Saturday Links

Meals Matter to the Mission

If you share a meal three or four times a week and you have a passion for Jesus, then you will be building up the Christian community and reaching out in mission.

The "Money" Talk

Just as parents need to be more conversant with their children regarding human sexuality, it is past time that pastors learn how to normalize the conversation with their congregation regarding faith and finance.

Why C.S. Lewis Didn't Write for Christianity Today

"If I am now good for anything it is for catching the reader unawares - thro' fiction and symbol. I have done what I could in the way of frontal attacks, but I now feel quite sure those days are over."

Bible Reading Plans for 2013

For your convenience, we’ve compiled a list of Bible reading plans for you to choose from.

New Year’s Resolution ideas for your workplace productivity

Since you’re likely already devoting at least 40 hours to work each week, why not take advantage of that time and make some resolutions to optimize your working time?

Saturday Links

Were safely moved into our new condo in Liberty Village. We're also surrounded by boxes. I can confidently say that I never want to see another box for many, many years!

Here are some of the better blog posts I've read this past week.

What was the greatest miracle ever?

Suppose I asked you to name the greatest miracle that ever took place? If you know the Bible you have lots to choose from. God rescued three from a blazing furnace. He closed the mouths of lions and demolished the walls of Jericho. Blind men saw; lame men walked. God parted the Red Sea and the children of Israel walked through on dry ground. But, none of these are the greatest miracle. Even God speaking creation into existence is not the greatest miracle.

The incarnation is the greatest miracle that ever took place.

Challenges Pastors and People Face During the Holidays

While there are many challenges wrapped inside Christmas cheer, I trust there are also many ways of serving those that may be suffering during the holidays. Stop for a moment to think of those who might feel as if they have less reason to rejoice than others.

The Power of Church Programs?

Yet for nearly two thousand years the chief activity of the church has not been programs but preaching. Somehow, in the last few decades, we have lost sight of the power of preaching and put our faith in programs, as though preaching is insufficient to bring about change.

Why “Just Telling Your Story” Is NOT the Best Way to Share the Gospel

But while telling our story will often be the first thing we do when we begin sharing the gospel, it has to be backed up with good apologetics.

Jesus Never Said…

As you lead, there are certain things the Lord has said to you and certain things He has not said to you!

5 Tactics for Managing the Overwhelm

  1. Declare a Project
  2. Become a Saying-No Ninja
  3. Stop thinking doing email is work
  4. Ask this question
  5. Be allergic to meetings

Saturday Links

God Doesn’t Love You Because You’re Lovable

Let this truth fill you with joy today. No matter what kinds of trials you’re facing, remember the Father loves you with the love he has for his own Son. And nothing can separate you from that love. Ever.

God Is Looking For Plodders

God is looking for plodders. He’s not looking for comets who make a big flash in the sky then burn out.

God is looking for faithfulness. Most of us will never do anything sensational. But we can be faithful. We can plod. Don’t be discouraged if most of your life seems to be plodding.

Is your church an institution?

Institutions are not a problem. But institutionalization is. An institution is meant to enrich life. But institutionalization takes that good thing and turns it into death.

Gospel Reminders Anyone Can Do

Many years ago I developed a test of all ministry principles and practices. It’s called the “Does it work for a single parent mother of 3 young kids?” test.

If You’re Rushing, Something is Wrong

In most endeavors, feeling a constant sense of urgency and panic means somebody hasn’t done their job. And that somebody is most likely the person who is making everybody else rush around.

Don Carson’s Three Secrets of Productivity and Godly Efficiency

  1. Learn to fill in the little empty periods that clutter each day.
  2. Don’t fritter. When you work, work hard; when you are not working, quit entirely.
  3. Discover how different aspects of your work can leverage other aspects of your work. For example, choosing your reading to feed into things that you’ll be preparing over the next six or nine months adds to godly efficiency.

A Year-End Update from Liberty Grace Church

It’s hard to believe that a year ago we hadn’t yet started the process of planting Liberty Grace Church. In just a few short months we’ve begun in Toronto’s fastest growing community, one with no existing churches. We’ve rented space, and we’re meeting regularly as a Launch Community. We’ve seen God at work in big and small ways. We are so grateful.

We can’t wait to see what God does through us in 2013! In the next few months, we have big plans:

  • Continuing to grow our Launch Community as we prepare to publicly launch Liberty Grace Church;
  • Sending thousands of postcards into the community promoting our ministries in a fresh and creative way;
  • Offering open houses to introduce ourselves to the community, and as a connecting event for people who live in Liberty Village;
  • Running a Christianity Explored course for those who would like to investigate Christianity; and
  • Launching public worship services.

This is on top of the daily work of building relationships and living, praying, and serving within the community. In fact, next week our family is moving into a condo right in Liberty Village so we can be part of that neighborhood.

Our desire is to share the Gospel in a compelling way with those who have never heard it, so that many will respond in faith to Jesus Christ.

Would you partner with us? Randy Alcorn says, “Don’t ask how your investment will be paying off in just thirty years. Ask how it will be paying off in thirty million years.” Your investment will, by God’s grace, be one that is paying off for eternity.

Please consider a year-end gift. You can easily make an online donation through Canada Helps. Simply designate the fund to Church Planting and mention Liberty Grace Church in the instruction box. You will receive a charitable donation receipt immediately by email.

We especially need people to become monthly partners, committing to financially partner with us monthly as we establish this church. Just download and complete this form (PDF). In the life of an urban church plant, every dollar counts.

Thank you for standing with us, and please continue to pray that God will be glorified through the ministry of Liberty Grace Church. We're so excited to be part of this church plant.