Archive for the 'church' Category

The Calendar and Evangelism

Saturday, December 3rd, 2016

When you look at the calendar for the year, you can see some strategy as it relates to the will of God for a church and for you in the church. During certain times of the year, our church and you are better off with ministry that is more family and personal, those right around […]

Be a Friend to Someone in the Church

Saturday, October 15th, 2016

I heard someone call his church once, “A small church with a big ministry.” By almost anyone’s judgment of size of church, our church isn’t very big. A lot gets done by our church if you consider especially what people do at Bethel Christian Academy. I recognize that I want more as leader of our […]

29th Anniversary of the Church

Saturday, October 8th, 2016

This month will end the 29th year since the first service here in the Bay Area, meaning that the following October 18 will mark 30. I can say in those 29 years that God has never been unfaithful to me and that He has not failed in those 29 years to keep His promises to […]

A Church

Saturday, September 10th, 2016

When you say “church” to most people, they don’t know what it means. You hear a lot out in the world. You hear “building,” a church building is a church to many, even though it isn’t a church. It’s often a denomination, like the Lutheran Church, which isn’t a church. Some call “church,” organized religion. […]

Most Irreligious or Unchurched Metro Area

Saturday, April 5th, 2014

I was reading something this week about the coach of the Golden State Warriors, who claims to be a born-again Christian, as do others on the Warrior team. I’m not endorsing the playing of professional basketball on Sunday as a practice, but the article said that Mark Jackson, the coach, was in part at odds […]

Church Programs

Saturday, June 26th, 2010

Leaders of churches today face a particular conflict.  They want to grow in numbers, but the kind of growth taught in scripture isn’t compatible with the type of life that church members want to live.  Church leaders have developed programs that enable their members to participate in a way that requires little to no faith […]

Using Other People’s Bad Example

Sunday, April 18th, 2010

Let’s just say that someone in church, a church, or a religion somehow mistreated you. In so doing, let’s just say that the person who has mistreated you has now misrepresented what you think about Who God is supposed to be. That could be bad, especially if what you think is the same thing that […]

Preserving the Assembly

Sunday, February 21st, 2010

What I have noticed now in twenty-two plus years as a pastor is that it is difficult to maintain a New Testament church to practice New Testament. Don’t get me wrong—Jesus’ yoke is easy and His burden is light. We can and should cast our burden upon Him. However, without vigilance, biblical practice will wain […]