This week we come to our final week of Advent, which is the Christian season of preparation for Christmas. Our theme this year is “Jesus Is the Answer.” This week we focus on love
This week we begin our season of Advent, which is the Christian season of preparation for Christmas. The word “advent” comes from the Latin word adventus, which means “coming” or “visit.” In the Advent season, we keep in mind both “advents,” both “visits” of Christ, the first in Bethlehem and the second yet to come.
Our theme this year is “Jesus Is the Answer.” This week we focus on
As Christians, we understand that we are undoubtedly called to obedience by God in the Scripture, but we are not yet perfect. Yes, we will one day be perfect in glory, and yes, we are positionally perfect before God right now because we have trusted in our perfect Savior, but here on the earth, we are not perfect yet.
All across America, freshmen are heading to college campuses and class for the first time. They be getting their matriculation on! They are bright-eyed, nervous, and excited about all they’re going to experience and learn during the years ahead. That’s how I was back in 1998. I was so eager for someone to fill my head with knowledge, but looking back, I really wish I knew then what I know now. Here’s what my 34-year-old self would tell my 18-year-old self.
This is Wednesday, but it’s also the day that we have scheduled at our church to celebrate the Lord’s Supper. Our church has two campuses, and one of the ways we try to promote unity is to worship together on Wednesday nights, and about every four months, the gathered campuses celebrate the Lord’s Supper. Tonight is that night for us. So, today’s song is a Lord’s Supper song, “Behold the Lamb (Communion Song).”
Are you gearing up for growth? Brothers and sisters, we are heading into the fall of the year, which is a prime time for church growth. I’m so excited to see what God is going to do!
Perhaps you’ve not thought about it in this way, but there are at least five different types of church growth. One type is
We Americans are infatuated with sex. Perhaps not as much as our European cousins, but it nevertheless captures so much of the American fancy. Just look at the magazine covers of any checkout aisle. “32 Sex Moves that Will Blow His Mind.” Watch a few commercials. Do most folks even realize that GoDaddy.com is a web host? From their commercials, one could easily come to the conclusion that they are a porn site. Search the internet. On second thought, please don’t search the internet because things we can’t even imagine will be pulled up. We live in a sex-saturated society.
Undoubtedly God has created us as sexual beings, but our depravity has twisted our sexuality and our desire for it in serious ways. Much like a car whose front end has gotten misaligned will drift toward a ditch if you let go of the steering wheel, so goes our sexuality. Our sex easily ends up in a ditch.