Reaching the Colleges and Universities in America

Where can you go to reach America and its future leaders? Where can you find atheists and agnostics from all over the world, Muslims from Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Iran or Buddhists and Hindus from China, Thailand, and Japan? The answer to these questions is the colleges and universities of America! The college campus is quite possibly one of the most powerful launching points from which to reach the world with the Gospel.

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Great Door of Opportunity

This year’s conference theme is “Go Forward”. I am writing this blog to challenge women to move through the great door of opportunity God has put before them. God has a great opportunity waiting for each and every person in the world. For the lost person that does not know Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior, it is a great door of opportunity to truly know Him and accept His free gift of salvation. For the Christian, it is a great door of opportunity to carry out the plan and purpose that God created each one of us to do in this world. It is amazing that no two people have exactly the same plan from God. It is so exciting that God loved us so much that He created a plan for each one of us.

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Our Family Just Changed...Forever

The lesson is finished and everyone has left the classroom . . . except Ethan. He sits staring at the floor. “Time to go, Ethan.” He looks up at you with tears in his eyes and mutters, “Teacher, my mom and dad are getting a divorce. Our family just changed . . . forever!”

What will you say next? You are the leader. You teach Ethan the Bible every week; you have taught him that the Bible has the answers to all of life’s questions. His life will never be the same again. With his one statement, he has invited you into his life.

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The Power of Parenting

There is no greater assignment in life than the joy and privilege of serving as a parent. The opportunity to mold and mentor a young life is a unique gift that is to be treasured by those whose ears respond to the call “Mom” or “Dad.” As a father and leader in the home, men must view parenting not as a necessary chore, but as a privilege to be enjoyed. Far too many parents—even Christian parents—are enduring what they ought to be enjoying! But do not take my word for it—listen to God’s perspective: “Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward” (Psalm 127:3).

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Creative Ideas for Summer Children’s Evangelism

Local churches too often schedule their year without ever examining the schedule of events that their community has organized. 74-81% of families do not travel away from their communities on summer holidays. Six out of ten children are involved in community sponsored summer programs. Taking advantage of the world’s activities can allow countless opportunities of reaching the lost for Christ.

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The Biblical Model of Training Children to Serve

Fifteen years ago I answered the call to serve as an associate pastor at a Baptist church in northwestern Virginia. We came at a time when the new senior pastor had been voted into office a couple of months before, and a casting of vision was needed for the church to advance. Very quickly after we arrived we discovered a church body that had experienced much hurt, pain, and division because of the mistakes of former leadership. Through no fault of its own the body corporate had not experienced any spiritual growth in years. I can recall a conversation I had with our pastor early on when we reviewed the state of affairs. He asked me, “Well, there are a number of staff members that have left and the work is wide open. What do you think the Lord would want you to do?”

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When Who You Are Doesn’t Match Who You Feel You Are

When you think of a lady in the ministry, what comes to your mind? Often in my mind I think of a woman a lot like my mother. One who has a sweet disposition, who comes off as quiet and mild-mannered, and full of grace. A lady who has manners, knows how to carry herself, is put-together. She is empathetic, good with people, caring, compassionate, and loving to all who cross her path. Her home is spotless, her children well-behaved, and her husband always happy. Basically, she is the quintessential pastor’s wife - a real lady!

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The Desire to “Behave” for Christ

“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:”

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