Archive for the ‘Vision’ Category
Posted on February 17, 2011 - by Admin1
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. (more…)
Posted on March 19, 2010 - by Admin1
By Richard Atwood
WHEN I WAS A PASTOR in a Home Missions church, it never seemed to fail! Every time I would preach on stewardship, we would have visitors. I was afraid that I was only confirming their idea that the churches only want your money. This fear is magnified in a new church where you have only new people. But to be faithful to the Word and to build a stable congregation, stewardship must be taught. (more…)
Posted on March 2, 2010 - by Admin1
By Ken Riggs
When you hear the word “ministry,” what do you think? Many of us have a church background, were raised in church and have heard the word ”ministry” frequently, but what does it really mean? Is it something that only preachers and missionaries do? Is it something that is only done in a spiritual context, such as at church? Is it possible to minister outside the four walls of the church? I honestly believe it is time for believers to redefine what the ministry is all about. (more…)