By Pilgrim Benham19 item(s) found

Christian Living / by Pilgrim Benham - about 1 year

Robbed of Joy

I wasn’t always a pastor. I remember the first job I had in college, working for my uncle at his car lot in a questionable part of town. I drove my old ’86 Dodge convertible to work each day and always parked it with the top down on the side of the car lot because if I parked it on the lot, someone would make me an offer way below what it was worth to me. One day I went to get something out of the back seat and no...

Christian Living / by Pilgrim Benham - about 1 year

"Rock of Ages:" Three Aspects of Salvation

Nothing in my hand I bring,simply to the cross I cling;naked, come to thee for dress;helpless, look to thee for grace;foul, I to the fountain fly;wash me, Savior, or I die. It was a stormy night in Somerset, England, in 1763. A large thunderstorm had quickly moved in, and Augustus Toplady, a preacher in the village of Blagdo...

Theology / by Pilgrim Benham - about 1 year

The Importance of the Incarnation

It doesn’t take long for the average news reader perusing today’s articles to come across a shocking revelation: Scandals are all around us. Of course there are the expected political and financial scandals, but as of late, the sex scandals are front and center. If it isn’t this actor, news anchor or figurehead, it is that politician or producer who is falling from grace with a headline we have to censor for our c...

Leadership Training / by Pilgrim Benham - about 1 year

Five Ways to Build a Team If You Are Planting a Church Alone

I have the rare perspective of having planted two churches and having two very different experiences. In our first church plant, my wife and I did everything and did it alone. In our second church, we raised up a team and have worked together with the team to reach our community. In both churches, God did amazing things, but when we raised up a team, more abundant fruit has grown in a faster amount of time because...

Gospel / by Pilgrim Benham - about 1 year

Persecution Will End

Kierkegaard, the Danish philosopher, once told a parable about a theater where a variety show was taking place. Each show was more exciting than the previous one, leading the audience to applaud after every act. But without warning, the manager of the theater steps onto the stage. He apologizes for stopping the show but wants everyone to evacuate the theater. It turns out the theater itself is on fire. Everyone is...

Christian Living / by Pilgrim Benham - about 1 year

Don't Quit

Every difficulty we experience in life is either an opportunity or an obstacle. The Chinese symbol for the word “crisis” is actually two separate symbols: one for the word “danger” and the other for the word “opportunity.” Many of us are viewing the present crisis we are experiencing as one or the other. It is either an obstacle in our way or an opportunity for the Lord to display His glory in and through our live...

Leadership Training / by Pilgrim Benham - about 1 year

Eight Reasons Why We Need Shepherds

On a recent flight, I watched the rebrand of the movie, The Magnificent Seven. Without throwing out spoilers, the movie is a western about a town being overrun by an unjust, ruthless business tycoon. Desperate for help, a widowed young woman (whose husband was killed by the tycoon) seeks the help of an outlaw who ends up recruiting six other outlaws to take down the "army" of the wicked man's empire. I lo...

Evangelism / by Pilgrim Benham - over 2 years

Three Signs of "Drive-By" Evangelism

Billy Graham said, “The evangelistic harvest is always urgent. The destiny of men and of nations is always being decided. Every generation is strategic. We are not responsible for the past generation, and we cannot bear the responsibility for the next one; but we do have our generation. God will hold us responsible as to how well we fulfill our responsibilities to this age and take advantage of our opportunities."...