My heart has been grieved and deeply disturbed by everything that I’ve watched take place in the country this week. It is truly tragic and heart-wrenching what took place in Charlottesville last weekend. The racial divide in this country is now wider than it’s been since the 1960’s.
Do we keep our denominational affiliation in our name? In our case, would we keep “Baptist” in our church’s new name? I believe the short answer is: It depends. It depends mainly on that church’s target audience of who they are trying to reach.
I've suffered from a really bad case of myopia - or near-sightedness - most of my life. For years, I've been aware of this new procedure called LASIK that promised to correct my vision, but it was just the idea of someone cutting my eye open and firing a laser into it that has really turned me off all these years. Finally, as an early Christmas gift to myself - I decided to go ahead and go through with the surgery. For those of you who might not be as familiar with it, let me tell you how LASIK works...
Every year, I follow the same pattern in setting goals and it's really worked for me. I follow the example that the Bible gives us for how Jesus grew. Luke 2:52 says, "And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, in favor with God and man." I believe that if we want to grow and reach our full potential of what God desires us to become - we need a well-balanced plan to grow like Jesus did. When you analyze that verse, it's apparent that Jesus focused His growth on four key areas:
When we think of Christmas, we don't usually think about fulfilled prophecy - but that's precisely what we're celebrating this time of the year! The greatest miracle in the history of mankind was not when man stepped off of earth and walked on the moon; it was when God stepped out of Heaven to walk on this earth! Jesus is Emmanuel - "God with us."
One of the most undeniable proofs that the Bible is the inspired word of God is the sheer magnitude of prophecies within its pages that have already been fulfilled. Not only does the Bible have predictions of things that have yet to happen, but it also has predicted things in the past that did happen. Nearly 2,000 prophecies to be exact. Prophecy is simply history that is pre-written.
After a year and a half of planning, nine months of solid writing, 50 videos being filmed, and countless meetings with our app developer, PocketCake, we are finally releasing our discipleship app. Yet many have asked, “Why go through all this trouble to create an app?” Let me give you my top 10 reasons I invested the “blood, sweat, and tears” to create this ministry...
Sometimes it's just easier to do a task yourself. However, we need to be reminded that when we refuse to delegate, we actually rob others of their own opportunities to grow and serve.
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