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Christ Our Passover is Sacrificed for Us

John the Baptist had it right when proclaimed, “Behold, the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world!”  Jesus was about to be baptized and would begin His earthly 3.5 year ministry shortly thereafter.  He was now about to start down a path that...

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Repentance: The Power of Total Surrender

The world is about to be entertained by “Noah”, the movie – a 130 million dollar attempt to cast him as the first environmentalist . . . with a script that plays fast and loose with the Biblical narrative of an account that dramatically illustrates the consequences of SIN.  As we...

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Conflict Resolution

God's way of life isn't always easy, especially when we get into conflicts with others.  So how should we react when dealing with difficult people?  Our calling as Christians isn't just to get along with those who are easy going and cooperative, God calls us...

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Jesus Christ: The Bread of Life

After feeding the 5000 bread and fish, Christ claimed that Moses did NOT give them (their ancestors) the bread from heaven, but rather the Father gave them the true bread from heaven in the form of Himself.  He claimed that if they ate that bread, they would never die....

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The Challenge Of Self-Examination

This time of year, we are challenged to examine ourselves to make certain that we are partaking of the symbols of Passover in a worthy manner. Why does it seem to be so easy to see the faults in others and so difficult to recognize and accept our...

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Our Treasure

A couple recently discovered gold coins from the late 1800s worth $10 million on their own property. The kingdom of God is compared to treasure that is found in a field. The man who found it sold all that he had to purchase the field. God’s calling...

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Will You Be a King or a Slave?

Each day, at every moment of our lives, we are either a King or a slave. If we surrender to a wrong appetite or to any human weakness and subsequently fall on our faces in hopeless subjection to any condition, to any temptation, to any failure, we are...

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How Important Is Spiritual Growth?

Spiritual growth is a fundamental aspect of our lives as Christians and something God’s expects us to achieve and accomplish. He has high hopes and great plans for us even as we, as parents, have those same hopes and dreams for our children. As Christians, our...

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A Vision Statement For Our Congregations

What is a vision statement? A one sentence statement describing the clear and inspirational long-term change resulting from our work. This statement focuses primarily on what we hope to BECOME. A possible Vision Statement for our congregations: “The embodiment of the Church Christ said He would build...

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American Exceptionalism – Part II

What makes America exceptional?  Is this merely an inflated opinion expressed by over-zealous patriots or is there really something to it?  Separated from its enemies by vast, expansive oceans, blessed with fertile soil, temperate climate, astounding natural resources with governing documents declaring that all men are created equal...

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