Let the Glory Fall (Isaiah 6:1-8)

(I had to take a break from 2 Peter since I spent the day preparing for preaching at a tent revival evening. So, I thought I would post my manuscript instead. I will continue with 2 Peter tomorrow.) Introduction: There are special moments that we can experience in worship. Moments where God manifests His gloriousContinue reading “Let the Glory Fall (Isaiah 6:1-8)”

Ivory Palaces (Psalm 45:8)

“I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.” (John 17:4–5, KJV 1900) Today is Christmas Eve. When I consider Christmas, I thinkContinue reading “Ivory Palaces (Psalm 45:8)”

The Barrier of Insufficient Leadership

This is a synopsis of a chapter in the book, “Hurdling the Barriers” to church health and growth. I am making progress on the writing and hope to be done in a month. “But not so with you. Rather, let the greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as one who serves.”Continue reading “The Barrier of Insufficient Leadership”

Barrier of Lost Love for Others

It has been a while since I sent out a synopsis of some of the chapters in the book I am working on, “Hurdling the Barriers” to church health and growth. As i was going back to see where I left off, I realized that I had missed one of the most important barriers thatContinue reading “Barrier of Lost Love for Others”

The Barrier of Lost Love for God

Chapter three of the book, “Hurdling Barriers,” focuses on the barrier of a lost love for God. It is a barrier to which no church will admit, but it is not uncommon. Moreover, many churches may have this barrier without even knowing it. What follows is a brief introduction to the chapter. “You shall loveContinue reading “The Barrier of Lost Love for God”

Hurdling the Barrier of Self-Sufficiency

As I have been doing, here is a synopsis of chapter two of the book, “Hurdling the Barriers” – to church health and growth. “And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6,Continue reading “Hurdling the Barrier of Self-Sufficiency”

Hurdling the Barrier of Self-Glorification

“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31, ESV) I mentioned last week that I would send out a brief synopsis of each chapter of the book, “Hurdling Barriers.” The book deals with barriers to being a healthy church. This first chapter inContinue reading “Hurdling the Barrier of Self-Glorification”

Why Focus on Church Health?

I spent much time in prayer after moving to semi-retirement from the pastorate. I kept thinking of all the seminars, convention meetings and books I read, trying to figure out how to move a church to the next level. In my effort to do this, I became completely exhausted. Then it dawned on me. IContinue reading “Why Focus on Church Health?”