How Your Choices Affect You

I don’t believe that God puts His people in hard places nor do I believe His divine plan has curses or tragedies in it for them. He portrays Himself as the Good Shepherd. The twenty-third Psalm describes the duties of a shepherd. Nor only that, but He is the...

Forgiveness versus Reconciliation

Many choose to forgive (based on Biblical precepts) because forgiveness has benefits for the forgiver. Forgiveness is a canceling of a “debt”. One can choose to forgive so that anger doesn’t destroy one’s own sense of well-being, though this may require a grieving process. To forgive is to release...

Praising God With the Wrong Spirit

It happens in churches all over the country every Sunday.  Yes, we’re singing, clapping, playing instruments, waving hands, dancing, and saying we’re enjoying Jesus.  But something’s wrong:  God doesn’t have all of us; He only has that part of us that likes the song being played at the moment. ...

Finding Time For God In The Office

The seemingly endless obligations both at work and home can leave little space for prayer and meditation in the daily routine. Given that Christians are instructed to “pray without ceasing” and meditate on scripture “day and night”, a conflict arises that often weighs heavily on the conscience. Rather than...

Epic of the Ordinary: Christian Mission for You and Me

The Book of Acts is clearly one of the most action-packed segments in the storyline of Scripture. The title, “The Acts of the Apostles,” cues us in on this clue from the start. As many commentators have suggested, a more accurate title would be something to do with the acts of...

30 Reasons Why It Is a Great Thing to Be a Pastor

God is the greatest Reality in the universe. And pastors swim in that sea with ever-replenished joy.I am the Lᴏʀᴅ, and there is no other, besides me there is no God. (Isaiah 45:5) Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments...

Can you grow out of a local church?

Is it possible to spiritually “outgrow” a local congregation? It is not only possible, it happens more often than you’d think. One trend I saw in my poll of those over 40 was that a notable percentage of those who’d changed churches or decreased their level of “official” involvement at their...

Prayer and Worship: The Relationship

We know from scripture that two things God requires of us as Christians is prayer and worship. We have been instructed in God’s Word to pray without ceasing (I Thessalonians 5:17). As any true prayer warrior will tell you, prayer is two-way communication between God and the person(s) praying. Too often...

Knowing What the Bible ‘Really’ Means

Why multiple translations might even be better than Scripture in its original languages. From countless pulpits every week we hear an implicit message that has wormed its way into our minds: We lack the key to unlocking the secrets of Scripture because we don’t know the original languages. Sure,...

Jesus’ Other Role

Sure, He’s the Savior. But He’s also something else we may have forgotten. When I was in high school the most common word that I heard associated with Jesus was “Savior,” as in, “Jesus is my Savior.” It was a prominent youth group emphasis: Jesus was always shown in...

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