One of the reasons I'm writing an article about a summer reading list has to due with, in large part, the fact that yesterday, April 8th, it was snowing here in Missouri. Thus, turning my thoughts toward summer reading is a pleasant thought to me at the moment. But there is another reason... One of the hardest … Continue reading A Few Good Books For Your Summer Reading List
Another thing our culture will tell you is that sex outside of marriage is fine, if not necessary. You wouldn’t commit to buying a car before test driving it, the idea goes, so why would you commit to someone in marriage before having sex. But the biblical idea is much different. (3) While the world tells you … Continue reading What Does the Song of Solomon Teach us about Relationships and Sex? – Part 3
This question is very understandable and I've actually asked it myself many times. But before I answer it, let me start with a brief word about myself and my journey with this idea of church membership. Not long after I became a Christian, I actually found myself in a conversation on this exact topic. And … Continue reading Why Formally “Join” A Church?
Not only has our culture distorted God’s view of a relationship, but it has also distorted the purpose of sex. Sex has become a way to elicit attention, to get what you want, or nothing more than a physical experience. Fashion magazines, T.V. shows, and movies are not only to blame for this trend, but also the … Continue reading What Does the Song of Solomon Teach us about Relationships and Sex? – Part 2
Sex isn’t a topic that’s discussed often in the church, if at all. It can even be a taboo subject among Christians. Something they do but definitely not something they discuss. When we compare the church to the world, we see that there is quite a difference between the two. The world talks about sex constantly. Movies, T.V. shows, … Continue reading What Does the Song of Solomon Teach us about Relationships and Sex? – Part 1
It may not seem like a big deal where you live, but in the small town of Warsaw, Missouri, it was rather groundbreaking when our local Wal-mart opened up a self-checkout section alongside their traditional cashiers. For many of us, Wal-Mart seems to be a necessary evil. It has all the items we need at … Continue reading Why I Don’t Use The Self-Checkout At Wal-Mart Anymore
In the last few posts, we've seen that an effective mercy ministry not only requires compassion, but it also requires responsibility. Today, we'll explore some guidelines by which to operate. Just as Paul gave Timothy guidelines by which to operate, we too should have guidelines by which we operate. It’s not ungodly or uncompassionate. Instead, it’s … Continue reading What’s Required to Have an Effective Mercy Ministry? – Part 3
Last time, I laid out the idea that we have to be compassionate in order to have an effective mercy ministry. While it’s important for us to be compassionate, compassion left unchecked can, at times, do more harm than good. You see, meeting someone’s immediate need is not bad, and in reality a lot of … Continue reading What’s Required to Have an Effective Mercy Ministry? – Part 2
As a pastor, I often interact with those looking to the church to provide them with assistance. Which means I have often found myself having to make a decision on how the church should respond to their need. I am sure you have also faced similar situations. Maybe not from a pastoral perspective. But I know … Continue reading What’s Required to Have an Effective Mercy Ministry? – Part 1
Christmas is a time to celebrate God's gift to us. He gave us His Son who is the Lord and Savior of this world. As our Lord and Savior, He provides us with a whole new way of life. In what way does Jesus provide us with a whole new way of life? (1) Jesus … Continue reading In what ways does Jesus provide us with a whole new way of life?