Have you ever wondered what a preacher's nightmare is? I'll tell you.
Last week, we talked about how the church - this "body" of Christ - doesn't always look so "Christ-like," how so often our sinful selfishness gets in the way and members start fighting against themselves, against their own body. This week, I want us to keep looking at 1 Corinthians 12 and how God works with us when we don't get along, when we aren't acting like one body.
Psalm 122:8-9 (New Revised Standard Version):
Just a Thought: The Anti-Christ is coming, the Anti-Christ is coming!!
OK - time for true confessions. I have to admit something to you. My church does all sorts of things for the community - Easter 4 Kids, Vacation Bible School, Soccer Camp, Christmas 4 Kids, and the list goes on. In fact, as I write this, we just presented our Fall Festival - free food, games, hayrides, pony rides, face painting, cakewalk, music and so much more. It's a great party. But, I said I ...
Just a thought: "Shut that LION mouth!!"
Picture yourself in the courtroom, awaiting the verdict. How are you feeling? It's your verdict … your future. It's a death penalty trial. You're hoping your lawyer did enough, but ... in a moment, you will either be free - or condemned. Not a comfortable feeling, is it?
Chris Smith won unopposed in November 2009 for an East Ward city council seat. The election date, he says, was exactly 150 years after his great-grandfather Robinson won the same seat. His grandfather, Carl Smith, was next on city council, followed by Carl's son, Billy, Chris's father.
Transformation is fascinating, especially when the change is dramatic and you can see it happen before your very eyes. That point was underscored to me this week by "Body Evolution," by Global Democracy, a video that was released two years ago, but went viral last week, when the model was identified publicly.
Colossians 2:8 (Contemporary English Version) Don't let anyone fool you by using senseless arguments. These arguments may sound wise, but they are only human teachings.
According to a recent Fox News poll, 73 percent of Americans are dissatisfied with the direction of the country, up 20 points from 2012. Americans sense that there's a lot going wrong in our nation, but most don't have a clue about the true nature of our problem.
Just a Thought: What do you do when you hear the warning horns of an oncoming storm? Take action!
Acts 17:4-6 (English Standard Version)
As if public education in Georgia doesn't have enough problems, there is now a high-profile ruckus between Gov. Nathan Deal and State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge. It has gotten so peevish that there is talk that the school superintendent may challenge Deal in the Republican gubernatorial primary next spring.
Last week, we started talking about depression by looking at the prophet Elijah in 1 Kings 19. If you missed that, you can find it under "sermons" at www.abidinggrace.com. We looked at noticing the signs of depression and seeing the dangers of those tell-tale signs, from focusing on feelings instead of facts, to taking responsibility for things you're not responsible for, to withdrawing to "be alone." We focused a lot on the problem of depression. ...
Matthew 6:27 (Common English Bible) Who among you by worrying can add a single moment to your life?
ow often do we hear someone comment about another's difficulties, saying things like, "Oh, they should have seen that coming." Or, "Man I wonder what they did to deserve that?"
Ten years ago, I was installed as the pastor of Abiding Grace. Now, it doesn't seem like it was that long ago, but I guess the calendar doesn't lie. So, when we come to milestones like this, it makes sense to think again about what we're doing and to ask if it is what we hoped for. Is this working out?
Lamentations 3:22-24 (Common English Bible) "Certainly the faithful love of the Lord hasn't ended; certainly God's compassion isn't through! They are renewed every morning. Great is your faithfulness. I think: The Lord is my portion! Therefore, I'll wait for him.'' Have you ever wished you had a time machine? Sometimes when we say the wrong thing or make a not-so-wise choice, we wish we could go back in time to the point just before our ...
Psalm 119:55-56 (English Standard Version): I remember your name in the night, O Lord, and keep your law. This blessing has fallen to me, that I have kept your precepts.
Just a Thought: Is there any clear Biblical teaching on faith healing? Yes. Not faith healers, but faith healing or divine healing that comes from God alone and at his will. James tells us exactly what to do in James 5:13-16. He says take these steps: 1.(v.13) If you're sick, let someone know (call the leaders of the church) and ask them to pray for you. 2. (v. 14) Use the best medical treatment available, ...
Wisdom…sounds good doesn't it? You want to be wise, don't you? So how do you get there?
Crucifixion. Stabbing. Stoning. Flaying. Beheading. I'm describing the ways the original apostles of Jesus died. They died because they would not budge from their conviction on the truth of Jesus' resurrection, the power of His message, the value of their relationship with him. They were so certain of their eternity that they willingly faced death, the most gruesome of deaths, instead of denying it. Would you like to be that sure? Now, I'm not asking ...
O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever. Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, those he redeemed from trouble and gathered in from the lands, from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south.
As Americans, we tend to believe we have the right to do whatever we want, so long as it doesn't interfere with the rights of others.
When Christopher Columbus wanted to sail around the world, people scoffed at him. They believed the world was flat and going too close to the edge would cause them to fall off. It sounds crazy today with all of our modern-day technology and knowledge, but it was a real fear to people who lacked the knowledge that we have today. I find a similar fear in Christians who don't get the Holy Spirit. He is ...
I'm sure about this: the one who started a good work in you will stay with you to complete the job by the day of Christ Jesus.
It's the kind of person who can do anything, right? Maybe it was Dad when you were 3 years old. He could fix anything and build anything, and it seemed like he was the fastest and strongest and smartest person in the world. He was your hero. Then, as we grow, some athletes pick up that mantle, and we fill our walls with their pictures and talk to our friends about how awesome they are. ...