Why Kingdom Change?

If you watch the news a lot, you might want to hide in a bunker. I remember when, as a young Christian, I first became aware that our society was headed in a bad direction. A good friend and I concluded that this was part of our lot as Christians approaching the end. Although we as Christians could expect good things from God, for society itself, things would get worse and worse. This led me to focus on being a good Christian, and a good witness in the midst of a decaying generation. I have have Read more [...]

A Vision Of The Lost

By William Booth (1829-1912) On one of my recent journeys, as I gazed from the coach window, I was led into a train of thought concerning the condition of the multitudes around me. They were living carelessly in the most open and shameless rebellion against God, without a thought for their eternal welfare. As I looked out of the window, I seemed to see them all . . . millions of people all around me given up to their drink and their pleasure, their dancing and their music, their business and their Read more [...]

Reaching Out

Many churches believe in going out to share the gospel or otherwise reach out to people on the street, but my experience is that rarely do you find people who are motivated to go out connected with the people who are motivated help take these people all the way along the path to a strong life in Christ. We believe in this powerful combination. Going out on the street is not an end unto itself. It has a purpose -- change lives. If you are going out and talking to a lot of people and praying for a Read more [...]

Coming Out Of The World

In the Garden of Eden, it was not only Adam and Eve's rebellion at work, they were deceived by the devil who appeared in the form of a serpent. Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, "Did God actually say, 'You shall not eat of any tree in the garden'?" (Genesis 3:1) He was the one who tempted them to disobey God, and because they obeyed his voice instead of God's they came under his authority. When you are born Read more [...]


The Problem Christianity is unique among all of the world's religions because its portrait of the nature of man is so dim, and its remedy so dramatic. In Christianity, getting right with God is not a matter of self-improvement or even self denial. It is not a matter of offering some kind of sacrifice to God to appease Him. Christians recognize that every human problem ultimately goes back to one thing: sin. Most people are quick to say "Nobody's perfect," but looking around us, and inwardly, we Read more [...]

Fishers of Men

Jesus said to his disciples "Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men." I believe that this encounter is more than a statement of what he was going to do, but it was a reflection of what is already going on in their encounter. What can we learn about "catching" men from Jesus encounter with the fishermen in Luke 5:1-11? You need disciples. Fish do not just appear. Someone has to work to bring them in. Nets and boats do not  catch fish by themselves. You need nets, and they need to be prepared. Read more [...]

Growing Ministry

Often we talk about about growing a ministry, this equates a ministry with a thing... a large church or program is considered a ministry. However, I'd like to suggest that we focus on the human aspect -- the ministry result that happens to a person. Ministry does not actually happen unless someone is actually touched or changed as a result of what you are doing. This is what we want to cultivate. We don't want to grow a ministry, we want to grow ministry. We want the amount of ministry that happens Read more [...]

Thoughts on Revival Services

I interviewed an old-time Baptist evangelist once. He was 88 at the time, and this was 5 years ago. He was a really great guy, who basically planned to win souls right up until he died. Being that old he had lived through a number of eras in American church history, and one of the most helpful observations he gave was about the effect of Television on meetings. Before TV people were happy to come out night after night to do anything because if you were holding a special service in town, it would Read more [...]