By Clayton King
Opportunity is a funny thing. Sometimes you can see it coming a mile away. You have time to prepare for it, you have time to pray about it, and you're totally ready when it arrives.
Other times it appears unannounced, as fast as a lightning bolt. No warning whatsoever. You aren't afforded the luxury of time to pray about it. You may not even be able to ask several trusted friends. You have to make a decision, then and there.
Truth be told, sometimes I miss opportunities because I was afraid to "take" the shot, the chance, or the risk.
For example, several years ago right before the economic recession, I had a solid offer from a buyer who wanted my house. And I wanted to sell it. I needed to sell it. But I had a magic number in my head, and they were only a few thousand bucks away. I hesitated, I didn't "take" the offer immediately (even though my wife said I should)...and literally, just a few hours later when I decided to take their offer, they had agreed on a price for another home. Less than a mile from my home. FULL POST
Posted 10/20/14 at 12:00 PM | Christian Post Guest Voices
By Joe McKeever
“Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I tell you?” (Luke 6:46) and “If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them” (John 13:17).
Let’s see what you do and I’ll decide for myself whether you believe the Bible.
My buddy Kris was commenting on meaningless questions some of our Facebook friends suggested should be put before pastor search committees (our previous article). Most, she said, are useless because they presuppose the answer.
Asking a search committee “Does your church believe the Bible?” is meaningless, because they’re all going to answer in the affirmative, and you’re no better off than had you not asked it.
“Wait a minute,” Kris said, interrupting herself. “I just remembered a time when my pastor answered that differently.” FULL POST
Posted 10/17/14 at 12:33 PM | Christian Post Guest Voices
I am afraid of 3 very silly things that are completely illogical . .
By Clayton King
Math, spiders, and clowns. Math is confusing, spiders are killers, and clowns eat people. These are scientific facts.
But beyond the laughable fears that each of us have should be a very real and horrifying fear every pastor, youth minister, missionary, campus pastor, worship leader, wife and husband and parent, should always be mindful and fearful of . .
. . the fear of being disqualified. FULL POST
Posted 10/16/14 at 2:17 PM | Christian Post Guest Voices
According to a new report released this week, a staggering 2 billion people do not get the essential vitamins and minerals from the food they eat. They remain undernourished, suffering from the “hidden hunger” of micronutrient and vitamin deficiencies.
The annual Global Hunger Index (GHI) is released jointly by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Welthungerhilfe (one of Germany's largest private development organizations), and Concern Worldwide. The 2014 report finds that, while great strides have been made to feed the world, 805 million people are still chronically undernourished because they do not get enough to eat. Even those who get sufficient calories can suffer from hidden hunger, an often overlooked yet critical aspect of hunger and nutrition.
Hidden hunger is often hard to detect, but is potentially devastating. Hidden hunger weakens the immune system, stunts physical and intellectual growth, and can lead to death. It wreaks economic havoc as well, locking countries into cycles of poor nutrition, lost productivity, poverty, and reduced economic growth. FULL POST
Posted 10/16/14 at 12:30 PM | Christian Post Guest Voices
I've asked God for big things before. I've prayed for him to heal my father of heart disease, deliver a family member from drug addiction, and let me marry a wonderful Christian woman. I've prayed for Him to supply our ministry with financial miracles and to let me meet Billy Graham. But I've never prayed for anything quite this crazy.
I am asking God to save 3,000 people this weekend at NewSpring Church.
Here are the reasons why I am praying for this.
1. I want everyone to know the love and grace of Jesus Christ. How much do you have to hate someone to be a Christian, and NOT want them to be a Christian, too? My desire is for everyone on the planet to experience the abundant life that Jesus offers. FULL POST
Posted 10/16/14 at 9:50 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices
By Randy Alcorn
One of the most difficult challenges for a Christian student is to be in a classroom with a professor who is openly hostile to faith in Christ. Standing up for the Lord and for righteousness in these type of situations is tough, but I believe when it is done humbly, in a spirit of grace and truth, God will bring great good out of it—most of which we will probably never see in this life.
I will never forget when I was 20, a student coming up to me after a philosophy class thanking me for speaking up for Christ when the professor was ripping apart the Christian faith. He couldn’t get over the idea that a Jesus-follower could do this, and though I lost track of him I think that it made a difference in his life, and perhaps sowed seeds in some of the unbelievers who were ultimately drawn to Christ. FULL POST
Posted 10/16/14 at 9:31 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices
By Joe McKeever
A friend who works with student ministers on the various college campuses around New Orleans has invited me to address his team in their weekly gathering. Asked if he had a topic in mind for me, he said, “Give us three things you would tell those just starting out in ministry.”
Three things? How about a hundred! Here are a few that come to mind, in no particular order.
1) Make sure of your calling.
The ministry can be tough and you will often be lonely and experience great frustration. Things are not going as you had planned. The people you trusted have proven themselves untrustworthy. Those over you in the work have been unable to fulfill their promises. You’re seeing little results from your labors. You are exhausted and see no way to clear off the schedule for a well-earned rest.
Unless God calls you into this work, you will not last. FULL POST
Posted 10/15/14 at 11:43 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices
By Clayton King
I've heard people compare the feeling of a "hangover" to being hit by a truck, run over by a mule, or sucker-punched by Mike Tyson. And while I've never been drunk and can't relate to waking up with a splitting headache after a night at the club, I have lots of experience with Monday Morning Hangovers.
If you're in a leadership position at your church, you can relate to this feeling. The weekend is not the only time you work, but it's when your work takes it's heaviest toll on you. This is particularly true for those of us who stand in front of people to preach, sing, teach, or play an instrument. All eyes are you. That's hard enough. But all those eyes that are fixed on you are actually looking for God, but since He's invisible, they look to you as His mouthpiece, His spokesman, His representative. This is heavy stuff.
So whether you preach one time or five times (like I did this weekend at NewSpring)...you're going to feel it deep down in your bones. There's always a level of anticipation before you stand on the stage and that anticipation causes excitement and anxiety. Your body doesn't know the difference between good and bad anxiety. It's the same chemical reaction internally. And whether you preach for an hour or 35 minutes (which I actually did this weekend, a small miracle in itself)...your body will feel the effects sooner or later. FULL POST
Posted 10/15/14 at 9:17 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices
By David Murray
Because of sin, husbands have a tendency to neglect or abuse their headship. That’s why the Apostle Paul combines his teaching on the husband’s leadership in Ephesians 5v22-32 with three commands to love his wife and uses two models to help them.
1. Love as their own bodies (v. 28)
Jay Adams put this well: “Husbands know how to nourish and cherish their own bodies, don’t they? Something slips and John gashes his arm with a tool. Blood drips down and he dashes off to the medicine closet. He carefully washes it, cares for it, nourishes it, and cherishes it. He may spend the next six days nourishing and cherishing!”
Nourishing and cherishing translate two of the most tender words available in the Greek language. Nourishing is about feeding with a view to flourishing and growth in every area of her life: physical, intellectual, emotional, recreational, social, and spiritual. Cherishing is about keeping warm, as a bird puts her wing over its young to protect and treasure. FULL POST
Posted 10/14/14 at 2:45 PM | Christian Post Guest Voices
By Clayton King
Last week I personally witnessed over 1,800 people publicly respond to the gospel. That is not normal for me. For 26 years I've been preaching the gospel and calling people to repent and trust Christ, but seldom have I seen such a harvest as what I witnessed last week at Liberty University and NewSpring. God be praised! It is only by His grace.
The question that we normally ask after people repent of their sin and take their first step in their relationship with Jesus is, "What's next?" It's the greatest of miracles when a person makes a decision to receive God's grace, but the decision must bring them to discipleship. Here's a list of the next steps for a new Christian (and this is what we teach and do atCrossroads, Liberty and NewSpring). FULL POST