Contributed on Sep 8, 2009
Jesus said He would build His church. What did he say about it’s foundation, function, fruit and future?
WHAT IS THE CHURCH? A man bought a new hunting dog. Eager to see how he would perform, he took him out to track a bear. No sooner had they gotten into the woods than the dog picked up the trail. Suddenly he stopped, sniffed the ground, and headed in a new direction. The inexperienced dag had ...read more
Contributed on Sep 16, 2009
Focusing our attention, expressing our affection and using our abilities for God in worship.
EXALTING IN WORSHIP A country preacher sold a mule to a friend, and told him the mule was trained to go when the rider said "Praise the Lord," and to stop when the rider said, "Amen." The buyer mounted the beast and commanded, "Praise the Lord," and the mule shot off like a rocket. The startled ...read more
Contributed on Sep 23, 2009
Loving one another as we move in relationship from membership to friendship to partnership to kinship.
EMBRACING IN FELLOWSHIP A pastor was officiating at a funeral. When he was done, he was asked to lead the funeral procession as it made its way to the cemetery. So he got into his car, and he started driving at the head of the funeral procession. He flipped on his radio and became preoccupied, ...read more
Contributed on Sep 30, 2009
God calls us to spiritual maturity. Spiritual growth is planned, a process, personal, practical and involves people.
EQUIPPING IN DISCIPLESHIP Benjamin Franklin learned that crushed plaster sown in the fields would help make things grow. He told his neighbors this, but they did not believe him and they argued with him trying to prove that plaster could be of no use at all. After a little while he allowed ...read more
Contributed on Oct 6, 2009
When it comes to missions we can sometimes have a misplaced sense of purpose, time, place, person and power.
EXTENDING IN MISSION One Sunday morning a stranger wandered into a small country church in the middle of the sermon. The man was unkempt and dirty. The usher tried his best to seat him off in a far corner but instead the man walked to the very first pew and sat directly in front of the pastor. ...read more