When I became the Senior Minister of CityLife Church back in 1995, I invested extensive time in prayer, study, research and reflection about principles for building a healthy and effective church. As a result, I was prompted to lead our church through seven "strategic shifts" over the next few years.… Read the rest “Transforming Your Church”
Nicole and I celebrate our 30th wedding anniverary this June. Nicole is my best friend and my life's climbing companion. I can't wait to see the joy that is around the next corner for both of us.
God’s kingdom is often described in an organic way and is seen as growing larger and stronger (Mark 4:26-29. Luke 13:18-19). The church is also seen as growing and maturing (Ephesians 4:15-16). Individual followers of Christ are also called to grow in their relationship to God (Colossians 1:9-10; 2:6-7).… Read the rest “Stages of the Life of Faith”
To realize the value of ONE YEAR, ask a student who failed a grade.
To realize the value of ONE MONTH, ask a mother who has given birth to a premature baby.
To realize the value of ONE WEEK, ask the editor of a weekly newspaper.… Read the rest “The Value of Time”
Seek first the kingdom of God and all these things shall be added unto you (Jesus).
Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.
Good is the enemy of best.
Establishing priorities is essential to life and ministry effectiveness.… Read the rest “First Things First”
Quite a few years ago now, we conducted a survey in our church. One of the open-ended questions was: "I wish someone would preach about …" We collated the answers and I have enough to preach on until Jesus comes back!… Read the rest “Prison Break: Finding Personal Freedom”
Living in our broken world creates the possibility of becoming trapped by various negative emotions and habits that can easily become like a prison around us. In this helpful book, Mark Conner shares practical principles for finding freedom from common problems such as anger, fear, worry, rejection, depression, bad habits, and addictions.… Read the rest “Books by Mark Conner”
As Jesus was dying on the cross, he was not completely alone. There were a small group of people who loved him dearly, right there until his last breath (John 19:25-27). They demonstrated great courage just to even be there. One of them was Mary – Jesus’ mother.… Read the rest “Jesus and His Mother”
It’s Mother’s Day: a century-old tradition of taking time to thank and honour our amazing mums. Mums are special people we owe so much to – in addition to our very existence! Most mums are faithful, loyal, hard-working, loving and caring people.… Read the rest “Happy Mother’s Day (2016)”
Lessons from Jesus’ Temptation
Yesterday, we looked at Jesus' showdown in the dessert. Today, let's glean a few lessons for our own lives from this story.
1. We are in a spiritual war.
We live in a spiritual battle zone between God and Satan, the kingdom of light and the kingdom of darkness.… Read the rest “Showdown in the Desert (pt.2)”
The final aspect of his preparation is a showdown with the devil himself.
Immediately after the “mountain-top” experience at his water baptism, Luke describes Jesus as “full of the Spirit”.… Read the rest “Showdown in the Desert (Pt.1)”