April 24, 2018

Learning to Be a Christian STAR in Today’s Culture Before there were the modern “star search” shows, there was Star Search. Ed McMahon was best known as Johnny Carson’s sidekick, but he also hosted Star Search, a program where aspiring actors and musicians perform before a live audience, hoping for stardom. Ed McMahon was the forerunner to American Idol, The Voice, and America’s Got Talent. Before these contests, there was Star Search. In Philippians 2, Paul is on his own… Read more

April 23, 2018

The Dreamer With a Misunderstood Call Genesis 37:2-11 Joseph is a young man when God starts to reveal His will through dreams. It didn’t help matters that Israel favored Joseph more than the other brothers – he was the favored son. “Now Israel loved Joseph more than his other sons because Joseph was a son born to him in his old age, and he made a robe of many colors for him.” (Genesis 37:3, CSB) Joseph innocently told his brothers… Read more

April 19, 2018

Learning to Thrive in This Life by Trusting God “For it is God who is working in you both to will and to work according to his good purpose.” (Philippians 2:13, CSB) Perhaps you are familiar with the “Trust Fall.” This is an exercise in which you set up two lines of people parallel to one another. One person stands on a stump and falls back. As they fall, the first people in the line catch the person. They move… Read more

April 18, 2018

Learning to Share You connect as a Christian by belonging Jesus. God helps you work out your salvation by first introducing you to Jesus who saves you. That happens as the Holy Spirit leads you to someone who knows Jesus. “Therefore, my dear friends, just as you have always obeyed, so now, not only in my presence but even more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.” (Philippians 2:12, CSB) The first way to be… Read more

April 17, 2018

Jesus Christ SuperSTAR In Andrew Lloyd Webber’s interpretation of the Gospel account, Jesus is considered a Superstar. Some of you may watch a version of his play this Easter which is entitled Jesus Christ Superstar. Today I begin a new series entitled “How to Be a Christian STAR.” I want to give you an overview of how to be a STAR. To be a star in life, we need to look to Jesus. I am beginning this series on Easter… Read more

April 6, 2018

The Power of True Christian Love Song of Solomon 8:6-7 If love is as strong as death, then in Christ, love is more powerful than death. “Set me as a seal on your heart, as a seal on your arm. For love is as strong as death; ardent love is as unrelenting as Sheol. Love’s flames are fiery flames — the fiercest of all. Mighty waters cannot extinguish love; rivers cannot sweep it away. If a man were to give… Read more

March 27, 2018

  Dr. Frank Page has resigned because of a “morally inappropriate” relationship. Dr. Page initially announced his retirement as the Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention. Later, in the day, he announced his resignation. This resignation would be effective immediately. The explanation was for a “morally inappropriate” relationship. Dr. Page was President of the SBC from 2008-2009. He was also a steady helpful figure during the Conservative Resurgence. Page initially announced a retirement. He later clarified… Read more

March 21, 2018

Introduction In his book Hope for the Troubled Heart, Rev. Billy Graham wrote1: “True prayer is a way of life, not just for use in cases of emergency. Make it a habit, and when the need arises you will be in practice.” A woman as in labor with her first baby and was experiencing much pain and anguish. That is natural for being in labor. The problem was that the pain wasn’t producing a delivery. The idea is that the… Read more

March 20, 2018

You remember The People’s Court, Night Court, Judge Judy. Law and Order. Shows that revealed how our system of justice and judgment work. That is what Jesus is describing here in the first two verses of Luke 17. WORLD SYSTEM OF JUDGMENT (LAW AND ORDER) (Luke 17:1-2) In the world’s system of judgment, we have what we call law and order. In that, I mean that if someone offends another, then there is a punishment for the crime. Here, Jesus gives… Read more

March 12, 2018

1. Pray (Luke 10:1-2) “After this, the Lord appointed seventy-two others, and he sent them ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself was about to go. He told them, “The harvest is abundant, but the workers are few. Therefore, pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into his harvest.” (Luke 10:1–2, CSB) The reality is that there will always be more lost people than Christians who want to share the… Read more

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