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
A short open letter to the flesh based on selected scriptures from Romans Chapter 8. Dear Mr. Flesh, How are you? Not well I presume. You’ve probably been feeling a bit lonely of late, so I wanted to write a letter to you to let you know where we stand. Do not think that I … Continue reading Bye Bye Mr. Flesh
In spite of the bumps and bruises along the way, and the ups and downs, some of which I have been personally responsible for, giving my life to Jesus over forty years ago has been the single greatest thing I have ever done. I have not done many great things in this life: I suppose, … Continue reading Excuses, Excuses, Excuses: Do You Have One?
Acts 5:1-2 But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession, And kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles feet. There’s a phrase I read some time ago that said, ‘God doesn't want weekend … Continue reading Keeping Back Part: God Wants Full Custody and Nothing Less
Luke 18:9-14; 1 Peter 1:14-16 Can holiness be enforced? Or rather, can it be forced upon people? Can people be told that by following a set of rules, or by wearing or not wearing this or that, it makes them holy? There is no doubt as to the absolute importance of holiness in the Christian … Continue reading God Needs No Help:A Word For The Hyper-Holy and Accidental Pharisees Among Us