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The Firm Foundation

“According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building on it. Each builder must choose with care how to build on it. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one that has been laid; that foundation is Jesus Christ.”  [...]

February 20th, 2017|0 Comments

God Gave the Growth

“I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. The one who plants and the one who waters have a common purpose, and each will receive wages according to the labour of each. For we [...]

February 20th, 2017|0 Comments

Encouraging Work As Ministry

Are we encouraging laypeople to embrace their work as ministry and vocation?  Recently, Art Lindsley of the Institute for Faith, Work and Economics listed five ways that pastors can help laity understand that their work as meaning and it is the primary way that they serve Christ.  Lindsley says first, lose the “higher calling” language.  [...]

February 20th, 2017|0 Comments

Motiviations For Giving

My friend, Dr. David King of the Lake Institute recently cited the work of Rene Bekkers and Pamala Wiepking.  Those authors did an exhaustive study of the science of generosity.  In their report, they discovered eight primary reasons that people give.  They are: Awareness of Need; Being asked; Benefits (things which you receive in return, [...]

February 14th, 2017|0 Comments

Prepare

“But, as it is written, ‘What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the human heart conceived, what God has prepared for those who love him’— these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God.”  (I Cor. 2:9-10)  Echoing Isaiah, Paul speaks some truly beautiful [...]

February 8th, 2017|0 Comments

Change The Conversation

“Consider your own call, brothers and sisters: not many of you were wise by human standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in [...]

February 8th, 2017|0 Comments

The Light That Shines In The Darkness

“Now when Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew to Galilee. He left Nazareth and made his home in Capernaum by the lake, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, so that what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled:  ‘Land of Zebulun, land of Naphtali, on the road by the sea, across the Jordan, [...]

February 8th, 2017|0 Comments

Pointing Away From Ourselves

“The next day he saw Jesus coming towards him and declared, ‘Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks ahead of me because he was before me.’” (John 1:29-30)  Perhaps you are like me and [...]

February 8th, 2017|0 Comments

God Knows Us Completely

“Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan, to be baptized by him. John would have prevented him, saying, ‘I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?’ But Jesus answered him, ‘Let it be so now; for it is proper for us in this way to fulfil all righteousness.’ Then [...]

February 8th, 2017|0 Comments

Act In Faith

“When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took her as his wife, but had no marital relations with her until she had borne a son; and he named him Jesus.”  (Matthew 1:24-25)  The Christmas story is perhaps the most familiar Biblical passage to many of us.  [...]

February 6th, 2017|0 Comments