Yesterday at church, the pastor said something that I have heard numerous times growing up. He mentioned that we are blessed to be a blessing to others. Now, in a day where many churches are proclaiming that God wants to bless us with bigger and better, this seems to fly in the face of that … Continue reading Monday Motivation: Blessed to Bless
Were you aware that Jesus actually spoke on following 4 times more than he spoke about leading? It is true. In fact, much of Jesus's teaching was dominated by the topics of submission and following. Yet, when you do a quick search on Christian bookstores for the topic of submission, the results are minimal and … Continue reading Less Leadership, More Following
As important as it is for parents, grandparents, and other older members of the faith community to pass down faith, it is also equally vital for faith to be passed the other way.
There is a lot of church language that we use in church and toss around. Among those words, the terminology surrounds salvation and "being saved" may be the one of the most common, but also most important. The foundation of the Christian faith is that the God of the world sent his son Jesus Christ to the earth to die and offer us this gift of salvation. When is this salvation for?
Have you ever wondered why it is that Abel's sacrifice was accepted by God, yet Cain's was not? Or why Saul was rejected by God as the king of Israel for offering the sacrifice before Samuel, yet David was not after the whole incident with Bathsheba and the issue with his son Absalom that caused a divide in the nation? I think what is going on here is less of God playing favorites, but rather something else dealing with these two men. Let me propose that the sacrifice and worship which God accepts is that which comes from a pure heart.
Jesus was widely known during his life for his teaching and for his healing. In Mark 8, Jesus heals a blind man but it seems to take a second attempt. Does Jesus improve in his healing abilities before Mark 10, or is Jesus being strategic and trying to teach us something deeper?
If you work with teens, you have probably wondered at one point or another the same thing I have, how do I know I am making a difference? We know what the goal is, to point teens to Christ, but how do we measure success in youth ministry?