A Church That Acts – Agents of Change

  Today we continue with our journey through the book of Acts. Remember, our objective here is to rediscover the origins, history, divine influences and governing principles which drove the first century church and followers of Jesus through the centuries to follow in order to discover some practical lessons which are relevant to our walk of faith today. Last time we looked at the Apostle Peter's message on the day of Pentecost and pointed out that he went out on a limb to declare … [Read more...]

A Church that Acts – Out on a Limb

  Today we continue with our journey through the book of Acts. As we move along I hope we'll rediscover the origins, history, divine influences and governing principles which drove the first century church and followers of Jesus through the centuries to follow. Along the way I also hope we will discover some practical lessons which are relevant to our walk of faith today. Let's pick up in Acts, chapter 2, following the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost but first, a … [Read more...]

Better to Do than to Simply Imagine

One of the easiest preoccupations in life is imagining. Now, I'm not against exercising our imaginations. In fact, I LOVE imagining solutions to problems and thinking about creative and innovative approaches to old ways of doing things. So, let me say this right up front, "I am for imagining and being creative." However...Okay, you knew that was coming. However, (and you already know this) imagining is only a first step. If we fall into the trap of making imagining the end instead of the … [Read more...]

Thoughts on Christmas

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Every year during this season we turn our thoughts to the events surrounding the birth of Jesus. We call it the Christmas season because it is the commemoration of the arrival of the Jewish Messiah, who is called "the Christ".  The word Christmas derives from the celebration of the Christ's Mass; so designated by the Roman Catholic Church around the 11th century. Christmas is often shortened to the abbreviation Xmas and much has been made of the perception that this seems to be an attempt to … [Read more...]

Small Beginnings – Part 2

Zechariah 4:8-10 (NLT) 8 Then another message came to me from the Lord: 9 “Zerubbabel is the one who laid the foundation of this Temple, and he will complete it. Then you will know that the Lord of Heaven’s Armies has sent me. 10 Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin, to see the plumb line in Zerubbabel’s hand.” (Background: Zerubbabel - The leader of the tribe of Judah at the time of their return from captivity in Babylon. Zechariah - A … [Read more...]

Small Beginnings

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Zechariah 4:1-10 (NLT) 1 Then the angel who had been talking with me returned and woke me, as though I had been asleep. 2 “What do you see now?” he asked. I answered, “I see a solid gold lampstand with a bowl of oil on top of it. Around the bowl are seven lamps, each having seven spouts with wicks. 3 And I see two olive trees, one on each side of the bowl. 4 Then I asked the angel, “What are these, my lord? What do they mean?” 5 “Don’t you know?” the angel asked. “No, my lord,” I … [Read more...]

The Gospel Is Simple

John 3:16-17 16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. Andy Stanley paraphrases this passage like this: God loved God sent We believe We receive The key to this passage and, in fact, to all of scripture is that God took the initiative. God moved first and His first move … [Read more...]

Where Knowledge Begins

Psalms 119:66 66 Teach me good judgment and knowledge: for I have believed thy commandments. The New Testament gives us two overarching commands found in Matthew, chapter 22. Matthew 22:37-39 37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. Knowing these commands and applying the principles … [Read more...]

Redemption

We all know the Bible is the story of God. It describes His attributes not only through explicit reference (i.e., Jesus said, "...“No one is good—except God alone.", and "God is love."), but also through historical accounts which demonstrate His love, compassion, power, knowledge, presence, greatness, etc.. We also know that the scriptures trace the origins and history of mankind, including God's decision to allow man to exercise free will and the consequence of man's decision to exercise … [Read more...]

Independence OR One Another – Part 2

Ephesians 5:18-20 ...be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit.  Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. "Make music from your heart to the Lord." Sing from the exuberance of being a child of God. Ephesians 5:21 Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. Sometimes doing what we don't WANT to do is part of what it means … [Read more...]

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