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Green Tree Bible Study 10: When God’s Blessings Are Restored (Haggai 2:10-23)

By Dr. Robert E. Picirilli

A message doesn’t necessarily have to last long to have long-lasting effects. The short book of Haggai proves that. The three basic messages of Haggai’s book were all preached in one year. All three of them said and accomplished much.

The first message (1:1-15) came on the first day of the sixth month (our September). It succeeded in inspiring the Jews to rebuild the temple. The second message (2:1-9) came on the 21st of the following month. It addressed their discouragement. The third message came two months later on the 24th day of the month (our December). There are three noteworthy parts to this third message. […]

By |February 17th, 2011|Bible Study / Devotional Life, Leadership|Comments Off on Green Tree Bible Study 10: When God’s Blessings Are Restored (Haggai 2:10-23)

Green Tree Bible Study 9: When Yesterday Robs Today (Haggai 2:1-9)

By Dr. Robert E. Picirilli

Haggai’s first word of rebuke had come in Darius’s second year or reign. Scripture is exact about the timing: It came on the first day of the sixth month of the year (the month Elul in the Hebrew calendar which is our September). By the 24th of that month, the Jews had repented of their neglect of God’s house and began rebuilding the temple in a spirit of real revival (see 1:1, 14, 15).

It is now nearly a month later (the 2lst day of the seventh month Tisri). Bad attitudes are hard to break. When the first flush of excitement is over and the routine sets in we find it all too easy to revert to them. Discouragement has gradually reappeared among the people. The reason for discouragement this time was different. Previously they had been hindered by political pressures, opposition from enemies, political pressures, and preoccupation with their own selfish interests. Now the problem is that some are comparing the structure they are building with the former, glorious temple that Solomon had constructed. And that comparison robbed them of a sense of the worth of what they were doing.

Thankfully God He is not quick to forsake us. He is patient with the faults of men. Haggai received another message from the Lord to deliver to the the people (2:1).  Let’s look at the story and the message. […]

By |February 17th, 2011|Bible Study / Devotional Life, Leadership, Vision|Comments Off on Green Tree Bible Study 9: When Yesterday Robs Today (Haggai 2:1-9)

Political Outrage: Balancing Social Ills and the Gospel Imperative

By Brent Nix

I just got off the phone with someone who tried to convince me that I should be outraged enough about a recent political scandal to send money to support an effort to do something or other about it.

After listening for a couple of minutes, I hung up. Rude, you say? Perhaps, but I’m growing weary with these kinds of calls. The sad part is that I’m generally in agreement with the groups who are calling. I guess that’s why I’m on their lists. This small episode brings to mind a question I’ve been contemplating for some time. What is the responsibility of the Iocal church and individual Christians with regard to social reform? […]

By |April 20th, 2010|From A Pastor's Perspective, Leadership|Comments Off on Political Outrage: Balancing Social Ills and the Gospel Imperative

Set Goals

Setting personal goals is essential for accomplishing anything worldwide. Goals give a sense of direction and purpose, promote daily enthusiasm, facilitate effective operation, reduce wasting time and accomplish far more than would be achieved without goals. Goals act as a measuring stick to determine what we are accomplishing. Without goals we have activity but often little productivity. Just being busy is not necessarily rewarding at the end of the day.

By |March 30th, 2010|For Young Pastors, Leadership|Comments Off on Set Goals

Home Run Discipleship

A simple game plan for home run discipleship that any church can manage…getting people around the bases.

By |March 19th, 2010|Discipleship, Leadership|Comments Off on Home Run Discipleship

Discipleship: Keep It Simple

Discipleship is not complicated.

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