In Matthew 6:21, we learn “21 …where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” There are many ways to reflect on this verse, but after seeing a credit card commercial asking, “What’s in Your Wallet?” I have realized that our wallets are like modern-day treasure chests and point to where our hearts are. Let’s open up our wallets and prayerfully reflect on the things we find inside. I will use my wallet as an example.
In my wallet, I have some cash (and a debit card that links to stored cash). Money represents the fruit of our labors. Give thanks for our abundance, and ask for help in our financial needs. Let us lift up our work, and our investments to God.
I love my Android smart phone and tablet, but in order to get them to really help my productivity, I had to find the right apps. There are a handful of apps for pastors that have completely changed the way I operate on a daily basis, and I thought I would share them you:
In an almost random internet search, I happened across this powerful Jewish tale that helps us to understand the Bible’s instructions for dealing with strangers in our midst:
Not too long ago, I delivered a sermon to my congregation about the importance of living out and sharing the Gospel message with people who are different from ourselves. After the sermon, a parishioner came up to me and told me that a Palestinian woman came into her office during the week,
I have seen responses to surveys about church growth from several churches over the years, and I am always surprised to see responses like, “we don’t want to grow bigger,” or “if we grow to two services, we won’t know everyone.” These common responses go against our mission as Christians to make disciples. So how do we overcome our fear of growing churches? I think the parable of talents (see Matthew 25:14+) helps us in our thinking about church growth.