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 ...

Marriage – Contract or Covenant?

Marriage - Contract or Covenant?
53% of marriages in the United States will end in divorce.  If you aren’t a Christ follower, this may not seem like a big deal.  “Hey, the marriage just didn’t work out.”  “Hey, we both agree after giving it a try that it wasn’t a good idea for us to get married in the first ...

Ancient Wisdom

Ancient Wisdom
Ancient Wisdom about the Lord Jesus from Gregory of Nazianzus, 381 A.D.  He began His ministry by being hungry, yet He is the Bread of Life. Jesus ended His earthly ministry by being thirsty, yet He is the Living Water. Jesus was weary, yet He is our rest. Jesus paid tribute, yet He is the King. ...

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 ...