The Gift of Christ

“and thus I make it my ambition to preach the gospel, not where Christ has already been named, lest I build on someone else's foundation, but as it is written, ‘Those who have never been told of him will see, and those who have never heard will understand.’”– Romans 15:20-21 The Apostle Paul spoke clearly about the mission on which God had set him, to “preach the gospel, not where Christ has already been named.” Churches often make a grave mistake in ignoring Paul’s heart here. “Church … [Read more...]

Make Thanking an Action

“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” – Colossians 3:17 This past week we celebrated the Thanksgiving holiday and now we can finally start looking forward to the Christmas season(!)— but our thankfulness should never stop. While we Christians know we should always have a thankful spirit, we may not realize that in the Bible thankfulness is accompanied by action. In other words, we don’t … [Read more...]

This is Halloween…

“One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. The one who observes the day, observes it in honor of the Lord. The one who eats, eats in honor of the Lord, since he gives thanks to God, while the one who abstains, abstains in honor of the Lord and gives thanks to God.” – Romans 13:5–6 Should Christians celebrate Halloween? My answer to that questions is usually a good, solid, “That depends.” … [Read more...]

Broken

This week I had the honor of speaking at BTW High School’s See You at the Pole prayer meeting. The national theme is “Broken” and it is a great reminder that we should have a broken and submissive spirit before the Lord in prayer. It is not until we humble ourselves in Christ that our prayers begin to have any real impact. In Ephesians 3, we see the Apostle Paul bringing a prayer request to God and he prays BIG. On behalf of the people to whom Paul is writing he asks for inner strength and … [Read more...]

Membership

“For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.” – 1 Corinthians 12:12–13 You’ve heard the analogy — Christians are like embers in a fire. When they are gathered together they will generate great heat and energy, but if one is removed it cools quickly. This is a biblical truth that … [Read more...]