“Solomon had seventy thousand who carried burdens, and eighty thousand who quarried stone in the mountains, besides three thousand three hundred . . . who supervised the people who labored in the work” (1 Kings 5:15-16).

One project in Bangladesh involved considerable digging and moving of dirt. A team of ten men were used, three or four of whom dug out the dirt and loaded it into baskets. These were then carried on the heads of the remainder of the crew to the place where the dirt was dumped. Each basket weighed an estimated 80 to 100 pounds. As I watched I could not help but be reminded of the massive building projects of Biblical times, such as the pyramids of Egypt and the great Temple and other buildings of King Solomon of Israel. Continue reading “Manpower”

This man receives sinners

“This man receives sinners and eats with them” (Luke 15:2, ESV).

What was intended as an insult was really a compliment: “This man receives sinners and eats with them” (Luke 15:2).

Notice the words in the text. The word receive means to wait actively or expectantly. It is reminiscent of the way a mother longs to finally see her newborn child. Jesus welcomed those who were not otherwise welcome. Continue reading “This man receives sinners”

We’re not finished!

According to the United Nations there are 197 nations in the world. The list starts with Afghanistan and ends with Zimbabwe.

Could you name them?

Actually that would be a fun challenge. Get four or five friends and try to name them between you.

Now, in how many of those countries has the gospel been preached? How many have active congregations? How many have spiritually minded, biblically qualified leaders? Continue reading “We’re not finished!”

The Importance of atmosphere in a congregation

Anyone concerned with the growth of the local congregation must develop a big picture mentality. Otherwise, we can become lost in the details and miss the wider vision of Christ.

Jesus built his Church, kingdom and household (Matthew 16:18-19; Ephesians 2:19). Everything begins and ends with him and his Word (Psalm 119:105). Continue reading “The Importance of atmosphere in a congregation”