Expectations make a difference. Some people have no expectations Some people have low expectations Some people have high expectations God has high expectations of himself. He always thinks, speaks and acts in the right ways. He always does so with a pure heart. Everything he does is with excellence, with integrity, with love, with faithfulness, … Continue reading What do you expect?
Some people really love to be first. Whether you are thinking about middle school boys racing to be first in line for lunch or news reporters scrambling to be first to report on the breaking news of the day, examples are all around us of people who want to be first. Jesus said the first … Continue reading People Love to be First
The question is this: should a church ever remove someone from their fellowship? The Corinthian church was a mess. The city of Corinth was very sinful, so much so that even the religious components of first-century Corinth fed the lusts of the flesh. Amazingly, in the midst of this city, God was rescuing people from … Continue reading Extreme Cases
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
Relationships are tough. Different personalities, life experiences and perspectives cause conflict and disagreements. God's Word gives us keys to healthy relationships. The Bible is incredibly practical for our lives today. Romans 12:16 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud; instead, associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own … Continue reading Two Keys to Healthy Relationships
Everybody's got junk. Our closets are filled with junk, our basements are filled with junk, and our garages are filled with junk. And our lives are filled with junk. To clean the junk out of your closets, basements and garages, it will take you and perhaps a team of people working together to sort, clean … Continue reading Filthy Rags
Wild and crazy. Extreme. Camel-hair clothes and a leather belt. A diet of insects and honey. These are some of the phrases that first come to mind when you think of the man known as John the Baptist. But what was he really like, what did he do, and what can we learn from him? … Continue reading John the Baptist
God is huge, brilliant, powerful, and supreme. He is so big that it is amazing that we can know Him. At the same time He is loving, caring, compassionate, and near. God cares about you. 1 Peter 5:5-11 5 In the same way, you younger men, be subject to the elders. And all of you clothe … Continue reading God cares about you
The roads were not clean in the first century. Some were cobblestone, but most were dirt roads. People and animals shared the same roads, and animals are not very good at cleaning up after themselves (when you gotta go, you gotta go!). Open sandals were the footwear of choice. Everybody wore them. So when you … Continue reading Washing Feet?!