God Blesses through a Friend’s Rebuke

Someone confronted, challenged, and rebuked me this week. God was overwhelmingly gracious. He showed me what a true friend is. He even taught me a specific lesson I need in this season of life.  A True Friend “Better an open reprimand than concealed love. The wounds of a friend are trustworthy, but the kisses of […]

5 Things to Look for in a New Church

It is not good for man to be alone. So God gave Christians a family: the local church. I love my church family. We have our flaws, for sure, but many Christians have not yet committed to a church family. Some have been looking for a long time. Maybe that’s you. Christians need a church […]

Will Membership Make A Difference?

The Vital Joys of Joining a Church How pleasant it is when a church family lives together in harmony (Psalm 133:1). For those of us who have tasted and seen the goodness of God in our church fellowship, we deeply desire our Christian friends to experience the same. But many of our friends believe attendance is […]

Should I Leave My Church? Three Questions to Ask One Another

“We’re leaving the church.” The words a pastor hopes he’d never hear. I confess that as soon as I hear those words, a wrestling match begins in my soul: Their good versus my preference. My discouragement versus their encouragement. My frustration versus their joy in God. In those moments, I feel desperate for God to […]


All Christians want to be encouraged by their church family. Those of us who are blessed to be united to Jesus Christ live to be a blessing to others (2 Corinthians 1:3–4). The world lacks encouragement. Sadly, we’re often frustrated by the lack of encouragement in our relationships at church as well. While we’re unsurprised […]

Inject Your Prayer List with Life

I want to pray more this year. More than ever before.  God promises that he hears and actively responds to prayers as we come to him in the name of Jesus. We have not, because we ask not. I’m resolved to pray biblical prayers for myself and others. I’m responsible to pray for the members […]