Today a new article appeared on the website of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina. As we approach May 4, the National Day of Prayer, I had the opportunity to write a brief blog post on prayer. Hope it encourages you to take the initiative to become bolder and more imaginative in how to trust the Lord in your prayer life!
Click on the title or image below to be linked to the article. Thanks!
Leaving a godly legacy…what a glorious part of our calling to follow Christ! As a dad, I understand what it feels like to see your kids investing themselves in the work of the kingdom. In this worship video, my young friend Mack Brock, son of my long-time ministry buddy, Don Brock, points an arena of worshipers to the resurrected King of Glory!
In his worship leader role with Elevate Worship, Mack influences thousands each week in live settings to worship the Lord Jesus. Then, through videos like this one, millions more bow down to the King and join their voices in praise. As of this posting, over 7 million people have viewed this video!
I am so thankful to have known Mack since he was a very little boy. Now I get to join his parents with delight watch the Lord use him in a powerful way! Praise God for this talented, Christ-centered and committed young man! And thank you Don and Mary for growing him up in the Lord!!
Note: You may have to skip over an ad at the beginning to get right to the video!
Monday was a perfect day to visit the NC Zoo near Asheboro! Thousands of students on Spring Break agreed. Not only was the weather a delight but the animals seem to have made a unanimous decision to make appearances (except for the black bear)! Never have I been to a zoo when all the animals were out and active!
Take a look at a sampling of the photos from the trip.
This week the International Missions Board published an article I wrote on how a church can become more intentional about developing a culture of disciple-making. The focus addressed the global aspect of that culture but certainly pertains to local emphases as well.
Here is the link. Let me know what you think!
Sometimes the Lord calls your attention to something special. Four times in the past week I have heard the following song, three times in worship services and once on YouTube. This great worship song by Brooke (Fraser) Ligertwood and Ben Fielding strikes at the heart with its reminder that Jesus is altogether lovely, worthy of praise
The psalmist says, “One thing I have asked from the Lord, that I shall seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to meditate in His temple” (Psalm 27:4). The very name of Jesus awakens that desire to see Him in His glorious beauty and then to reflect on the wonder in what we see!
So watch, listen and enjoy as Brooke herself leads a worshiping people to sing with her.
This morning, my good friend James White gave the keynote address at the annual MLK breakfast out at the Sheraton Imperial in the Triangle. I’ve been before to this breakfast meeting several times but not in recent years.
Well, December finally arrived! I’ve been holding this post since October, waiting to share this beautiful carol. Three connections with this piece–first, I’ve known these four sisters, their parents, and their grandparents going back many, many years. Second, heard Joshua Carswell for the first time in connection with the Fine Arts Summer Camps organized by the Wolavers (of Annie Moses Band fame). Third, Bill Wolaver plays piano on this recording and is one of the finest arrangers I’ve ever known.
So enjoy the music…but more to the point, hear the proclamation of the Good News that Jesus Christ our Savior is born!
Cathy and I returned late Friday night from an incredible ten days in Cape Town, South Africa. We got to see the diversity of the body of Christ in full display!
Leadership International from Nashville, Tennessee partnered with Providence Baptist Church in Raleigh, North Carolina to provide work teams to finish up work for a Xhosa church in the Khayelitsha township (over one million residing within a few square miles between the airport and the sea).
Meanwhile, I joined others in teaching a three-day pastors’ conference for church planting pastors from Ethiopia working under the auspices of an Bible Training Center for Pastors leadership team from South Korea! Cathy got a tremendous response as she led a two-day retreat for women church leaders from the Khayelitsha township.
Over 750,000 refugees from Ethiopia make their home in South Africa. In the past 10-12 years, this group of pastors and their colleagues have planted over 75 churches among those refugees, largely self-sustaining and committed to multiplying themselves all over the country. The Korean leadership team offers training and some financial support. The Americans, like us, provide periodic teaching and training resources. It is glorious partnership and snapshot of the international flavor of the church Jesus Christ is gathering unto Himself!
When you get a chance, check out the Equipped for Life website for a few more pictures!
In the meantime, here is a look at the Providence team at work on the church building and child-care center!
No place I’ve ever been matches the rugged beauty of the mountains meeting the crashing waves of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans here in the Cape Town area. Cathy and I have come here once again to lead a couple of conferences. A team from our church back home arrives today for a week of work in one of the townships.
Cathy finishes up tonight with the Women’s Conference and I begin in earnest tomorrow. She will have taught six sessions in two days! I will preach tomorrow in a township populated by over one million people in an area about twenty miles square! Yet great work for the gospel continues to grow out of such trying conditions as year after year more churches are founded and ministries are established for the sake of Christ.
I will be joining a team of Korean leaders here who oversee the labors of 60-75 Ethiopian church planters doing an amazing work among refugees from their home land. George Tissiere and I will take part in a three-day teaching/training conference for these pastors , each speaking 6-7 times. In doing so, we get to enjoy the honor of lending our efforts to support the work of Larry Warren and Caleb Davison of Leadership International who are partnered with Young Ohm and his team of Korean pastors.
So please pray for our time to be profitable…as they learn from us, and certainly as we learn from them! Their ministry is amazing! God’s Word anchors our hearts together as we exalt and glorify Christ together.
Look for more updates when we get back, but for now just take a look at a sample of the creative majesty of God’s craftsmanship in this extraordinary land!
Need a break from political rhetoric? Listen to this incredible song. Sometimes music is just so good!!
When I was in high school, Carole King produced “Tapestry,” a classic album packed with great songs like “You’ve Got a Friend,” “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow,” “So Far Away,” and “It’s Too Late,” to name a few.
I just found this version of “Home Again” from that same album, this one performed by Joshua Carswell (first heard him in his connection with our friends the Wolavers from the Annie Moses Band), and accompanied simply by an upright bass (Scott Mulvahill) and classical guitar (James DaSilva). All three of these musicians qualify as outstanding!