Posts from December 2020

What 60+ Years Has Taught Me

My birthday was in April and with each celebration I see more clearly some of the basic realities of my life. For example: 1. I’M NOT GETTING BETTER, I’M GETTING OLDER. Wine gets better with age but people tend to break down. Good food, exercise, positive attitude are helpful but the sad truth is that nothing works like it used to. It helps when we stop fooling ourselves and just act our age. 2. FAMILY AND FRIENDS ARE THE MOST…

Peak of the Week: Life Is A Growth Adventure – Part 4 of 4

5 STAGES OF Spiritual Growth Stage 1: THEA _____________________________________________ CHRISTIAN 1 Peter 2:1-3 • The needs of the baby Christian • The challenges of the weak Christian Stage 2: THE B____________________________________________ CHRISTIAN Luke 8:4-15 • The Hard Path people • The Rocky Ground people We are to “grow up into Christ” Ephesians 4:15, and to “grow up in your salvation” 1 Peter 2:2. Have you reached your full potential for spiritual growth? Are there some areas of spirituality where you…

Polite Conversation

One of the more subtle mistakes we make in our spiritual lives is to substitute polite conversation for heartfelt prayer with God. Polite conversation tends to review the things we know God likes to hear; praise for His kindness, petition for our needs, a reference to others and their needs. It’s neat and orderly, all the bases covered and when it’s over you feel that a duty has been done and you can go on with the rest of your…

James: Beyond the Trouble

James explains the radically different way Christians deal with trouble in life, and why they do so. The author of this epistle is James, the earthly brother of Jesus, not the Apostle James. then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles; – I Corinthians 15:7 He was a leader in the church at Jerusalem and was writing to Christian Jews living outside of Jerusalem who were growing weak in their faith. In this letter he explains that Christians…

Seniors and Sin

In Genesis 27 we read the story of how Isaac’s attempt to bless Esau (against God’s will) was foiled by Rebekah’s devious intervention. Isaac’s disobedience and Rebekah’s scheming demonstrate that even in old age, as they were, it is possible to fall into serious sin. This being so, it would do well for senior saints to remember the following ideas concerning their own struggle with sinfulness; 1. GOD IS YOUR SENIOR. It is easy to get into the habit of…

Peak of the Week: Life Is A Growth Adventure – Part 3 of 4

5 Critical Areas for Spiritual Growth “We will in all things grow up into him…” Ephesians 4:15 Where do I begin…without feeling overwhelmed? As the scripture above says, our desire should be to grow “in all things” pertaining to God and our spiritual walk with him. But to focus on the “all” would be overwhelming to most of us. We have to take life a step at a time. In this lesson, we are focusing on five critical areas where…

The Use of Media in Ministry

In this lesson we’ll talk about the use of computers in ministry later but first I’d like to put these types of ministry tools into the larger context of the proper use of the media. Media is the big picture and computers are a part of that overall scheme. So let’s first talk about media in ministry. Media is the vehicle for communication and you as Bible/Mission/Preaching/Education majors are really in the business of communication. In your particular case it…

James: Christianity – More Than Ceremony

This introductory lesson reviews the author, date written and general purpose for this practical book on Christian living. If you were to ask people to define or explain the word “religion” they would probably describe the organizations and ceremonies carried out by various church groups. This is probably why younger people say that they are spiritual but not religious, because they no longer relate to the various rituals and observances practiced by the large denominations in this country. By spiritual…

Power of Love

I saw Mohammed Ali making an appearance on TV the other day. He was frail and shaky, a victim of Parkinson’s disease. His spokesperson said the former champ was here to promote love and unity and Ali’s eyes lit up when the kids approached to hug him and shake his hand – a response of love. What a difference from the brash kid who shouted, “I am the greatest” nearly 30 years ago. Now he was gently urging the crowd…

The Passion As Witness

In the book of Acts we read repeatedly about the power of the Holy Spirit being displayed in mighty ways. Men spoke unknown languages by His power (Acts 2:1-4) and others were struck dead for daring to lie to the Holy One without fear (Acts 5:1-11). In our teaching on the topic of spiritual gifts, we also speak of the end of the age of miracles at the close of the apostolic era and in so doing deprive ourselves of…
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