For many of us, Christmas is the “most wonderful time of the year”. That’s not true for everyone. There are some of us that will experience significant pain this Christmas. So… how do you cope? What do you do? During this episode of The Next Steps, Kevin will talk through the problem of pain and the answer that the message of Christmas gives us! #christmas #pain #TheNextSteps
When you start a journey, it’s always exciting. The first few steps of a run, the first few miles of a road trip… there’s always a sense of wonder and expectation. The same is true of the journey to plant a church. It started with good dreams: helping people find a meaningful relationship with Jesus, seeing broken families healed and the lost being found. I neglected to understand this important fact: to see all that happens we would have to gather a bunch of sinners together
I’m not a “health nut”, but I’ve learned something important about being healthy… It hurts. Being unhealthy hurts, too. When you plant a church, at the center of your motivation needs to be two things: God and people. Planting always needs to be a response to a call. I’ve written about that before. Planting also always needs to be focused on people. I came back to our rural, Southern town to start a brand new church because I love the people of this community. I always have.
There is a funny looking bush that grows in the red clay forests of Georgia and Alabama. Literally, it looks like overnight someone to a pine tree and buried it, leaving only a small stem poking out of the ground. I feel like this furry little bush a lot. A small spectacle amidst a towering chorus of achievement. A bit out of place. Or small. See, though its appearance is of a shrubbery, its merely a small tree. A small “long-needle” pine tree to be exact. God teaches u