The truth we need to remember is that Almighty God, who made Heaven and Earth, wants to be in relationship with us and wants us to know Him the way He knows us.
Sometimes, as we reflect upon our pastor's love and care for us, we wonder how we can love our pastor well in return.
Many American Christians have this idea that if a church is big, it must be better. Not necessarily. Our obsession with “bigness” can be a reflection of American values, rather than biblical ones.
How do we treat those visiting or relatively new to our churches in ways that make them know we are glad they came?
We must be brave and bring our truth to light through sharing our deepest fears, worries and anxieties with those we love most.
Here are five questions we can use to measure our efforts to determine, “Did I do what a leader should have done today?”
Forgiveness is not a license to avoid the hard work of compassion. It’s a catalyst to drive us deeper into it.
If a church has four or more of these signs present, it is likely in deep trouble. Indeed, it could be closing sooner than almost anyone in the church would anticipate.
I’m convinced that one of the reasons we do not have a sense of urgency in sharing the gospel with our neighbors is because we don’t really believe they need it…at least not now.
Trusting in Jesus does not remove our cultural distinctives; it just shows us that we are not ultimately defined by our cultures.
The challenge is that unchurched people aren’t exactly flocking to most churches, and many Christians seem stumped as to why that is.
Frequently, in Christian ministry, we are told about a situation and are invited to make a response. And often we know only one small part of the whole story.
Here’s my crazy suggestion: Sit in a different place every week. Don’t let yourself get stagnant in your approach to church, beginning with the simple decision of where you sit.
Tragic events in the Church can leave us in a fog of doubt, confusion, and pain. These are times when we need to lean into the comfort and guidance of the Holy Spirit.
The question is not whether God is speaking but if we are listening.
Many people in our day love the concept of a multi-cultural society, but achieving it has proven quite difficult.
How many people are in hell today who once walked to the front of a church and repeated a prayer? How many went to hell with a false assurance that they were saved when in all reality their assurance was based on their decision to walk to the front and pray?
Of course there’s nothing wrong with having a positive attitude; it’s always better than the alternative. But I’ve grown a little weary of the abundant and overused sappy or religious platitudes.
Everyone gets hurt.
The church is caught in a dramatic downward spiral and rather than banding together, we’re scattering farther and farther apart.