Proud preachers love religion; they use divine power to control followers.
The best lessons are when the character of God is revealed in the lives of leaders who have battle scars defending the faith.
We have those same letters today, so we can submit to the same authority with which Paul wrote his letters.
You confidently confront those old thoughts by declaring, “I can do all things through Christ.”
So keeping relationships clear of the debris of mistrust and miscommunication makes a holy embrace possible.
Seven colleague friends from six countries and five continents met for three months in Delhi, India to form the team that would lead YWAM’s first School of University Ministries.
A testimony is like fresh bread; the warmth and aroma cause people to hunger.
The paradox here is that humility is a primary requirement for hearing God’s authoritative voice.
God gave them everything they needed. But they believed the lie that turned their hearts away from God.
The proverb (26:4) says, Don’t respond to the stupidity of a fool.
This is how a leader identifies with Jesus Christ; he was falsely accused and judged guilty without proof.
The point of parenting is to raise men and women who are no longer dependent on you.
Like Paul, I believe the call of an apostle is to proclaim the good news to new people at new places and in new ways.
I was given a gift during that time. Though I feel pain in my body everyday since that fateful night, I received the gift of God’s grace.
Paul preferred being thought a fool than to draw attention away from the message of Jesus Christ.
The truly spiritual do not seem to have interest in spiritual things. They don’t make a side show of the supernatural.
I was never lowered in a basket, but humiliation found a way.
Better to burn for what God cares about than waste away on self-righteous slop and nervous narcissism.
Paul felt foolish listing his losses, the things at the time of his call that Jesus said he “must suffer.”
The high pressure pitch of altar calls were a foreign experience for my kids.
Some have made it a career pretending to be called to preach. They’re more concerned about money than they are the people God loves.
My heart broke and I learned a lesson; those who claim to know a secret way are not all they say.
Most people won’t tell you this. Their favorite subject to talk about is themselves.
Positive statements can strengthen you and help you overcome self-sabotaging and negative thoughts.
Conflicts arise when there’s confusion about our God given boundaries, when someone crosses over into a territory where they have not been invited.
Comparing reveals a deficit, something lacking in the heart.
I was not in any way an authority over the amazing pioneer work of YWAM South Korea.
No longer in lockstep with an exclusive vision of a pure breed with a pure set of rules, he sat at every table with the welcoming warmth of the Father.
We can grab those warped words by the throat and say, “Where did you come from?”
Sometimes you have to stand up and speak boldly.
Special grace leads a person to show compassion, to suffer with others, which is something government programs cannot do. The Good Samaritan understood social justice.
My wife Mary heard stories about her dad who fought in China during WWII. One day, after we had two…
We work at keeping it a surprise.
Real generosity flows out of real relationship at the right time.
When enthusiasm spreads from relief to development, communities with chronic poverty are transformed.
We were suddenly responsible for YWAM’s Field Ministry Internships program, college teams that were serving in three countries that summer.
We host co-laborers in the gospel, people we are happy to commend, from all over the world. Did you know your home is important to kingdom work?
Northern America’s 281 million Christians have a personal income of about $14.4 trillion dollars, which is about seven times more than the incomes of Africa’s 768 million Christians.
Giving generously is an act of surrender of control, an act of worship. You can do this.
If the Macedonians were in on this generosity, certainly the Corinthians would get in on it too.
Jesus invited the rich young ruler on an adventure of faith, which works through love. Paul’s appeal is the same. Join the adventure.
Amazing calling. That call is not ours alone. We know our supporters have troubles just like we do.
When conflict points me and my friends back to God, there’s a purity of heart that can be seen, can be felt. And it’s contagious.
Like when you fall down and wonder how you got here.
Harsh words. Some will say, “Wow! He’s so blunt.” Others will say, “She’s refreshingly honest.”
Time and distance do not cool a friendship.
Trust is fragile. Restoring trust is hard. Look back at your last communication.
He’s the universe’s magnet and we’re the object of his affection. What he’s not attracted to is the junk holding us back.
The world will tell you to compromise, but that’s not relationship. It’s not compromise God does; it’s sacrifice. It’s not selfish narcissism God expects, it’s integrity.
Step into the wide open world God made for you. He made you for more.
Sometimes smooth sailing; sometimes harsh as hell.
I saw hope in marriage and family. It’s work, but worth it. The payoff? Real family; real friendships.
Gaining a red nose for Matthew the Clown was the reward of a pure heart. And the onlookers who received it, got the free gift of new life.
This letter to the people who PAUL thought respected him refers again and again to his personal trials and joys.
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