Genesis tells us to think BIG. So, you are upset with the way the world is? Genesis is like, you are right! You were made for something more. What is it? It’s God big plan, the kingdom. And Genesis tells us the problem as well, it’s human rebellion and then it gives us the promise that God’s going to send someone to overcome Satan and reverse the curse and even explains later, that he’s going to be ruler of the universe. This obviously is huge. But can God do it? Exodus makes clear no one can stop Him. It gives … Continue reading From start to finish, the entire Old Testament is getting us ready to understand what the Messiah is going to do.*
It is good to follow Jesus. But that doesn’t mean it is going to be easy. There’s a reason Jesus calls it picking up your cross and describes the process as dying to self. Death can be very painful. It’s painful when your circumstances don’t work out the way you want, definitely. But what may be even more painful is the criticism you will face for attempting to do the right thing. What do you do? Stay humble, don’t make it about you, and look for opportunities. When we moved to Africa there were lots of things that … Continue reading How to Pursue Making the Most of Your Life for the Glory of God, part 3
The disciples are to make disciples. Being a disciple implies multiplication. Being a disciple is to become the co-worker with Christ in this great worldwide mission of helping others follow him. Or to say it another way, just so … Continue reading Learning to Make Disciples from the Apostle Paul, part 2
I was so encouraged by reading Christmas Evans’ prayer commitments the other day that I thought I might try and write some of my own. It’s not as easy as you might think because you want to include everything. But here are a few I quickly came up with as I thought about myself, my life and specifically future pastoral ministry. What would you add? I am not self-sufficient at all. I am needy. I will never not be dependent on someone outside myself to meet those needs. And I believe there is only person in the entire universe who … Continue reading Pastoral Commitments, 2020
If you would like to read a short update from our family, here you go: https://mailchi.mp/b653a1042dc8/a-short-update-from-the-mack-family Continue reading A Mack Family Update, May 2020
There’s a sense in which prayer is easy. It’s talking to God. But at the same time, it’s talking to God! And we know there are ways that God doesn’t want us to pray, prayers that He refuses to listen … Continue reading How to Pray
In this passage, Jesus helps us get our expectations straight about life and shows us how we should be living right now as a result. Continue reading Luke 22:35-46
In this message, we look at what greatness really looks like. Continue reading How do you determine greatness?