So many people try to work their way to heaven. They think that by working harder, being nicer, helping those in need, saying certain prayers, giving money to particular causes, and going to church services more often, that they somehow will earn the favor of God. In other words, they try to stack good deeds … Continue reading The Finished Work of Christ on the Cross
The title of this series is "The Church is a Mess!" The series title is not intended to be discouraging but rather realistic. The church is not made up of perfect people. The church is made up of broken people who have been redeemed, forgiven and made right with God through Jesus, yet who still … Continue reading In the midst of the mess, God is faithful
From the cross, as He was suffering with excruciating physical, mental, emotional and spiritual pain, Jesus cried out to the Father: "My God, my God, why have You forsaken me?" I try to imagine myself at the foot of the cross, hearing Jesus cry out these words. Jesus' prayer was a quote from Psalm 22, verse … Continue reading From Suffering to Victory
When you read the Gospel of John, you notice life-changing encounters that people have with Jesus. Jesus changing the lives of the woman at the well, Philip and Nathanael, and the man who had been sick for 38 years all happen in the first five chapters! One leading spiritual leader in Jerusalem, Nicodemus, approached Jesus … Continue reading Jesus & Nicodemus
No one desires suffering. No one asks to suffering. But for the sake of Christ, Christians will endure it. And they will glorify God in the midst of it. This side of heaven, we don't always know why suffering comes. We may know the causes of suffering -- health issues, financial struggles, broken relationships, overbearing … Continue reading Suffering: You Were CALLED To This?!
Did you ever hear about the time that Jesus got doused in perfume from head to toe? It was a big deal. A very big deal. There was a purpose behind it, although maybe not obvious at first. Some people thought it was a waste of costly perfume. But it wasn't. Jesus thought it was so … Continue reading Expensive Perfume
How do you know the right way to go? Follow Jesus, he will always lead you on the right path. How do you find out the truth, in any situation? Ask Jesus, he will always give you the truth. How can you know that you will have eternal life in heaven and enjoy abundant life … Continue reading The Way. The Truth. The Life.
One of the characteristics that I admire the most in people is this: being teachable. These are people who are constantly thinking, reading, listening, praying, feeling, and learning. They are many times early-adapters of new technologies, strategies and leadership principles. I especially admire those who take all the ideas they are bombarded with, put them … Continue reading Are You Teachable?