2nd Week of Advent - Love

  This week we celebrate the second week of advent.  Advent is from the Latin word for “coming”, or “to come”  Each of the four Sundays in Advent are assigned one special focus or application:  Hope, Love, Joy and Peace.  In this second week of advent we look at Love.   Continue reading

First Sunday of Advent - HOPE

This week, many Christians around the world will be celebrating the first week of advent. The word “Advent” means coming or arrival. Continue reading

Are You Still Thankful?

The turkey is stored in plastic, the gravy gelling on a cold plate. The dinner was really fantastic, And heads were all bowed for grace. Continue reading

The Fool Says, "There is no God"

  The Book of Psalms in the Bible is a collection or anthology of 150 individual hymns, laments, warnings and benedictions.   In Psalm 14, there is definition and characterization of the fool that says, ”There Is No God” Continue reading

Hiring The Right Person

I think perhaps there has been too much emphasis on hiring the right person for the job.   From my perspective, the problem hasn’t been on being too intentional about the hiring process; intentionality is good.  However, the problem started with an over emphasis on creating detailed job descriptions for candidates, likely a result of new electronic career sites that instantly bombard the company with hundreds if not thousands of applicants.  Continue reading

Get Into The Boat

Many have read these account in all four gospels of Jesus feeing the 5,000.   For the benefit of our more contemporary culture, the 5,000 count was of the men.  Many theologians and theologians would guess that there were 13,000 to 15,000 including women and children.  Continue reading

A Time of Trouble

Every person ultimately faces a time of trouble. Many of us watch as loved ones, family members, and friends face sickness and death.  Often, we see those that are treated poorly or accused unfairly. The causes and times of trouble are numerous.  It’s unfortunate that when catastrophe occurs they are often called “acts of God.”  Continue reading

Bless the Lord

I was ready my Bible this morning and came across Psalm 34:1          I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth. What an interesting thought to bless the Lord.  We say “God bless you” when someone sneezes.  Continue reading

The Time Is Short

One of the simplest and at the same time, one of the most profound songs we can sing is “Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so” The love of God is this, God so loved the world that he gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him, will not perish but will have everlasting life.  The truth of this statement, found in John 3:16 is well known.   However, many do not understand that the time is short.  The Bible makes it clear that today is the day of salvation however there will be a time when judgement will begin.  Continue reading

What is the Gospel

The gospel is the Good News that Jesus Christ, the son of God, was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life and was crucified for our sins.  He was raised from the dead on the third day and will come again. Continue reading

What is the Gospel

  The gospel is the Good News that Jesus Christ, the son of God, was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life and was crucified for our sins.  He was raised from the dead on the third day and will come again. Continue reading

Changing Church Culture

  Over the past 2,000 years the world has certainly been changed by the presence of the Church.  From the Day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit descended and Peter stood up with the eleven Apostles, preached the first sermon and three thousand in Israel believed, the Church has been on the move and literally has gone into all of the world. Continue reading

Make your first Church hire the Volunteer Coordinator

As organizations grow, they begin to hire employees.    Churches are often started with a minimum of employees and rely heavily on volunteers to handle most of the assignments and responsibilities. Continue reading

Putting Down Roots: Membership or Partnership in the Church

One of the megatrends in churches has been to rethink the concept of Membership.    Some of the largest churches in the country no longer offer memberships and instead encourage their regular attenders to consider a partnership with the church.   These partnerships are similar to membership in many respects however it does allow the church to identify some unique differences: Continue reading

Five Evangelical Pastors highlight "Solas" of the Reformation

From Proclaim 17 ORLANDO, Fla. (NRB)  Five evangelical preachers highlighted the five “solas” of the Protestant Reformation to mark the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses at Proclaim 17, the NRB International Christian Media Convention in Orlando. Dr. Tony Evans, Senior Pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas, preached on “Sola Gratia” (by grace alone); Dr. Erwin Lutzer, Pastor Emeritus of Moody Church in Chicago, addressed “Sola Fide” (by faith alone); Dr. Mac Brunson, Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida, preached on “Solus Christus” (through Christ alone); Dr. R.C. Sproul, Founder and Chairman of Ligonier Ministries, spoke on “Sola Scriptura” (by Scripture alone); and Dr. Barry Creamer, President of Criswell College, addressed “Soli Deo Gloria” (glory to God alone). Continue reading