Contributed on Jan 9, 2011
If we want to be in the center of God's plan for us, we must seek Him individually and we must be in deep connection with an individual church that is faithful to the Word.
Connections: The Believer, Church, Holy Spirit and Great Commission (Acts 12:24-13:3) Transitions can be hard to make; we have recently transitioned to an empty nest, the lost of dear family members, and a host of other adjustments based upon changes in our society, as you also have had to do. ...read more
Contributed on Jan 16, 2011
If we serve the Lord in the Spirit's power, God will assist and bless our efforts.
The Holy Spirit vs. A Spiritual Nuisance (Acts 13:4-12) 1. The Upshot newsblog carried a breath-taking article this week: Jordan Rice, a 13-year-old Australian boy, has emerged as a tragic-heroic figure in news accounts of the disastrous Australian floods, after he asked a rescuer to save ...read more
Contributed on Jan 23, 2011
Evangelism is not primarily about keeping people out of hell, but winning them to serve God. That's why we need to keep the focus on God.
A Comprehensive Faith Acts 13:13-26 1. This week an interesting story hit the presses: A woman who was kidnapped as a newborn 23 years ago says finding her real mother "felt like a dream." Carlina White was just 19 days old when she disappeared from Harlem Hospital in New York. She tells the ...read more
Contributed on Jan 31, 2011
When you have an opportunity to share the Gospel, you need to know which basics to target.
The Brass Tacks of Christianity Acts 13:26-41 1. PHOENIX (Reuters) – In a brazen attempt reminiscent of a medieval siege, Mexican smugglers tried to use a hefty catapult to hurl drugs north over the U.S. Border, authorities said.. Surveillance video taken by National Guard troops deployed ...read more
Contributed on Feb 7, 2011
Outreach ministry and discipleship development are significant challenges. so we need to glean wisdom from the experience of the godly, especially Paul. Here are two pieces of advice we can glean from Paul's experience, even though our context of ministr
God's Faith Incubator (Acts 13:42-52) 1. A few years ago, the WWJD fad was raging. It was a good fad. Do you remember the bracelets with WWJD that the kids would wear? 2. I saw a cartoon of Jesus with a bracelet on. It said, "WWI" for "What would I do?" 3. Two incidents happened within ...read more
Contributed on Feb 14, 2011
Society at large and individuals in general despise the idea of facing a God who holds them accountable and whose wrath is incurred.
Anything Except Facing My Accountability to God (Acts 14:1-20) 1. Sometimes there is no answer to conflict. It just is. 2. From Reader's Digest: "On his birthday, my husband was stuck driving our six rambunctious children around. As usual, they were yelling, punching, and annoying one another. ...read more
Contributed on Feb 21, 2011
The Great Commission Jesus left his followers is about discipleship. Making disciples, baptizing disciples, and teaching disciples the whole counsel of God is the particular way the church is to focus her efforts to glorify God.
Report to Headquarters (Acts 14:21-28) 1. Many Americans do not take honesty seriously. A boss asked one of his employees, 'Do you believe in life after death?' 'Yes, sir,' replied the new employee. 'I thought you would,' said the boss. 'Yesterday after you left to go to your brother's ...read more
Contributed on Feb 28, 2011
Biblical truth is easily misunderstood, especially when people have pre-existing agendas. The early church had to grapple with controversy and theological confusion, just as we do today.The issue at hand was this: do gentiles have to first become Jews bef
A Lot At Stake (Acts 15:1-5) 1. This past week, the heating contractor came in to service the boiler that heats this auditorium. 2. My instructions. Turn off Wed. night. Best way: a single-fuse fuse box in boiler room. 3. But there were complications; the Security company called…11:30 ...read more
Contributed on Mar 7, 2011
The Scriptures do not address all eventualities or issues; we still must use godly wisdom to fill in the cracks. Nonetheless, God's true will always passes the Scriptural strainer.
God's Word: The Strainer of Truth (Acts 15:6-18) 1. I have only made applesauce once in my life, and that was a month or two back when the Newells brought all those apples to church for all of us. 2. I made sauce the easy way; I had a press down apple corer / section maker, and then threw the ...read more
Contributed on May 2, 2011
Sometimes opinions divide us so strongly that we have no choice but to separate company.
Separating Company (Acts 15:36-40) 1. Sometimes you hear people marveling, "Why do churches nowadays have so many conflicts?" 2. Ecclesiastes 7:10 tells us, "Do not say, 'Why is it that the former days were better than these?' For it is not from wisdom that you ask about this." 3. Church ...read more