Story Team Weekly: Just Another Tantrum

It was just another play date. Another argument between two little boys. Another temper tantrum. Except it wasn’t.John wanted the blue race car. So did Owen.The Fosters had only lived in their home for a few months and Jill was eager to invite one of the neighborhood boys over to play with her 4-year-old son, John. It was Owen’s first visit. After Owen’s mom dropped him off and headed to the store, the two boys settled in to play a board game.When Jill heard the boys arguing, she insi … [Read more...]

Story Team Weekly: How Are They to Hear?

When Ben and Jessica Turner agreed to move overseas in hopes of sharing their faith in Jesus, they never imagined pizza would give them opportunities to connect with Muslim families on a gorgeous tropical island.“God told us, ‘I want you to go to a place where there is nothing but people who don’t know Me, and where you won’t have all the distractions of the States,’” Jessica remembers.The couple clung to Scripture as they prepared to leave their comfortable lives and become goers. “How t … [Read more...]

Reflections of Grace 143: Isn’t That Breaking the Rules?

[display_podcast]Following Jesus can be a treacherous path of trying to change the world, as we see it, and running straight into the truth that we are, indeed, the one with the problem.  We need deliverance from:… Our belief that it is up to us to change people. … Our judgmental and legalistic ways.Think about this:In the beginning of Luke 19 – the story of the tax collector Zacchaeus.(Raise your hand if you just started to sing “Zaccheaus was a wee little man, a wee littl … [Read more...]

WWUTT: Inviting Unbelievers to Church?

Should we invite unbelievers to church? Should we invite unbelievers to church?Sure! Why not? Church should be a place where anyone who comes through the doors will hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ proclaimed!The Scripture says, “The wages of sin is death! But the free gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord!” (Romans 6:23)May this message be preached from every pulpit! But, we need to understand unbelievers are not part of the Church.In Romans 8:9, Paul sai … [Read more...]

WWUTT: God Has a Wonderful Plan for Your Life?

If you are a disciple of Jesus, then God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life, just like he did for the first disciples! What kind of wonderful plan?Well, Peter was crucified upside-down. Andrew, his brother was also crucified. James was executed by the sword. John, his brother was exiled and died of old age. Philip was tortured and then crucified upside-down. Bartholomew was skinned alive and he, too crucified upside down. Thomas was speared to death while praying. Matthew was … [Read more...]

Reflections of Grace 115: What Is It You Have That I Don’t?

[display_podcast] One day as Jesus was walking along the shore of  the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers—Simon, also called Peter, and Andrew—throwing a net into the water, for they fished for a living.  Jesus called out  to them, “Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!”  And they left their nets at once and followed Him.”  (Matthew 4:18-20)I don’t have the gift of evangelism.  My husband does and he loves it!  I love people and have a shepherd’s heart, but I am not … [Read more...]