The Lure of Leadership

Every leader will have his/her character tested. In fact, being a leader has its own unique challenges, your response to which will determine your success as a leader. Today I read about a flawed leader, King Herod Agrippa, whose decisions and their effects give me pause to consider my own heart. I pulled some excerpts of his story from Acts 12:1-3, 19-23 NLT. There exists a dangerous “Lure of Leadership” that must be exposed and confronted in every leader’s heart. 1. The lure of power. About that time King Herod Agrippa began… Read More

Three Things Every Pastor Needs

Outside of Bethlehem are rolling hills, where, for thousands of years, sheep and shepherds have trod. It was on these hills that angelic hosts announced to lowly shepherds that Jesus – the Christ – was born. It was also on these hills that a ruddy shepherd boy named David received a prophetic word and a fresh anointing that would propel him to one day be Israel’s King. It is significant to realize that shepherds have always held a prominent place in God’s covenant relationship with mankind, from the patriarchs of the Old… Read More

A Season of Significance | a prophetic word

God’s Word has much to say about the Holy Spirit’s gift of prophecy.  It is a precious privilege to hear and deliver a message from God, one that carries a weight of responsibility. On Wednesday, December 5, 2012, I sensed the prompting of the Holy Spirit to deliver this prophetic word in our mid-week service at New Hope Worship Center, but I am convinced that it applies to a broader section of the Body of Christ. As you read the prophetic message, I pray that the Holy Spirit will confirm and apply… Read More

Motivation is the Fuel of Life

After all, what gives us hope and joy, and what will be our proud reward and crown as we stand before our Lord Jesus when he returns? It is you! (1 Thessalonians 2:19 NLT) Motivation is the fuel of life. In everything we do we must find purpose. Life without purpose is meaningless. In his letter to believers in Thessalonica Paul referred to some of the things he endured. As a Christian, Paul often suffered physical, emotional, and spiritual persecution for his faith. As a missionary, Paul longed for deeper relationships, and… Read More

A Pastor’s Response to America’s Concerned Christians

The ads, rhetoric, and mud-slinging connected with the presidential election of 2012 have left a wake of confusion and division – not only in our nation, but also in the Church (at least the American portion of God’s Church). I am not qualified to speak to our national and international realities; nor to the political ramifications of our nation’s choices on election day. I do, however, sense a specific “nudge” from the Holy Spirit to provide what I hope are words of wisdom to sincere Christians who find themselves struggling in the… Read More