Transform Not Conform

"And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect."  Romans 12:2 What is happening to much of the church today?  It seems we are leaving the teachings scripture and bowing to the desires of the world.  And the main reason I believe this is happening is due to church leadership fearing people will leave, and thus are teaching what they believe will keep their members Read more [...]

God knows

"Remember this and stand firm, recall it to mind, you transgressors, remember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose, calling a bird of prey from the east, the man of my counsel from a far country. I have spoken, and I will bring it to pass; I have purposed, and I will do it."  Isa Read more [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Thinking of Others – Our Enemies

Our Focus Scripture -"Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves." Php 2:3  ESV. In part five of this six part series, we shall look at our focus scripture as, "In humility, count your enemies more significant than ourselves.  I will not mince any words here.  This is probably the most difficult of all the others we have looked at so far.  I find it difficult to do this.  However, as with other commands God has given us, we really Read more [...]

Thinking of Others – Strangers and those in Need

Our focus scripture, “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.”  Php 2:3 ESV In part four of this six part series, we shall look at our focus scripture as, “In humility count strangers and those in need more significant than ourselves”.  There are many more strangers around us then there are friends and family.  This is an obvious truth.  And I am also sure there are many people within our reach that are hurting Read more [...]

Thinking of Others – Our Friends and Family

Our focus scripture, “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.”  Php 2:3 ESV In part three of this six part series, we shall look at our focus scripture as, “In humility count our friends and family more significant than ourselves”.  This can be most difficult at times, especially when it comes to family.  There is an old saying, "We can choose our friends, but not our family."  This is very true.  Many times, Read more [...]

Thinking of Others – God

Our focus scripture, “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.”  Php 2:3 ESV In part two of this six part series, we shall look at our focus scripture as, "In humility count God more significant than ourselves".  Now, this looks to be something self-evident.  We are probably thinking, "I am a Christian, I always look at God above myself."   However, do we really?  This is a great time to do a little self examination. Let Read more [...]

As through a key hole

"But, as it is written, 'No eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, is what God has prepared for those who love him'"  1 Cor 2:9 My family and I went to see a movie this afternoon.  As we were waiting for it to begin, we were watching the previews of upcoming films.  Suddenly, in one of the previews, one of the characters said something that I find profound.  "You are looking at life as through a keyhole."  As I was pondering this, God spoke to me and said that many view Read more [...]

Our Masks

Beep - Beep - Beep! The alarm clock went off at 6:00 AM Monday morning.  It was time for John to get up.  He stayed up quite late the night before and was struggling to find the off button.  After slapping the clock several times, the beeping stops and there is quiet.  He rolls over as if to go back to sleep, however, he had a busy morning ahead of him and needed to get ready. He had spent the previous evening at the local bar with several of his friends.  He told himself he would Read more [...]