- Michael Hyatt on How leadership at home affects the rest of your life.
- 5 ways to move from selfish to a servant when you’re single.
- Tony Morgan on the top 10 leadership mistakes.
- 6 time management tips.
- David Walker on What every worship leader wants their pastor to know. Makes me grateful for Paul and the relationship we have.
- 3 common traits of youth who don’t leave the church.
- Brian Tracy on How to influence people.
- Top 7 church planting challenges.
- Gloria Furman on What a pastor’s wife is supposed to be like. I did a series of blog posts on this topic and it is still my most read series ever.
Here’s a preview of what is coming up at Revolution Church the next 2 weeks:
I often get asked about resources I’d recommend when it comes to dating, marriage, sexual addiction, healing from abuse, past relationships, meeting your spouse’s needs, etc. To go along with the series The Vow, we also published a list of recommended resources to help you. Here are some of the resources:
- Recovering Biblical Manhood & Womanhood by John Piper & Wayne Grudem
- Feminine Appealby Carolyn Mahaney
- Shopping for Time: How to Do it All and NOT be Overwhelmedby Carolyn Mahaney
- Biblical Womanhood in the Home
- Recovering Biblical Manhood & Womanhood by John Piper & Wayne Grudem
- What He Must Be by Voddie Baucham
- Sex, Romance and the Glory of God: What Every Christian Husband Needs to Know by C.J. Mahaney
- Church Planter: The Man, The Message, The Mission by Darrin Patrick
- The Meaning of Marriage by Tim Keller
- Real Marriage by Mark Driscoll
- The Five Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lastsby Gary Chapman
- His Needs, Her Needs: Building an Affair Proof Marriageby Willard Harley
- God, Marriage & Familyby Andreas Kostenberger
- This Momentary Marriageby John Piper
- Sacred Marriage: What if God Designed Marriage to Make us More Holy Than to Make us Happy?by Gary Thomas
- Going all the Way: Preparing for a Marriage that Goes the Distance by Craig Groeschel
- Boundaries in Datingby Henry Cloud & John Townsend
- Boy Meets Girlby Joshua Harris
- The Sexually Confident Wife: Connecting with Your Husband Mind, Body, Heart & Spirit by Shannon Etheridge
- Intended for Pleasure: Sex Technique & Sexual Fulfillment in Christian Marriage by Ed & Gaye Wheat
- The Sexual Manby Archibald Hart
- Secrets of Eve: Understanding the Mystery of Female Sexualityby Archibald Hart
- Sex and the Supremacy of Christby John Piper
Porn & Sexual Addiction
- Closing the Window: Steps to Living Porn Freeby Tim Chester
- Sexual Detox: A Guide for Guys Who are Sick of Pornby Tim Challies
- Wired for Intimacy: How Porn Hijacks the Male Brainby William Struthers
- Sex is not the Problem (Lust is) by Joshua Harris
- Pure Eyes
- www.covenanteyes.comand www.xxxchurch.com 
- Gospel Powered Parenting: How the Gospel Shapes and Transforms Parenting by William Farley
- Gospel Centered Familyby Tim Chester
- Family Driven Faith: Doing What it Takes to Raise Sons & Daughters who Walk with God by Voddie Baucham
- Girl Talk: Mother-Daughter Conversations about Biblical Womanhoodby Carolyn Mahaney & Nicole Mahaney Whitacre
- Shepherding a Child’s Heartby Paul David Tripp
- Give them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids with the Love of Jesusby Elyse Fitzpatrick
- Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters by Margaret Meeker
- Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Nameby Sally Lloyd-Jones
- Big Truths for Little Kids
- The ESV Student Study Bible
- The ESV Illustrated Family Bible
- Big Thoughts for Little Thinkers
Moving from Your Past
- Total Forgivenessby R.T. Kendall
- You Can Changeby Tim Chester
- Redemption: Freed by Jesus from the Idols we Worship and the Wounds we Carryby Mike Wilkerson
- The Prodigal Godby Tim Keller
- The Grace of Godby Andy Stanley
- How to Forgive Ourselves Totallyby R.T. Kendall
 This website is a resource for those who need accountability or are looking for help in being free from a porn addiction.
We have been talking about it for weeks and it is finally here: The Vow starts this Saturday night!
For the next 4 weeks we are going to look at what the Bible has to say about being a man, a woman, how our past (and the past of our parents) keeps us from moving forward, and how to protect your marriage (and your heart, mind and body if you are single).
I believe this is going to be one of the most powerful and eye opening series we have ever done at Revolution. We will also be interspersing some live Q&A throughout the series.
This week, to kick it off, we will look at what the Bible has to say about biblical manhood. What is a man supposed to be according to the Bible? What is a man supposed to be according to our culture? How are they different? Which one do we often default to in our daily lives? The more and more I read about this topic, the more I see what the Bible calls men and women to is drastically different than what our culture does, and this is one of the biggest problems in our culture and relationships.
No one knows what they are supposed to be like.
What Katie and I meet with people and couples, many of the problems in their lives stem from not being sure what their identity is supposed to be. Many people think men should be overgrown boys (no job, playing video games all night), weaklings who let women run them, or chauvinists. I’m not kidding, but an article I read in a well known magazine said those are the 3 choices for men in our culture. The Bible gives a very different picture of manhood.
In addition to this, on Saturday we will then ask the question, “If the Bible says about men is true, what does that mean for women?”
Believe me when I say, you don’t want to miss a week of The Vow and you want to bring someone with you. I have been hearing from Revolutionaries all week about friends, neighbors and co-workers they have invited. Katie and I have been handing out invite cards for several weeks now. An easy way to invite someone is to send them an e-vite.
Remember, we meet at 4:15 & 6pm at 6620 E 22nd St.
Don’t forget to mark your calendars for our Vision Night on August 25th. This is an incredibly important night in the life of our church as we look towards the future and what God is calling us to. For a preview, go here and here.
See you Saturday.
Saturday, we are starting a brand new series called The Vow. Over the next 4 weeks, we will look at what the Bible has to say about manhood and womanhood. We will look at being single, dating, marriage, divorce, adultery. How to not see being single as a curse, but a way to live more fully for God, how to enjoy your marriage, how to prepare for marriage, how to date, how to choose who to date and marry.
Here is what the series looks like:
August 20: A Good Man (Ephesians 5:22 – 33)
August 27: A Good Woman (1 Peter 3:1 – 6)
September 3: Breaking Free from Our Broken Families (Ephesians 2:13 – 22)
September 10: Enjoying Your Marriage (Proverbs 5:1 – 20)
Don’t miss the opportunity to invite someone to this exciting series. An easy way to do that is through an e-vite.
Here is a helpful talk on Christian dating and courting from Mars Hill Church. Definitely worth the time if you are dating or single.
One of the dangers of preaching is repetition. Repetition in one sense can be good because people need to hear things several times before they understand it or get it, and a church should have a nice flow of guests coming in that need to hear specific things about Jesus and faith.
Repetition can also be dangerous because communicators can get into the habit of saying the same thing over and over, always finding a way to make a passage about their soapbox, or just repeating sermons. I knew of one church planter that repeated his sermons, really repeated them, every 18 months.
One of my jobs at Revolution is setting the preaching calendar, what topics we will study, what books we will preach through, etc. I submit those ideas to the elders to make sure that we are in agreement on what our church needs to hear, get feedback on topics from them, etc.
Here is what makes me excited about the next 18 months at Revolution, we will study a wide variety of topics. Such as: Jesus, the trinity, mission, evangelism, community, marriage, dating, being single, heaven, hell, the afterlife, the wrath of God, predestination, free will, election, suffering, does God cause suffering, hospitality, prayer, money, generosity.
We will touch on books like Malachi, Daniel, Jonah, Ephesians, Proverbs. We will preach through Titus, Jude, and Romans.
Pastors, one of your jobs is to make sure your church is getting a balanced diet of Scripture. Do you have a plan for that? Do you know what topics you will cover over the next 12-18 months? What books you will preach through? How will you make sure you don’t just preach from the New Testament or the gospels?