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Spiritual Math

Spiritual MathIn a disturbing book titled, “You Lost Me”, author David Kinnaman attempts to tell the story of “Why Young Christians are Leaving Church… and Rethinking Faith”. Kinnaman writes about “the irreverent, blunt, and often painful personal stories of young Christians— or young adults who once thought of themselves as Christians— who have left the church […]

Discover a Roman soldier’s love for God’s people, and the faith that selfless compassion reveals

Discover a Roman soldier’s love for God’s people, and the faith that selfless compassion revealsIt’s easy to love those who love you back. But it’s much harder to love those who despise you!

hear the Word

hear the WordPaul’s closing remarks indicate how his letters were presented. The church gathered to hear the letter read out loud and, when they had heard it, the letter was copied by hand before it was sent on to another city. So the average Christians heard God’s Word with their ears before seeing it with their eyes.

A Life of Pure and Holy Sacrifice

A Life of Pure and Holy SacrificeJesus did not say, “He who believes in Me will realize all the blessings of the fullness of God,” but, in essence, “He who believes in Me will have everything …

Getting It Right

Getting It Right“When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” Matthew 16:13

There’s lots of talk about Jesus these days. From The Da Vinci Code debate to Jesus’ claims to be the only way to the Father (John…

We Could Easily Fall Prey to This

We Could Easily Fall Prey to ThisAt the jingling sound of keys, I leap off the sofa and reach for the power button on the remote control. I’ve just managed to switch off the television in time as the door opens and my mother walks in. “Hello,” I say as nonchalantly […]

Not Even A Nod

Not Even A NodTraffic was bad and everyone was cranky on that hot afternoon. I noticed a car with two young men waiting to enter traffic from a fast-food restaurant driveway. I thought it was nice when the driver ahead of me let them in.

Labor Day

Labor DayOn this holiday where we celebrate work, most of us get to celebrate with a day of rest. Of course, that isn’t true of most professional athletes. When they are in their seasons, there is still work to be done. In fact, in past years Labor Day was a day when many Major League teams would…

Discover what a centurion can teach us about trusting in the Lord

Discover what a centurion can teach us about trusting in the LordCalled to identify a model of faithfulness, most people in the crowd would have pointed to a religious leader or one of the disciples as their example. Imagine the shock when Jesus chose a Roman soldier as the epitome of faith! It’s a brand-new study in Matthew 8.

faith at great risk

faith at great riskA group of friends and I are in the midst of attempting to read through the Bible in 90 days. Since beginning this endeavor, we’ve been surprised at the way God’s Word has become so alive for us.

Destined To Be Holy

Destined To Be HolyWe must continually remind ourselves of the purpose of life. We are not destined to happiness, nor to health, but to holiness. Today we have far too many desires and …

Family Resemblance

Family Resemblance“Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering …

I Am Not Forgotten

I Am Not ForgottenWaiting is hard at any time; but when days, weeks, or even months pass and our prayers seem to go unanswered, it’s easy to feel God has forgotten us. Perhaps …

great expectations

great expectationsMost of us have an innate desire to help others. We work overtime to ensure that the company meets an important deadline. The sound engineer makes sure the new church …

“My Joy . . . Your Joy”

"My Joy . . . Your Joy"What was the joy that Jesus had? Joy should not be confused with happiness. In fact, it is an insult to Jesus Christ to use the word happiness in connection …