I’m Not a Prideful Person, Three Questions To Know If You Are

This summer we are jumping into the parables of Jesus.  What is a parable?  Very simply, it’s a story that has a spiritual principle you can learn.  Why stories?  Remember what Jesus said?  He told stories because not everyone has a ready heart.  Not everyone is able to see or understand spiritual things.  That’s why Sam, the first week, stopped and prayed and we have been doing it ever since.  I’d like to do the same today.  Let’s . . . Read More »

Is Hell Real?

This summer we are jumping into the parables of Jesus.  What is a parable?  Very simply, it’s a story that has a spiritual principle you can learn.  Why stories?  Remember what Jesus said?  He told stories because not everyone has a ready heart.  Not everyone is able to see or understand spiritual things.  That’s why Sam, the first week, stopped and prayed and we have been doing it ever since.  I’d like to do the same today.  Let’s . . . Read More »

What does it mean to do life with God

“Too many people have been ‘babied’ in their discipleship, to the point that they have become nearly disabled spiritually.  As a result, they accept without question a faith that promises freedom and abundance in Jesus, and yet they never seem to notice how they remain imprisoned, especially in unbiblical ways of relating to themselves and others.  They shrug their shoulders as if to say, ‘It’s useless.  I can’t do anything about that.  It’s just the way I am.’  . . . Read More »

The Secret to Being Content

Don’t you wish that Jesus or Paul would pop out of the Bible and spend the day with you?  Wouldn’t you like it if you could tell them everything that is happening in your life and then they would tell you what to do?  Wouldn’t that be great? Here is what I want you to know.  They did.  They didn’t pop out of the Bible but in scripture, they were stunningly clear on how to live out life.  . . . Read More »

Can God Remove Anxiety?

Life is happening right now.  And in this moment, there are a lot of things taking place.  And I think it’s hard to enjoy the ‘now’ of each day.  For some of us we are stuck in yesterday.  That means as life is happening right now, we are thinking about a previous hurt from yesterday.  The wounds, the hurts, the betrayals, it’s hard to move forward.  When we are stuck in yesterday, that makes it hard for us . . . Read More »

How To See ‘Religion’ In Yourself And What To Do About It

What is on your spiritual resume?  What I mean by that is, what have you accomplished for God?  What is your title in Church or a denomination?  How much knowledge do you have?  What degree do you have?  How many books have you read?  Who do you know so that when you share their name it makes you look good?  How good are you at living out the rules?  What mission’s trips have you been on?  Paul would . . . Read More »

Christians in North America: We have learned how to live without God.

“Life is a matter of choices, and every choice you make makes you.”  Remember that quote Sam gave us last week by John Maxwell?  It’s true.  Think about that for a second.  Where you chose to live.  Who you chose to marry.  If you go to school or don’t go to school.  If you decide to love your wife or ignore your wife.  If you save money or spend money.  Your life choices, over time, make you.  Life . . . Read More »

Wouldn’t It Be Great If God Came Into Your Life And Destroyed The Power Of Sin?  He Did.

Welcome to the greatest day of the year.  What happened today is the foundation of the entire Christian faith.  Today is the day we celebrate what God did.  He destroyed sin and the curse of sin over our lives. Scripture explains what happened. 14 Because God’s children are human beings – made of flesh and blood – the Son also became flesh and blood. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could . . . Read More »

Why Does Palm Sunday Matter?

Do everything without complaining and arguing.  That’s Philippians 2:14.  Have you done that?  Have you walked through one week and did everything without complaining or arguing?  How about a day?  An hour?  This message last week, if you grabbed the scripture and applied it, has the power to transform your life. That was what Sam talked about last Sunday.  He said words have power.  They have the power to bring people down and the power to inspire them.  . . . Read More »

The One Thing That Proves You Love God

8 [Jesus] humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross. 9 Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. 12 Dear friends, you always . . . Read More »