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Ecclesiastes 4:12

Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

Life ChangeA men’s ministry I was blessed to work with in years gone by used a very similar passage as their base Scripture – Proverbs 27:17 – As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. They believed that part of the benefit of being in fellowship together was the way they could enhance each other’s walk with Christ. They called themselves Iron to Iron. They met monthly for a meeting. Many of them were in the same weekly Bible Study and Sunday School class. We had 25-30 men in a weekly Bible Study and over 80 adults in one class for Sunday School. It was a time of great spiritual growth. A number of the men took road trips together to Promise Keeper events. One such event was Stand in the Gap in Washington – DC – on October 4, 1997. I was there and reports are – so were nearly 3 million men. It was a life experience I will never forget.

I mentioned recently – to our current Bible Studies – that part of the reason we spend the first portion of our studies talking about praises and prayer concerns is to get to know one another better. Small group ministries are very important. I would imagine that upwards of 50% of a typical congregation only attend worship each week with the church family. If folks only spend an hour plus with one another a week – with the pastor – with the family of God – at their local place of worship – they will not know each other well. Spending time in a small group where one could ask questions – where others can interject their thoughts – always opens up dialogue. Continue reading

May 10, 2019 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Full of His Glory

Isaiah 6:3

And they were calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.

profileAs a child I remember going camping with the family.  We often went to Skyline Drive.  While driving to the campgrounds we often would pull over at some of the overlooks – where we could get a glimpse of the beautiful mountains – God’s creation.  Being from West Virginia – I can remember many mountain top experiences as we’ve traveled the roads.  The glory of God is seen in nature – for me – more than anywhere else I think!

I remember another mountain top experience.  It was the day of my salvation in the summer of 1967.  My father held and revival and I felt so moved that I came forward to receive Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior.  I remember another time during 1968 when we held a 24 hour month long prayer vigil at our church.  I remember taking a half hour every day for a month.  It was a moving experience and I often felt the presence of God as I sat in the church’s chapel and prayed and read Scripture – I was 13.  There were other times in my life I have experienced the fullness of God’s glory – how about you? Continue reading

September 19, 2013 Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Family, From the Pastor, Prayer, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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