We had the privilege of hosting Josh Hunt for our mid winter Sunday Morning Bible Study leadership conference. The emphasis on investing and building relationships is the key to reaching our society today. If you have not had the opportunity to have Josh Hunt in your church or attend one of his conferences, make plans to involve your leadership. His concepts will make a difference in your thinking about how simple it really is to reach out to people.
Josh Hunt believes in the power of the small group ministry in your church. And, his belief is contagious. In his new book, Make My Group Grow, Josh presents sound application to easy to understand research that will benefit every size and style of church. Your groups and leadership will benefit from this book.
Josh Hunt’s book should be read by all who are looking for new ways to reach people.
There is something else you should know about the outer you. Paul said it like this: “Outwardly we are wasting away.” Sooner or later, Old Man Wrinkle is coming for everybody. If you have any doubts about whether or not this is true, just take a look at your best...read more
What is a covenant? A covenant is a sacred contract. A covenant is a binding agreement. A covenant is an unfailing promise. God had made a covenant with His ancient people, and God has made a covenant with me and with you. Several things I want you to see about the...read more
Have you ever prayed for a miracle? “This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him” (1...read more
Many books today focus on self-improvement. Everyone wants to change for the better. Americans will spend millions of dollars this year in their search for practical solutions to their problems. Many will move from one fad to another, looking for advice on how to live...read more
She had a tremble to her, the inner tremble you could feel with just a hand on her shoulder. I saw her in a grocery store. Had not seen her in some months. I asked about her kids and husband, and when I did, her eyes watered, her chin quivered, and the story spilled...read more
In the fall of 2016 Hurricane Matthew stormed through the Atlantic, picking up speed and power. Soon becoming a Category 5 hurricane, it threatened to destroy everything in its path. As Matthew bullied its way through Haiti, Cuba, and the Bahamas, this powerful storm...read more
Rhonda, a girl in her midtwenties, grew up in New England and was about as unfamiliar with the Christian message as any American I’d ever met. So I started with the basics—who God is and why Jesus came. She asked a lot of questions. But I wasn’t prepared for the...read more
My Sister Was Murdered | Paige McLemore My life changed in October of 1988. I was eighteen and was beginning my freshman year of college. My older sister, Lee, was also in college and was entering her sophomore year. We did everything together, so it only made sense...read more
We have just released a new Bible Study based on the first five chapters of Max Lucado's book, You'll Get Through This. This study is based on the Life of Joseph, up until his promotion. These lessons are available on Amazon, as well as a part of my Good Questions...read more
Sooner or later our souls will return to their Maker. And the things you have stored up—whose will they be? This was the realization that tormented Solomon: “I hated all the things10 I had toiled for under the sun, because I must leave them to the one who comes after...read more
Satan came to Eve in disguise. That epitomizes the subtle way he intended to deceive her. He appears to have singled her out for this cunning deception when she was not in the company of Adam. As the weaker vessel, away from her husband, but close to the forbidden...read more
Dr. Stephen Cutchins I will never forget the feeling of fear that came over me on that cold December Sunday afternoon in Charlotte, North Carolina. Madi was around three years old at the time and had been feeling a little sick all morning. She was running a slight...read more
It's not bad to play the game. It's not bad to be really good at it. It's not bad to be Master of the Board. My grandmother taught me to play to win. But there are always more rungs to climb, more money to be made, more deals to pull off. And the danger is that we...read more
Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth, worked hard at her trade. The Bible does not tell us much else about her except that she was a worshipper of God. One day during their travels, Paul and his companions stopped to pray by the river outside the city gate of Philippi....read more
We have just released a new Bible Study based on the first five chapters of John MacArthur's book, Twelve Extraordinary Women. This study is based on the Life of Joseph, up until his promotion. These lessons are available on Amazon, as well as a part of my Good...read more
Call us a fast society, an efficient society, but don’t call us a personal society. Our society is set up for isolation. We wear earbuds when we exercise. We communicate via e-mail and text messages. We enter and exit our houses with gates and garage-door openers. Our...read more
Some years ago, a pastoral assistant conducted training for deacons at an urban church. As part of her preparation she telephoned the director of the Philadelphia Restaurant School and asked, “What qualities are you looking for in a waiter?” The director explained...read more
My problem is not just my lack of character; it is that I can't even see how badly I lack it. Humans have an almost limitless capacity for self-deception. For instance, psychologists speak of a massive integrity blind spot in human nature called the self-serving bias....read more
Grief is natural, and it is awful. It claims your identity and turns you into someone you no longer recognize. Grief takes over your consciousness, filling it with questions and doubts. It invades your dreams with horrific panic and alternate realities. Tragedy is...read more
We cannot defeat the devil by human intellect, cleverness, or force of personality. Defeating the devil is the work of Jesus Christ alone, and that work has been accomplished on the cross. The Scripture never tells us to go out and take on the devil—to seek him out...read more
My grandmother had just gotten out of jail. She was a roll away from the yellow properties. And the yellow properties meant trouble. They were mine. And they had hotels. And Gram had no money. She had wanted to stay in jail longer to avoid landing on my property and...read more