1 Corinthians 11:23-26 (The Message) 23-26 Let me go over with you again exactly what goes on in the Lord’s Supper and why it is so centrally important. I received my instructions from the Master Himself and passed them on to you. The Master, Jesus, on the night of his betrayal, took bread. Having [...]
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. [...]
Can you see the difference between "the church in the world" and "the world in the church"? Of course you can, unless you've been blinded by the Wicked One. When you try to operate your local church by the values and principles of this world, you will only be a petty and pathetic private club. [...]
Well, this is the sixth in my series about how cultural biases may have, probably have influenced our understanding of the Bible, especially in the U.S. churches. I had intended to do only one blog per issue, but the Spirit has prompted, well actually SHOVED me, dragged me screaming, into going deeper because there exists [...]
(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 [...]
Who is 'authorized' to administer (or serve) Holy Communion/The Lord's Supper/The Eucharist/The Mass? This was the question I asked in the beginning of this series of blogs. As I prayed and reflected on this topic, as with the other topics I've already addressed, I am finding it taking me deeper than my original intent [...]
The work of God's Grace is always about transforming us into the instruments He wants in order to reclaim His Creation's Image Bearers. Being "in the world but not of the world" is not only possible through His Grace, it is ESSENTIAL to be a real follower of Jesus!
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?
Well worth the time. I also recommend you watching this TED Talk https://www.ted.com/talks/candy_chang_before_i_die_i_want_to and if it’s been a while since you’ve watched it, maybe it’s time to watch it again!
About 3 weeks into my first full-time ministry, the pastor came to me and asked if I would teach his Sunday School class while he was out of the country. I gladly took the opportunity. He was teaching Ecclesiastes and told me to pick up at chapter nine. I began preparing and decided to share this outline with you.
We all are going to die. With that in mind, Ecclesiastes 9 gives us some practical advice about what to do while we are still living.
- Remember that God is in control of everything (v. 1).
- Realize that none of us is exempt from death (vv. 2, 3).
- Take hold of the hope of living before there is no more opportunity (vv. 4-6). Ephesians 5:16 also reminds us to make the most of every opportunity (redeeming the time) because the days are evil.
- Enjoy life (vv. 7, 8), specifically your possessions…
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A fellow pastor and brother in Christ, Matthew Winters (https://mdw4christ.wordpress.com) shared this and I thought it needed to be shared even more… By the way if you are not following Matthew, you might consider it…worthwhile reading!
Sam Storms, of Enjoying God Ministries, comments in an article, I Will Lift Up My Hands! (Psalm 63:4)
So I will bless you as long as I live;
in your name I will lift up my hands.
First, I raise my hands when I pray and praise because I have explicit biblical precedent for doing so. I don’t know if I’ve found all biblical instances of it, but consider this smattering of texts.
- “So I will bless you as long as I live; in your name I will lift up my hands” (Psalm 63:4).
- “To you, O LORD, I call; my rock, be not deaf to me, lest, if you be silent to me, I become like those who go down to the pit. Hear the voice of…
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Romans 5:1-5 (NLT) 1 Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. 2 Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward [...]