Hindrance

April 25, 2018

The writer of Hebrews tells us that God wants us to “throw off everything that hinders.” I remember my days as a competitive runner. If I forgot to take off my jewelry, or wore the wrong socks, or my hair wasn’t off my neck, I had a hard time focusing on the goal of winning.

Onward

April 24, 2018

Paul had been warned by the prophet Agabus that if he went to Jerusalem, he would be handed over to the Gentiles. Paul’s friends begged him not to go, but he would not be deterred, “I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.”

Found Difficult

April 23, 2018

I once had a man ask me about joining a bible study. He said he wanted to find a place where he could grow in his faith and develop friendships with other people. So we talked about the various groups and studies he could join.

Grace Over Shame

April 21, 2018

Have you ever noticed that a tree doesn’t cry over fruit that goes unpicked or blooms that wither? No, a tree simply sheds that fruit and drops those blooms. And the next spring, that tree will produce blooms and fruit all over again.

Do it anyway

April 20, 2018

I don’t know about you, but I don’t always feel like being social. I am an introvert at heart and sometimes, being around people is just too much. But I do it anyway. Because it is part of my job. Because it is the right thing to do.

Fear

April 19, 2018

Fear is often what keeps us from taking the next step in life. We may not be conscious of the fear, it may show up as procrastination, doubt, or distraction. But fear is often the root of our delay in progress or prolonged stagnation.

Health

April 18, 2018

Health is the key to growth. All living things grow if they are healthy. Plants become healthy with good seed, healthy soil, and the right amount of sun and water. God put a system in place where life flourishes in health.

Alive

April 17, 2018

The church is alive, or it should be. It is not a building, but a people. The church should move and grow. And just like anything with life, it can be sick or healthy, wise or foolish, growing or dying.

What's Next?

April 16, 2018

The book of Acts begins with Jesus giving final instructions to his original followers then returning to heaven. He leaves the apostles filled with uncertainty and staring up into the sky.

Freedom in Christ

April 14, 2018

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., this week we will reflect on the qualities that made him a great leader, not only in the Civil Rights movement, but also in the faith. John Wesley wrote a letter of encouragement to the 18th-century abolitionist William Wilberforce, in which he denounced the co-existence of slavery with religion.

Table of Brotherhood

April 13, 2018

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., this week we will reflect on the qualities that made him a great leader, not only in the Civil Rights movement, but also in the faith. Martin Luther King, Jr. did more than denounce injustice; he dreamt of something better. He did not merely paint a dreary picture of racial hostility and inequality,

Greatness

April 12, 2018

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., this week we will reflect on the qualities that made him a great leader, not only in the Civil Rights movement, but also in the faith. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered a sermon in February of 1968. He would be assassinated a few months later.

Act Justly

April 11, 2018

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., this week we will reflect on the qualities that made him a great leader, not only in the Civil Rights movement, but also in the faith. In Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Letter From A Birmingham Jail,” he writes that there will be times for people to stand up to injustice and defend what is right.

Agape in Your Soul

April 10, 2018

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., this week we will reflect on the qualities that made him a great leader, not only in the Civil Rights movement, but also in the faith. Reflecting on this passage of scripture, Martin Luther King, Jr. said the following in a sermon in 1957, “It’s significant that he does not say, ‘Like your enemy.’

The End of My Powers

April 9, 2018

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., this week we will reflect on the qualities that made him a great leader, not only in the Civil Rights movement, but also in the faith. Martin Luther King, Jr. was one of the greatest spiritual leaders of our time.