How do we respond to each other in this election season?


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Just in case you have not noticed, election season is here. If you are like me, your friends, co-workers, neighbors, and family have begun choosing who they are voting for this November. And, if you are like me, many of those same people are wanting you to either vote for or vote against the same candidate as they.

To add to the confusion, many thoughtful Christians are providing you help in whom to choose or not to choose in the voting booth. Good men and women oppose each other in terms of the advice they share. Many Christian conservatives, such as Wayne Grudem, Al Mohler, Russell Moore, and several from the Gospel Coalition, have been vocal in both trying to defend who they are voting for and convince you to do the same.

Bottom line though, every Christian is responsible to make a personal, informed, thoughtful choice this November.

Until then, how are we to engage each other and our community about these matters? From my vantage point, there are many Christians who are more passionate about their choice and your choice in November than what they are passionate about following Christ consistently.

Let me offer some biblical and practical advice to all of us – regardless of your November choices, to hopefully give you a foundation from which to engage each other on social media, in personal conversations, and at community gatherings. I think Ephesians 4:1-6 provides us a good backdrop for my comments.


“I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism;”


The primary command is to walk or live worthy of our position in Jesus Christ. As followers of Christ, God expects our attitudes and behaviors to be consistent with what God has done for us in salvation. For in the past by grace we have been saved through faith. As such, we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ unto good works, which God prepared for us to walk in them (Eph 2:8-10). So how do we walk or live in the good works of Christ in us? We do so day by day striving to live consistent with our new life in Christ (Eph 4:1).

Paul identifies five key attitudes which enable each one of us to walk worthy on a daily basis for Christ. In regard to politics this election season, each of these attitudes help us engage each other in a worthy manner of our position in Christ.

Engage Humbly. Humility is the opposite of pride and arrogance. Essentially it means to make the concerns of others more important than your own as exemplified in the life of Jesus (Phil 2:1-11). So as you engage others about their political opinions, choose to respect them and appreciate they care and desire to help. Humility does not mean that you have to agree with what is said; it does however demonstrate concern about the other person. Humility refrains from seeing the other person as stupid or insulting him because of his opinion.

Engage Gently. Gentleness as expressed here means to exercise self-control. This is a fruit of the Spirit and another characteristic of Jesus. As you determine how to respond to another person’s opinion, consider how to use your words with restraint and discipline. Be intentional in what is said or not said in an effort to produce amiable conversation. Especially on social media, you may wait for a period of time before responding to give yourself time to think through what to say and how to say it, or you choose not to comment at all.

Engage Patiently. Patience implies that you are long-tempered or slow to get angry. If you are passionate about the future, concerned for your children and grandchildren, and recognize the significance of this election, it is easy to get angry when engaging someone who has an opposing opinion. You may be scratching your head and wondering how someone can have that viewpoint. In these moments, patience compliments humility and gentleness.

Engage with Forbearance in Love. Essentially Paul challenges us to put up with each other in love. There are opinions, ideas, personality quirks, likes, dislikes, and other matters like voting preferences that you just do not appreciate about another person. You should expect not to agree with everyone else in your family or church, much less your workplace or community. In those instances, because of your love of Christ and each other, choose to overlook it. This is only possible though as you choose humility, gentleness, and patience.

Engage seeking to protect unity. The final exhortation is to make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Essentially, God expects the unity of believers that Jesus provided through the cross to demonstrate Christ to a lost world (John 17:20-23). This does not mean that Christians cannot disagree with one another; however, Christians must disagree in a way that protects the unity we have in Christ through the Spirit. He demands to “make every effort.” This requires us to do our very best.


How should I respond when someone comes to me with “juicy” gossip?


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The sins of the tongue – they have an incredible ability to hurt you and others (James 3:1-12). We could share so many stories of how gossip has fueled rumors, hurt friendships, tarnished reputations, damaged churches and ministries, and created division instead of unity.

Is there anyone who has not experienced the hurt of someone using his or her tongue carelessly or maliciously? Worse yet, is there anyone of us whose words have not hurt someone else? James teaches that if a person can control his or her tongue, that one is mature and can control all the body (James 3:2).

Many times Christ-followers are put into a precarious situation when another person begins to share gossip. Sometimes gossip may sound like a “news” report, “Did you hear about…?” At other times it may sound like a prayer request, “Would you please pray for…?” Possibly it comes through a personal account by a friend, “You would never believe what happened to me…” So how do you respond when you are in this situation?

What is gossip?

Jerry Bridges defines gossip as “the spreading of unfavorable information about someone else, even if that information is true.”[1] A definition I have found very helpful over the years is, “Sharing information about another person when you are not part of the problem or part of the solution.” Often when we gossip, we actually share information we did not experience first-hand either by hearing or seeing the events we share.

What makes gossip wrong?

There are several reasons gossip is wrong; I will limit my answer for space sake. Paul wrote, “Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification” (Eph 4:29). Gossip fails to meet this standard on several fronts. Gossip is corrupt communication. It does not seek to edify or impart grace to the hearer or the person as the object of the gossip. Plus, the motive of our gossip is often self-righteous pride and therefore does not honor Christ. Ultimately our words tear down instead of building up.

So how should we respond when someone comes to us with “juicy” gossip?

  1. Seek the reason for sharing the forthcoming information. If this brother or sister is seeking advice, then it is appropriate to listen. However, you need to be careful to only get the basic information needed to give advice and not just to satisfy your curiosity.
  2. Politely ask the person to not share any further information with you than what has already been said. In your own heart, you can ask God to help you believe, hope, and rejoice in righteousness (1 Cor 13:4-7). Assume what is best, hope what is best, and choose not to dwell on what you have partially heard.
  3. Remind the other person of your commitment to glorifying God by honoring Christ and serving others in love by not sharing gossip. Let the one sharing gossip know that your commitment to Christ is greater than your desire to hear anything about this other person. Again, there is no reason to hear this news if, in fact, you are not part of the problem or part of the solution.
  4. Encourage him or her to go immediately to this other person to seek to reconcile the situation. Although Matthew 18 primarily address those inside the same church, the principles apply to gossip generally. If one is offended by another brother, then go to that brother with an open heart, a desire for understanding, a hope for restoration, and a goal for God’s glory.
  5. Offer to hold the other person accountable for dealing with the situation in a timely way. If the person has already said too much before you could stop the conversation, now you are part of the situation. Therefore, it is appropriate to suggest a workable timetable in which this other person can pursue reconciliation. At that time, offer to contact the person back to see if, in fact, it has been dealt with appropriately.
  6. Pray for the one desiring to gossip, the other person as object of the gossip, and yourself. Throughout the process, pray for this other person. Pray that he or she will grow toward understanding gossip, grow in sensitivity toward gossip, and grow in pursuit of godliness through this situation. Pray for wisdom to know how best to handle the issue. Pray for humility and awareness of God’s empowering grace. Pray that God’s will would be done and that He would receive the glory in everyone involved as they seek to honor Him and love each other through God’s grace by the power of the Spirit.

So let us pray that the next time you or I hear gossip, although it may be very tough, may each of us be a committee of one to help glorify God and love a brother by dealing with it in a Christ-honoring way.


[1] Jerry Bridges, Respectable Sins (Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress, 2007), 160.

Let Us Lay Down Our Hate and Pick Up Our Love


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Look around us.

In Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Alton Sterling is dead.
In suburban St. Paul, Minnesota, Philando Castile is dead.
In Chicago, Illinois, 64 wounded by shootings over July 4th weekend, 4 are dead, and 329 homicides year to date.
In Dallas, Texas, 5 policeman are dead, 7 wounded, and two citizens wounded.

Whatever your position…
Whatever your opinion…
Whatever your ideology…
Whatever your political position…
Whatever your background…
Whatever your race…
Whatever your gender…
Whatever your vocation…
Whatever your religion…

We must coalesce together around the fact that we are all created by God in His image (Gen 1:27). We share a common humanity. We are mankind. Humanity matters to God and must matter to us. From God’s perspective, it is a capital offense for anyone to be murdered (Gen 9:6).

One person dead is too many. The color, location, or vocation of the individual is meaningless. Whenever it has happened, any person unjustly killed by police is unacceptable. Furthermore, turning violence toward any police authority is deplorable. Neighbor killing neighbor in the street, in a residence, or in a nightclub is intolerable. Murder is never condoned by any means at any time.

Fellow neighbors of the United States of America, let us lay down our hate and pick up our love.

We must unite around six key areas.

Respect. We must respect each other as people. We must respect the people with whom we disagree. We must respect the rule of law. We must respect the governmental authority.

Justice. We must patiently wait for justice to be served. God grants governmental authority (Rom 13) to provide justice for violence and protection for the citizenry. It is not up to us as individual Americans to take justice in our own hands. We pray for justice.

Gratitude. We must open our eyes to see all that we have for which to be grateful. On its worst day, the United States of America, because of God’s grace, provides for us more opportunities than any nation in the world’s history. God has blessed America. Veterans have served and many died for our freedom. We enjoy liberty. It is necessary to look past our immediate struggles and see the big picture of God’s incredible blessings on this nation.

Service. We must serve each other. God grants us energy each day with which He desires us to use to serve our neighbor. Americans hold life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness dearly. Yet, God never intended us to live our lives without reference to those in need all around us. God grants each of us both energy and opportunities each day to live for something bigger than our individual concerns.

Love. We must look around us to see people as our neighbors. We love people as God loves and directs us (Matt 22:39). Our love must be blind to differences. We must not be distracted by political affiliation, race, or passion. Instead, we love our neighbors as ourselves.

Faith. We must love God and worship Him faithfully (Matt 22:37-38). When we first look to God and seek to follow His will in the Bible, it allows us to keep our priorities in order. Faith in God provides the foundation for the rest of life. Jesus Christ is the ultimate example of sacrificial love, selfless service, and submissive obedience to God.

So where do we go from here as a nation?

We cannot allow ourselves to live as if people do not matter to God. We must slow down long enough to care for those around us. There are families who hurt – families in Louisiana, Minnesota, Illinois, and Texas. The reality is greater than that though…there are people hurting in every community in this nation. We cannot live so self-centered in our orientation that we fail to see the people around us.

We must pray for justice. We also must pray for protection for those who provide us justice. These issues are not just black or white, rich or poor, law enforcement officers or protestors, or any other kind of simple binary choice. We do ourselves as a nation an injustice to not have faith in each other as citizens. We cannot allow politicians to divide us. We cannot allow a lack of facts to rush us into any kind of rash judgment.

We must be patient. The justice system works only with due process. The facts take time to develop. The wheels of justice move slowly. It requires time. We must also be patience with those who are angry. Depending upon the proximity of some to these deaths, some will be angrier than others. Some will respond with sinful passion. Although we cannot be patient with lawlessness, we must be patient with those citizens around us who suffer.

We must thank those around us in our community who serve us sacrificially. Although law enforcement personnel are not perfect, and some, arguably, do not deserve individual respect, the simple reality is that we owe a great depth of gratitude to those who serve us. Is it possible to see it in any more a dramatic way than in Dallas? Police running and driving into gunfire in order to protect people who were in the process of a peaceful demonstration against police and law enforcement.

We must turn to God for help. We need forgiveness for our sins. We need hope in a dark hour. We need reassurance of the presence of Jesus Christ among us. We need wisdom to respond to the difficulties around us. We need courage to live not for ourselves but for our fellow neighbors and citizens.

Righteousness exalts a nation,
But sin is a reproach to any people.
(Proverbs 14:34)

What is the intended purpose for daily devotions?


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Generally speaking, devotions tend to fall into one of two styles. Some devotions primarily provide the storyline or context of the Bible. This usually can be accomplished through a normal Bible reading plan where one reads four or so chapters per day, systematically working through the Bible. Other methods of devotions strive for content and greater understanding of meaning. Both general styles are helpful.

Regardless of the style you primarily use, all devotions should focus on the same intended end – helping you grow in your communion with God and living consistent in fellowship with Him. Notice how James describes it.

“But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does” (James 1:25).

Three Stages of Daily Devotions

Read for Comprehension.
On any particular day, regardless of how many total verses are read, focus needs to be given to a particular verse or verses. Carefully observe what the text means. To “look” means to stoop over to observe. Essentially, you want to know what was said, where it was said, to whom it was said, and why it was said.

Questions to be asked include:
1) Who is the author? Who are the characters in the story/episode? Who are the recipients of the letter?
2) When and where is it taking place (setting)? and
3) What is the author trying to teach (authorial intent)?

Your goal at this stage is to comprehend what a particular verse means.

Remember What You Read.
Intentionality is the key to remembering what you read. The idea is “to continue or remain.” Essentially you remain in the meaning of the passage throughout the day. The psalmist refers to this, “But his delight is in the law of the Lord and in His law does he meditate day and night” (Ps 1:1). This takes effort and must be intentional. There are several options that may help.

1) Use a journal to write out the verse and its meaning.
2) Write the verse on an index card and set a goal to read it throughout the day between 10-25 times.
3) Take time to discuss what you read and thought through with a friend, family member, or a colleague.

Apply What You Read.
Once you understand the meaning of the text, it is important to apply the text to your daily living. How does this passage fit your circumstance?

Key questions you can ask to help connect what you have read with your life include:
1) What is the connection of the meaning to the your personal situation?
2) What do these verses reveal about God – Who He is or what He does? You are setting up the scenario so that you understand there is a ‘bigger issue’ at hand; not just your present problem or situation.
3) What do these verses reveal about people – me or people in general?
4) What should I resolve to do in response to these verses/passage? What is explicit in the text? What is implicit? What looks wise as a result of the passage’s meaning?
5) How does this passage help me in loving God or loving my neighbor?

Once you think through your answers, go back to your journal and add key issues of application. Take an additional step further to share with someone your desired application in order to invite some accountability.


What Is the Result?

When you read, remember, and apply God’s Word, you will be blessed. You place yourself in a strong position where God can reward your efforts in seeking to honor Him. As a result, God begins to strengthen and encourage you in your inner man, while establishing you in every good word and work. Further, you begin to live more consistent with what you read, which brings further blessings.


Test the Results

James transitions in the next two verses with the challenge to consider whether or not you are actually religious – are you the real deal? It starts with your tongue. Do you have control of your tongue? Are you serving others selflessly? Are you living a pure lifestyle? James expects his readers to be able to read, consider, remember, and apply God’s Word to everyday life and circumstances.

So how are you doing? Are you regularly enjoying Bible intake? If not, I encourage you to take a few minutes each day to read the Bible for your benefit. If you have never systematically read the Bible, let me encourage you to start in the New Testament Gospel of John. You’ll find this book easy to read and full of incredible content regarding Jesus.


Resurrection Hope: What hope does the Resurrection give for personal life change?


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Do you every have the attitude of the trolls in Disney’s Frozen, when they sing, “We’re not saying you can change him, ‘cuz people don’t really change.

Sadly, that is true for someone who does not have a personal relationship with Christ. However, for the believer, true lasting change is always possible. Why can we be so certain? Because believers through the Spirit have the power of the resurrection, which gives them both the hope and ability to change.

When Paul wrote to the Christians at Ephesus, he emphasized the power of the Spirit that resides in each saved person. For Paul it was imperative that every Christian understand the significance of possessing the power of the Spirit for change. He prayed, “that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places,…” (Ephesians 1:18-20).

Here Paul uses five different words to express the power God gives to every person in Christ. He identifies this great power as resurrection power – the power that raised Jesus from the grave! It is resurrection power that provides you the ability to change for God’s glory.

He prays again in Ephesians 3: “that [God] would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, …Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen” (3:16-21).

Again, Paul refers to the strength we receive through the Spirit in our inner man. He describes it as strength that does exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think. It is the same kind of strength that empowered Jesus exceedingly abundantly above all that anyone could have ever imagined when it raised Him from the dead. It is amazing power!

Why is hope of change important through the power of the Spirit?

Real hope in the power of the Spirit for life change is important because there are so many counterfeit imitations. People receive false hope in a variety of ways. Some of the most popular include psychotropic medications that promise a cure, the power of positive thinking, hope in a list of behavioral changes which can include anything from new exercise programs to specific diets to spiritual disciplines, or hope that is placed in special people or relationships. Often in life, we bounce from thing to thing just hoping something will ultimately work. When it does not, two things typically happen. First, we suffer severe discouragement because nothing has changed despite all our efforts. Secondly, our experience confirms our false belief that there is nothing we can do to really change.

True hope is in the power of Christ.

Prior to salvation, you and every person are under the inescapable influence of the world, the devil, and the flesh (Eph 2:1-3). However, when you get saved by grace through faith, you become God’s workmanship (Eph 2:10). God breaks the power of sin and begins to do a good work in you (cf. Rom 8:13). Plus, God moves you from outside His family with no hope to inside His household where He begins to grow you (Eph 2:11-22). As part of God’s family, through the resurrection power of the Spirit, you have hope for real, lasting change.

Taking advantage of true hope begins with prayer.

  • Pray to recognize the incredibly vast power God provides to you in your circumstance (Eph 1:18-23);
  • Pray to enlarge your gratitude for God’s provision of strength (Eph 3:16; 5:18-21);
  • Pray to realize that God is active and works in you according to His plan to grow you (Eph 1:11; 2:10);
  • Pray to acknowledge God’s strength as greater than all other spiritual forces (Eph 1:20-21; 6:10-11);
  • Pray to increasingly hope in God alone (Eph 3:14-21).

As you prepare for Easter, enjoy the hope the Resurrection provides!
Happy Easter!


This is an adaptation from a post that initially appeared in the March 2016 Tribune, “The Right Angle: Biblical Wisdom for a Contemporary World.

Personal Interview Highlights


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What an incredible privilege to serve Christ as a professor of biblical counseling at Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary since 1999. When I was initially approached about serving on the faculty of Baptist Bible College, I remember the incredible sense of honor and joy. Back in the day, all the professors wore coats and ties in the classroom. With excitement, Kelly and I bought a couple of jackets in preparation for the first days of class. Already serving as a pastor for several years, I understood both the necessity of biblical counseling for everyday life in the church, as well as, how hard it is to honor God in the midst of the struggles of life.

The Bible verse that has guided me throughout my teaching ministry is 2 Timothy 2:2. I recall how this verse initially challenged me to do my best to engage, to invest, to challenge, and to model life in Christ for the students God allowed me to teach. In this verse Paul essentially described the best model for learning and living Christ with others.


And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.

I give to students what I have heard from many witnesses. Growing up in a pastor’s home, my entire life I have had the privilege of learning from so many godly men – beginning with my own dad and grandad.

Dad Grandad Korbin

As a student, I sat under many wonderful professors like Dr. Eli Harju who invested their lives into me as we often became life-long friends.

Dr Harju

On and on I could go discussing men and women who have poured their lives into mine. That’s exactly what I trust I am doing for my students. Although a very imperfect model of the perfect Christ, I pursue modeling Christ as I teach God’s Word, as I point my students to the gospel, as I love the ones God allows me to serve, and as I live in community with them.

May God receive the glory from my efforts at walking in the Spirit alongside a new generation that can teach another generation the beauty of the gospel.

Waking Up Weary


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Parenting is challenging. It leaves you weary at the end of the day; weary not only because of the trials of the day just finished, but also because tomorrow is just a few hours away. You know that in the morning you will wake up weary.

Weariness dominates when you see life’s responsibilities and burdens in abstraction from God’s purposes. When that happens, you take on the burden of parenting in you own strength.

God is at work in the most intimate details of your life. He delights in blessing his children with his strength. For this to occur, you must see that God is the one who has brought you to this point of weariness so that you will lean on him and acknowledge him. Christ has these words for the weary:

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

To a weary parent these words are words of hope. Christ is not teasing you with empty promises. He means what he says. Your life and your children are not accidents. Christ is calling you to come to him.

You have tried to survive in your own strength. You have attempted, perhaps in desperation, to practice the world’s wisdom. Parenting advice abounds. It is all too easy to think that rest will be found at a baby or toy superstore, in a happy meal or having an organized schedule. But such respites are short-lived, aren’t they?

Anger will not produce the righteous life that God desires. Frustration will not calm a child. A sharp tongue will only produce more wrath. Discouragement calls you away from prayer. Add in a hectic schedule and the trials of life and weariness rule the day.

Paul challenges you to raise your children in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. Use his ways. Listen intently to your children. Use pleasant words. Run from anger. Don’t trust your own understanding. Respond to your children’s sin with mercy and grace, not with disappointment and hurt. Speak often about the gospel. Learn to pray on the run with your eyes wide open! Seek God’s strength when you have none.

This is what Jesus means when he calls weary parents to come to him. Take his ways, his yoke, upon you. There you will find rest for your soul. You can wake up with joy and hope.

Borrowed from Jay Younts by permission (February 29, 4:15PM Facebook)

Once In 4 Years, So…


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Have you ever exclaimed, “I just wish I had more time!”?

Today is your day, kind of. Today is a unique day in each person’s life. Once every four years we get to celebrate February 29th.

You Share This Day with Jesus

Jesus celebrated at least eight leap years. Julius Caesar created the first calendar system that added an extra day every four years in 46 BC. It was later changed and amended some in Pope Gregory’s calendar in 1582. The extra day added facilitates the difference between the Gregorian calendar of 365 days and the earth’s orbit that actually takes 365.2422 days to complete.

Questions, Questions, Questions

What do we do with our extra day?

How do we spend our time?

Do we do something today that is different than every other day?

How do you make the most of this special day?

Whatever You Do, Consider This

  • Whatever you do, do all to the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31)
  • Whatever you do, take advantage of the opportunity (Ephesians 5:16)
  • Whatever you do, do it with all of your might (Ecclesiastes 9:10)
  • Whatever you do, rejoice because this day is made by the Lord (Psalm 118:24)
  • Whatever you do, embrace today as God’s gift to you (Ecclesiastes 3:1-11)
  • Whatever you do, seek to serve someone else today as well (Galatians 5:13)
  • Whatever you do, recognize you only have today once (Psalm 144:4; cf. Psalm 39:4-5)
  • Whatever you do, understand that honoring God will benefit you (Proverbs 3:1-2)

So how will you spend your Leap Day?

I hope you will enjoy your day recognizing that it is a gift from God with many opportunities to love God and serve others. Do something fun. Do something rememberable. Do something unique. You only get this chance every four years.

But whatever you do, seek to honor God in it.

Pass-A-Longs: Shared for You


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I’m happy to share some of this week’s social media highlights. I think you’ll enjoy these articles. Enjoy your day in God’s Grace (Rom 5:2)!

I Feel I Think I Believe – How easy it is to live according to our feelings! Here Tim Challies helps us understand that there is a hierarchy when it comes to the ways we express ourselves and our convictions. There are some things we believe, some things we think, and some things we feel

“There are two days in my calendar: This day and that Day.”
-Martin Luther

Scripture is about PTSD – My good friend Ed Welch reminds us how the Bible deals with real struggles. He writes, “The diagnostic category of PTSD is not the final word that dictates a prescribed plan of help; it is an invitation to understand the actual experience of the person. In the hands of a relatively skilled helper, those personal descriptions can be linked to clear themes in Scripture. Then, hope comes to life as God speaks meaningfully.”

How to Pray When Someone You Love Is Stuck in Sin – Here the author provides some very practical prayer requests to consider when you have someone you love who continues to live a life in sin. This is helpful if you hurt with someone.

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Pass-A-Longs: Shared for You


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It’s been a fun week of “Love” on social media. I’ve included a few good links for you to consider plus some stuff for folks that go to church related to your pastor’s salary, how much to pay a guest speaker, and slide lyrics.

23 Things That Love Is – From Paul Tripp. You’ll enjoy these 23 statements that help you know what love is. He’s posted these before and they are always encouraging and challenging to read through.
Naked Love – This is a sweet article about a mother’s reflections on Jesus and love as she helps her daughter with a bloody nose. Very sweet and thoughtful reflections.
The Greatest of These – John MacArthur examines the qualities of true love found in the Bible’s best-known passage on the subject—1 Corinthians 13. Discover the key to experiencing more fulfilling, God-honoring relationships with your spouse, children, family, friends, and coworkers. There are several sermons here that will help you.

What Should A Guest Preacher Be Paid? – Great article on what you should consider when you determine how much to pay a guest preacher / speaker in your church. If you’ve never thought through these ideas or it has been a while, then take a few minutes to contemplate your practice as a church.

What Should Your Pastor and Staff Be Paid? – Also by Thom Rainer, this article discusses pastoral compensation – Ten Fascinating Facts about Pastor and Church Staff Compensation. 
Six Quick Changes to Improve Your Lyric Slides –  Because so many eyes are focused on the lyric slides throughout a typical service, it’s important to make sure that your lyric slides are organized and done correctly. Here are six quick changes that will keep your slides looking good.