When They Laugh You to Scorn

Nehemiah 2:18-20 “Then I told them of the hand of my God which was good upon me; as also the king’s words that he had spoken unto me. And they said, Let us rise up and build. So they strengthened their hands for this good work. But when Sanballat the Horonite, and Tobiah the servant, the Ammonite, and Geshem […]

Supposing We are Ready to Lead

Acts 7:25 “For he supposed his brethren would have understood how that God by his hand would deliver them: but they understood not.”  Moses had the calling, the strength, human wisdom, training, and confidence that he thought necessary to lead, but he was not ready. He supposed that his brothers would understand that He was […]

Repost: The Lofty Status of Peons

My good friend Jake Taube has lots of insightful things to say on his blog. This post especially challenged me in my view of who I am as a servant of Christ, and I hope it will help you. I’ve just got one more post I want to share about our getting the boot. The drama […]

Repost: Ten Tips to Becoming a More Productive Pastor

Tom Rainer shares some very important truths and tips for pastors on is blog. I have found many of the things he says helpful, and I know there are areas in which I need improvement. I hope this list will be helpful to pastors, Christian works, and church members. The work of pastoral ministry is […]

Ever Feel Inadequate to Follow God’s Call?

Jeremiah was called to be God’s prophet, yet he felt very inadequate. In Jeremiah 1:6, we find him expressing a common feeling among all those who realise their responsibility to serve and witness for God, “Then said I, Ah, Lord God! behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child.”  Jeremiah basically says (and I paraphrase), “What, […]

Who Is Your Judge?

1 Corinthians 4:3-5 But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged of you, or of man’s judgment: yea, I judge not mine own self. 4 For I know nothing by myself; yet am I not hereby justified: but he that judgeth me is the Lord. 5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord […]

Two Things Every Christian Leader Should Leave to His Followers

Acts 20:32-35 And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified. 33 I have coveted no man’s silver, or gold, or apparel. 34 Yea, ye yourselves know, that these hands have ministered unto my necessities, and […]

Getting Organised

I have been told that one of my strengths is organisation. How true that is is for those who know me to decide. Regardless, I have been asked recently by someone in the ministry about how to get more organised. So I thought I would write out some of the things I have learned about organisation. […]

When Opposition Arises

Ezra 4:4 Then the people of the land weakened the hands of the people of Judah, and troubled them in building, 5 And hired counsellers against them, to frustrate their purpose, all the days of Cyrus king of Persia, even until the reign of Darius king of Persia. As long as we do nothing, we will not face opposition. The […]

Mentoring in the New Testament Notes

Mentoring is a topic that is mentioned often in our culture, but much of the wisdom on the topic comes from experience and human wisdom. Last week, I finished a five-part series on my blog called “Mentoring in the New Testament.” The series was different because it looked at what God’s Word teaches about mentoring […]