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7 Crises That Threatened the Church’s Existence

As we read the first historical account of the early church found in the book of Acts, we are able to see a pattern of seven essential threats that could have wiped the church off the map! Interesting enough, these seven threats are still hazards to the contemporary church. The following are seven crises the…

20 Contrasts Between a Victim and Victorious Mindset

Through the five plus decades I have lived in NYC I have observed many kinds of people. For the sake of this article I will break these people down into two categories: those with a victim mentality and those with a victor mentality. Those with the victim mindset interpret the world totally different from those…

Why Goals Can Be Harmful

The older and more mature in the Lord I become, the more I have learned to simplify my life and personal goals. Years ago my personal mission statement, vision statement, and goals were about two pages long. Now they are all one short sentence: “Love God and love people.” In my opinion, many of the…

Bringing Power To the Valley

I remember when I first started to learn how to ski. Going up ski lifts and gondolas was fun. The scenery was beautiful, the snow on the mountains and trees was majestic, the air was clean and fresh, and everyone would be laughing and having fun. But then I would have to balance my skis…

7 Signs of Prosperity Pimps

I believe very strongly that God wants to bless His people and give them an abundant life (John 10:10). I also believe poverty is a curse and something the gospel reverses when biblical principles are applied properly. Furthermore, I do not believe pastors and church ministers should take a vow of poverty and that churches…

10 Rites of Passage We Must Complete Before Receiving Divine Influence

By Rites of Passage in this particular article, I am referring to a person’s transition from one status or phase to another. In the church we have various ceremonies that mark different phases of spiritual and biological maturity; I.E. Baptism, First Communion, Confirmation. However, in the context of this article, a ROP is more of…

The Great Church: The Giving Church

When we look at the early church, we see that one of the great attributes that made it a model for church history was that they cared for one another, utilizing whatever gifts and abilities they had to be a blessing to one another, even to the point of releasing houses and property because they…

12 Reasons Why God Restored the Prosperity of Job

The Book of Job shows that in spite of God bragging about Job’s righteousness and obedience to Him, Job wasn’t exempt from trouble. Yet, as Job righteously responded to each challenge and tragedy, God restored and doubled the prosperity of Job. While tragedy strikes many people, very few ever see everything they lost doubly restored….

Contrasting Lateral and Vertical Leadership

Through the years I have observed various kinds of leadership styles and methods. Some are effective in certain contexts but greatly limit their reach because of their limited perspective. The purpose of this article is to explore the differences between what I call “Lateral” and “Vertical” leadership. By lateral leadership I am referring to a…

Putting On the Full Armor of God

In the movie Braveheart, William Wallace wants nothing to do with fighting for his people until his own wife is put to death. Often it takes something painful to wake us up to the sober realities of how this world functions. If you were dropped into an arena as a gladiator and had to fight,…