Category Archives: Church

Root Canals, Novocain, Giving and God’s Promises

Speaking on giving at church can be like talking about root canals at the dentist; it has to be done, but nobody likes doing it. On the other hand, not talking about God’s promises on giving at church is like … Continue reading

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Simply Resting (Isaiah 56:1–8)

When I told Cheryl Baird that I would preach on rest, she said, “That’s like me preaching on cooking.” Ouch. Okay. I admit it. Sometimes I work too hard. But why do I push myself so hard? Sometimes it is … Continue reading

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Growing Smaller

As a church we must grow smaller. Our church has more people attending on Sundays, more home groups, more ethnic diversity, more age groups and more ministries than before. And we have grown rapidly. Before our merger, Blanchard and Living Water … Continue reading

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Simply Giving (2 Cor 9:6–15)

We feel overwhelmed when we are over-worked, over-worried, over-burdened, and overly in debt. We long to live more simply and untangle the complicated web of our lives. How do we do so? We can only live simply when we trust … Continue reading

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Dressers, Tuition, Obedience and Miraculous Provision

When Eunsil and I were first married, we lived simply. Our kitchen table was a folding card table. We had no dresser so our clothes hung in the closet and our socks and undergarments were in a drawer in our … Continue reading

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Two questions about growth. (1) Why are people coming? (2) What can we do?

“So how long have you been coming here?”  This is a great question to ask if you don’t know someone. In our church, nobody knows everybody, even me! Around the time that Living Water and Blanchard merged in 2015, our … Continue reading

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Prayer and the Burden of Leadership

We must not underestimate the burden of leadership. In 2 Cor 1:8–9, Paul says, “We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself. Indeed we felt we had received the sentence … Continue reading

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