December 3, 2019

Embracing the Dignity of Work 2 Thessalonians 3:6-15 Have you ever known someone so caught up in his or her work that family, health, and everything meaningful was neglected? How about the opposite extreme? Have you known or seen someone who was downright lazy, who had no ambition, no drive to achieve, produce, or provide? Unfortunately, society is full of both extremes. On one hand, you have workaholics. On the other hand, you have bums avoiding work. Both of these… Read more

December 2, 2019

God Is With Me on the Path of Renewal Psalm 23:1-3 The Lord is my Pace-setter, I shall not rush; He makes me to stop and rest for quiet intervals. He provides me with images of stillness, which restores my serenity. He leads me in ways of efficiency, through calmness of mind. And His guidance is my peace. Even though I have a great many things to accomplish each day I will not fret, for His presence is here. His… Read more

November 25, 2019

The Interfaith Family Journal by Susan Katz Miller The Interfaith Family Journal is not specifically designed for someone of just one faith. In truth, it is a journal designed for postmodern families who want to explore other faiths outside of Christianity. As Miller notes: “While many previous books on interfaith families have assumed an audience of Christian and Jewish heterosexual couples, this journal consciously strives to decenter white Christian heteronormativity, and to work for people and families representing any number… Read more

November 25, 2019

Give Thanks in Whatever I Do Colossians 3:15-17 Back during the dark days of 1929, a group of ministers in the Northeast gathered to discuss how they should conduct their Thanksgiving Sunday services. Things were about as bad as they could get, with no sign of relief. The bread lines were long, the stock market had crashed, and the Great Depression described both the economy and the attitude of the day. Some thought that they should only lightly touch upon… Read more

November 7, 2019

The Christian Responsibility to Warn Others Ezekiel 3:16-21 Dr. Wayne Burke said,” we are to go and glow, so the lost and the church grow; go glow and grow.” Pastor Terrell Hudson said of evangelism and witnessing,”We are to have convictions, endurance, compassion, and submission to God. He also said,” All the angels of heaven cannot make the lost get saved if they say no, but, all the demons of hell cannot stop them if they say yes”. Dr. Lee… Read more

November 5, 2019

Developing Christian Peace Galatians 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. The law is not against such things.” (Galatians 5:22–23, CSB) Two painters were in a contest where each said they could paint a picture of peace. One painter painted this sunset with the sun going down over the calm water. It all looked very nice and the picture had a very calming effect. The other painter painted a… Read more

November 4, 2019

How to Development Contentment in My Life Philippians 4:10-23 A thermometer doesn’t change anything around it—it just registers the temperature. It’s always going up and down. But a thermostat regulates the surroundings and changes them when they need to be changed. Many people live like a thermometer, living their lives and letting their circumstances let them go up and down. Being content in life is like being a thermostat. The Apostle Paul was a thermostat. Instead of having spiritual ups… Read more

November 2, 2019

Developing Christian Joy Galatians 5:22-23 Erma Bombeck shares the following story about the creation of Fathers. When the good Lord was creating Fathers he started with a tall frame. And a female angel nearby said, “What kind of Father is that? If you’re going to make children so close to the ground, why have you put Fathers up so high? He won’t be able to shoot marbles without kneeling, tuck a child in bed without bending, or even kiss a… Read more

November 1, 2019

Developing Christian Love Galatians 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. The law is not against such things.” (Galatians 5:22–23, CSB) Our focus today is on love, which is preached about in a lot in churches. The danger here is that because love is such a well-known topic you may be tempted to check out. I hope you don’t. While love is a common theme, it’s not always easy… Read more

October 7, 2019

5 Things Every Evangelist Needs 1. Every evangelist needs to be called by God “And he himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers,” (Ephesians 4:11, CSB) Just as God has not called all men to be pastors, neither has He called all to be evangelists. The Bible says “some evangelists” and “some pastors.” The pastor and evangelist are two different callings and different gifts. Billy Graham said: “The evangelist’s message is a very… Read more

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