So, how was your Christmas? Was it all tinsel and holly? Was it nothing but cookies, presents, perfect family photos and eggnog? For many it comes and goes like a freight train leaving a mess of emotions, some really grand, some very ugly and some a mix of both. Family drama can ruin good intentions [...]
Internalized comparisons start by eating away at your own peace and then turn into bitterness that spreads through the church causing even more division and destruction. As a part of Christ’s body through faith you don’t have to compare yourself to anyone. You are a unique, intentionally designed and crucial member of Christ’s body.
Did you know St. Patrick was not a native Irishman? He was born in Britain, captured at age 16 by pirates and taken into captivity for 6 years. This is when he first knew Christ. The Lord used this time of slavery and hardship to draw him to saving faith. He later went back to [...]
Much of the world even knows instinctively that love should be shared across borders, between the world's ethnic groups and with those who are weak, oppressed and hurting. But only Christians can do what God is requiring because it is only the Christian that has the indwelling Spirit of Christ living through them and empowering them to love
"For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh [...]
"so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness [...]
I don't care if it's Joel Osteen's mega church or the 20 member church in the country, without money the lights in the church don't stay on and the bills don't get paid. Far more importantly, without some sort of funding coming in there is absolutely no way a local church can sustain ministry to [...]