Outside the Box Evangelism

Outside the Box Evangelism
Reaching people for Jesus Christ is if not the most important part of the mission of Christ’s Church, it is one of the top two or three things that we are called to do.  Jesus is the Savior.  Every person matters to God and deserves the opportunity to know the hope, forgiveness, and joy that ...

All In – Getting People Into God’s Word

All In - Getting People Into God's Word
The Bible.  The most read, cherished, ridiculed and reviled book of all time.  For believers, the Bible is the gateway to the life of blessing that God intends for us to have. In the very first chapter of the Bible, we are told that God made all things, and they were good, but when he made us, ...

3 Keys to Church Unity

3 Keys to Church Unity
What’s the deal with unity?  Why do so many Christians have trouble getting along with each other? While we know that Jesus wants for his followers to be united, oftentimes in local congregations, this harmony is elusive.  While there are many things that can undermine unity, Paul in Romans 14 gives three simple principles that ...

The Power Within

The Power Within
In 1986, Red Sox Pitcher Roger Clemens had his first Major League at bat.  Being a pitcher in the American League meant that you never had to actually swing a bat – the designated hitter took your place.  But in the 1986 All Star game, they were playing by National League rules, so the pitchers ...

Watergate and Easter

Watergate and Easter
Watergate was arguably the greatest political scandal in the history of our nation.  Seven high-ranking members of the Nixon administration were indicted of crimes related to the break-in a the Watergate office comples and subsequent cover-up.  Among those was Chuck Colson who served as Special Counsel to the President. During his prison term at Alabama’s Maxwell penitentiary, ...

Thinking that leads to peace and power

Thinking that leads to peace and power
So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.  For the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God’s laws, and it never will.  Romans 8.6-7 (NLT) Oslo, Norway has a big problem.  It has to do ...

Coming alongside in someone’s moment of pain

Coming alongside in someone's moment of pain
This past week, I had a conversation with a brother in Christ who is at a point of pain.  He’s at a moment of crisis in his life.  It’s not just one thing.  It’s a storm of different challenges.  There’s no simple answer.  He feels surrounded by problems and disappointments that he just doesn’t have any ...

What do I believe about obedience? 2

What do I believe about obedience?
Act I – Adam, Eve, and the fateful choice Adam and Eve.  There they were, living in a vast world that could only be described as PARADISE.  They had access to an amazing world and they had been placed in positions of authority and responsibility of this creation. In this place of remarkable wildlife, flora and ...

The Long Road to Spiritual Growth

The Long Road to Spiritual Growth
Healthy living things grow.  If you have a three month old baby and that child is healthy, then you won’t have to teach them to walk, they will just start walking here in the next year or so.  You don’t have to urge them to grow.  If they’re healthy, it will happen naturally. Healthy disciples ...

The Value of Old Testament Law 1

The Value of Old Testament Law
It’s easy to think that as Christians we no longer need to concern ourselves with the Law in the Old Testament.  There are a number of reasons why we still need the Law.  Let me share just three big things the Law does for us.   1. Demonstration – The Law defines sin and exposes my ...