January 15, 2019

Reaching Out to the Digital Generation for Jesus Christ 1 Corinthians 9:19-23 Let me share with you an important shift that I believe has happened in the culture. We have moved from modern society to a postmodern society. I think this is similar to the differences between the Jews and Gentiles that Paul speaks in this passage. The modern society has a knowledge of God and Jesus. They are familiar with the church. The church was part of the culture and… Read more

January 10, 2019

Resume My Journey God Has For Me Deuteronomy 1:6-8 God has spoken to me. I have stayed at this mountain long enough. I need to resume my journey and go forward to my neighbors. See, God has set a mission before me. Enter and take possession of that mission. (Deuteronomy 1:6-8) – Personal Bible Verse for 2019 A vision without a task is but a dream; a task without a vision is drudgery; a vision and a task is the… Read more

January 8, 2019

The Wisdom of Spiritual Reflection Proverbs 9:1-18 We come to the end of the year. You may notice people reflecting on the past year. We reflect on the past events, and on people who have left us in death. Many take this time to reflect on the year and see what has happened in their lives. This is a great time to gain wisdom through spiritual reflection. As a Christian, we should take stock of our lives at times like… Read more

January 7, 2019

How Christmas Points to Jesus Hebrews 1:1-3 Look at the Christmas tree. I want to use this image to remind us how God uses Christmas to point me to Jesus during the Christmas season. Keep the image of the Christmas tree in your mind. The challenge during Christmas is to remind ourselves of Jesus. Because Christmas is loaded. It is loaded with symbols, traditions, and ideas. Many of which don’t point to Jesus. Christmas should communicate Christ. I want to… Read more

December 24, 2018

Share a Christmas Blessing of Hope Luke 1:39-45 As we read and think about great Christmas passages of the Bible, one of the things we need to do is to resist the influence of our culture to trivialize Christmas and its powerful meaning for our lives. The true message of Christmas is about hope. Hope is one of the greatest needs of the human heart and one of the greatest messages of the Christmas story. Sometimes in English, the word… Read more

December 19, 2018

God and Hamilton by Kevin Cloud When I think of Alexander Hamilton, I think of a man whose face is on the ten dollar bill. I think of the man who lost a duel to Aaron Burr. The book God and Hamilton by Kevin Cloud helped me to see more about the man and his impact, as well as his spiritual influence. God and Hamilton by Kevin Cloud explores the spiritual themes from the life of Alexander Hamilton and the… Read more

December 1, 2018

Encouraging One Another Through the Holiday Season Colossians 4:7-18 During the Christmas holidays, people will send various greeting cards to many people. The purpose of the greeting card is to encourage other people during the holidays. Here, we see that Paul is writing in this section one large greeting card addressed to different people. How would you use your greeting card to encourage others during this holiday season? You know that you don’t have to stop with just greeting cards…. Read more

November 30, 2018

How to LAST and Survive the Holidays Colossians 4:2-6 The day before Thanksgiving an elderly man in Phoenix called his son in New York and said to him, “I hate to ruin your day, but I have to tell you that your mother and I are getting a divorce; 45 years of misery is enough. We’re sick of each other, and so you call your sister in Chicago and tell her.” Frantic, the son called his sister, who exploded on… Read more

November 29, 2018

How to Build the Best Relationships for Christ Colossians 3:17-4:1 Christ is my master, therefore I serve Him and others. Whatever I do, I do for the name of Jesus. Every relationship matters because I belong to Jesus. “And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” (Colossians 3:17, CSB) No matter what time of relationship I have to other people, I still… Read more

November 28, 2018

How to Change (and Be Civil) as a Christian Colossians 3:8-16 Change is difficult for people. As humans, we like routine. We like to do the same things in repetition. The rhythm of life is easier for us when we know what the next note will be. When we are told to change something, we immediately reflexively resist. We don’t want to change the notes in the music. We don’t want to make the effort because change makes us have… Read more

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