Articles Tagged 'Challenge'

Jesus, Be Born in Me

Jesus, Be Born in Me

Like Mary, we don't know fully what we are committing to do, but we know that our ultimate destination is Jesus.

Phil Ware reminds us of the gritty reality of Jesus' birth and Mary choosing to accept the challenge of being Jesus' mother and reminds us of our need to commit to have Jesus born in our lives.

Pray and Help!

Pray and Help!

Practical information on how to help after Harvey and the devastation left behind.

Phil Ware reminds us that compassion isn't compassion until it is turned into action just as faith without compassionate works is dead.

I Will Pursue Unity

I Will Pursue Unity

For the sake of making 'every effort to pursue the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace' (Ephesians 4:3).

Rubel Shelly gives us a practical, yet very challenging, set of practices to help us pursue unity with other believers without compromising our own faith and commitment to Scripture.

Dinner at Levi's House

Dinner at Levi's House

They're unsettling. They're uncomfortable. They're troubling. So, we don't ask, at least not out loud!

Phil Ware asks a bunch of troubling questions as he looks at the story of Jesus and his call of Levi and the party Levi had at his house afterwords.

Simple Oil Changes

Simple Oil Changes

Why is it so hard to let our Father help us?

Max Lucado reminds us that God wants to help us through our hardest challenges.

Ancient Wisdom, Today's Grace: Singing the Jesus Song

Ancient Wisdom, Today's Grace: Singing the Jesus Song

What can reach our hearts and call us to be like Jesus with power and emotion?

Phil Ware continues his series on 'Ancient Wisdom, Today's Grace' and challenges us to follow Paul's example of using our songs to call us back to Jesus.

A Great Reconstruction

A Great Reconstruction

God promises us a sacred blessing and a sacred delight in these words of Jesus!

Max Lucado reminds us that while the Beatitudes are demanding, they are also life-giving and a privilege to live as an answer to God's call in our lives.

After the Crowd Has Gone

After the Crowd Has Gone

Thanksgiving is over; so what do we do now as we return to the challenges of life?

Phil Ware reminds us that Jesus gave us a great example on how to deal with the challenges we face after a great thanksgiving feast.

Live Beyond

Live Beyond

I want to invite you to join me in living beyond the horizon of our children's faith!

Phil Ware writes about leaving a legacy with his children and grandchildren to pass on faith and be passionate disciples of Jesus.

Re-Mastered!

Re-Mastered!

What is really mastering us?

Phil Ware gets personal about the idols in his life and wanting to be re-Mastered by Jesus.

A Way Through the Ice Fall

A Way Through the Ice Fall

How do we avoid magical thinking and shortcuts that dangerously risk our doom?

Phil Ware continues his series of articles on churches facing the challenges of the interim season and uses the imagery of high mountain climbing to help us appreciate the challenges.

Your Bible is Not Safe

Your Bible is Not Safe

Be careful, reading this can lead to all sorts of changed behavior!

Rubel Shelly reminds us that the Bible is far from safe and is dangerous to read because it challenges us and changes us and brings us to Jesus to be transformed.

Don't Settle for a Small Destiny

Don't Settle for a Small Destiny

What do we let define us, call or catastrophe?

Max Lucado from his book "You'll Get Through This" encourages us to not let our disappointments define us but instead let God's destiny for us define us.

A Prayer about Things We Cannot Change

A Prayer about Things We Cannot Change

Sometimes life is not fair with us, so what are we going to do about it?

Rubel Shelly shares an important reality about dealing with the hand we are dealt and living life recognizing that there are many things we cannot change but have to do the best we can with.

What Time Is it in Your Church?

What Time Is it in Your Church?

Can your church tell time?

Tim Woodroof shares the final post or article in his series Change in the Life of Church, and talks about a time to be born and a time to die and asks what time is it in our church?

Following God in the Wilderness

Following God in the Wilderness

Can you hear the sound of trumpets?

Mark Frost continues his four part series on the interim season and comparing it to Israel's time in the wilderness and how God fashioned, shaped, molded, corrected, honed, built, re-built, transformed, his people through their time in the wilderness of t

Potholes Ahead

Potholes Ahead

While we cannot accurately predict the future, for most of us, there will be potholes in our path!

Rubel Shelly reminds us to not get knocked off our path when we encounter potholes, even big bad ones that do damage, but to keep pressing on and persevering toward the call of God.

Ordinary or Not?

Ordinary or Not?

Are you making it up as you go?

Ron Rose is back to challenging us to treat our spiritual life like and adventure and let God lead us by faith and not hide the monotony of our same old routines.

Counting Down or Ratcheting Up?

Counting Down or Ratcheting Up?

Learning to live in tune with God!

Phil Ware gives us three key principles to follow as we approach the New Year, ask the Lord what he wants us to do, learn to rest, and get to know Jesus better.

It Starts with Mission

It Starts with Mission

Where do you begin to find a new preacher, pastor, or minister?

Tim Woodroof begins a series of articles by Interim Ministry Partners on discovering a congregation's mission by talking about how churches want to find someone to fill the pulpit in a hurry when they first need to discover who they are and what their mis

I Blew It... Again!

I Blew It... Again!

What happens when Mt. Momma erupts?

Sarah Holley challenges us to focus on our own actions, ask for forgiveness, and prepare for the next trigger encounter after we have come to grips with the latest time we've blown it.

That's You Dad!

That's You Dad!

What a sweet dedication in a book, just wish it were my own!

Russ Lawson writes about finding a book with a special inscription for fathers, dads, that reminds us that changing the world comes at a cost and so we step up to the plate and do what a dad is supposed to do.

What Do You Learn from the Darkness

What Do You Learn from the Darkness

When life is tough, how does faith really help?

Ron Rose writes about hard times and hospital visits and Job and Israel and what we do with the darkness we find ourselves in.

Let's Talk about Ducks!

Let's Talk about Ducks!

Have you said your duck prayer lately?

Rubel Shelly reminds us to live life expecting it to be an adventure with Jesus in which we are surprised and learn new things again and again.

More than Mr. Rogers

More than Mr. Rogers

Jesus calls us beyond the narrow caricatures of grace.

Phil Ware continues his series called UNPREDICTABLE about Jesus and his love and grace and call to follow him in holiness and reminds us that grace calls us from sin and death and to a life of holiness.