“Tinkering with a Broken System” November 20

 

Tinkering with a Broken System - Most people would agree things in our nation are broken, but there's little agreement about what change is needed. Can we tinker with a broken system and expect to fix it?Most people would agree things in our nation are broken, but there’s little agreement about how to change it. Can we tinker with a broken system and expect to fix it?

We not only face great challenges within our nation but attacks and attempted attacks from without seem to be non-stop. How should a Christian respond to those who are sworn to destroy us as a society and individually?  Continue reading

“Should We Submit to Church Authority?” November 19

 

Should we submit to church authority?

How should we view church authority? Should we submit to our church leaders? What is our responsibility? How does God use this “to watch out for our souls”?

We’ll also look at the danger of pride in our own achievements and how we should view helping the poor, including when we should not help. Continue reading

“Where is God When Life is Hard?” November 18

 

Where is God When Life is Hard? - Where is God when life is hard? Does He allow tests and trials in our lives because He is angry? How should we respond to His discipline and what are the dangers of rejecting it? Also, what is the one character quality that will enable us to be all Christ wants us to be, the one without which we cannot come to God or love Him the way we should? It's the same quality required to love and serve others, lead in a godly way, communicate biblically, resolve conflict, deal with the sins of others, and resist sin ourselves.Where is God when life is hard? Does He allow tests and trials in our lives because He is angry? How should we respond to His discipline and what are the dangers of rejecting it?

Also, what is the one character quality that will enable us to be all Christ wants us to be, the one without which we cannot come to God or love Him the way we should? It’s the same quality required to love and serve others, lead in a godly way, communicate biblically, resolve conflict, deal with the sins of others, and resist sin ourselves.  Continue reading

“What Will Steady Us in Tough Times?” November 16

 

What Will Steady Us in Tough Times? - When God asks you to trust Him in the difficult things: when He doesn’t seem to be answering your prayers, when your child isn’t getting better, when the finances still seem impossible, when the doctor hands you a bad report … where will you go? Where will you find hope? What will you believe about God?When God asks you to trust Him in the difficult things: when He doesn’t seem to be answering your prayers, when your child isn’t getting better, when the finances still seem impossible, when the doctor hands you a bad report … where will you go? Where will you find hope? What will you believe about God?

Trusting God makes all the difference in times of suffering. What can we learn about God that will steady us in tough times?  Continue reading

“Church: Necessary or Optional?” November 15

 

Church: Necessary or Optional?What a privilege we have to become children of God and have a personal relationship with Him. But what about our personal relationships within the body of Christ? How do you view church attendance, involvement, and Christian fellowship? Is it a requirement for a Christian? Is it a duty? Is it even necessary?  Continue reading

“Are You Playing Spiritual Games?” November 14

 

Are you playing spiritual games? - God will not play spiritual pat-a-cake with us by allowing us to seek His help while we continue turning to our idols and self-efforts. If God doesn't seem to be answering our prayers, maybe we need to ask ourselves, "Am I playing spiritual games with God?"God will not play spiritual pat-a-cake with us by allowing us to seek His help while we continue turning to our idols and self-efforts. If God doesn’t seem to be answering our prayers, maybe we need to ask ourselves, “Am I playing spiritual games with God?”  Continue reading

“Generational Sin & the Slippery Path” November 13

 

Generational Sin & the Slippery Path - Watch out if you find yourself looking over the top of the steep and slippery path of sin! Sin has consequences and when it gets its hooks in us it will often take us father and deeper into heartache than we ever imagined. But what about generational sin? What does it mean that God "visits the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations"? Is our sin sometimes the fault of our parents or some other person who abused or sinned against us in some other way? Temptation often places us at the top of a steep and slippery path of sin! The devil often whispers, “Just a little won’t hurt,” or “Who will know,” or “You deserve this.” He encourages us to trust in our own ability to control the situation, but when sin gets its hooks in us, it will often take us farther and deeper into heartache than we ever imagined.

But what about generational sin? What does it mean that God “visits the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations”? Is our sin sometimes the fault of our parents or others in our lives? Is it the fault of someone who abused or sinned against us in some way?  Continue reading

“Will We Be Children of Light?” November 12

 

Will we be children of light? - God had chosen the nation of Israel to be the people through whom He brought the promised Messiah. But He also wanted them to be a nation of priests and prophets who pointed others to the one true God. They were to be His missionary nation.

They not only failed to be His light to the world but instead followed the pagan nations around them into darkness. Now they were faced with His judgment.

Now it’s us, the church, who is to be salt and light. It won’t always be easy. Salt sometimes stings and darkness doesn’t like the light, but both are desperately needed. Will we be children of light or be swallowed up by the darkness? Continue reading

“Could We Be Worshiping Idols?” November 11

 

Could We Be Worshiping Idols? - After one of the most powerful promises in the New Testament, the Apostle Paul warns us, "Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry." Idolatry? Could I be worshiping idols? Could you? Don't think so ... where do we run for pleasure, satisfaction, rescue, or escape? What are our “if only’s” and “I must’s”? Could there even be "good things" that have become idols in our lives? How can we be sure that we don't have false gods, things we're depending on more than God Himself? Things that have become more important to us than they should? God warned the nation of Israel over and over to repent and turn from idolatry. Their refusal to do so took them into captivity and cost them the loss of their land, their homes, their freedom, and often their families. What about our nation? It's obvious to anyone who understands spiritual truth that we are on a downhill slide morally, but is it possible that idolatry, magic, and witchcraft have gone on behind closed doors in the highest places in our nation? Some of what I'll be sharing today may seem far-fetched or even political, but that's not my intention. We are called to be watchmen and when we see danger coming, the blood of others is on our hands if we refuse to sound the alarm. After one of the most powerful promises in the New Testament, the Apostle Paul warns us, “Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry.”

Idolatry?

Could I be worshiping idols? Could you? Don’t think so … where do we run for pleasure, satisfaction, rescue, or escape? What are our “if only’s” and “I must’s”? Could there even be “good things” that have become idols in our lives?

How can we be sure that we don’t have false gods, things we’re depending on more than God Himself? Things that have become more important to us than they should?

God warned the nation of Israel over and over to repent and turn from idolatry. Their refusal to do so took them into captivity and cost them the loss of their land, their homes, their freedom, and often their families.

What about our nation? It’s obvious to anyone who understands spiritual truth that we are on a downhill slide morally, but is it possible that idolatry, magic, and witchcraft have gone on behind closed doors in the highest places in our nation?

Some of what I’ll be sharing today may seem far-fetched or even political, but that’s not my intention. We are called to be watchmen and when we see danger coming, the blood of others is on our hands if we refuse to sound the alarm.  Continue reading