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
"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
Grace is “God’s unmerited favor”. However, this Bible word is used to describe two things. The word “grace” is used to describe God’s unmerited favor in the salvation of the lost, and Paul used to describe the ministry of God’s saved people. Grace “is effectively displayed in particular divine activities—supremely in the redemptive death of … Continue reading Grace and Christian Ministry
Ambition for worldly prizes is attractive but vain. Jesus said, “do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth where moth and rust corrupt and thieves break through and steal. But lay up for yourselves treasures in Heaven” (Matthew 6:19-20). God commends holy ambitions. God’s people are to look for every opportunity to “abound … Continue reading Holy Ambitions
St. Paul's Bay is beautiful. Wouldn't it have been something to walk with Paul on the shoreline? But that's not exactly how the story goes. The final segment of the book of Acts records quite a struggle. Paul is arrested for preaching Christ in chapter 21. He then is tried before the Roman tribune, the … Continue reading How to Survive a Mediterranean Cruise and Hard Times
We have had some wild weather! Snow, ice, freezing temperatures, frigid wind, and a 60 degree forecast for this weekend. Our steps are currently covered in ice. Just yesterday we built a small snowman and made snow angles and ate some snow cream. The winter weather can be fun, but it is important to stay … Continue reading Staying Safe
ACTS 11:19-30 We want to be a great congregation. That must be our goal. Who decides what a great congregation is like? What makes a congregation great? What areas of ministry are most important to a great congregation? What do great congregations do? These are important lessons which we can learn from the book of Acts … Continue reading LEARNING TO BE A GREAT CONGREGATION
We have been hearing a great deal of talk about a government shutdown and the implications it would have upon us and the world. Have you thought about what would happen if there was a church shutdown? The Bible tells us that God planned that the church should make known “the unsearchable riches of … Continue reading CHURCH SHUTDOWN?
WHAT DOES YOUR CHURCH OFFER? What does your church offer? A survey of the religious neighbors may leave some feeling inadequate. Many congregations feel like their simple worship cannot compete with the modern performance worship down town. Sometimes congregations just are not equipped to offer some services which are effectively reaching out into some communities. … Continue reading What Does Your Church Offer?