Why, Oh Lord, Why?

Once again our nation is reeling from yet another act of senseless violence, though it made perfect sense to Nikolas Cruz.  And thus my question this morning: Why, oh Lord, why did this happen? There are those who will answer my question, but with the wrong answer.  "It's the gun laws, rather, the lack of [...]

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Top 10 Symptoms Of The Tenured Pew Sitter

I owe this blog to a challenge from Dawn at Inspiration with an Attitude.  It's one of many blogs that I follow and if you're not following her, you might want to.  I say this because if I offend someone with this blog, blame Dawn.  She responded to an earlier blog, Seeds Live Truthfully with [...]

The High Price Of Following Jesus!

This I have noticed, not all of the “Hard Sayings” of Jesus are hard because they are difficult to understand what He means.  Speaking for myself, I find many of them hard—not because they are hard to understand—they are hard because they are easy to understand.  The difficulty is in what they demand if we [...]

Good People Do Not Get Into Heaven!

(This is part 2 of my current sermon series called "The Hard Sayings Of Jesus") Let’s go ahead and get the disclaimer out of the way:   OK, we are looking at the hard sayings of Jesus.  Let’s briefly go over again how Jesus communicated the Truth.  He told stories/parables about Kingdom Truth.  He spoke some [...]

Do You Serve Before God’s Altar?

OK, since God calls us to be a Kingdom of Priests (1 Peter 2:9) I ask you:  Whose altar is it?  Priests in the Old Testament served before the Altar of God, meaning God owned that altar.  If the altar is yours then the Fire of Revival will never fall on it.  The fire from [...]

“When Unity At All Costs Is Too Costly”

  The link below is from a fellow pastor, mentor, leader and friend.  While his thoughts are directed towards and fitting for my fellow United Methodist Pastors, the principles Paul lays out will fit a variety of situations.  Sometimes we forget that when Jesus walked this creation as one He created, He was one of [...]

Chinwag, Is That So Bad? Yeah It Is!

  Since the ripe old age of 18, I have been serving local congregations.  I started out as filling in as their "preacher" and finally reached the stage of "ordination to Word, Sacrament and Administration."  I am now 61 and one thing I have noticed that is consistent in every place I have served, are [...]

Ultracrepidarianism Is Killing The Local Church!

Do you know what an expert is?  Well, listen to the word and you hear 2 words.  The first word is "ex"--"ex" means former, or once was.  The second word is (sounds like) "spurt"--a "spurt" is water under pressure.  Therefore, an expert is a has been who is under pressure.  So know that I am [...]

A Post By Thom Rainer

(I thought this one was worth sharing with all of you...certainly is thought provoking....)   EIGHT SIGNS YOUR CHURCH MAY BE CLOSING SOON We call it the death spiral.  I know. It’s not a pleasant term. I can understand if it causes you to cringe.  By the time I am contacted about a serious problem [...]

You Are Gifted, But You Are Not THE Gift, Part 2 of 2

Let's pick up where I left off yesterday.  Every church of every tradition and size has only one mission from God:  To Make More Followers For Jesus.  This is why every church exists.  It’s not to serve us, but to give us a place to serve God through serving others.  The vision must be to [...]

You Are Gifted, But You Are NOT The Gift! Part 1 of 2

As many have read and heard me say so many times, somehow the Body of Christ has got off track in a big way.  We have change the Message of Jesus from The Kingdom of God to the Kingdom of the Church.  Don’t get me wrong, the Church has had an interesting narrative that has [...]