Posts by Mike Mazzalongo (Page 2)

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…

Soft Rebellion

There are no new arguments in the effort to expand women’s role in the church to include those tasks that have traditionally been given to men. Some women want to lead prayer as well as teach and preach in public assemblies, and find support for their aspirations by disregarding Paul’s instructions on these matters as first century cultural bias against women. Others argue that Jesus did not specifically forbid women from doing this, so it must be acceptable. They point…

FAQs on Prayer

Here are a few commonly asked questions regarding the act of praying. 1. Do only Christians have access to God in prayer? “We know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is God-fearing and does His will, He hears him.” John 9:31 “And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6 God created all things, knows and…

Hebrews: The Glorious Jesus – The Glory of the Church of Christ, The Church of Christ is Holy, Part 2

The writer completes this great homage to Christ with some final thoughts on holy living and a final word of encouragement and greeting. After showing how the Lord Jesus glorified His church through His ministry, death, resurrection and ascension to the right hand of God, the author goes on to encourage his readers to respond in kind by glorifying Jesus as His church. He tells them that they can do this by living holy lives and remaining faithful to Him,…

Do People Become More Religious With Age?

It seems that older people are the ones who are interested in religion and younger ones have little time for spiritual things. Two doctors at Duke University studied this phenomenon by surveying a group of older people over a twenty year period to see if they had become more religious with time. What they found out was that for these older people, their faith remained the same as they grew older. Some activities dropped off because of illness, etc., but…

Too busy?

In our fast paced society it is often difficult to determine the difference between busy and too busy. The following 7 statements should help busy people (especially Christians) draw the line between busy and too busy. Statement #1 – If you are too busy to pray each day, you are too busy. Statement #2 – If you are too busy to help someone with a personal problem, you are too busy. Statement #3 – If you are too busy to…

Hebrews: The Glorious Jesus – The Glory of the Church of Christ, The Church of Christ is Holy, Part 1

The author continues his description of the type of people who belong in Christ’s Church as those who have a holy lifestyle. I have shown that the author’s purpose in this letter has been to persuade his readers not to abandon Christianity for Judaism. He does this by demonstrating how Jesus is more glorious than any part or personality within the Jewish religion. He then goes on to say that God’s people, in every age, glorify Him by being faithful.…