Tradition says that the Apostle John continued preaching even when so enfeebled with age as to be obliged to be carried into the assembly; and that, not being able to deliver any long discourse, his custom was to say in every meeting, “My dear children, love one another.” Legacy of the Apostle John The Apostle John was touched by the love of God and his ministry was consistent in sharing that love. Please read the Gospel according to John and Continue reading The legacy of the Apostle John is “love one another.” What is your legacy?
You may have thought God could only use superstars. But, this is not true, God can use anyone, if they are willing. God is very clear that these 8 gifts are given by him to ordinary people for service in your congregation… προφητείαν — prophecy; the gift of communicating and enforcing revealed truth διακονεῖ / διακονίαν — to serve (as a servant), waiting at table; in a wider sense: service, ministration διδάσκων — to teach (literally, “cause to learn”); instruct, impart knowledge (disseminate information) Continue reading 8 Gifts of Service for Your Church
Here are my personal favorite and most powerful verses from a life-long love of reading the Holy Bible. I tried to narrow this list to 101 verses, I really did try, but every time I considered removing a verse it caused me to keep it and add another, so the list kept growing. And, even now, there are dozens and hundreds of verses I want to add. If I’ve forgotten your favorite or most important verse, please add it to the comments Continue reading 101 Bible Verses to Make Personal
Many sermons have been preached on who to love, who to hate, what to love, and what to hate. Many articles have been written on who to love, who to hate, what to love, and what to hate. For me, it all boils down to a simple principle… Don’t hate anyone who God loves! Don’t love anything that God hates!
The Apostle Paul did not advocate condemning people That’s not the subject of the letter to the Galatians. It is inconceivable that the Apostle Paul would throw in a verse that justifies hatefully condemning anyone in the final paragraph of a letter arguing against the false law-keeping doctrine of the Judaizers. Consider this brief outline of the Letter to the Galatians…
Now the man Moses was very humble, above all the men who were on the surface of the earth. (Numbers 12:3) “Have you noticed how Ahab has humbled himself before me? Because he has humbled himself, I will not bring this disaster in his day, but I will bring it on his house in the days of his son.” (1 Kings 21:29) if my people, who are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, Continue reading 101 Verses on Humility and Meekness
Scientists have discovered that a grove of Live Oak trees is much stronger than a single tree because the deep roots are intertwined with neighboring trees. This strength doesn’t depend on the trees because the strength is in the roots. The Bible says Christians are stronger when they have deep roots of love that are knit together with brothers and sisters. This strength doesn’t depend on the people because the strength is in the love. Watch this video on The Scene. That Continue reading Knit together in love
Watch what God does, and then you do it, like children who learn proper behavior from their parents. Mostly what God does is love you. Keep company with him and learn a life of love. Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn’t love in order to get something from us but to give everything of himself to us. Love like that. (Ephesians 5:1-2)
There really is only one reason you can’t forgive, when you have been hurt so much worse than you deserved by someone who doesn’t deserve to be forgiven, it’s because you’ve forgotten how bad you really are and how much you’ve already been forgiven… Who can say, “I have kept my heart pure; I am clean and without sin”? (Proverbs 20:9) For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of Continue reading Why can’t I forgive?
Let’s allow the Holy Spirit to work in our consciences to help us live a godly life Good music! Bad music! This can be a complex and contentious issue. Let’s not make useless rules and regulations. Let’s not make judgments. Let’s allow the Holy Spirit to work in our consciences to help us live a godly life. Consider what the Apostle Paul wrote at the closing of his letter to the Christians at Philppi… And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, Continue reading What kind of music hates God?