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Bible Verses About Friendship

hello-my-friend-1529130Friendship is a great gift from God? Webster defines a friend as a person who you like and enjoy being with or a person who helps or supports you. What does the Bible teach about friendship?

Here are a few Bible verses about friendship.

Bible Verses on Friendship

1 Samuel 20:42

Jonathan said to David, “Go in peace, for we have sworn friendship with each other in the name of the Lord, saying, ‘The Lord is witness between you and me, and between your descendants and my descendants forever.’” Then David left, and Jonathan went back to the town.

Job 6:14

“Anyone who withholds kindness from a friend forsakes the fear of the Almighty.

Job 17:5

If anyone denounces their friends for reward, the eyes of their children will fail.

Job 42:10

After Job had prayed for his friends, the Lord restored his fortunes and gave him twice as much as he had before.

Psalm 122:8

For the sake of my family and friends, I will say, “Peace be within you.”

Quotes About Friendship From Proverbs Continue reading

Encouragement Quotes from the Bible

Encouragement Quotes from the BibleHow do you define encouragement? The Bible is saturated with inspirational words of encouragement. Here are a few scriptures of encouragement quotes from the Bible.

Encouragement Bible Verses from the Old Testament

Deuteronomy 31:6

Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”

Isaiah 41:10

…fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Zephaniah 3:17

The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.

New Testament Bible Verses for Encouragement

Romans 8:16-17

The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.

James 1:12

Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.

1 Peter 5:6-8

Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

James 1:2-4

Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.

Have you found any quotes of encouragement from the Old or New Testament?

Teamwork and Football Season

teamwork-and-football-seasonTeamwork and Football Season

Football season is here! Along with the changing of the weather comes some great events of watching our favorite team.  Here are some thoughts about teamwork and football season.

The subject of teamwork and team development are two subjects that I talk and preach about often. The reason I do this is because the Bible often speaks of God’s people developing these skills. Although the word “teamwork” is not found within the Bible, the concept is present in the Old and New Testament scripture. It has been God’s plan from the beginning of creation that we do not work alone. Consider these passages of scripture.

  • The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” ~ Genesis 2:18
  • “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil.” ~ Ecclesiastes 4:9
  • “Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.” ~ Proverbs 27:17

These are just a few passages of Scripture that show that it has never been God’s intention for us to ignore or avoid working together. There are many churches that claim that they have the skill of teamwork; however, saying you have these skills and truly practicing these skills are two different matters.

As I witnessed the actions of various congregations over the past three decades I have come to recognize healthy teamwork and poor teamwork. Here are six practices that I have noticed about churches that work as healthy and productive congregational teams.

  • Churches that practice healthy teamwork rely on Jesus Christ as the Lord and Master of everything they do. Their reliance on Jesus keeps the church together. There is no question as to who is the Head Coach.
  • Churches that practice healthy teamwork are truly praying churches. Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting is literally Prayer Meeting. These churches know that when God’s people stop coming together to pray (like they did on the Day of Pentecost in Acts chapter 2) they will cease to be a unified force. When they come together to pray, it is like being in the huddle before action is taken.
  • Churches that practice healthy teamwork really do love the people that God has brought into their church. These churches do not allow cliques to invade the fellowship. A good football team guards the quarterback, protects other team members, and they are not self-promoting. Strong churches do the same by praying and supporting the church staff and all members.
  • Churches that practice healthy teamwork understand the Church is just that – The Church of Jesus and not an organization, business or a club. A good football team is proud of their name. A good church is also proud of their name.
  • Churches that practice healthy teamwork do not allow an individual or a group of people to dominate or overpower the fellowship with their personal agenda or plans. Once again, a healthy fellowship sees Jesus as Lord. The strong churches never surrender Jesus’ Lordship to any human. A strong football team may have a skillful running back or a talented field goal kicker, however; neither of them is any good if the team does not support them. This need for one another is also true for church members.
  • Finally, a church that practices healthy teamwork claims what Jesus said to His disciples – “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” ~ Matthew 18:20 A healthy football team member knows that without those who are on the field with them, they are pretty much worthless. So it is with the church and relationship with the Lord. As long as Believers unit together under the powerful name of Jesus, call upon the influence of the Holy Spirit, and are obedient to the Heavenly Father, that church will be a healthy team.

How is your church doing this season?

What is Strategic Planning?

What is Strategic Planning?

In an article by Dr. Carter McNamara entitled, “All About Strategic Planning” these three powerful quotes are found.

  • “Simply put, strategic planning determines where an organization is going over the next year or more, how it’s going to get there and how it’ll know if it got there or not.”*
  • “Strategic planning can be exhilarating when coming up with new visions and missions and values….But without careful action planning – and diligently ensuring actions are carried out – the plan ends up collecting dust on a shelf.”*
  • “It’s okay to deviate from a plan. But planners should understand the reason for the deviation and update the plan to reflect the new direction.”*


* These quotes can be found on page 1034 of  NIV Leadership Bible: Leading by The Book, New International Version, edited by Dr Sid Buzzell, Dr. Kenneth Boa and Bill Perkins, Zondervan Press, 2013.

3 Christian Thoughts About the Government?

Thoughts-About-the-Government3 Christian Thoughts About the Government?

In his letter to the early New Testament believers, the Apostle Paul had some advice about the government.  He wrote in his letter to the Roman church —

“Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience. Continue reading

10 Great Christian Life Quotes

10 Great Christian Life QuotesHere are a few Christian life quotes from some great Christian leaders.

“While God, for the most part, allows this cosmos [creation] to work according to the laws of nature, there is never a time when He is not actively involved in every detail of life.” ~ Charles R. Swindoll

“The Christian life is not a constant high. I have my moments of deep discouragement. I have to go to God in prayer with tears in my eyes, and say, ‘O God, forgive me,’ or ‘Help me.” ~ Billy Graham

“The Christian life is participation in the encounter of Christ with the world.” ~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Ethics

“We’ve taken the lifeblood out of Christianity and put Kool-Aid in its place so that it tastes better to the crowds, and the consequences are catastrophic. ” ~ David Platt

“To gather with God’s people in united adoration of the Father is as necessary to the Christian life as prayer.” ~ Martin Luther

“One of the most important responsibilities in the Christian life is to care about others, smile at them, and be a friend to the friendless.” ~ James Dobson

“The bottom line in the Christian life is obedience and most people don’t even like the word.” ~ Charles Stanley

“One hundred religious persons knit into a unity by careful organizations do not constitute a church any more than eleven dead men make a football team. The first requisite is life, always.” ~ A.W. Tozer

“Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can.” ~ John Wesley

“I have never met the man I could despair of after discerning what lies in me apart from the grace of God.” ~ Oswald Chambers

Humility Meaning – Service and Servanthood

Humility Defined

How is humility defined? The practice of humility meaning service and servanthood is a unique definition? Serving the Lord with humility should be the goal of every born-again believer. Here are a few thoughts as to what humility means for some people:

  • a modest or low view of one’s own importance
  • an understanding of the Latin word humilis that created humility, which literally means low.
  • Although it’s related to humiliation that makes people feel low in a bad way, humility is usually used to refer to a lack of ego.

The Old Testament View of Humility

Everyone does not regard humility as a virtue. Some people see it as a weakness. The Old Testament book of Proverbs has some humility quotes. Continue reading

Joshua: A Leadership Lesson from the Bible


A Leadership Lesson from the Bible

The Old Testament has many great lessons in leadership. One of the greatest leaders was Moses. However, even in his development as a leader Moses was preparing a younger leader named Joshua to take his place.

The name of this young leader was Joshua. The name Joshua means, “God is salvation.”  As one reads through the Old Testament it is easy to discover the “saving” work of God in bringing his people out of Egypt.

The story of Joshua is a leadership lesson from the Bible.

Joshua Was A Leader Willing to Step-Up to the Plate – Joshua 1:1-6

“After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ aide:  “Moses my servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them—to the Israelites.  I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses. Your territory will extend from the desert to Lebanon, and from the great river, the Euphrates—all the Hittite country—to the Mediterranean Sea in the west. No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.  Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them.” (NIV) Continue reading