[social_share][powerpress]I’ve been a Christian for a long time, and I’ve been “in the ministry” for almost 20 years. As I’ve grown older both spiritually and physically I’ve learned some things along the way. One of the things that I’ve learned spiritually is that somehow we have managed to make the Christian life seem very complicated. We have somehow taken what God meant for our good and turned it into a burden. What ever happened to the simple gospel? Well the gospel is simple, meaning that everyone can grasp the fundamentals of the gospel. The complications arise when we try and live out the gospel. Let me rephrase that, the complications arise when we try and live out the Christian life apart from the gospel. [Read more…]
Two sets of character qualities
That’s one set. Here is another set.
Believe it or not all of those traits describe the same person. [Read more…]
“Is our experience of the Holy Spirit any less urgent or less vivid today than it was in the days of the apostles?”
I read that quote this week, and immediately I knew that was the question that we as a church need to be asking and answering.
Last week we laid out a plan for the future. But in order for that plan to be a success in God’s eyes it must be accomplished in and by the power of the Holy Spirit.
“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise.” Ephesians 5:15-17
Nobody likes to be known as a fool. To be foolish is not something to be proud of. What is the opposite of being a fool or being foolish?
The opposite would be wisdom. The opposite of a foolish person is a wise person. As a believer my lifestyle is to be characterized by wisdom. That is the message that Paul has written to not only the believers in Ephesus but to all believers at all places at all times. [Read more…]
“Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children.”
And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
As I began to prepare for this morning I did a quick search for the term “life coach”. More and more you hear about people needing a life coach, so I wanted to see what I would find.
Well it must be a pretty popular subject, because my search returned 314,000,000 results for the phrase “life coach”. In fact if you wanted to you could become a certified life coach in 16 hours for only $397.00.
The reason I have just given you that seemingly useless bit of information is because there are a whole lot of people who are looking for some kind of guidance in helping them learn how to live or seeking out someone to provide them with some kind of direction for their lives. In other words they are looking for help in trying to achieve what they believe is the right kind of lifestyle for them.