Why is the ocean blue? Why are leaves green? Why do birds sing? Why did Jesus die a criminal's death? One simple reason: because God wanted it that way. He exists, creates, and loves ... for Himself (Isaiah 46:9-10). This life is not about me; it's all about Him! God wants the glory and will … Continue reading Growing in the Glory of God
I recently read that the average American loses $75 every year. Quarters in the couch, bills left in the cash dispenser, money laying near the register… Seventy-five dollars! But get this, the average income world-wide is only $69 per year. That’s right: Americans lose more money than most people make! Aren’t we blessed? But there is a danger with all the blessings... gravity.
September 26, 2010, will mark a very important day in the short history of our church. It is a "12-stone memorial" type of day (see Joshua 4). Not only are we closing out a series of messages about the church, but we will be putting our faith, hope, and love into action by signing the … Continue reading Church Still Works!
Our society has a serious problem: we are scared of commitment. "Commitmentphobia" (as it has been coined) is not only affecting men with cold feet but also keeping many Christians distant from the core group of the church. The consumerism of our American culture has fed the downward trend of commitment in both marriage and church membership. Church shoppers & hoppers now have more influence in a church's direction than Christ Himself. For instance, most new ministries are not started with the question, "How can we better glorify God?" but rather, "How will this affect church growth?" Tragically, many churches have become seeker-sensitive instead of Savior-sensitive. The cure: a church in covenant, committed to Christ and to each other. (Nehemiah 9:38)