Arguments Against Gay Marriage (Christian Thoughts on the Gay Marriage Debate)

In this article I plan to write about the Christian arguments against gay marriage. Practically everyone in the mainstream media seems to be discussing why gay marriage should be legalized, but in this article I plan to offer my own Christian thoughts on the gay marriage debate. My perspective is derived out of being the pastor of a Christian church in the rather liberal state of California, USA. I am a ... Continue

13 Truths About Christian Fellowship. (#10 Might Be My Most Favorite)

One of the greatest parts about being a lover of the only true and living God is the Christian fellowship that goes along with it. It amazes me how so many "Christians" today disregard Christian fellowship and place it so low on the weekly to-do list that it never even becomes a priority. Too many people reject the biblical mandate of Christian fellowship for other things like athletics for the kids. ... Continue

I Hate My Husband (8 Ways to Overcome Conflict in Marriage)

You can find almost anything on internet these days. But you have to be very, very, very careful about trusting the publisher of what you find on the internet because, as President Abraham Lincoln himself said, "Don't trust everything you read on the internet" ~Abraham Lincoln (Get it? I hope so!) I Hate My Husband 6,600 Times Over Google is a mammoth search engine. It also has an amazing internet ... Continue

Serving Others and the Countless Blessings You Receive By Doing It

You probably already know this but God wants each of us serving others. Serving others is the very reason we are each still here on earth. But as much as serving others is required, we fail to remember that we receive blessings upon blessing when we step out of our comfort zone to serve other people. Jesus said this: "It is more blessed to give than to receive" (Acts 20:35). Do you believe Jesus? Do ... Continue

6 Ways on How to Fix a Relationship between a Husband and a Wife

As I stated in a previous article on ways a husband can show love to his wife: Marriage ain't easy! Marriage can hurt, can be painful, and it oftentimes can feel more like a roller-coaster than a smooth boat ride on a calm lake. There and up's and there are down's. Sometimes those down's feel so low you want to quit, pack up your bags and leave. But there is light at the end of the tunnel for those who ... Continue

9 Things to Consider When Preparing for Ministry as Your Reasonable Service to God

When preparing for ministry, you need to start thinking soberly about it all, the way God thinks. To think biblically is the beginning of a lifetime of reasonable service to other people. CONSIDER THIS: When you were just a child, no one had to teach you how to cheat, to lie, or to be rude by not sharing your toys with others. As you grew older, those "skills" of sinful depravity began to blossom even ... Continue

8 Reasons Why Sober Thinking Leads to Effective Christian Ministry

Humble people serve other people, while proud people wait to be served.   If you're getting to a point in your spiritual walk with the Lord where you want to excel and do more kingdom work, I have good news for you: God wants that for you as well! QUESTION: How can you increase your current level of faithfulness when it comes to serving people inside and outside of your local church? ANSWER: ... Continue

Awana Theme Nights, Awana Games, and Children’s Ministry

Awana. It is right around the corner. For my church, it is coming next Wednesday. (Yikes!) And with the kickoff of Awana games and children's ministry in general, that means it's time to outline our Awana Theme Nights. And that means loads of fun! Awana is a wonderful ministry that gives children the opportunity to learn about Jesus Christ and God's holy Word, as well as playing games, having fun with ... Continue

What If God Hired A Search Committee To Find His Prophets, Apostles and Pastors?

What if God hired a search committee to find pastors like churches today do to find pastors? Maybe the results would come back like the following? Search Committee Report: The following is a confidential report on several candidates being considered for our new Pastor. Adam: Good man but problems with his wife. Also one reference told of how his wife and he enjoy walking nude in the woods. Noah: Former ... Continue

Pre-Conversion Sins And Your Pastor: What Does The Bible Say About it?

Do pre-conversion sins (sins committed before you're saved) matter in this life? Do our sins follow into eternity or have any implications for this life today, or is the slate wiped clean once we're saved? What does the Bible say about pre-conversion sins? I’m all for God’s amazing grace and---positionally---Christians are forever set free from the yoke and burden of our sins, but the question remains: ... Continue

An Elevator Pitch For Your Church (Guest Post at Pastors.com)

There are about 50,000,000 things that can happen in and around the church to accelerate ministry and encourage the brethren. The challenge is to focus on that which is most needed and will prove to be most beneficial in the end. What should you focus on at your church? Well, how about an elevator pitch? Whoa...what? Yes. An elevator pitch for churches. In other words, a short two or three sentence ... Continue

Baptism: What Does The Bible Say About It?

I became the senior pastor of Faith Baptist Church just a few months ago. There are lots of exciting challenges and victories in pastoral ministry. One of the problems I don't mind ever having too many of is a mass of believers who want to get baptized. We're having a baptism service at our church on September 9th and we've got a problem. Too many people showed up for the baptism class to get baptized. ... Continue

Dying For The Glory Of God

When you woke up this morning, what did you do? Did you eat any breakfast? Maybe go to the gym? Hug your children? Go to work? Shoot some basketball? Take a walk? What did you do? Whatever you did, however, I assume you probably didn't think you would have to die today for the glory of God. No one ever wakes up, looks at their to-do list and says, "Ah yes, I have a conference call at 8:00 a.m. with a ... Continue

Christian Pick Up Lines Guaranteed To Keep You “Single” For The Rest Of Your Life

I am so proud to be able to say that I have never used a lame pick up line with a girl. (Please, don't ask my wife. Shh!) Christian pick up lines are funny, awkward, cheesy, and if I ever hear my sons use them when they get older I'll disown them in the blink of an eye! (Either that or use it on my wife and see if it works. LOL.) Men...ladies...are you guilty of ever using lame Christian pick up lines ... Continue

Cursing: What Does The Bible Say About It?

Few things can so adequately reveal the character of a person than the words that come out of their mouth (or that they tweet or post on social media websites!). In fact, you can learn a lot about a stranger in just a 3-minute conversation, from nothing more than their speech. Words have the power to build up and to tear down. The Bible says that our tongues are a world of iniquity. We bless God out of one ... Continue

12 Reasons Why God’s Will For Your Life Is: DO WHATEVER YOU WANT!

How many times have you personally prayed for the knowledge of God’s will? Twenty times? Fifty? Maybe even more than that? It’s funny that we often ask for things we already possess, and for things that God would freely give us if we planned to use them appropriately. Here’s what I mean but that. ... Continue

Physical Suffering: God’s Will For Your Life

There is a 98-year old Christian woman at my church who is not doing well physically. Not at all, actually. About one week ago, she (Loretta) fell and broke her hip. Both her doctor and her children have decided that surgery is not an option in her case. They chose, instead, at-home hospice care. Essentially, they are trying to keep her as comfortable as possible until the Lord decides to take her home to ... Continue

God-Centered Christianity: God’s Will For Your Life

Are you a God-centered Christian or a self-centered Christian? Which one do you think God wants you to be? Whatever you are in this life, I guarantee that when you get to Heaven, you will no longer be so concerned about yourself. You'll be singularly focused on God and His glory. His praise. Worship of Him! And if that is true of eternity future, shouldn't it also be true today? I think so. Another area ... Continue