How to Finish Strong

How to Finish Strong

In modern Christianity, we are too often impressed with strong starts and forget that it’s the finish that really counts. Maybe it’s because we have a lot of spectators and cheerleaders at the beginning of our race and very few in the middle. Each of us—whether a...
Flying Horses & Discipleship

Flying Horses & Discipleship

A few weeks ago, at Bethel World Outreach Church, I had the opportunity to preach from Matthew 4:18–22 on following Jesus together—or more simply, discipleship. This simple response will not be a comforting thought for some. Relationships can be messy and...
A Prayer That’s Always Appropriate

A Prayer That’s Always Appropriate

“May the Lord grant mercy.” It’s a beautiful prayer, and one that I can think most of us have needed to pray for ourselves or for others at some point in our lives. Paul prayed this prayer twice for others (2 Timothy 1:15) at a dark time in his life when he really...
The Calling

The Calling

For those in ministry, COVID has brought a lot of extra weight, responsibility, and uncertainty. The past two years have not been easy—leaving some to wonder if vocational ministry is really still the calling on their lives. If fulfilling your calling has felt more...
Who’s the Boss?

Who’s the Boss?

In Romans 10, Paul penned the most important phrase in all of human history: “Jesus is Lord.” Our surrender (or resistance) to this truth means everything as leaders and disciples. But too often our familiarity with this statement results in us skipping over it and...
Leading during Dark Times

Leading during Dark Times

In 1 Samuel 22, David is in the cave of Adullam, fleeing from Saul. And at this moment, one of the worst times of his life, four hundred discontented men joined him. Today, we’ll look at the example of David in 1 Samuel 22 to make some applications for us as we lead...