how do you manage your church????

thinking out loud . . . . Does the preacher or the members have control? Are you trying to be so inclusive that you let everyone speak? Do you allow someone to be sarcastic toward you (preacher)?  How does this affect members? Have you fully submitted to Gods guidance? Are you leading as a preacher? [...]

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searching . . .

I have been church hopping for some time now with a spirit that is restless and unsettled,  looking for a place to rest.  So, last weekend I downloaded an app to check out another church I was thinking of visiting.  The first thing I checked out was the membership qualification which requires three steps.  First [...]

Proverbs 30 ESV;NIV from Bible Gateway

Proverbs 30 ESV;NIV The words of Agur son of Jakeh. The oracle. The man declares, I am weary, O God; I am weary, O God, and worn out. Surely I am too stupid to be a man. I have not the understanding of a man. I have not learned wisdom, nor have I knowledge of [...]

Isaiah 61:10-11 MSG;NIV;KJV from Bible Gateway

Isaiah 61:10-11 MSG;NIV;KJV I will sing for joy in God, explode in praise from deep in my soul! He dressed me up in a suit of salvation, he outfitted me in a robe of righteousness, As a bridegroom who puts on a tuxedo and a bride a jeweled tiara. For as the earth bursts with [...]

Matthew 5:44-45 ESV from Bible Gateway

Matthew 5:44-45 ESV But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. ssnow6583@charter.com [...]

I will not follow . . . .

I will not follow you but will walk with you as long as we are going in the same direction.  If I feel you are going astray, please know that  I will continue on a different path.

Daniel 3:8-12 MSG from Bible Gateway

When your enemies try to harm you, know that God is already there.  Watching and interceding on your behalf.  He is your revenger and protector.  Walking with you through the fire. Daniel 3:8-12 MSG Just then, some Babylonian fortunetellers stepped up and accused the Jews. They said to King Nebuchadnezzar, “Long live the king! You [...]

you go first . . .

On a hot summer day late in the afternoon you are greeted by a couple at your front door.  They are new in town and need a place to stay.  Because you believe "what's yours is theirs" you welcome them with open arms.  They promise as soon as they find a place to stay they [...]

Acts 2:1-11 MSG from Bible Gateway

Acts 2:1-11 MSG When the Feast of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Without warning there was a sound like a strong wind, gale force—no one could tell where it came from. It filled the whole building. Then, like a wildfire, the Holy Spirit spread through their ranks, and they started speaking [...]

1 Corinthians 1:7-9 MSG;AMP from Bible Gateway

1 Corinthians 1:7-9 MSG;AMP Just think—you don’t need a thing, you’ve got it all! All God’s gifts are right in front of you as you wait expectantly for our Master Jesus to arrive on the scene for the Finale. And not only that, but God himself is right alongside to keep you steady and on [...]

Luke 11:8-13 MSG;AMP from Bible Gateway

Luke 11:8-13 MSG;AMP “But let me tell you, even if he won’t get up because he’s a friend, if you stand your ground, knocking and waking all the neighbors, he’ll finally get up and get you whatever you need. “Here’s what I’m saying: Ask and you’ll get; Seek and you’ll find; Knock and the door [...]

Isaiah 42:1-9 ESV;AMPC;MSG from Bible Gateway

Isaiah 42:1-9 ESV;AMPC;MSG Behold my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my Spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations. He will not cry aloud or lift up his voice, or make it heard in the street; a bruised reed he will not break, [...]

Matthew 12:22-37

`` Matthew 12:22-37New International Version (NIV) Jesus and Beelzebul 22 Then they brought him a demon-possessed man who was blind and mute, and Jesus healed him, so that he could both talk and see. 23 All the people were astonished and said, “Could this be the Son of David?” 24 But when the Pharisees heard this, they said, [...]

Give it to God!

The greatest tragedy in our lives isn't the evil or suffering we experience.  The greatest tragedy is when we refuse to give it over to God.       Hovid, jC. (2013) FAST TRACK (p.25) Nashville, TN: Lifeway Press