What Happened to Evangelism 1

What Happened to Evangelism
More and more, I hear church leaders express sadness and confusion over the fact that their congregations aren’t leading more people to Jesus.  Few new Christians occupy their pews.  The baptistery is used, almost exclusively, to immerse the children of church members. What happened to evangelism? Honestly, a lot of traditional evangelism methods stopped working ...

God – Why the question matters

God - Why the question matters
If God exists, then. . . Life has meaning.  Life has purpose.  Eternal life isn’t a pipedream, it’s a reality.  A relationship with God is possible.  Evil and injustice will not go unpunished. The consequences of this question are too important to be ignored.  Of course,  the significance of the God question does not, in and of ...

Live Like You’re Saved!

Live Like You're Saved!
Consider this. . . If I had a billion dollars, I could do a lot of things.  For starters, I could stop by the airplane store and buy my son a Gulfstream G650.  “Here’s your jet.  It’s a gift.  Free and clear, all paid for, it’s all yours!  No one else, however, gets to pilot it, ...

Church – The Wonderful Place Where I Don’t Get My Way

Church - The Wonderful Place Where I Don't Get My Way
Looking for a new church?  Most people will go out and find a church that makes them feel comfortable.  They generally feel more at home around people that look like them, dress like them, fit into the same social strata they inhabit, who are for the most part about their same age, and people who ...

5 Keys to Making Great Decisions

5 Keys to Making Great Decisions
Nothing more radically impacts our happiness and success in life more than the choices we make.  When Moses was nearing the finish line of his life’s work, his message to the people he had faithfully led was this – “choose life (Deut. 30.19).” Proverbs, Bible’s most practical book recognizes the freedom God has given us to ...

The Sin of Laziness

The Sin of Laziness
“. . .the field of a lazy person. . .was overgrown with nettles. It was covered with weeds, and its walls were broken down.”  Proverbs 24.30-21 Laziness is a sin because, at its core, it means living far below the potential that God has given you, it means wasting the vineyard of possibilities and potential ...

In the Master’s Hands

In the Master's Hands
Do you remember your art projects from school?  Whatever the medium, I wasn’t much of an artist.  The only place my creations would be on display would be on our refrigerator.  You with me on this? One enduring, and particularly ugly project, was from 5th grade I think, where we were supposed to mold something out ...

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“Love your enemies. . .”  Luke 6:27 Did Jesus ever say anything HARDER, anything more REVOLUTIONARY than those three words?  Love. . .your. . .enemies. Jesus calls his followers (that would be US)  to love our enemies and often, we struggle to love our own husbands and wives.  We don’t even those we have pledged before God, ...

Your Father’s Voice

Your Father's Voice
. . .Those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. 15 For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.”  Romans 8:14-15 Grayson Clamp was born without a cochlear nerve. ...

The Disciple’s Commitment to Scripture 1

The Disciple's Commitment to Scripture
On Sunday mornings for the past few weeks, I’ve been walking the Prestoncrest Church through a series of messages called “Yes, Lord.”  We’ve been talking about discipleship – the call to simply FOLLOW JESUS. If you make the life-changing decision to follow Jesus, you really need to get clear on something – following Jesus must ...