Can prayers lead to thankfulness? Read more

How to Pray for Someone’s Spiritual Growth Colossians 1:9-14 In June 2014 the prestigious spot on the cover of Sports Illustrated went to the Houston Astros, who were then coming off three consecutive seasons with at least 105 losses and had a 36-48 record that season. The cover boldly predicted that the Astros would be World Series champions in 2017, and it was backed up by a story from Ben Reiter titled “Astro-Matic Baseball: Houston’s Grand Experiment,” which took readers… Read more

Building the Home of God Isaiah 56:1-8 God’s home is the description of God’s family. Here in Isaiah 56, God begins to share the future of God’s people after the work of Christ is completed upon the Cross. Isaiah is considered a miniature version of the Bible. If that is the case, then Isaiah 54 begins the “church age” of Isaiah. God is building a home and He wants it built upon prayer. I realize that you may think that… Read more

The Unseen Realm by Michael S. Heiser The Unseen Realm by Michael S. Heiser suggests that as theologians and pastors, we need to recover a supernatural worldview. The Bible can only be interpreted correctly when one understands the worldview of the writers. Instead of basing one’s interpretations on Christian history or tradition, Heiser suggests recovering the supernatural worldview of the original writers and readers. By doing so, the reader will be able to understand many of the “problem” passages in… Read more

Here are seven benefits to sinning that can damage you for eternity. Read more

The Benefits of My Church Matthew 16:13-20 Why should I go to church? Let’s be clear about the church. It is not something you just attend. Church is part of who you are. The church is a people, not a building. A student is not a school. A student goes to a school to learn. A worker is not a company. A worker goes to a company to work. A community, or assembly, is made up of people who live,… Read more

There are times in our lives when we seek safety. Prayer is the safest place to be. Read more

The Story of Our Time by Robert Atkinson The Story of Our Time by Robert Atkinson, explains with his subtitle the purpose of the book: from duality to interconnectedness to oneness. The book is divided into three parts. Each part builds upon the previous part to tell a “spiritual story.” The premise of the book is that humanity is evolving, not just physically, but spiritually as well. He suggests that spiritual principles are at work to guide this organic human… Read more

The Benefits of the Grace of Giving 2 Corinthians 8:1-15 Lois Cheney, in his book God is No Fool, shares the following story: Once, a man said, “If I had some extra money, I’d give it to God, but I have just enough to support myself and my family.” And the same man said, “If I had some extra time, I’d give it to God, but every minute is taken up with my job, my family, my clubs, and what… Read more

How I Benefit From Following God Psalm 103:1-22 How I Benefit From Following God (Psalm 103:1-22) Do you realize that there are tremendous benefits that come from your relationship with God? Do you realize that when you follow God, it comes with fringe benefits? 

David the psalmist reminds me and you today that there are benefits to following God. There are tremendous benefits to allowing God to lead your life. When you buy a club membership to the YMCA, you… Read more

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