God’s children should run away from the “love of money” which causes pain (1 Timothy 6:10) and run after what is spiritually profitable—“righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance, and gentleness.”
Jesus’ resurrection is like that devastating Winterset twister in that a few people witnessed its reality, but many more who didn’t see it believe based upon the evidence.
If we save our life to gain the world, we lose both. If we lose our life to follow Christ, we gain both.
God designed us to experience and to express a degree of love that goes beyond the emotional and hormonal stimulation promoted on Valentine’s Day.
2021 After major disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, life began to return to a new normal in 2021. The availability of a vaccine made a number of individuals comfortable returning to church “in person” but “Welcome to those here in person, and those...
When we honestly admit our own selfishness, pride, greed, impatience, critical spirits, gossip, etc., we should be slower to condemn and criticize failures and faults in others.
We don’t live in the pretend-but-perpetually-joyful world of Hallmark Christmas specials with guaranteed happy endings. How can we reconcile our pain with God’s promise that Christmas offers joy to all?
The mouths of Christ followers are not be instruments of evil. “The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life…” (Proverbs 10:11a). Two conditions must be met if we are to “speak life.”
Often people leave a local church for another one… But the biggest tragedy is an abandonment of faith altogether. Churches are replaceable by other churches, but Jesus Christ is irreplaceable.
Seminary professor Howard Hendricks well stated, “I cannot glorify Jesus Christ and myself at the same time.” Neither can we.
God’s people are commanded, “…But let everyone be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger”. Unfortunately, the exact opposite is frequently true. What steps can be taken for us to become more tranquil and less triggered?
The empty deceptions of the world are antithetical to the person, practices, and proclamation of Christ. To prevent being “taken captive,” let’s consider 3 ways the world’s malevolent philosophies manifest themselves.
The popular prayer for a “hedge of protection” may be getting an upgrade to stronger materials. Many pastors and missionaries, seeing a higher level of danger both physically and spiritually in today’s culture, are praying for a more substantial means of protection than the hedge.
If we are going to get out of this alive we need to “get on the ball!” Naturally we search for self-prescribed solutions. At best, our answers provide physical and temporary relief for what is a spiritual and eternal problem.
God’s Word provides humanity with the only means to cope with and conquer the groaning we hope will go away.
The celebration of Easter highlights the uniqueness of Christianity as the only world religion whose credibility rests upon the reality of a resurrected leader.
Our present groaning exposes our frailty resulting in either griping or gratitude. Griping if we’re demanding a life free of suffering. Gratitude if we’re expecting the best is yet to come.
Bob Short’s report on behalf of the elders with an overview of 2020 and a look ahead to 2021.