Life's Questions

What matters most in your life?

What should tug at your heart strings?

What should give you the greatest joy?

What is the sweet spot?

Where should your joy come from?

What should be your life purpose?

These are larger then life questions.  They are bigger then you, but they matter deeply.  They are the difference between wasting your life and investing your life.  They have eternal value.  We need to get these right.

Life's Meaning

Did you know that we all have the same purpose in life?  We don't have to figure it out.  We don't need to pray, wait and wonder.  Yes, we are all uniquely different and no human being is the same with special abilities, gifts and resources, but we all have the same mission in this life.

The tomb is empty.  It is time to grow and go!  Millions of Christians around the world just celebrated Easter.  We believe Jesus is actually alive today.  He rose from the dead defeating sin and death.  This makes all the difference for us TODAY!  If we know Jesus, our sins are forgiven.  We are free!  With the same power that rose Jesus from the dead, we can grow closer to maturity in Jesus and to share this good news with the world.

Easter is coming.  Here is an outline and devotional to get us thinking about the coming Passion Week and the words and actions of Jesus.  There is too much here to digest in one week, so take some time in the next couple weeks to reflect, meditate, pray on the events of Jesus' passion week from Matthew 21-28.  

Enjoy reflecting on the greatest event in history!  Jesus' death on a cross for the sins of the world and resurrection conquering sin and death for you and me.

There are a host of things that jockey for our attention today.

Have you ever read the Bible's plot in one sitting?  Here is the whole storyline of the whole Bible.  Take some time to become acquainted with God's heart.  It's the Grand-Narrative of God's Glory!  Enjoy!

Big Picture

God is in control.  Have you heard that phrase before?  Maybe you have thought it or said it from time to time as a reassurance that he is indeed sovereign.  I have.  I have needed to.
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Rick Warren has said, "All good leaders are good learners, and the moment you stop learning you stop leading."  I could not agree more.  I long to be a lifelong learner in a variety of areas.  Whether you are in an organization, business or church, leadership can be tricky.  Here are a few tips to grasp.

1. Begin at the Bottom.  Most leaders are in it because there is a personal passion.  The foundation of any leadership is servanthood.

Who leads the church?  Think about it.  Who?

This seems like an obvious answer for those who have been Christians for a time, but it is not just a cool bumper sticker for the back of our cars.  It is a profound reality.

Should Churches Be Growing?

As a passionate pastor and leader, I have been thinking and praying lots about this question and the local church. I have been thinking about the health and growth of local churches.  Some seem to be growing and some seem to be dying. I am concerned and I think all leaders should be concerned.

I have been asking why?

This led to another thought, although not new, just a re-thinking.  Let's start from scratch.

Sometimes circumstances have a way of challenging your joy. Every parent can relate to this picture trying to get the kids just right for the annual perfect picture. Life has a way of messing with us.

Reminders

If you are a follower of Jesus, the joy is already on the inside.  It is not something you try to manufacture.  The second word listed in Galatians 5:22 is "joy".  It is part of the fruit of the Holy Spirit, who lives inside of every believer.

I want to take Jesus' words seriously.  Don't you?

What would happen if we took Jesus' words seriously?  What would happen if the church took Jesus' words seriously?  You might be thinking as a follower of Jesus, as a Christian, I do take Jesus seriously.  You might, but I have found in my own life a disconnect at times with what I say and do with what Jesus told us to say and do.  I fall short of putting my heart on the things of Jesus' heart.
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