of Jesus so that we can be properly prepared to love and serve the people around us. Continue reading
In March, our church is organizing and hosting a Missions’ Conference. We want to motivate our members and the people of our community to get involved with missions both locally and globally. God is all about missions. He was the first missionary, going to the lost in the Garden with the message of salvation. He entered human history once again almost 2,000 years ago as a missionary in the person of Jesus Christ. I believe that we have a lot to learn about missions from Jesus. I would like to share these thoughts with you here. I will teach a track for children and for teens during the conference so I would like to think through the process here and share it with you so that I can better prepare my thoughts. The idea behind missions and discipleship is missionaries who are disciples of Christ who seek to make disciples who will make more disciples. In order to better understand Jesus’ mission, we need to read Matthew 4:17-25. Continue reading