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)
Why would anyone want to be a Christian? There are so many rules, right? From the Ten Commandments to the tithing, from the Sunday morning sacrifice (and by that I mean not sleeping in and actually getting to church) to the lifestyle restrictions - there are so many commands. It can really crimp a person's style. So why do it? Why commit to keeping all those rules? The answer: You're asking the wrong question. But ...
I am the LORD your God. I am holding your hand, so don't be afraid. I am here to help you.
You may think you have nothing to offer. You may buy into the lie that says, "Leave it alone, it's none of your business!" Now, I'm not talking about your opinion or traditions; I'm saying sometimes you need to step up and speak up into someone's life. Proverbs tells us we have something to offer if we offer it from the heart and in accordance with God's word: Words of help and relief (12:18,25), words ...
God is our refuge and strength, a help always near in times of great trouble. That's why we won't be afraid when the world falls apart, when the mountains crumble into the center of the sea, when its waters roar and rage, when the mountains shake because of its surging waves.
This Sunday was Pentecost in the Church year - the day we mark what happened in Acts 2. If you aren't familiar - open up your Bible and read the story. Pentecost was really the kick-start to the New Testament Church - with miracles all over the place - the sound that filled the city, the flames of fire, the speaking in all those languages! Can you imagine being there? And it wasn't just the ...
Now faith, hope and love remain - these three things - and the greatest of these is love.
Have you ever heard someone pray for you? There's something special about that, isn't there? Just the thought of being part of that person's conversation with God, getting that glimpse into their heart and soul; it's a powerful thing. It draws people together. And I talk about this because our text is Jesus doing just that - He's praying for us. He's praying that we may be drawn together, may be united, so that others ...
When Pentecost Day arrived, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound from heaven like the howling of a fierce wind filled the entire house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be individual flames of fire alighting on each one of them. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages as the Spirit enabled them to speak.
Do you know your work matters to God? Yes, and it matters to your employer and your co-workers.
Do you show evidence of the transforming power of the Holy Spirit in your daily life? A look back at the disciples before and after photos gives us some things to look for in our own personal lives.
How can I describe the emotions of parents who love their children? We stamp a remarkable similarity in heart and in appearance on the character of small children. This is especially true of mothers, who have even more sympathy than fathers toward the feelings of their children because they gave birth to them in great pain.
There's an old Spanish proverb: "An ounce of mother is worth a ton of priest." So, on this Mother's Day weekend, let's thank God for many ounces of godly mothers.
Do you remember playing games when you were younger? I love to watch children play Simon Says or Follow the Leader.
"The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters…" You know how that poem continues, don't you? To see the rest of it, open your Bible to Psalms 23. But for now, just let that picture of our Good Shepherd linger in your mind. The Lord is my shepherd. Our text today is actually our Savior Jesus taking ...
I pray that your love will keep on growing and that you will fully know and understand how to make the right choices. Then you will still be pure and innocent when Christ returns. And until that day, Jesus Christ will keep you busy doing good deeds that bring glory and praise to God.