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  1. Discerning Christians are aware that a revolution against God, godliness, and biblical teaching has been underway for the past few decades. We are currently seeing a rage in our society that resembles the description of Psalm 2 and will likely continue fomenting until our national election. Between the COVID-19 crisis and the anger in the streets, we need biblical Christians to discern the times and deploy with the gospel message. The revolutionaries are successfully intimidating Americans away from Scripture and reorienting society away from godliness. We see this taking place in several are
  2. As spiritual leaders, we often see the fruit of a problem that has an unseen root. In our world right now, we see a lot of hurt, division, hate, and anarchy. There is political and emotional upheaval on every side. But rather than rushing to address the surface issues with surface answers, we should turn to the Holy Spirit and the pages of Scripture for discernment and wisdom as to the true issues. One of the Bible words that speak to the circumstances of our day is delusion. For instance, 2 Thessalonians 2:11 speaks of the delusion that will come during the Tribulation as the world follow
  3. We have heard many things deemed essential or non-essential recently in our society. We certainly appreciate many of these essential professions—health care, first responders, food, transportation, and more. Yet, one essential life role that is too often overlooked is that of being a father. As a dad of four, I can tell you that this role is not only essential, but it is also rewarding. I agree with the words of George Herbert: “One father is worth more than a hundred schoolmasters.” There are many people who can influence our kids, but a father’s influence—for good or for bad—is more wei
  4. Recently, I heard a message by a well-meaning speaker teaching teens how they could “earn value with God.” The lesson was particularly confusing because when he used Scripture to teach on our value with God, he rightly said that our value is based on the price Jesus paid for us. We have done nothing to earn God’s grace or His sacrifice for our salvation, yet His sacrifice reveals how much we are worth to Him. But then the youth pastor pivoted and began teaching how after salvation, young people can increase their value with God. He gave an illustration that basically said, “Your salvation is
  5. Our society right now is filled with negativity. There is health and economic uncertainty. News channels—social and traditional—are filled with anger and hostility. Sometimes it feels like we are being bombarded with unrelenting sources of discouragement. You turn on any news channel right now, and you will find anchors forcefully working to convince you to see things their way and side against someone or something else. Scroll through social media, and you’ll find posts designed to draw you into online conflict. Turn on the radio, and you’ll hear angry voices hoping to evoke frustration. Pi
  6. Our society right now is filled with negativity. There is health and economic uncertainty. News channels—social and traditional—are filled with anger and hostility. Sometimes it feels like we are being bombarded with unrelenting sources of discouragement. You turn on any news channel right now, and you will find anchors forcefully working to convince you to see things their way and side against someone or something else. Scroll through social media, and you’ll find posts designed to draw you into online conflict. Turn on the radio, and you’ll hear angry voices hoping to evoke frustration. Pi
  7. After serving as a pastor of the same church in Los Angeles County for thirty-four years, I can say that I have never seen such a combination of trying circumstances in ministry as we now see. Rarely has our nation needed the message of Christ as it does now, yet local churches across America are paralyzed or limited in function due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Almost every church’s service structure has been modified, and most, if not all, have seen salvation and baptism decisions greatly decline. To be sure, there are “principalities [and] rulers of the darkness” (Ephesians 6:12) beneath th
  8. After serving as a pastor of the same church in Los Angeles County for thirty-four years, I can say that I have never seen such a combination of trying circumstances in ministry as we now see. Rarely has our nation needed the message of Christ as it does now, yet local churches across America are paralyzed or limited in function due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Almost every church’s service structure has been modified, and most, if not all, have seen salvation and baptism decisions greatly decline. To be sure, there are “principalities [and] rulers of the darkness” (Ephesians 6:12) beneath th
  9. Among God’s greatest gifts to us is one of the most-loved verses in the entire Bible—Romans 8:28. And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.—Romans 8:28 It would be impossible to know how many Christians all over the world and throughout the past two millennia have found hope and help through these words as they anchored their trust in the God who promised them. Over the past few months, as our world has reeled under the unfolding events of a global pandemic and now hurt, anger, and civic unrest, I have gone
  10. Among God’s greatest gifts to us is one of the most-loved verses in the entire Bible—Romans 8:28. And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.—Romans 8:28 It would be impossible to know how many Christians all over the world and throughout the past two millennia have found hope and help through these words as they anchored their trust in the God who promised them. Over the past few months, as our world has reeled under the unfolding events of a global pandemic and now hurt, anger, and civic unrest, I have gone
  11. Thirty-four years ago this summer, the Lord brought our family to Lancaster, California. On our first Sunday night service, I preached a message from Philippians 1:27 which not only set the direction of our church for these past thirty-four years, but also became our theme verse. Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;—Philippians 1:27 In recent days, I’ve been thinking especially of the phra
  12. Thirty-four years ago this summer, the Lord brought our family to Lancaster, California. On our first Sunday night service, I preached a message from Philippians 1:27 which not only set the direction of our church for these past thirty-four years, but also became our theme verse. Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;—Philippians 1:27 In recent days, I’ve been thinking especially of the phra
  13. Ten months from now, everyone will be an expert on leading a church through a worldwide pandemic. But right now none of us have the luxury of hindsight. Every church encounters a variety of defining moments. These are times that impact every member of a church, and the way they are handled will be significant to the life of that church for years to come. Nehemiah is an example of a leader who faced this type of moment and provided a level of vision and leadership that defined his nation for years to come. For this reason, I have often gone to the book of Nehemiah for guidance during ministry
  14. Ten months from now, everyone will be an expert on leading a church through a worldwide pandemic. But right now none of us have the luxury of hindsight. Every church encounters a variety of defining moments. These are times that impact every member of a church, and the way they are handled will be significant to the life of that church for years to come. Nehemiah is an example of a leader who faced this type of moment and provided a level of vision and leadership that defined his nation for years to come. For this reason, I have often gone to the book of Nehemiah for guidance during ministry
  15. So, pastor friend, you've heard of churches reopening. You've seen social media posts from churches in other regions who are celebrating re-gatherings. You've been called on to sign petitions, resist, and "take a stand." [url={url}]View the full article[/url]
  16. So, pastor friend, you’ve heard of churches reopening. You’ve seen social media posts from churches in other regions who are celebrating re-gatherings. You’ve been called on to sign petitions, resist, and “take a stand.” Maybe you feel pressured by the strong opinions of others to regather soon (or not.) Maybe you feel like a loser […] View the full article
  17. Just over two months ago, we began the unprecedented journey through the COVID-19 crisis. As a church, we have Prayed for those with the virus and for the medical professionals providing care to the sick. Cooperated at every level with our government and carefully followed the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Ministered to our community through this crisis. Pivoted our services to an online-only venue. As a pastor, I have also Prayed and fasted. (Many of our church family have joined in this, which I appreciate.) Sought counsel from medical, legal, and political
  18. Just over two months ago, we began the unprecedented journey through the COVID-19 crisis. As a church, we have Prayed for those with the virus and for the medical professionals providing care to the sick. Cooperated at every level with our government and carefully followed the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Ministered to our community through this crisis. Pivoted our services to an online-only venue. As a pastor, I have also Prayed and fasted. (Many of our church family have joined in this, which I appreciate.) Sought counsel from medical, legal, and political
  19. Our last “normal” Sunday at Lancaster Baptist was March 8—two months ago. The following Sunday, we met in small groups, and days later, the shelter-in-place order moved all of our services online—temporarily. Over these past two months, our church has patiently submitted to those in authority over us and has worked to protect our members from the real threat of the COVID-19 virus. As an undershepherd of the local church, however, I don’t want to see this season of carefulness morph into what could become the strangulation of our biblical obedience to the Lord to assemble as a church as comma
  20. Our last “normal” Sunday at Lancaster Baptist was March 8—two months ago. The following Sunday, we met in small groups, and days later, the shelter-in-place order moved all of our services online—temporarily. Over these past two months, our church has patiently submitted to those in authority over us and has worked to protect our members from the real threat of the COVID-19 virus. As an undershepherd of the local church, however, I don’t want to see this season of carefulness morph into what could become the strangulation of our biblical obedience to the Lord to assemble as a church as comma
  21. How has God been faithful to you during the last eight weeks? Have you celebrated His faithfulness recently? Have you paused the noise (both external and internal) long enough to simply say "Thank you, Lord!" [url={url}]View the full article[/url]
  22. I’ve had some wakeful nights recently. There is so much on my mind these days. I wake up at 2:00 and 3:00 AM thinking of church members in the hospital, praying for members with underlying conditions, or problem solving regarding how to lead our ministry through the crises posed by COVID-19. Maybe you can relate. These short, wakeful nights have had me thinking about the “songs in the night” God gives His people. In particular, I’ve been thinking about two Scripture passages that mention nighttime songs. The first passage is in the book of Job and speaks of “…God my maker, who giveth songs
  23. I’ve had some wakeful nights recently. There is so much on my mind these days. I wake up at 2:00 and 3:00 AM thinking of church members in the hospital, praying for members with underlying conditions, or problem solving regarding how to lead our ministry through the crises posed by COVID-19. Maybe you can relate. These short, wakeful nights have had me thinking about the “songs in the night” God gives His people. In particular, I’ve been thinking about two Scripture passages that mention nighttime songs. The first passage is in the book of Job and speaks of “…God my maker, who giveth songs
  24. Have you considered the layers of fear and stress that people are managing right now? How are you managing these four stress-factors in yourself? How are you leading, relating, or speaking to these stress-factors in others? [url={url}]View the full article[/url]
  25. Have you considered the layers of fear and stress that people are managing right now? How are you managing these four stress-factors in yourself? How are you leading, relating, or speaking to these stress-factors in others? View the full article
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