James 5: 10-11 "Brothers and sisters, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. 11 As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and … Continue reading Be Merciful to the Mean
2 Chronicles 19:6-7 “Consider carefully what you do, because you are not judging for mere mortals but for the Lord, who is with you whenever you give a verdict. 7 Now let the fear of the Lord be on you. Judge carefully, for with the Lord our God there is no injustice or partiality or bribery.” Being a Christian means that we do not make decisions … Continue reading Think Bigger Than Yourself
Recently I have been switching the word "love" for the word "value". We are desensitized to the word "love" in our society; essentially it has become a self centered concept that focuses on our own desires and our own feelings, rather than its intended meaning. Love is not about us, but this is how we … Continue reading Try Using the Word “Value”…
1 John 4:9 "God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent His One and Only Son into the world so that we might live through Him." As Christians we always talk about Jesus being the "Son of God" but I don't think that we do a good job of helping others understand what this … Continue reading Son of God?
1 Corinthians 1: 1-5 "When I came to you, brothers, announcing the testimony of God to you, I did not come with brilliance of speech or wisdom. For I didn’t think it was a good idea to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. I came to you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. My speech and my proclamation … Continue reading Speaking Ability ≠ Effective Ministry
Bottom Line Up Front: Cults of Christianity draw the focus away from the absolute center of true Christianity--the worship and obsession of Jesus Christ Himself. When we think of cults we often think of weird people who are under some type of mind control of an eccentric leader who is manipulating them into behaving in … Continue reading Are You In a Cult?
Matthew 5:12 says "Be glad and rejoice, because your reward is great in heaven..." When Jesus gave the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5 He essentially told his followers that the life of one who lives for God is characterized by an expectation of receiving satisfaction in the future...not in the present. It is the … Continue reading Go Unsatisfied
Matthew 3: 7-9 says "When he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to the place of his baptism, he said to them, “Brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? Therefore produce fruit consistent with repentance. And don’t presume to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you that God is … Continue reading What Should You Do About ______?
1 Peter 1:17-19 Since you call on a Father who judges each person’s work impartially, live out your time as foreigners here in reverent fear. For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, … Continue reading Remember Why You Left
If we do not start with with a correct understanding of what the Christian life is meant to be like then we will misinterpret Scripture, and consequently, God's will. The Jesus follower has an experience on earth that is completely different than every other type of person. The mistake that many Christians make is thinking … Continue reading Suffering – Part 1