O’Donovan defined morality as “participation in the moral order.” As Christians participate in the culture, they must shine the light of Christ as wisely as possible. This demands that all sinners are addressed with respect as the image bearers of God. “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” and all need … Continue reading Christian Participation in the Moral Order
As the missionary work among the Gentiles began in Acts 11, the followers of Christ began to be known by a new name—the name Christian. Luke records that the Christians were first called Christians at Antioch. Where does the name originate? Who called them Christians? WHERE DOES THE NAME "CHRISTIAN" ORIGINATE? Most scholars agree that … Continue reading THEY WERE CALLED CHRISTIANS
You are probably overwhelmed. The world is crazy. Life is crazy. It's hard to get your mind wrapped around it all. It's hard to know what to do next. It's hard to focus on anything because you are focused on everything. How many times does your phone buzz every hour? Just listing all the activities … Continue reading Overwhelmed?
"I planted, Apollos watered, and God gave the increase" 1 Corinthians 3:6 We often sing the words "I know not how the Spirit moves, Convincing men of sin, Revealing Jesus through the Word, Creating faith in Him." We can look to the Bible to see how God creates saving faith through the Word through His … Continue reading How God Saves
I am so thankful for God's church. Of all the great blessings God offers, the church is one of the greatest. There is indescribable value in the church. The church gives us comfort, comfort food, support, discipline, belonging, hope, help, family, care, purpose, training, education, identity, and purpose. We are so blessed to be part … Continue reading God’s Great Family
How are the Leftovers? Approximately 736 million pounds of turkey were consumed in the United States during Thanksgiving in 2015. How much did you eat? How much is left in the refrigerator? The leftovers seem to get better every time they are reheated—especially the dressing. Let’s examine the leftovers of life for a moment. BAD … Continue reading How are the Leftovers?
What to do? What to do first? What is most important? What are our priorities? A priority is defined by Webster as "a thing that is regarded as more important than another." Jesus identified his proper priorities when he said, "But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added … Continue reading Priorities
"Make me a servant. Lord, make me like you." It's a great song and an even better prayer. Jesus himself said, "I came not to serve, but to serve." We should all pray to be more like Jesus by becoming servants of the church. Jesus has designed his church in such a way that, while … Continue reading Make Me a Servant
Professor Dumbledore said, “Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic. Capable of both inflicting injury, and remedying it.” Words used powerfully and beautifully made J.K. Rowling a best selling author. But God's words are infinitely more important. Remember what the Bible says about God's word. In the beginning was the Word--John … Continue reading The Ministry of the Word
In September 2016, The Atlantic ran an article titled, “How Helicopter Parenting Causes Binge Drinking” by Caitlan Flanagan. The article contrasts “good” parents with “get real” parents. Flanagan wrote: Good Parents think that alcohol is dangerous for young people and that riotous drunkenness and its various consequences have nothing to recommend them. These parents enforce … Continue reading REAL GOOD PARENTING