Advent means arrival or coming. It is a celebration of the coming of King Jesus! Advent is to Christmas what Lent is to Easter. It's a time of preparing for Christmas. Many have already or will very soon prepare their homes for Christmas. We decorate. We change our radio stations or CD selections. We work … Continue reading Why I Celebrate ADVENT – not just Christmas
A wise man once said that he could learn from anyone... did you catch that? He was wise... because he didn’t let anyone stand in his way of growth. Not their successes or their failures. Not their preferences, their convictions, their methods, their mannerisms, their eccentricities. We would be wise to learn from this as well...
It was late in the third quarter, we’d lost our momentum, and we were down by 4 after having a good lead at the half. That’s when I heard it… the school band! They had been playing the whole game, but that’s when I realized how important they really were. At that moment I enjoyed them, but I also felt sorry for them.
It is true that 70 years ago all women wore skirts only. It is also true that our culture changed. Perhaps it would be fair to say that those who first changed were making a statement that ladies today are not necessarily making. It was not culturally acceptable then. What I am afraid we fail to see is that cultureis the last line of consideration for the Christian after the issue of covering our nakedness is addressed. For example, walk up and tell some burly Scottish guy in his kilt that he looks feminine or girly and as you pick yourself back up off the ground, you will probably realize he was all man and a cultural issue was involved.
You’ve heard it a hundred times – if you’re not growing, you’re dying. And if this statement ever was true, it is simply no longer reality. Life IS about growth, but it’s not ALL about growth. I’m passionate about growth. I’ve written much about planning, vision, and growth. For much of my life, anything short of growth I considered failure…until few weeks ago.
Wouldn't you agree that the two biggest problems in our churches are IGNORANCE and APATHY? It seems like we've crossed a threshold of comfort-level Christianity today. The Scriptures warn us that the days will come when "sound doctrine" and "godliness" will seem to be things of the past (2 Tim. 3:5, 4:3).