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The Answer for these Uncertain Times

According to Wikipedia there are roughly 4,200 recognized religions in the world. Out of those 4,200 religions, you have approximately 2.2 billion ...

August 14, 2016 | Andy Butts | Religion


Blaze Your Trail

"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." –Confucius

August 07, 2016 | Isaac Redman | Religion


The Capacity for Doing What’s Good

Last week I went to a good-bye party for a work colleague and just as I was about to put the delectable bite of cheesecake ...

July 17, 2016 | Lyn Pace | Religion


Faith in turbulent times

One of the largest aspects of faith and religion is not our assurance of salvation or whether we will experience paradise in the afterlife, but ...

July 17, 2016 | Chip Owens | Religion


Broad Worldview

Operation Mobilization (OM) has a base in San Jose, Costa Rica. This operation has blossomed over recent years, and I have had the privilege of ...

July 10, 2016 | Isaac Redman | Religion


Christianity is not a Sunday-only religion

Brennan Manning said, "The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today is Christians who acknowledge Jesus with their lips then walk out the ...

July 03, 2016 | Andy Butts | Religion


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Grace notes: What's the point

We go through a lot to do "church". Think of the time and money and effort and energy put into making sure we've got a place to meet on Sundays, all the work that goes into the various events and traditions. People give up so much in the name of church, so today I ask you, "Why?" What's the point?"

February 20, 2014 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Religion


A lesson in real love

OK guys, we've got a problem, it's Valentine's Day. If there was ever a day the pressure is on to prove your love, this is it. And there are countless ideas out there, but every one of them could just as easily backfire, since one woman might love what another would not. And if you ask your special someone how you can show your love, well, then you run the risk of her saying that if you really loved her you'd know.

February 13, 2014 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Religion


Just a Thought: God hates sins, not sinners

God hates sin, not sinners. He hates sin because of what it does to the sinner (redeemed and unredeemed). For the redeemed, yielding themselves to sin can lead them back into the dominant control and slavery they have been set free from. For the unredeemed, sin piled upon sin takes them deeper into sin and farther from a sensitivity to God and need for salvation. Sin at its most basic form means to "miss the mark" Romans 2:23 tells us we have all done this. So in essence sin is sin is sin. But there are some sins God ...

February 13, 2014 | William Burnham | Religion


Give thanks for your salvation

Aren't you thankful today for the wonderful saving grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, who through His salvation, our spiritual identity and eternal destiny were changed? (2 Cor. 5:17; Romans 6:23b).

February 06, 2014 | William Burnham | Religion


Everything looks different in the light

I have so many great memories of my grandma, especially when all the cousins would be together, playing in the basement while all the grown-ups were upstairs. Sometimes, we even all got to stay overnight down there. It was awesome, except for one thing: the coatrack. It was one of those things that was always there but you didn't always notice it, unless it was the middle of the night and you woke up and looked toward the one ray of light. That's when I saw what I was sure was a person or a monster - whatever it ...

February 06, 2014 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Religion


Righteousness that's on the record

Last week, we saw the righteousness that Jesus "filled up" for us – and put on our record in our baptism. We saw him doing everything that was "fitting" for that righteousness, living a perfect life, more perfect than even the most polished celebrity at the most posh event could ever be.

January 30, 2014 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Religion


Righteousness that fits

Some things are just fitting, aren't they? They are just supposed to be a certain way. Take the Golden Globes. Did you see the show? Everyone who is anyone in Hollywood was there. And everything was just right.

January 23, 2014 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Religion


Focus as you walk through the day

"How great are his signs, how mighty his wonders!" (Daniel 4:3) These words spoken by a king of the King of kings and Lord of lords are to be the focus of every Christian in today's world.

January 23, 2014 | William Burnham | Religion


An answer for your doubt

Do you ever feel that being a child of God isn't paying out like you thought it should? The childlike confidence that Jesus will make everything better doesn't always seem to play out - when the wound doesn't heal, the need isn't met, the hurt doesn't go away. For us grown-ups, reality tends to set in and tarnishes some of that unbridled optimism.

January 16, 2014 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Religion


God is the chief 'book' keeper

If you are a bookkeeper, you understand the importance of organized filing and record-keeping. You are the ones we turn to in order to find a proof of a check, an important document or policy, etc.

January 16, 2014 | William Burnham | Religion


God lays out his plans

With precision and accuracy God lays out his plans and works toward the accomplishment of his purpose.

January 09, 2014 | William Burnham | Religion


Just a Thought: Use Daniel's prayer as a model

Can one person's prayer make a difference? Yes!

December 12, 2013 | William Burnham | Religion


Grace notes: Dealing with skeletons

What is it that eats at you? What is it that sits hidden in your life, that maybe no one else knows about, the thing that you try not to think about, but when you're reminded, it still kind of bothers you? It makes your bad days worse and puts a damper on your best days. Although you usually do a pretty good job of repressing it or excusing it or minimizing it…it's still there.

December 12, 2013 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Religion


Are you getting ready for the right reasons?

Have you ever wondered what a preacher's nightmare is? I'll tell you.

December 05, 2013 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Religion


Believers are part of the same body

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.

November 28, 2013 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Religion


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