STANRUSSELL.ORG – Family2017-05-03T11:50:00-07:00


We tend to think these days that no one will really come to a church service if invited. Not true according to a recent study by the  North American Mission Board (NAMB) and LifeWay Research which found that: 67 percent of Americans say a personal invitation from a family member would be very or somewhat effective in getting them to visit [...]

By |March 24th, 2016|

Seven Reasons You Should Go To Church

1. The bible says you should.  Hebrews 10:25a says, “Let us not neglect our church meetings, as some people do…drawing near.” (TLB) In this passage God calls us out. “Come on now,” He says, “you are not doing right to neglect church.” Come back and He will bless you for it. 2. Jesus went regularly as an example for us.  Luke [...]

By |January 20th, 2016|

How to Deal with Criticism

When criticized, carefully evaluate the criticism to see if it is true. a.    Go to God and ask Him if it is true. 2 Corinthians 13:5a Look closely at yourselves. Test yourselves to see if you are living in the faith... (NCV) b.    Go to friends, family and people who you love and trust and ask them if it is [...]

By |October 15th, 2014|

Plant Yourself in a Good Church

I have just returned from my sabbatical. A sabbatical is a time away to refresh and regenerate. Here at Horizon, pastors are given a sabbatical every seven years of service. I had a great time being with my family and traveling. I went to a number of very good churches while I was gone and enjoyed them all thoroughly. However, [...]

By |September 11th, 2014|


Christmas is a time of year when people are open to attending special events, becoming part of a celebration, and checking out the local productions. With that in mind, please don’t underestimate the possibility of people you ask attending a church event with you. Most local churches have a Christmas musical celebration, a production, or even a kid’s play to [...]

By |December 11th, 2013|

What a Great Partner!

My wife, Karen, recently had a birthday. Funny, on that day my main thought was how blessed I was to have such a special lady as my wife. The bible says in Proverbs 18:22: He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the Lord. (NIV)    Boy have I received favor!  I wrote the following on [...]

By |November 20th, 2013|

Let Your Light Shine!

All my ministry life I have emphasized this scripture: “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16 (KJV) I memorized this verse on the very first night that I gave my heart to Jesus at Royal Rangers on a Wednesday evening in Aptos, California. [...]

By |August 14th, 2013|

Put a Crown Above Their Heads and Watch Them Grow Into It

I don’t want to be one of those people who are the negative part of someone’s story. You know, the person who thought they couldn’t do it. The one who told them they weren’t good enough. The person who gave them the impression that they weren’t capable enough! I want to be the person who believed in them and encouraged [...]

By |August 1st, 2013|

The One Question for Every Leader

Leadership is complex. It is a bowl full of spaghetti with interwoven relationships, vision, values, projects, communication and direction. It is not easy! Leadership is mostly two things in my mind. It is influence and decision making.  Eventually, if not sooner, you will be judged by the quality of your decisions, and that will determine the amount of influence and [...]

By |June 5th, 2013|