Back a few years ago, when our children were younger, we bought a pop-up camper and decided that we were destined to become “one happy camping family.” What better way to combine exploring the great outdoors with quality family bonding time, right? I still remember our first camping trip in that pop-up like it was … Continue reading You Weren’t Created to Carry That Load
Have you ever struggled with questions such as “Who am I?” or “What defines me?” You’re not alone. Everyone has pondered these questions at one time or another, and they are not easily answered. If we try to answer these questions according to the world’s standard, we will come up short. Not enough – not … Continue reading Your Identity in Christ
In a world filled with manipulative advertising, targeted marketing, and sales gimmicks, the quest for truth is often times elusive. The struggle is real! One has to ask, “Is it really worth an extra dollar for a bag of Wonder Bread buns when you can buy the Best Value brand for $0.99?” Or should you … Continue reading Have You Read the Owner’s Manual?
In this blog, it is assumed the reader possesses a rudimentary understanding of “the Easter Story.” This is NOT a treatise regarding the atoning, the propitiation of Christ for the sins of mankind; nor is it a detailed physiological account of the horrors of the crucifixion. The reader who seeks candies, colorful eggs born by … Continue reading The Cross’ Shadow
While Ezra prayed and made this confession, weeping and falling facedown before the house of God, a very large assembly of Israelites – men, women, and children – gathered around him, and the people wept bitterly as well. Ezra 10:1 If I close the sky so there is no rain, or if I command the … Continue reading The Year of the Local Church: The Awakening of the Nation in Adversity
…4And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. 5Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. 6And when this sound rang out, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard them speaking his own language. … Continue reading The Year of the Local Church: Ohio for Jesus, Expanding and Planting
“Do you want to be shown, you foolish person, that faith apart from works is useless?” James 2:20 “And all the crowd sought to touch Him, for power came out from Him and healed them all.” Luke 6:19 “I ask that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you may know the … Continue reading The Power and Authority of God’s Work – Expanding the Church
“Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” Revelation 7:10 “After two days He will revive us; on the third day He will raise us up, that we may live before Him. Let us know; let us press on to know the Lord; His going out is sure as … Continue reading The Year of the Local Church: Invasion of Heaven
God is love and the forcefulness of His love drives out all fear of troubling circumstances in this world. “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies are new every morning;” Lamentations 3:22-23 “And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love; but the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13 God … Continue reading The Year of the Local Church, Part 3: Love for All.
“THE INFLUENCE OF BELIEVERS” When the local church reaches an unbeliever’s need, the church gains avenues of influence in their life. Foundational Texts: “And when they could not find them, they dragged Jason and some of the brothers before the city authorities, shouting, ‘These men who have turned the world upside down have come here … Continue reading THE YEAR OF THE LOCAL CHURCH, PART 2