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 [...]

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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 [...]

The Value Of Time Well Spent

For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven...A time to be quiet and a time to speak.  (Ecclesiastes 3:1 & 7 N.L.T.) I’ve been in this time of blog silence.  For the past 2 months, with a couple of exceptions, I have avoided this blog and even reading a lot [...]

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 [...]

Could It Be The Greatest Tragedy?

17 As he went out into the street, a man came running up, greeted him with great reverence, and asked, “Good Teacher, what must I do to get eternal life?”  18-19 Jesus said, “Why are you calling me good? No one is good, only God. You know the commandments: Don’t murder, don’t commit adultery, don’t steal, don’t [...]

Are You A But? Don’t Be A But!

Most of the time, well, practically all the time, the title of this blog is spelled with an extra "t"--"Don't be a butt!"  What we usually mean by this statement (putting it nicely) is "Don't be so critical!"  "Don't be so ignorant!"  "Don't be so mean!"  "Don't be so judgmental!"  "Don't be so stinky!"  Well, [...]

#8: Wrong priorities

(This is the third in a 10 part series.  Number 7 will be released tomorrow.  If you are just starting to read this series, you will need to start with Top 10 Things That Are Killing The Church! first, then #10: Choosing Religion Over Relationship  and #9 Ignoring That We Are In A War before reading this one) A careful examination [...]