Contributed on Jun 14, 2005
Understanding that God exists and that he is the one, true God should impact how we live our lives.
First Things First #1 “There is a God” Deuteronomy 6:1-5 Deuteronomy 6:4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. Sometimes, no matter how much you know (or think you know) it helps to get back to the basics… • For Israel—they were about to embark upon their greatest challenge yet; ...read more
Contributed on Jun 16, 2005
To invite a more personal relationship with our Creator God by seeing Him also as a loving Father who loves each of his children without end.
Reading: Deuteronomy 32:1-6 I suppose that I’m like a lot of us… I’ve always wanted to please my father, but many times I have felt like I just never could. …that I never could quite live up to his expectations. • My Dad has always loved baseball. Some of the only toys he had as a kid ...read more
Contributed on Jun 23, 2005
Christians claim that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God... but what does that really mean?
Have you ever come out with the right answer by mistake? I mean, you had no idea it was right… no way you could tell somebody how you got the answer… no explanation… maybe it was just a guess, but it turned out to be right nonetheless? You’re as surprised as anyone? That is sort of where Peter ...read more
Contributed on Jul 7, 2005
The Holy Spirit is God’s active and sanctifying presence in believers today.
First Things First #4 “The Holy Spirit is Alive & Well” Acts 18:27 – 19:7 Have you ever been shocked to learn something… something that you should have known all along and you wished somebody had told you sooner? • The story in Acts 18 & 19 has always been an interesting one to me. Here we ...read more
Contributed on Jul 19, 2005
The Bible is God’s introduction of himself to us. If God speaks, don’t you want to listen?
First Things First #5 “God Speaks Through His Word” Hebrews 1:1-4 Have you ever found yourself right in the middle of a problem, a storm of life and just the right Scripture pops into your head… at just the right time to comfort, to encourage, or to strengthen? • I love the account in ...read more
Contributed on Jul 20, 2005
The church was planned, built and purchased by God and therefore belongs to Him... not you or I.
Have I ever told you about a church I read about one time? Man they had their problems! • They had had a succession of different preachers who had come through and worked with them… each one with pretty different and very strong personalities. One was pretty well known and respected across the ...read more
Contributed on Aug 23, 2005
Do Christians really believe that salvation is found ONLY through Jesus Christ?
There were a lot of things one could believe in in the ancient world… • There were all manner of Greek or Roman ‘gods’ one could worship… just take your pick! Epicureanism was a common philosophy. So was Stoicism. There were all kinds of mystery religions and pagan worship ideas. • There were ...read more
Contributed on Aug 23, 2005
If we believe that Jesus is coming back soon, why don’t we live like it?
With summer winding down and school about to start everybody has been cramming in those last minute vacations… I can remember one summer in particular our family made plans to go to Disneyworld! Now this was a “big deal” for a 10-yr old kid and I remember the anticipation just about as much as I ...read more