How to Wean Yourself of Junk Food

How to Wean Yourself of Junk Food

2 Timothy‬ ‭4:3-5‬ ‭MSG You’re going to find that there will be times when people will have no stomach for solid teaching, but will fill up on spiritual junk food—catchy opinions that tickle their fancy. They’ll turn their backs on truth and chase mirages. But you —keep your eye on what you’re doing; accept the hard times along with the good; keep the Message alive; do a thorough job as …

Healthy Talk

Ps Rod Monthly Teaching - Healthy Talk

Is your “talk” or “teaching” bringing health to people? Let’s take a look at Paul – the Apostles – instructions to Titus: “But you should talk in a way that is consistent with sound teaching.” – ‭‭Titus‬ ‭2:1‬ ‭(CEB‬‬) “Likewise, encourage the younger men to be sensible (7) in every way. Offer yourself as a role model of good actions. Show integrity, seriousness, (8) and a sound message that is …

Delegation: Releasing the Next Generation

Delegation: Releasing the next generation

“You have heard me teach things that have been confirmed by many reliable witnesses. Now teach these truths to other trustworthy people who will be able to pass them on to others.” 2 Timothy 2:2 NLT   Multiplying Leaders The most effective way to multiply leaders is to identify reliable people and bring them closer to you to: engage, train, and encourage them, and give them feedback and opportunity. We …

Leadership That Belongs

Ps Rod Plummer, leadership teaching. Leadership that Belongs

“And I will make an everlasting covenant with them: I will never stop doing good for them. I will put a desire in their hearts to worship me, and they will never leave me.” Jeremiah‬ ‭32:40‬ ‭NLT It’s settled, we belong! Out of this God-given security, we can make contributions in our work place or church with confidence. We can focus our desires on doing well in our gifts, bringing …

Serve the Lord with Gladness

Serve The Lord With Gladness

One of my life scriptures is Psalm 100:2. It says, “Serve the Lord with gladness; Come before His presence with singing.” One of the greatest things you can do at Church is turn up happy. It doesn’t say serve the Lord with “sadness” or “madness,” but it says to turn up with, “gladness.” I’ve learned you can become cheerful very fast. It may have been a tough day but you …

6 Steps To Becoming A Great Teacher

We have many wonderful Lifegroup leaders in our Church. If you want to be a better Lifegroup leader, then you need to become a better teacher. Teaching is a great skill that will help you grow in leadership – whether at Church or in business. Here are 6 quick steps to becoming a great teacher: 1. Get Excited You need to be excited about what you are teaching. Choose a …

Love the Soil

I love living in Tokyo. It’s an amazing city and has even more amazing people in it! In the last 14 years, I’ve seen an increasing number of buildings, both large and small, make use of the limited space in this city of 40 million people, a city renowned for being the largest on earth. Occasionally, one might come upon an unusual sight. Between the many tall office buildings, there …

Building God’s Kingdom With Faith and Finance

Recently I spoke at a monthly event we do through our Church called Kingdom Builders. Kingdom Builders is a ministry for people who are passionate about building God’s kingdom through finances. We gather to give to different areas of need across the church and missions. This last year across Lifehouse we have given over 12 million yen (~$120,000) to the needy! I love Kingdom Builders because it is a place …

Some Great Churches and Pastor Friends in Japan

You may have heard Japan has the lowest percentage of Christians in the world at about 0.5%. That is true, and this is why we are here! In the 13 years since we started Lifehouse in Tokyo we have planted 20 churches, 14 of these are in Japan, and combined we reach almost 4000 people on a weekly basis. But to reach Japan we know we can’t do it alone. …

Praise, Prayer, Praise

I always looked forward to returning home from a ministry trip. My little boys would leap at me with joy the moment I opened the front door. They would yell excitedly “Daddy, daddy, daddy!”, accompanied with hugs and kisses. Then they would ask me, “Did you get a present for us?” I would rummage around in my suitcase, as my boys waited impatiently. The moment I gave them their presents, …