WWUTT: Do Not Conform to this World? (Romans 12:2)

Romans 12:2 says, Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Many Bible websites and apps have said this is one of the most looked up Bible verses on the web. The way it usually gets interpreted is like this: Don't be like anyone else or who the world wants you to be. Be who God made you to be!That's all well and good; but when this verse is taken by … [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: What is God’s Will for Your Life?

What is God's will for your life? Well the Bible says: Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 Thessalonians 5:18) Not the answer you were looking for?That's probably because what you actually want is to have your fortune told.Many ask about the will of God as though it's the Christian equivalent of ”wishing upon a star”. When they talk about God's will for their life, what they're probably talking about is the hopes and dreams they hav … [Read more...]

Story Team Weekly: “Wherever You Would Call Me”

If things had worked out differently, you might have found Kenny back in his hometown of Corpus Christi, dressed in a stiff suit and tie, maybe in an office with the sweet smell of leather chairs and a view of the bay. He might have been poring over legal documents, using God’s gifts of speech and debate to disrupt human trafficking as an attorney. For a long time, Kenny imagined his life looking something like that. He wanted to do something meaningful, something his dad could point to and be p … [Read more...]

Story Team Weekly: The Author and Perfecter

Bitia Buenrostro was born on November 13th, 1984 in the tiny border town of Brownsville, Texas. Much of her youth was spent carpooling back and forth across the border into Matamoros, Mexico. Summers were full of youth group adventures, family dinners, and plotting her illustrious Quinceañera, a life event that rivals the importance of a wedding day to a little girl in Mexico.Just before she entered fifth grade, Bitia’s parents withdrew her and her little brother from the private school in Br … [Read more...]

Ask Pastor John: I’m Paralyzed by Indecision — What Should I Do?

A podcast listener named Elisa, with a historical connection to you, Pastor John, writes in to ask: “Hello Pastor John! Thanks for your ministry over all these years. Incidentally, we [she and her husband] we met you when we were post-Stanford students attending InterVarsity’s Western Leadership Conference, sometime around 1985. I was one of the worship leaders at that conference and vividly remember you speaking on Christian Hedonism — a life-changing paradigm for us. Now that we’re empty-nes … [Read more...]