Burn Your Ships

Walter Henrichsen, in his book Disciples are Made, Not Born, tells the story of when Cortez landed at Vera Cruz in 1519. He had eleven ships full of men who had forsaken all that was familiar to charge headstrong into uncharted regions of Mexico. Henrichsen explains the scene: When Cortez landed . . . to begin his dramatic conquest of Mexico with a pocket-sized force...

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Leading from Overflow

  View image | gettyimages.com   I constantly remind myself and our worship team that we lead from overflow. OVERFLOW. But what does that mean exactly? Here are at least three things it means for me. 1. We cannot lead people where we haven’t been ourselves. Every Sunday morning, we have people who enter our buildings worn out, doubting God’s...

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The Power of a Story

Lately my kids love to hear stories of my childhood. It’s not as if I had some sort of epic Hollywood-script kind of childhood by any means, but because they are real stories with a main character they happen to know on a deeply personal level, they love them. They simply can’t get enough of my stories—simple stories about growing up in a rural Virginia neighborhood...

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Creating a Culture of Thanks

On New Year’s Eve 1961, Dr. W. A. Criswell stood before his congregation at the First Baptist Church Dallas, Texas, and for nearly five hours preached an epic message tracing what he called “the scarlet thread of Scripture” through every book of the Bible. With captivating authority, Criswell revealed how the theme of Christ’s blood atonement serves as a unifying...

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Letting Justice Roll

Years ago Matt Redman wrote a song called Mission’s Flame. In the song he offers an appeal to the people of God to move beyond mere words and to let worship fuel the flame for missions—to let worship propel God’s people forward into action. He says, Let worship be the fuel for mission’s flame
 We’re going with a passion for Your name
 We’re...

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The Futility of Satisfaction

“So, Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released for them Barabbas …” (Mark 15:15) Wishing to satisfy the crowd. This statement is packed with meaning. In that crucial moment, the eternal destinies of every human being lay in the balance. Pilate, out of sheer political and personal interest, chose to cave to the persuasiveness of the crowd rather than to...

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