How is it that we in the church can so easily miss the Gospel? On any given Sunday, how many people in the church would be able to clearly communicate the Gospel message if asked? Could I clearly communicate it?
If your stated values are worth pursuing, pursue them. You manage your time and resources. Manage them in an intentional way that makes a difference.
There are "shadows" everywhere. The shadows are the lesser things that keep us from the substance of life. Are you holding fast to the substance or have you been chasing shadows?
We all experience death in different ways. Maybe not sinking into the depths of an ocean but into the depths of addiction. God can deliver! Maybe not the loss of a life jacket but the loss of a relationship. God can deliver!
Rejecting God is always a bad idea for all of us. Worse though would be for us to miss responding to His call of mercy through the storms (hearing hard truths, obstacles meant to keep us from disobedience...). Is God calling you to Himself through the storms?
Jonah. From childhood, I’ve heard the story countless times. So imagine my surprise when I began to read the familiar story only to find my heart captured, clinging to every word like a drowning man grasping a life preserver. Finding truths that I’d long since known yet too easily ignored.
"Resurrection Sunday," that's what we call Easter in the evangelical church. At least, that's the way it's been referenced in churches I've attended. I think one of the reasons we do this is to remind us what we're celebrating on Easter--Jesus' resurrection. There is a way though that in our reminders and routine we lose … Continue reading Reminding of the Resurrection
If all of your prayers were answered today, how much would it benefit anyone other than you?
Regular church attendance with a body that values biblical teaching is important, but every one of us needs more that 25 minutes a week to become fully committed followers of Jesus (i.e. have a solid biblical foundation, a sincere and vital faith, and a firm grasp on the practical application of said faith in everyday life).
We demand justice and long for grace. Yet none of us is completely innocent. If justice was served, we'd all be condemned. So our hearts long for mercy, undeserved kindness. We want to be forgiven because we know it's so desperately needed.