Stand Firm

"Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain." 1 Cor 15:58 This post will be shorter than most, however, it needs to be said.  First, let me present a quote that I saw on the internet that I believe is worth sharing.  "A lie doesn't become truth, wrong doesn't become right, and evil doesn't become good, just because it's accepted by a majority."  Booker T. Washington.  This is an incredibly Read more [...]
Categories: Culture

Go out to where they are

"And the master said to the servant, ‘Go out to the highways and hedges and compel people to come in, that my house may be filled." Luke 14:23 Here Jesus tells the story of a man who once gave a great banquet and invited many people to attend.  After everything was ready, he sent his servant to tell those he had invited that the banquet was  set and they should come and enjoy.  However, everyone of them had an excuse as to why they could not come.  So the master sent his servant into the Read more [...]
Categories: Discipleship

Present The Whole Message

"All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work." 2 Tim 3:16-17 About five years ago, we were attending a relatively new church in the Atlanta area.  I had been somewhat encouraged by the Lead Pastor after some discussions we had at a nearby coffee shop.  However, after some time I realized that there was a problem.  The Word of God was not taken Read more [...]
Categories: Uncategorized

Go out into all the World

"And the master said to the servant, ‘Go out to the highways and hedges and compel people to come in, that my house may be filled."  Luk 14:23 Last week as I was preparing for my temporary move to Evansville IN, I was watching Fox and Friends and they were filming from the last open Blockbuster store located in Bend, Oregon.  Kevin McCarthy, a regular movie critic on the Fox morning show was playing the part of an employee helping customers.  It brought back lots of memories of going to our Read more [...]
Categories: Culture

Genuine Love

"'And he said to him, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment.  And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.  On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.""  Mat 22:37-40. Love is the foundation of the Christian life.  First of course we are to love God with all we are.  Mar 12:30 says "And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with Read more [...]
Categories: Theology

Lead them to Believe

Recently I was teaching some friends from the book of Romans chapter 1  When I got to verse 5, someone asked a very intriguing question.  At first the answer seemed pretty obvious but as I thought about it, I knew I had to be careful.  The question was, "If we are talking to an unbeliever and we bring up verses that condemn behaviors they indulge in, are we judging them or is the Bible?" This ignited a very robust discussion.  I listened intently and was praying for wisdom at the same time. Read more [...]
Categories: Theology

As though you were there too

"Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body."  Heb 13:3 I had the opportunity this past weekend along with my wife to attend a one day conference in South Carolina put on by the great organization Voice of the Martyrs.  It was an incredible time to hear stories from people who have suffered for their faith and service to God while sharing the gospel to those who need to hear it.  One lady, Gracia Burnham was Read more [...]
Categories: Culture

No Compromise

"Remember the word that I said to you: 'A servant is not greater than his master.' If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours.  But all these things they will do to you on account of my name, because they do not know him who sent me."  John 15:20-21 Jesus here is speaking with His disciples just days before His arrest in order to encourage them to be strong after He is gone.  The words, on the surface, do not sound all too encouraging.  Read more [...]
Categories: Theology

And this is Christmas

Luke 1:5-80 5 In the days of Herod, king of Judea, there was a priest named [a]Zacharias, of the division of [b]Abijah; and he had a wife [c]from the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. 6 They were both righteous in the sight of God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and requirements of the Lord. 7 But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and they were both advanced in [d]years.  8 Now it happened that while he was performing his priestly service before God Read more [...]
Categories: Theology

All or Nothing

"So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple."  Luk 14:33 How important is your relationship with Christ?  Is it the most important thing in your life or is it just one of the more important things?  Do not quickly give a pat answer.  Think about it, for how you truthfully answer this one question will indicate where your heart is. The philosopher Socrates (469-399 BC) said the following.  "The unexamined life is not worth living."  According Read more [...]
Categories: Theology