When Jesus told his disciples to “go and make disciples” (Matthew 28:19), He was not calling them to recruit members or enter people into a program. Rather, He wanted them to create more disciples! Being a disciple means dedicating one’s life to taking on the teachings and qualities of their mentor and learning from them.
We all know the song “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” and have memories of Christmas past wrapped up in the opening notes. Those sweet chords usher in a bit of peace amid a chaotic and turbulent world. Of course, this peaceful state of mind is fleeting for most of us. From where and how does true
Jesus said, “I will build my church, and the gates of hell will not prevail against it” (Matt. 6:18). How, exactly, will He do this? Through those willing to “go” (Matt 28:19)! But, go where? How and why? We see from scripture how Jesus patterned the answers to these questions and how they support the
Romans 12:6–8 (NIV) We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift… is to lead, do it diligently.Not to be confused with natural talent or acquired skills, the supernatural grace gift of leadership is a spiritual gift given and empowered by the Spirit of God for spiritual purposes with eternal
After riding into Jerusalem on a lowly donkey rather than a majestic stallion worthy of a King, and after confronting the religious robbers of the temple courts who were profiting off the people seeking forgiveness through animal sacrifice, Jesus went on to denounce the religious hypocrites. Foretelling the destruction of the temple, the culminating great
Most of us have either been hurt or have done the hurting. The pain and shame we sometimes feel can be crippling. Yet, in today’s “picture-perfect” world (we’re looking at you, social media!), we dare not admit that it ever happened, deleting it from our memory banks, never speaking of it again. This Sunday we
As we head into week 3 of our Advent series, we take a look at Joy. Joy, closely related to happiness, is much more than a feeling; it is the absolute assurance in the promises of God, producing an attitude of hope and praise. We will examine the encounter of two pregnant women, Mary and
This week we look at Acts 24 and continue to see that in-spite of persecution the Gospel is advancing nonetheless!