Contributed on Jul 3, 2005
When we meet together in worship of Jesus, this passage tells us we are a temple of God and that God’s Spirit dwells in our presence. How do we take hold of that power and how do we avoid damaging it?
OPEN: A man was stranded on a deserted Pacific island for years. But one day he saw a boat coming into sight, and he waved frantically … eventually he caught the skipper’s attention. The boat came near the island and the sailor got out and greeted the stranded man. They talked for a bit… and as ...read more
Contributed on Jul 11, 2005
Why would Paul emphasize the importance of music in our lives? What is it about "psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs" that can change our lives... and the lives of others around us?
OPEN: Jim Serian tells of the time when one of his congregation’s organizations “The Women’s League” wanted to announce a new project they had undertaken for the church. On that particular Sunday morning during the announcement time, the President of the Women’s League came up to announce a new ...read more
Contributed on Jul 18, 2005
There is a temptation to protect ourselves against vicious people by stooping to their level. But there are serious reasons why we shouldn’t do that. Do you know what they are?
OPEN: Little Johnny was walking down the beach, and he spied a matronly woman sitting under a beach umbrella on the sand. He walked up to her and asked, "Are you a Christian?" "Yes." she replied. "Do you read your Bible every day?" She nodded her head, "Yes." "Do you pray often?" Little ...read more
Contributed on Jul 24, 2005
John tells us we run the danger of being like Cain (who killed his brother). Why would he warn us of this, and what does the Bible say we can do to avoid this danger in our lives?
OPEN: The cartoon "Peanuts" has been in newspapers for years. The author of that delightful comic strip actually died some time back… but the comic was so powerful and amusing that newspapers have simply reran the comics of the past. In one of “Peanuts" comic strips Lucy says to Shroeder (the ...read more