6And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. Hebrews 11:6
This is the third week of our “Sharing the Gifts” stewardship focus for this year. I am convinced that God has been moving among us during the past three weeks and probing the depths of our hearts concerning our commitment to Him. That really is the core issue of our stewardship of all that God has entrusted to us. Far too often churches and pastors, when talking about matters that pertain to stewardship, focus on the church budget, but the budget is a peripheral issue. Most budget difficulties that are faced by churches are only symptomatic of deeper issues that are going on in the hearts and souls of God’s people.
Continue reading “The Crisis Of Belief
Once upon a time there was an office manager who lost his job during a recession. In his sadness he wandered into a park, found himself an empty park bench, and sat down. After a while another man came strolling along. The second man was especially sad as he took a seat at the opposite end of the bench. After these two men had sat silently for a couple of hours, the first man said, “I’m an office manager who has been made redundant. I don’t have a job anymore. What’s your problem?” The second man answered, “I own a circus. The big attraction at my circus was an ape. Last week the ape died, and the crowds have fallen off to almost nothing. I think I’m going to be out of business if I don’t find another ape.”
Continue reading “Living A Life That Counts!
1 Corinthians 3:10-15”
The next three weeks are a crucial time for us as individuals and for us as a church. I believe that one of the greatest hindrances to the building of the Body of Christ in our country today is the lack of passion on behalf of men and women for using what God has given for His glory. God has given us, each and every one of us, so much that it is overwhelming when I stop to think about it. James wrote to the church and said,
Continue reading “Do You Know What Time It Is?
The past two weeks have been a tragic time of upheaval, uncertainty, and
insanity in the lives of our young people. When the news came forth about
the shooting in Littleton, Colorado we were all stunned by the news of two
students carrying out their plan of unleashing death and destruction upon
their fellow classmates and a teacher. We have been overwhelmed by the
pictures and video that we have seen on television and in newspapers. We
are amazed that these boys, so young, could coldly calculate a plan and then
execute it in such a devastating manner. We are horrified when we found out
that the killers chose their victims because they were athletes, one young
man because he was black, and others because they believed in God. More
than one person asked out loud, “How could such monsters exist in a
Continue reading “Is There Any Hope For Our Kids?