God’s Great Family

I am so thankful for God's church. Of all the great blessings God offers, the church is one of the greatest. There is indescribable value in the church. The church gives us comfort, comfort food, support, discipline, belonging, hope, help, family, care, purpose, training, education, identity, and purpose. We are so blessed to be part … Continue reading God’s Great Family

The Ministry of the Word

Professor Dumbledore said, “Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic. Capable of both inflicting injury, and remedying it.” Words used powerfully and beautifully made J.K. Rowling a best selling author. But God's words are infinitely more important. Remember what the Bible says about God's word. In the beginning was the Word--John … Continue reading The Ministry of the Word

Grace and Christian Ministry

Grace is “God’s unmerited favor”. However, this Bible word is used to describe two things. The word “grace” is used to describe God’s unmerited favor in the salvation of the lost, and Paul used to describe the ministry of God’s saved people. Grace “is effectively displayed in particular divine activities—supremely in the redemptive death of … Continue reading Grace and Christian Ministry

Holy Ambitions

  Ambition for worldly prizes is attractive but vain. Jesus said, “do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth where moth and rust corrupt and thieves break through and steal. But lay up for yourselves treasures in Heaven” (Matthew 6:19-20).  God commends holy ambitions. God’s people are to look for every opportunity to “abound … Continue reading Holy Ambitions

How to Survive a Mediterranean Cruise and Hard Times

St. Paul's Bay is beautiful. Wouldn't it have been something to walk with Paul on the shoreline? But that's not exactly how the story goes. The final segment of the book of Acts records quite a struggle. Paul is arrested for preaching Christ in chapter 21. He then is tried before the Roman tribune, the … Continue reading How to Survive a Mediterranean Cruise and Hard Times

LEARNING TO BE A GREAT CONGREGATION

ACTS 11:19-30    We want to be a great congregation.  That must be our goal.  Who decides what a great congregation is like?  What makes a congregation great?  What areas of ministry are most important to a great congregation?  What do great congregations do?  These are important lessons which we can learn from the book of Acts … Continue reading LEARNING TO BE A GREAT CONGREGATION