We continue our Tuesday study of prayer but looking to Jesus and His prayer life. John records, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. … Continue reading Jesus and Prayer
How do you use prayer? Do you use prayer as an avenue for you or as a way to talk to God? Before you answer think about these "uses" of prayer. We disUSE prayer when we are: Not praying for national, state, local, and Church leaders. Not praying for strength for the Body of Christ Not … Continue reading Using Prayer
John writes Jesus' message to the Church at Sardis, "The words of him who has the seven spirits of God and the seven stars. "'I know your works. You have the reputation of being alive, but you are dead. Wake up, and strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found … Continue reading Staying Alive
First let me emphatically say that this post is NOT about money! This post is about you and the church, specifically the congregation of God's people that you assemble with. Where you assemble to worship is probably similar to Central, where we attend and where I preach. We are a good group of people. We are … Continue reading How to Help the Church
Many years ago I read a story from the 1200's during the time of the Inquisition. Misguided religious people joined with other Crusaders believing they were to eliminated all "heretics" not by converting them to Christ, but by putting them to death. If an Inquisitor came to your place of business or home, you had … Continue reading Proving You Are a Christian
This coming Sunday at Central, we will complete a series from 1 Peter entitled, "Christ-Centered Christians." Of these fives chapters the lesson that stands out to me is from 1 Peter 2 when the apostle describes Christians with these terms: a holy priesthooda chosen raceA royal priesthooda holy nationa people of God's own possessionGod's people.As God's people, … Continue reading Well He is Just . . . Different.
I know, what preacher in his right mind would title a post this way, and why even make such a suggestion?! Well, I am not sure why a preacher in his right mind would do that. However, I will proceed with a list of why you should not go to church. And I refuse to … Continue reading Why You Should Not Go to Church
Yesterday and Friday's posts both had over 100 readers. Thanks, I pray that my thoughts are challenging you and encouraging you to be a better servant of God. Today's post is for you personally. Are you a Christian? Maybe the first thing I should do is define who is a Christian. There is in our … Continue reading Are We Christians?
There is in our world what I call "Christian Confusion." If you read the papers and magazines or watch news outlets you get the idea that there are a variety of definitions or ideas concerning what or who is a Christian. Many in our world equate being a "Westerner", esp. U.S. citizen, with being a … Continue reading Christian? What or Who are They?
Imagine that you are a late night television host with a camera crew and a microphone walking the streets of NYC, LA, or even the town where you live. You are doing one of those street interviews where you ask a seemingly simple question and the answers are . . . well interesting. Here is … Continue reading Am I A Christian?! Are You?!