It’s More than Just “Come to Church”

I am grateful to church members who do invite others to come to church. Sometimes that is all the encouragement that a person needs to step across that threshold. So, if you’re inviting people to come to your church, don’t stop! What I would encourage the church to do is to consider three other invitations…

Being Sloshed About…

Christmastime for a pastor moves along at a pretty good clip. The old year has to be wrapped up. Plans for new year are already underway. Our church is also in the process of preparing a budget to present and seeking new Elders to serve. There are the Christmas parties and Christmas week services. It’s all…

It’s December…

It seems that the year started only a few weeks ago, and now it is December. The tree is up, lit, and decorated. The rest of the decorations are in various states of being put up. Today, however, was both a happy and sad day in Long household. Since our two children were little, we…

A Prayer for our Country…

Prayer for our Country O Lord God of heaven, great and awesome God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love You and keep Your commandments, we come before You humbly asking for mercy. Forgive us for not keeping the new commandment Jesus gave us…loving one another just as He loved us.  He promised we would…

Worship…

A. W. Tozer wrote: “In worship several elements may be distinguished, among them love, admiration, wonder and adoration.” Those words started me thinking about worship, my worship and that of those who gather with me each week in a service we label “worship.” Do these elements exists in our worship experience? Do we love the…

One Another…

My fellow believers, I have always found it interesting that Jesus’ prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane, a prayer offered in the shadow of the soon-coming cross, focused so much on unity among His followers (John 17:20-21). For Jesus, this was a big deal – no, not a big deal – it was a HUGE…

My Eyes Are Dry…

I sat down this morning with my Bible, prayer list, and journal to spend some quiet time with God. Some days, the words on my heart pour out freely. Other days, I sit in solitude waiting. Today was one of those solitude days. As I waited, the words from a Keith Green song began to play…