When you listen to some people talk you would think that it’s the church’s job to serve them. They treat the church as if it’s a business that’s supposed to provide a service, and if it does not they can point in indignant tones at the church that had apparently failed them.
The problem with this view is not that not only is it unfair (it is), or that it is harsh and judgmental (it is) but because it misses the very essence of what it means to be a Christian. Continue reading “Instruments of peace”
Paul guides the Ephesians beyond their problems to a plan conceived by God. Today, we must heed the powerful message they received to unleash the full potential of the Lord’s Church. Continue reading “The power of unity”
Without Christ we’re lost in the filth and squalor of sin. Our destinies are doomed without his sacrifice “…for there is no other name under heaven among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12, NKJV).
Jesus is the only way to salvation and subsequently heaven (John 14:6). His blood erases our sin so we can be free of the wretched stain (Revelation 7:14).
Continue reading “Better for Christ”
Have you ever been told that your suffering is because there is something wrong in your life? Or that if we are faithful Christians, then we should prepare to receive many blessings from God? Continue reading “It’s not meant to be an easy life”
We are Christians because God came down in love. Continue reading The condescending love of God
Communion with the world is not in God’s plan… Continue reading Unity at any cost?
Some people like lists, and some like alliteration. In today’s article I offer a little of both. Some are based on a Bible verse, others are topical. As far as I know, they’re all original with me. Some have been used at one time or another in sermons or classes, others wait to take shape. If you use them some way, we’d be interested in hearing about it.
From Psalm 25.4, “Make me understand your ways, O Lord! Teach me your paths!”, these truths: The paths of the Lord are (1) desirable; (2) knowable; (3) attainable. Continue reading “A list of gospel lists”
Why do I have to do something if my brother doesn’t have to? Such an attitude is infantile, but it exists even in adults. On the other hand, we often want to be free of obligations imposed upon others. Never do we question why they have to do things that we’re not obligated to do. Continue reading The Christian Offering and the Ordinances of God