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God Promises to Meet Our Needs – Philippians 4:19 (Dr. Bill Bowen)

  1. The Scope – “All our needs
  2. The Supplier – “my God
  3. The Source – “according to his riches

Won’t God Show Through? (Stan Buck)

The story is told about a little girl who, on their way home from church, turned to her mother and said, “Mommy, the preacher’s sermon this morning confused me.”

The mother said, “Oh! Why is that?

The girl replied, “Well, he said that God is bigger than we are. Is that true?”

“Yes, that’s true,” the mother replied.

“He also said that God lives within us. Is that true, too?”

Again the mother replied, “Yes.”

“Well,” said the girl. “if God is bigger than we are and He lives in us, shouldn’t He show through?”


How We Use Words (Steve Goodier)

Before you speak… or write: T.H.I.N.K.

T – Is it True?
H – Is it Helpful?
I – Is it Inspiring?
N – Is it Necessary?
K – Is it Kind?
Your words have immeasurable power. Use them with care.


Two Categories of Failure (John Charles Salak)

  1. Those who thought and never did.
  2. Those who did and never thought.

Insights on 1 John 1:9 – Forgiveness

When it comes to forgiveness…

  • We don’t beg for it. – God wants to forgive you more than you want to ask for it.
  • We don’t bargain for it. – You’ll only find yourself in that same position again.
  • We don’t bribe for it. – “If you will… than I will” doesn’t last very long and is meaningless.
  • We just believe God for it. – You’ll note that this is a promise with… a period at the end.

Exclusive Names of Jesus (Ray Pritchard)

God’s Word makes some “exclusive” claims regarding Who Jesus is:

  1. He is the only Son of God–John 3:16.
  2. He is the only name by which we can be saved–Acts 4:12.
  3. He is the only way to the Father–John 14:6.
  4. He is the only mediator between God and man–1 Timothy 2:5.
  5. He is the only sacrifice for sin–Hebrews 10:12.

CEO Worshipers

Every church has a few CEO Worshipers…

Christmas

Easter

Other special days


Three Things That Will Bring a Pastor Down (Rev. Harold Duff)

  1. Maids
  2. Money
  3. Modernism

Check out these interesting sites:

http://www.covenanteyes.com/pornography-and-your-church-webinar/ – 1 hr. webinar – Protecting your congregation from porn

http://www.bwfli.com – Wisdom from the sages


Time to Ask Myself… Am I Teachable? (Part 3 of 5)

James MacDonald – Senior Pastor – Harvest Bible Chapel

A rebuke goes deeper into a man of understanding than a hundred blows into a fool – Proverbs 17:10.

I believe that God speaks to us through His Word, His Spirit, and His people. In the times of my life when I’ve needed some course correction, most often I’ve heard His Word coming through someone who cared enough and loved me enough to sit down with me and say, “There’s something you need to change.”

Are you a teachable person? Proverbs 17:10 says, “A rebuke goes deeper into a man of understanding than a hundred blows into a fool.” In other words, you can get more ROI (Return on Investment) from a wise person in one gentle conversation than you can gain from a fool by whacking him with a board a hundred times. Which are you?

If you’re not sure how you rate on the teachability meter, take this five-point quiz:

3. I know I’m teachable when I don’t have to answer a critic with a defense. More often than I ever want to be, I’m in the uneasy position of giving people input. As hard as that is, I love to sit down with a person who can hear a difficult word with an open heart and without defensiveness. It’s been my repeated observation that those who are receptive to criticism flourish!


[Dale Flynn and his wife, Liz, are Word of Life Local Church Ministries missionaries in Eastern MD. Dale is a Local Church Ministries curriculum editor and is the editor of this Ministering to the Minister E-Transfer national electronic Pastor’s newsletter. The Flynns make their home in Elkton, MD. Questions or comments about this article may be addressed to Dale at: DFlynn@wol.org. ]