The Cure for a Dysfunctional Church

Growing up, I heard lots of teaching on the gifts of the Spirit, and being Pentecostal/Charismatic; I saw lots of weird stuff under the guise of the move of the Spirit. As I was thinking about the extra emphasis on the gifts of the Spirit and the minimal focus on the fruit, the thought came... Continue Reading →

Biblical Unity

Much has been said, and rightly so concerning unity in the Church. But what does unity look like? Is it really about setting doctrine aside and accepting professions of faith at face value when there is no fruit behind the confession? Years ago, Catholics and Evangelicals Together came on the scene declaring we’re all together.... Continue Reading →

Just Passing Through

Last night, as I was lying in bed not thinking of anything in particular that I was aware of, these lines came to me; “My life is not my own and this world is not my home. Forsake things unknown there, we live for His glory alone here.” The thought made an impression on me, so... Continue Reading →

Love Not The World

Do not love the world or the things in the world. Variations of this command appear throughout the New Testament. It is a straightforward command. Yet, as in days past, it is time to issue a call to holiness and Christlikeness in our day. Over the past several years, you have most likely heard the... Continue Reading →

Let the Church be the Church

I miss seeing a pulpit on the platform at church, I even miss the fact that we call it a platform. I know that's a strange thing to hear in this day and age. Really, it's strange because Pastor Steve was the only pastor I had seen standing behind a wooden pulpit, a big one.... Continue Reading →

Jeremiah: Parallels of the American Church

The last few days, I have been reading the book of Jeremiah for my devotional time, and I have seen many parallels between ancient Israel and modern-day America. No, this is not a prophecy post; I am just going to share a few observations and thoughts from what I have read the last few mornings.... Continue Reading →

Resurrection Reflection

Matthew 28:1-8 NKJV “Now after the Sabbath, as the first day of the week began to dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and... Continue Reading →

Monday Devotion: Cleansing the Temple

"My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations." Mark 11:17 Jesus had just rode in on a donkey to shouts of Hosanna the day before, it was such a joyous scene. But now He was correcting the people, telling them the true purpose of the Father's house. Mark 11:15-19 NKJV "So... Continue Reading →

Partiality in the Pews (James 2:1-13)

James 2:1-4 NKJV "My brethren, do not hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with partiality. For if there should come into your assembly a man with gold rings, in fine apparel, and there should also come in a poor man in filthy clothes, and you pay attention to the... Continue Reading →

Do You Really Know?

Have you ever been in a church service that as it is coming to a close your hear these words. "If you don't know Jesus today and would like Him to be your savior, just repeat these words after me, "Dear Jesus, I believe you came and died for me. I repent of my sin... Continue Reading →

Christ, the Solid Rock

My hope is built on nothing less Than Jesus' blood and righteousness; I dare not trust the sweetest frame, But wholly lean on Jesus’ name. On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand; All other ground is sinking sand, All other ground is sinking sand. The words of the hymn by Edward Mote began playing in... Continue Reading →

Morning Devotion: Church

"...on this rock I will build My church..." Matthew 16:18 The Lord Jesus has been building His church since the day of Pentecost and the gates of Hell have never and will never prevail against it. Trial, tribulation, and persecution have never stopped the building of the church! Matthew 16:15-18 NKJV "He said to them,... Continue Reading →

Living in The Gospel

1 Corinthians 1:18 NKJV "for the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God." Paul goes on to say in chapter two, verse two, "for I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.... Continue Reading →

True Worship

A familiar story in the gospel of John is Jesus's encounter with the woman at the well. What's interesting is the topic she brings up once she perceives that Jesus is a prophet. John 4:19-26 NKJV “The woman said to Him, “Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet. Our fathers worshiped on this mountain,... Continue Reading →

Celebrity Culture in the Church

The anointing. It's a phrase I heard a lot growing up. So and so ministers under such a great anointing, the anointing is in this place, the presence is in this place. So many phrases, so many buzzwords but what do these things mean? Presence, anointing, power? I'm sure by now most have heard about... Continue Reading →

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