God speaks to us through his Word, the Bible. Amazingly, we have the privilege of speaking to God through prayer. There are good ways to pray. There are bad ways to pray. Our prayers can grow our faith. The selfless prayers of a dedicated Christian can change history. Our prayers can also be misdirected and selfish. We can beg God for things we don’t need. It takes work to pray well, which means anything we can use to help our prayer life is worth considering. Somewhere between 1950 Read more [...]

 

 

The reason we welcome diversity now is because it’s a glimpse of what is to come. The more diverse a church is, the more gifted a church is. Jesus gets angry when we prevent His family from growing. Being a diverse church is harder, but it’s healthier.

  Is child abuse really a problem in our culture? Absolutely, the problem is real. About 686,000 children were abused in the United States in 2012, and over 1,600 children died from abuse the same year. Approximately 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men have been sexually abused as a child. From a biblical perspective, we live in a hyper-sexual culture in which children are exposed to a repeated and perverse narrative. Pastors and church leaders who ignore this issue are disregarding one of the most Read more [...]

Sermon Saturdays: Freedom

September 17, 2016 — Leave a comment

 

 

Good freedom submits to Truth. Good freedom requires discipline. Good freedom comes with boundaries. Neither the oppressive nor permissive offer freedom. Self-rule is enslaving. Self-denial is freeing.

  I’ve witnessed some spectacular church productions. I’ll never forget the Easter play I watched when I was a child. Jesus just ascended right into the church rafters. I remember wondering how he would get down, but Acts 1 is clear: “This Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come in the same way that you have seen Him going . . .” Sure enough, he rappelled right back down after the performance. The real second coming won’t be nearly as anti-climactic. When a Read more [...]