Description:When the Holy Spirit fills someone, that person can't help but share the Good News. What does that mean for us today?
Description:One quality that every Christian should have is that of service. But there are a group of "designated servants" who help advance the kingdom of God is specific ministries. We have often called them deacons. Who are these special servants?
Description:Sometimes we think the "Great Commission" is an impossible mission, but the book of Acts gives us plenty of examples of what it looks like to accept the mission.
What's in a Name?
Description:Jehovah-Jireh ("The Lord will provide"). This name was first uttered by Abraham after being tested. What makes it so significant for us?
A 2nd Chance
Description:Are you haunted by some ghosts of your past?... Maybe they are affecting your present and showing you a glimpse of a future that you're not sure you want. King David faces a similar situation and through repentance he is given a 2nd chance.
A Truly Wonderful Life
Description:There are many people who neglect the most wonderful gift ever given... Jesus. And Jesus offers us the gift of a truly wonderful life.
The Blessing of a Misfit
Description:Jesus was born into a family of misfits (of society)... He ministered to a bunch of misfits... To show us that there are no mis-fits in God's kingdom. In other words, everyone has a purpose and a place in God's kingdom.
Who are You Wearing?
Description:What you wear in certain situations is often important, but there is something that we clothe ourselves in that should change everything about us... and that is when we clothe ourselves in Christ.
A Contagious Spirit
Description:If your attitude about God, Christianity, Jesus (or anything else for that matter) were contagious, would it be worth catching?
Avoiding a Messier Mess
Description:How can we avoid making a mess messier? King David has an answer for us.
Walking into a Mess
Description:Loving people as God does is difficult because people are often a mess. But as Christians, we are called to walk towards the messiness of life (not away from it).
Description:Some people think that the Christian life is about avoiding messes and staying out of trouble. But following Jesus isn’t about avoiding something; it’s about becoming something.
The Way Out
Description:When we find ourselves in a mess, most of us simply look for a way out... But Jesus offers us so much more than just a way, He offers Himself as THE WAY.
The Mess in the Mirror
Description:This world is a messy place because people are a mess (you and me both). And when we acknowledge the mess in the mirror, we begin to make steps to cleaning us the mess of our lives.RESOURCES
A Community Initiative
Description:We can do some pretty amazing things when we work together.
Witnessing to Those in Need
Description:As we prepare for our annual "WATS" day of service we need to remember that serving others often opens a door for witnessing. The question is are we going to walk through it?
Witnessing to Your Enemy
Description:Probably one of the hardest groups of people to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with are those who are our enemies. How should we even go about witnessing to them?
Witnessing to the Seeker
Description:What do you do when someone asks you about your faith... why you believe? People are seeking for answers, but not necessarily searching for those answers at a church building. So, we need to always be ready.
Witnessing to the Religious
Description:Jesus was pretty clear in the "great commission" that we have a job to witness to people of every nation and background. Some of those people we are called to witness to may already be religious. So, how should we approach them?
Description:Out of all the math in the Bible, there is one equation that has no place... and that is when we try to do division.
Description:The story of the feeding of 5,000 shows that when something is multiplied by a factor of God, the possibilities are limitless.
Description:Everyone wants a full life, but not everyone knows how to get 100%. In order for us to gain (add) that full life, Jesus says we need to subrtract.
Description:Pretty much everyone knows the basics of addition... So how can God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit be One.
Description:Everyone of us is broken. We may be ashamed of our cracks, thinking they make us "less than"... But God has a beautiful use of broken things.
Green Eggs and Ham
Description:Many people think the Good News sounds strange or even a little weird... kinda like green eggs and ham. But for those of us who have tasted the goodness of the Gospel, we have a message to share with this world...
It's not the end...
Description:In Genesis 3, we see sin enter the story with all of it's consequences. But we need to remember that the consequences of sin doesn't have to be the end of the story.
But the serpent...
Description:In Genesis 3, we meet the personification of evil in the form of a serpent. The tactics that Satan used on Eve are often the same tactics he uses on us.
A Beautiful Thing
Description:A woman pours perfume on Jesus and stirs us a conversation. Why is this important?
It is not good...
Description:In Genesis 2 we come across the first time God said something is not good. How God addresses this problem shows us something amazing about God.
God planted a garden...
Description:In Genesis 2 we read that God planted a garden. And this garden had two specific trees that would be of huge significance.
The "rest" of the story...
Description:As the creation week comes to a close, God does something significant. He rests. It's not because He is tired, but rather He was establishing a principle that He wanted His creation to follow.
It is very good...
Description:God created man a little different then the rest of creation. The most significant difference is that He put within us His Image... but what does that mean?
It is (still) good...
Description:Everyone can look in awe of creation... whether in the mountains, oceans, or life. But not everyone sees the same things. Some think that God is no longer needed to explain things, and others see God's handiwork everywhere. What message does creation give us today?
It is Good...
Description:Genesis 1 is less concerned about when, and more concerned about who and why. This is part of the reason we see the repeated phrase "it is good".
In the Beginning...
Description:The first verse of the Bible is packed with theological significance. In this one short verse, we can learn so much about our origin and the Creator.
Go and Do
Description:We have been given everything we need in order to go and do as God desires. So no matter where we go, or what we do, we can honor God.
A Woman's Devotion
Description:There is one person that all four Gospels agree was the first to see the resurrected Jesus and share the Good News with others. Her name was Mary Magdalene.
Blinded by the Light
Description:We (as Christians) are indebted to Paul for his contributions the understanding of what it means to be a Christian. But Paul wasn't always a follower of Christ. It wasn't until he saw the resurrected Jesus did he join "the Way" and share the Good News.
A Change is Happening
Description:People may struggle with the legitimacy of the resurrection of Jesus, but one thing is for sure... the disciples were convinced of it and it changed them forever.
A Walk with Jesus
Description:2 disciples are on their way home after Jesus died. But as they are on their way, they have an encounter with the resurrected Christ that changes not only their direction, but fills them with hope.
Beyond What You See
Description:The resurrection is a wonderful thing, but it is a little hard to comprehend... especially if you were one of those who were around before Jesus died and was resurrected. Even the disciples had a hard time seeing beyond the death of Christ. But there is one guy who seemed to see what was going on.
Friend of Sinners
Description:Matthew wouldn't have been a disciple unless Jesus was a friend of sinners. What does that look like today? How are we supposed to be a friend of sinners?
Description:Have you ever been told not to settle? Honestly, I think that is pretty good advice, but it is deeper than I really understood.
'Til Death Do Us Part
Description:Jesus tells the church in Smyrna to "be faithful unto death", which sounds a lot like a line from many marriage vows... "until death do us part". Faithfulness is important not only in our marriages, but also in the kingdom, but it is not always easy.
Description:What should someone do if their marriage becomes stale? Well, Jesus gives some advice that not only applies to marriage, but also applies to all Christians.
Being the Way
Description:As followers of Christ, we are not called to just "follow the way" but to also "be the way" so that others can see "the way" in us. We are called to be just like Jesus.
Following the Way
Description:When Jesus said "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." He was doing more than just showing us the way to go. He quite literally giving us the way.