Which Is A More Accurate Term:  Christian Or Disciple?

We all have some way of self-identifying:  "I am a husband.  I am a wife.  I am so-and-so's daughter/son.  I am a parent, grandparent.  I am                  (fill in the blank)."  Self-identifications such as this is a good way to identify our roles--at home, work, community, family, church, etc. [...]

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Give Up Negativity

(This is the sixth of my current message series GIVE IT UP! (for Lent and Beyond) Here lately I’ve been accused of stepping on some toes.  Well, have I got some good news for you!  This message will not apply to you.  It’s for those other folks—the person sitting next to you—on the other side—your [...]

What’s A Martyr?

We urgently need more martyrs today!  Can you imagine the revival that would happen in the U.S. if "Comfortable Christians", Tenured Pew Sitters, Churchians and others who are more focused on their little piece of the church than the Kingdom of God would embrace J.D.'s challenge?

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 [...]

The Family Values Of Jesus

(This is from my current sermon series on the Hard Sayings of Jesus.  Feedback welcomed and encouraged) There is a tendency among us “church-goers” to focus on the kinder and gentler Jesus.  We love the Jesus that is kind and gentle because, well, that’s what we really need.  For one reason, we live in a [...]

Seeds Live Truthfully!

Here lately I've gone back to some of the great classics when it comes to a solid understanding about the nature of God's Kingdom.  And one of those great teachers from the past is A.W. Tozer.  Yesterday this one really grabbed me and I thought, "Wow!  So simple but even more powerfully true!  Why can't [...]

The Best Way To Help Right Now…

The very best way to help SURVIVORS (I say survivors because it is a better word than "victims") of Harvey RIGHT NOW, is stay away, listen, and donate money.  In the arena of Disaster Response I am now a seasoned veteran and speak out of and from my personal experiences.  I am not so dumb [...]

Live In A Different Story!

“But my servant Caleb—this is a different story. He has a different spirit; he follows me passionately.” (Numbers 14:24 The Message) I absolutely love the Story of Caleb.  Read Numbers 13 and 14 and how can anyone NOT love Caleb?  I love this man so much I just finished a sermon series about him.  There [...]

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 [...]