Category Archives: Humility

Meet the citizens of heaven

It might surprise some to meet the true citizens of heaven. Many religious leaders “shut the door of the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces” (Matthew 23:13). Jesus said of them,  “You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to. ….You travel over land and sea to win a single convert, and when you have succeeded, you make them twice as much a child of hell as you are” (Matthew 23:14-15). Jesus said to these religious leaders, “religious leaders “shut the door of the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces” (Matthew 23:13). Jesus said,  “You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to. …Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you” (Matthew 21:31). Continue reading

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Warning those in the Church

I have the privilege each month of investing in other pastors. The stories they tell me remind me of many things I’ve experienced and learned over 30 years of ministry.

A common theme I hear is how often critics attack pastors and their Churches. I often encourage pastors to warn people about the consequences of standing against God’s work and servants.

Here are some sober words to Church members who are behaving as antagonists: Continue reading

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How do people regard me?

Let’s be honest about how easily we become preoccupied with how others regard us. It’s tempting to build self-perception on how others perceive us. This is the underlying concern relating to preoccupation with status or greatness. Continue reading

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Most important spiritual lesson

I am continually relearning this truth about my total dependence on God. Continue reading

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God gives grace to the humble

If you know someone who has a habit of pointing out the sins of others… Continue reading

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Are you poor in Spirit?

Blessed — approved of God — are the poor in spirit. To be poor in spirit is to recognize… Continue reading

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The glory of ordinary lives

What would life look like if we had renewed zeal to “… be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5). Continue reading

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