Church

Seven Love Letters

Have you ever received a love letter — one that was honest? Probably not. Love letters usually express deep affection and extol the virtues of another. Jesus sent seven such letters to churches mentioned in Revelation. In them He made numerous observations, revealing honesty about His people’s spiritual condition and readiness for His return. Jesus’ […]

Don't Turn Away

Do You Turn Away from God When You are Hurting?

Have you noticed that it seems so many Christians are turning away from God and the church lately? What makes us do that?

How Does Prayer Transform You? Part 2

How Does Prayer Transform You? Part 2

Through prayer we can enter a deep and intimate relationship with our abba father, we can share his heart and work.

Focus on the Faithful

The Early Church In the last two issues we’ve looked at the personal faithfulness of two giants of the Old and New Testaments, Abraham and Peter. We have examined the relationship of living faith between individuals and our heavenly Father, but faithfulness is also a communal reality. We are God’s people, so what does a […]

Reading Your Bible

How Can I Be More Consistent in Reading the Bible Every Day?

My prayer is that you would consider these ideas, especially if you are struggling to be consistent in your daily Bible reading.

Building Beautiful Churches for Jesus

Building Beautiful Churches for Jesus

Jesus is building His church; let us rise and build churches that are agents of transformation, all for love’s sake, at such a time as this.

Does the Bible command anyone to have a wedding?

Does the Bible command anyone to have a wedding or tell us what to do at such an event? It is true that the Bible contains no specific command requiring persons to participate in a public ceremony like a wedding in order to become husband and wife. It is also true that the Bible contains narratives […]

Why Character Trumps Competence

Why Character Trumps Competence

In these moments we’re reminded that while some leaders lack competence, everyone has character. The real issue is, what kind of character?

Prayer is unity

How Does Prayer Connect Us to God? Part 3

Prayer is one of the most intimate forms of worship in which we open our hearts to God, to be able to grow and mature in the faith.

Fits and Starts

For a long time, I committed more “fits” than “starts.” For those not familiar with the idiom “fits and starts,” it refers to irregular intervals of action and inaction, as in “His presidential campaign is proceeding by fits and starts.” The expression began in the late 1500s with “as by fits.” The noun fit meant […]