Just in Time for Christmas: The Church Planter’s Handbook

CPH Cover 1 FrontJust in time to order by Christmas, The Church Planter’s Handbook is now available in both paperback and eBook format.

From the Publisher website:

The Church Planter’s Handbook is a step-by-step guide to starting and establishing independent Baptist churches that are self-supporting, self-governing and self-propagating. 49 Chapters including: Where to Begin, Personal Preparation, A Two Year Plan, Raising Support, The Startup Fund, Needs and Wants, Starting with a Team, Finding a Meeting Place, Bank Accounts, Insurance, Building a Prospect List, Preparing for Guests, The First Year, Organizing, Tax Exemption, Incorporation, A Soul-winning Program, Ministries in a New Church, The Missions Program, Plugging People In, Handling the Finances, New Church Recordkeeping, Bank Financing, Developing Standards, New Church Growth, The Church Planter’s Family, Big Days and Special Days, Building Relationships, And more…

Until Christmas, the paperback version of this book is 10% off. 

If you are ordering for a Bible College, please contact us at lbcwylie@gmail.com for the Bible college discount (10 copies or more).

Also, if you order a paperback copy TODAY (12/5), you can save an extra 25% by entering this promo code at checkout: R4H2K

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This book will also be available in the Kindle store soon.

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2014 – It’s Been A Great Year!

It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is just around the corner and 2014 is almost in the record books. We’ve certainly had a great year at LBC with record attendances, souls saved, converts baptized and families added. God has been good to us. Below are some church and personal highlight pictures from this year.

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Article: Issues of Forgiveness – How To Handle Offenses

the-prodigal-son (1)In a previous article, we discussed the importance of repentance in regards to reconciliation and forgiveness. In this post, we are going to discuss how the Christian can scripturally handle offenses when they come. And they will come. Jesus told us so:

Luke 17:1 Then said he unto the disciples, It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come!

In a world full of sinners (including ourselves), all sorts of issues and stumbling blocks will be cast in our way. Some stumble over those offenses and end up out of church, out of the ministry, out of God’s will. Others stumble into a bitterness that poisons their lives. Some stumble into the dungeon of unforgiveness (see Mt. 18:34).

When we are offended, what scriptural options do we have?

I. We can PASS OVER IT. 

Proverbs 19:11 The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression.

Some people live with a chip on their shoulder. And if no one knocks it off, they will do it themselves, and blame whoever happens to be nearby at the time. They are the stars of their own soap operas; drama queens who are constantly stirring up arguments, Continue reading

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Article: Why The Fire Just Won’t Go Out

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAJeremiah 20:7-10 O LORD, thou hast deceived me, and I was deceived: thou art stronger than I, and hast prevailed: I am in derision daily, every one mocketh me. (8) For since I spake, I cried out, I cried violence and spoil; because the word of the LORD was made a reproach unto me, and a derision, daily. (9) Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay. (10) For I heard the defaming of many, fear on every side. Report, say they, and we will report it. All my familiars watched for my halting, saying, Peradventure he will be enticed, and we shall prevail against him, and we shall take our revenge on him.

The prophet Jeremiah had a tough, fifty-year ministry. Over the years, he saw the great spiritual reforms of Josiah disappear under the ungodly leadership of his successors, and then sat and wept as the nation was destroyed and carried off into Babylon. At one point – weary from being derided daily, mocked, persecuted, reproached, and defamed – the prophet decided to quit preaching. He determined that he would no longer make mention of the Lord or speak in His name.

But there was something in Jeremiah that would not allow him to be silent. There was a fire deep within that would not allow him to quit. This unquenchable fire was Continue reading

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Article: You Don’t Need A Jungle To Be A Missionary

Jungle-Forest-HD-Wallpapers-Photos-Download-WallpaperIn studying once again the missionary journeys of Paul for a series of sermons I am currently preaching, I have been reminded that Paul focused his ministry on the big cities of the Roman world. He seems to have been suited for urban life, as one who grew up in the cities of Tarsus (“no mean city” – Acts 21:39) and Jerusalem, where he sat at the feet of the great rabbi Gamaliel (Acts 22:3). In Acts 13, he was serving in the church of the great city of Antioch (the third largest city in the Roman empire, called “the Queen City”). In his missionary journeys, he invariably went to the great cities of the various provinces – Antioch of Pisidia, Iconium, Ephesus, Athens, Corinth, Berea, Rome, etc. Paul did not blaze a trail through the bush, as David Livingstone did in Africa; he traveled down cobblestone streets and great Roman highways. Yet he is our model missionary in the New Testament. The city churches that he established reached out into the entire region around them (see 1 Thess. 1:8).

Have you ever heard someone make a statement like this: “We had a missionary visit last Sunday who is going to England” (or France or Ireland or Bermuda or Hawaii, etc). “Boy, they are going to be suffering, huh?” Have you ever thought it yourself?

Sometimes Christians reflect the attitude that someone isn’t really a missionary unless it involves jungles, leeches, lions and at least the threat of dying from some exotic Continue reading

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VBS 2014 – Pictures and Ideas

Logo 2014 VBSVacation Bible School is always a highlight of our summer activities. This year our theme was “The Regions Beyond,” and our lessons centered around the missionary journeys of Paul. We had a high day of 82 kids and averaged over 70 each night with many trusting Continue reading

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Article: “I Repent” – The Oft Missing Element In Reconciliation

handshake2Luke 17:3-4 Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him. (4) And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him.

The Christian life begins with forgiveness. We who were undeniably guilty were forgiven solely on the merits of Jesus Christ and our faith in Him. To be saved, we repented toward God and received His pardon by faith. God forgave us freely “for Christ’s sake,” and commands us to do the same – “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you” (Eph. 4:32). This brought reconciliation. The Christian life therefore begins with forgiveness, is based on forgiveness, and must practice forgiveness towards others.

However, it is a sad trend that people want and expect forgiveness and reconciliation without any repentance on their part. I believe we should examine the above passage from the perspective of the one who has done the offense. Yes, the Christian has a responsibility to forgive. But does not the offending brother have a responsibility to say, “I repent?” Is there no responsibility on that brother’s part to sincerely acknowledge his error, own up to his action, and admit that he was wrong?

We teach our children to say “I’m sorry” to their little playmates; yet how often do we as adults remain silent when we should acknowledge our faults? This expectation of forgiveness without repentance hurts marriages, parent/child relationships, friendships, and relationships within the church. Some husbands never acknowledge their wrongs, and it hurts their marriages. Some wives do the same. Some parents could be reconciled to their adult children if they would say, “I’m sorry, I was wrong;” some adult kids could enjoy a restored relationship with the same words. Sooner or later we have to start taking responsibility for our actions – and take our responsibility for our part in reconciliation.

The Lord is “good, and ready to forgive” (Ps. 86:5), but doesn’t He also tell us, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9)?

Now, this view of Luke 17:3-4 does NOT justify unforgiveness on the part of the offended. Forgive for your sake and move on in life. There’s no sense holding a grudge or becoming bitter over things in the past. And there are many things we can “pass over” in our daily relationships that shouldn’t require a tear-filled apology and a hug (Prov. 19:11). However, reconciliation between two people is going to require more than quoting scripture at them and telling them they should be more forgiving when you’ve never bothered to say, “I repent.”

It’s time that Christians grow up and act like little children. A little kid knows to say “I’m sorry,” the other kid says, “That’s OK,” and they go right on with life. Let us learn to say, “I’m sorry” again – or, to be more Biblical, “I repent.”

Thank you for reading. God bless.

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