Christ like · Jesus · Ministry · Others First · Serve

4 Ways to Serve Others Like Jesus Served You

Christians are called to serve others. They are called to give their lives as an act of service because Jesus served them (Matthew 25:34-40). Our service flows out of being served by Jesus because His life was a life of service (Matthew 20:28). We can learn how to serve others by how Jesus served us.… Continue reading 4 Ways to Serve Others Like Jesus Served You

Church Life · God's Word · Jesus

The Sin of Being Too Conservative

Many of us know what God has to say about ethics, and if we break His commands it is sin. But, can you be too conservative? Is it sinful to be too “religious?”  Let me give some qualifiers. First, let’s be clear about what I am not talking about. I am not speaking about conservatism… Continue reading The Sin of Being Too Conservative

Death · Grief · Hope · Jesus · Revelation · Suffering · Uncategorized

Christians Are Not Called to Skip the Grieving Process

As a pastor, one of the things that I deal with is death. I have officiated in the burial of  many people: young and old, rich and poor, those who claim Christ, and those who do not. For Christians, there is a different perspective on death than unbelievers. When we lose a Christian, we grieve… Continue reading Christians Are Not Called to Skip the Grieving Process

Cross · Holiness · Husband · Jesus · Marriage · Sacrifice · Wife

Marriage Built on Holiness, Not Happiness

Today we have moved marriage from the idea of holiness to happiness. We have forgotten that marriage was once called “holy matrimony” and both the wedding itself, and the marriage were made to be holy.  Not only does our society misunderstand holiness, but even some who weekly dawn the pews have missed what it is,… Continue reading Marriage Built on Holiness, Not Happiness

Christians · Disciple · Exclusivity · Gospel · Jesus · Obey

Is the Gospel Inclusive or Exclusive?

Do you think Christianity is inclusive or exclusive? Who is allowed in and how are they allowed in? We need to understand that the cross of Christ is both inclusive and exclusive. HOW THE CROSS IS INCLUSIVE The cross is inclusive in that there are no barriers to who is invited, who is able to… Continue reading Is the Gospel Inclusive or Exclusive?

Bible Study · Controversy · Fear · Fear of God · Jesus

Christians And Conspiracies

You would think that living in today’s information age would mean no one would have to worry about conspiracies. All truths would easily be seen with everything videoed, audio recorded, and so many facts accessible. We all know this is far from the truth. In fact, it appears that conspiracies run more rampant today than… Continue reading Christians And Conspiracies

Blue Collar · Dad · Jesus · Job

In Praise of Dads in the Labor Force

In our current culture, there seems to be a lack of respect for dads working in the labor force. These blue-collar fathers get up and grind it out every day. You know the guys working in a garage, construction, or some other hands-on job.  This is, in part, because we have elevated white-collar and/or technological… Continue reading In Praise of Dads in the Labor Force

Jesus · Jesus First · Jesus-Centered · Media · Social media

When the Media Puts the Weight of the World on You

Let’s turn the clock back several decades to see our interaction with the media. The average person would go to work, or care for their family at home, and watch the nightly news for half an hour, and then get the clan to bed.  Of course that is not the same today. In fact, many… Continue reading When the Media Puts the Weight of the World on You

666 · Jesus · Mark of the Beast · Redemption · Revelation · Satan

Identifying Marks of the Mark of the Beast

When it comes to eschatology – the study of end times – it has really been bastardized over the last century or so. More recently the Christian pop culture movement has taken it over in recent decades to kick the dog while it is down. Because of that, most of us have ideas in our… Continue reading Identifying Marks of the Mark of the Beast

Anger · Ethics · Fool · Jesus · Jesus First · King Jesus · Kingdom of God · Politics · Time

Commitments for Christians Talking Politics, Part 2

This series of articles is intended to help the Christian wade through some of the biblical ethics in order to talk about politics God’s way. Many people, Christians included, merely think about politics without considering how to properly speak concerning them. I’m hoping that many Christians will take part in making the commitment to discuss… Continue reading Commitments for Christians Talking Politics, Part 2