Overwhelmed?

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…

Ministry Commission

Luke 3:3 When John received the word, he went with the word. No greater testimony could be given of man that he received the word and went with the word. So much is said in the simple phrase “he went.” O’ that we would all go. I am amazed at how many can hear the…

The Ministry of the Word

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…

Grace and Christian Ministry

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…

EMPOWERING GRACE

"By the grace of God I am what I am" (1 Corinthians 15:10). The favors of God so far exceed human hope and expectation, that often they are not believed. For God has bestowed upon us such things as the mind of man never looked for, never thought of. It is for this reason that…

Meeting Challenges of Life

Have you ever, been up sick all night to be greeted before dawn with room full of hungry children needing your attention? Have you ever made it home on your last teaspoon of gas only to get 3 bills you can't pay and a notification of an overdraft on your account? Have you ever realized…

LEARNING TO BE A GREAT CONGREGATION

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…

LET US PRAY THAT WE MAY RISE UP AND BUILD

I want to challenge you to read through the books of Ezra, Nehemiah, and the book of Acts.  All three books are about building.  Ezra and Nehemiah worked to rebuild the temple as "the good hand of God was upon them."  In the book of Acts we see God building his church through Christ's disciples. One…

Forgotten Essentials

We are big on essentials. What do I have to do to compete the job, the course, the paper, the test? What is necessary. We know God has some essentials for us as Christians. I fear that some essentials have been neglected. Jesus definitely spoke of some things as essential to salvation. Jesus said those…