First, let me state at the outset that I believe in the Church. I believe in it's presence, it's purpose and it's power. Established by the Lord Jesus Christ, I also believe that it continues to grow and I am sure that the gates of hell will not prevail against it (Mat.16:18). This being said, … Continue reading Sardis:The Zombie Church
No, I don't have an axe to grind. I'm not angry at anyone. And I don't for one second presume to think I know better or am better than anyone else-because I'm not better and I don't know anything. I'm just a small voice in a small corner of the world, trying to fulfill the Great … Continue reading A Word To My Hyper-Holy Brethren:Caterpillars Can’t Fly
Imagine your favorite food. You taste, and it's just not right; something is missing. You go and get that one ingredient that will make it taste the way it should. Once you add just enough of what was missing, you can eat on to your heart's delight. There are two types of people in every … Continue reading The Missing Ingredient
My former pastor, Jack A.SanFilippo, was a man among men. It was through his preaching that I was introduced to Jesus. As a teen, on several occasions after evening services, he would drive me home. I can still hear him, as on more than one occasion he would say to me: 'Michael, do you see … Continue reading The Lights In The Windows
Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. (John 3:3) This question has been asked and answered by many, with a variety of answers. Many people believe that they are a Christian based on the mere fact that they … Continue reading What Does It Really Mean To Be A Christian?
We live in fast paced world. Everything and everyone is on the move, and everyone seems to be busy doing something, and who's to say what's being done is not important? But with all the things there are to do, who has the time? With things pulling you in every direction, and everyone wanting a … Continue reading Are You Paying Attention?
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour. 1 Peter 5:8 So goes the warning. And it's a good warning. We're told to be on guard; to watch our back. The devil is out there; on the prowl. He's seeking those who've left … Continue reading The Toothless, Chained Lion
I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. John 17:4 Purpose: The reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists. Your purpose. These are words that are used often in today's church. They're used to describe the place or thing … Continue reading Your Place In The Son
Worship. Underrated and undervalued. How does it happen? Can anyone engage in it? Is there a wrong way to do it? One thing is for certain: worship needs to be real. Authentic. However, before entering into a larger discussion concerning our topic, I'd like to first offer an explanation of terms. Those two terms are: … Continue reading Authentic Worship
Pizza parties. Game nights. Movie nights. Seemingly clever little ideas to draw youth into the church or keep them in. It all sounds good, maybe done with good intentions. Food! Fun! Fellowship! Make it all worth their while. Give them a reason to want to come. We do need to at least make it a … Continue reading Too Much Church And Not Enough Jesus