Viewing: Church - View all posts

What About False Gospels? (This Great Gospel)

Wrapping up a series on how to share and defend the Gospel, I wanted to take a week just to focus on some of the falsehoods that exist as we encounter our world.  Whenever the truth of Scripture is watered…

Apologetics — Not Just For The Experts (This Great Gospel)

a·pol·o·get·ics (noun):  reasoned arguments or writings in justification of something, typically a theory or religious doctrine. 

This term apologetics always used to confuse me a little.  It sounds like the word “apology” and I once thought, “Why do I want…

These Truths We Hold (This Great Gospel)

In plotting out a blog series for this upcoming month, I was stirred to think about the faith we possess.  In my own life, I wrestle with how well I understand what I believe and whether or not I can…

Who's Going With You? (New Beginnings)

I hope this series “New Beginnings” has been an encouragement for you.  Let’s be honest.  January is a long month.  We start out with the hope of a new year where everything sort of has a climatic point; even before…

Looking Back To Move Forward (New Beginnings)

Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?  I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. Isaiah 43:19 

We’ve all had a lot of time to reflect…

The Year We'll Never Forget

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in

Thankful in Everything…Even For 2020

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 

We’re in a month that centers around “thankfulness” as we celebrate Thanksgiving…one of my favorite…

Living Generously, Part 1 - Stewarding Money & Resources

(Originally posted 8-21-19) 

“Abundance isn’t God’s provision for me to live in luxury. It’s his provision for me to help others live. God entrusts me with His money not to build my kingdom on earth, but to build His kingdom

The Promise Is Before You

See, I have set the land before you.  Go in and take possession of the land that the LORD swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give to them and to their offspring after them.

That The Whole World Would Hear (PRAYER POINTS)

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. Colossians 4:2 

Well we are here after a month focused on prayer, ending at a point which I think makes logical sense.  These prayer points have taken ever-widening circles.  First we looked…

Prayers For A Nation In Crisis (PRAYER POINTS)

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. Colossians 4:2 

This has been an eye-opening few weeks for me in composing these blogs.  I have had the opportunity to refocus and recenter my prayer life and I hope you have…

Lifting Up The Local Church (PRAYER POINTS)

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. Colossians 4:2 

We are at the half-way point of this month and continuing on in this series on prayer.  This has not been so much a series about what prayer looks like…

Who Do You Influence The Most? (PRAYER POINTS)

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. Colossians 4:2 

We’re just getting started in a 5-part series that is focused on prayer.  The title “Prayer Points” comes from the idea that we are intentional and specific about who and…

Extravagant Worship

And behold, a woman of the city, who was a sinner, when she learned that He [Jesus] was reclining at table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of ointment, and standing behind Him at His feet, weeping, she

Profiles In Courage - ESTHER

When Esther’s words were reported to Mordecai, he sent back this answer: “Do not think that because you are in the king’s house you alone of all the Jews will escape.  For if you remain silent at this time, relief

Dear American Christian 2020 (Part 2)

We started last week with a topic that I will admit is not the most popular.  It’s not popular to talk about things like repentance and correction.  It’s not popular to mention to Christians the areas we’ve missed the mark…

Dear American Christian 2020 (Part 1)

Back in 2018, I wrote a pair of blogs that were addressed to the American Christian.  The points I felt I needed to make rendered the article several paragraphs long and it made sense to dispense with the points over…

It Stops With Me

Let me start off this week pulling back the curtain a bit on my process for writing.  Just for full disclosure!  If you’ve followed this blog for any certain length of time, you’ve probably noticed that it may lag at…

Profiles In Courage - JOHN THE BAPTIST

As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet, 
“The voice of one crying in the wilderness: 
‘Prepare the way of the Lord, 
    make His paths straight. 
Every valley shall be filled, 
    and every mountain

Your Ceiling, Their Floor (Parenthood Series)

The fourth and final installment in this series is really about getting our kids to a place where they attain some level of spiritual maturity and depth in their own walk prior to leaving the nest.  There are two extreme…

Rome Wasn't Corrupted In A Day

(Originally posted 7-3-19) 

You’ve probably heard the phrase “Rome wasn’t built in a day.”  It’s seemingly a nod to ingenuity and development; an acknowledgment that any process worth doing or worth building takes time.  “Nothing happens overnight” is another way…

Politics, Science, And God

Wow. There are really some godless individuals in the halls of government, entertainment, and the public eye. If not for anything else, this crisis is exposing men and women for how they really think. Whether it’s mocking the Vice President…

Profiles In Courage - ELIJAH

For this week’s installment of Profiles In Courage, I’m impressed once again to look at someone whose life didn’t fall in line with the rest of the audience surrounding him.  As we looked last time at Noah, we saw…

The Worry Monster

As I sit here doing social distancing and writing blogs and devotional content, I’m fully aware of one thing:  it is a strange time to be alive.  In 40+ years on this Earth, there have been some big moments in…