There's a PROBLEM today - a misunderstanding of what HOLINESS means! The inability to clearly know what it means to ABIDE with Christ! With all the distractions that our World has to offer - wouldn't you think it would be easier for a Follower of the Way to KNOW his chances for survival are greater WITH CHRIST as apart from Him! After all... APART FROM HIM - WE CAN DO NOTHING! (John 15:5b)
What ever happened to SIN? Have Christians become so preoccupied with the major SINS of our society that we have lost sight of the need to deal with our own SINS? Maybe it's time that we confront the SINS that we have comfortably begun to tolerate - those SINS that have slowly taken us HOSTAGE!
The Stakes are High - Everyone is a person of FAITH whether they attend church or even believe in God! Faith is trust and we are all trusting in something! We are all betting our life and our future on something! What are you betting on? Your life depends on it! Are you willing to go ALL IN...?
Romans 10:15... And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, "How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!" Mothers are teachers. Mothers are disciplinarians. Mothers are cleaning ladies. Some mothers are gardeners & mowers of lawns. Most mothers understand that baking cookies is more important than washing windows! Mothers are nurses - doctors - psychologists - counselors - chauffeurs & coaches! Mothers are developers of personalities - molders of vocabularies & shapers of attitudes. Mothers are soft voices saying... "I love you." And mothers are a link to God, a child’s first impression of God’s love!
SEX has long been a taboo conversation in most churches; but guess who came up with the idea of SEX in the first place? Is it possible that the one who invented SEX is actually pro-SEX and wants us to have fulfilling SEX lives? Is it possible that what we're experiencing is only a second rate imitation of what God hoped our SEX lives would be? Is it possible we've lost the original design and have settled for something else? The Bible tells us in Hebrews 13:4... "Marriage is to be held in honor among all, and the marriage bed is to be UNDEFILED; for fornicators and adulterers God will judge." The term UNDEFILED can be defined as pure, free from stain or blemish... IMMACULATE! Could it be possible that God designed our SEX Lives to be IMMACULATE & beyond our wildest imaginations?
Everyone is BUILDING their LIFE with some kind of BUILDING MATERIAL! Some MATERIALS last... some DON'T! God has given each of us the MATERIALS to BUILD a LIFE that will last for ALL OF ETERNITY! If you don't use the right MATERIALS - you will discover in due timing - the FOUNDATIONS and WALLS of your LIFE will CRUMBLE! Don't discover this TOO LATE!
The invitation from Jesus to “FOLLOW ME” was not an invitation to be saved — it was a call for a “Follower of THE WAY” to do just that… “FOLLOW… THE WAY!” “THE WAY” is JESUS and He clearly demonstrated HIS WAY of FOLLOWING everyday — by FISHING FOR MEN! How willing and ready are you to FOLLOW “THE WAY” and GO FISH?
“Therefore… if anyone is in Christ — he is a NEW creation; the Old has gone — the NEW has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17) — Your Old IDENTITY is gone and your New IDENTITY is eternal — this is HOW you can begin to CHANGE your IDENTITY! Understanding that YOU have no real part in that CHANGE! It’s because of WHAT CHRIST has done IN YOU that enables YOU to MAKE THAT CHANGE! The ability to then… be LIKE CHRIST — living up to His standards!
Have you ever seen a Hearse pulling a U-Haul? Didn’t think so. You know why? After fantastic careers — plush 401ks & secure retirements… it ALL goes back in the box! No more game cards. No more tokens. No more promotions, no more financial planning, no more RVs and vacation homes. GAME OVER. What did you WIN that you get to keep? That’s the ECONOMY of God, unusual for sure. Some may actually call it… FREAKONOMIC$!
Christmas is always thought of as the best time of the year! Unfortunately, as we go through life we often experience family and relational pain, and Christmas can go from being the highlight of the year to the most difficult time! Let’s discover together in the REAL MEANING of Christmas so we can learn how to FORgive others, how to ask for FORgiveness, and what it means to be FORgiven!