The Love Not the World Side of Loving the Lord with All Our Heart

Deuteronomy 6:4-5 – It was often easier for the Children of Israel to recognize and fear the Lord than it was for them to remember to love him. Matthew 22:35 – This command of love for God and others will never be demoted. This first commandment is still the first. It supersedes doctrinal differences. It […]

The Power of Our Gospel

When we stop hearing and we stop doing – we stop walking with him. The time is here and the time is now. If we don’t act on what we hear the urgency goes away. Here we are and if “it” still isn’t done, the best time to do it is today. If God has been showing you something, take care of it now. Today is the best day to do it. As believers we have something…

Working Towards Unity

Sometimes the initial beginnings of a church are easier than “the long haul.” Maintaining purpose and maintaining unity requires ongoing maintenance. It is easy at times to become disillusioned with our churches and believe that other churches “have it figured out.” Rest assured that there is no “perfect” church. How is Christian brotherhood…

The Church and Brotherhood

Wherever God’s spirit is working he is working to build a local body that functions as a reflection of the New Testament practice. There is a lot of definition here – either of us or not of us. The requirement to be “of us” is to continue with us and among us. How would we apply this thing of submitting to our brothers and sisters…

A Living Sacrifice

1 Kings 20:1-12 – Can you imagine the position that king Ahab was in here? Ahab surrendered to the wishes of the king outside. Have we surrendered our lives to Jesus? What kind of relationship are we going to have with Jesus? A mediocre Christian life isn’t really worth it. Jesus work on Calvary was a very expensive transaction…

Living in Bondage and Finding Victory

When we come from the outside to the inside of the kingdom of God that is only the beginning. The world around us, the temptations, the struggles, they are all still very much a part of our lives. Even people who are in the kingdom of God struggle. There is some debate around holiness and how “free from sin” God…

A Holy God & the Problem of Sin

God knows those who are his own. He will never make a mistake. We don’t know about some of the people we see around us at times, but God never makes those kinds of mistakes. This is a comfort to the children of God while at the same time being something that should be terrifying to those who don’t know…

Part of the Kingdom of God

Can you imagine a place where God’s character is the law? Can you imagine the perfection… perfect love, nothing out of place, selfishness is so unheard of that every action is motivated by selfless concern for another, perfect holiness, a sin free place. A place where God’s spirit is the atmosphere. This place of course fits the definition of heaven perfectly.

If You Would Walk With God

Any time a relationship happens between man and God it only happens because of God’s initiative. Jesus is the only hope we have to know God. We are faced with the choice to open the door and have a relationship with the creator of the universe. Or to not open the door when he calls us. How can a man walk with God? Man, even in his wisest…

What is Your God Like?

God is a lot smaller and impersonal to people today than he should be. God is neither small nor impersonal. God told Moses in Exodus 3, that “I am that I am.” God is eternal, the self existing one. When we look at the names of God we start to get an idea of who he is. God is all powerful. God needs nothing outside of himself.