Posts from October 2019

Posts from October 2019

IT TAKES PRACTICE AND CONSISTENCY

How do you feel when the topic of your prayer habit comes up? If you are like many of us, you feel some guilt. Maybe you believe that you don’t pray enough. Maybe you believe that you should enjoy praying, but to you it feels more like work. Maybe you feel bad that your praying focuses more on your personal circumstances than on bigger problems and opportunities in the world.  Praying is hard, especially when we try to pray outside our…

Forgiveness Is Freedom!

It’s Story Time One day, Peter came to Jesus and asked, “How many times do I have to forgive someone who offends me? Surely seven times would be enough.” Jesus answered, “not seven times but seventy times seven.”  He, then, told a story of a servant who had borrowed money from his master. When it was time to settle debts, the servant could not pay what he owed. The master ordered the servant and his family to be sold as…

Is this genuine love?

“Love is patient and kind. It does not envy or boast and is not proud. Love does not dishonor others. It is not self-seeking, easily angered, or keeps record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 We have all asked the question, “Is this genuine love?” The Bible answers the question! We must remember that love is seen more than felt. Genuine…

A Giving Church…A Generous Church

Preparation for our 2020 budget is underway. It may only be October but it takes time to coordinate the budget needs of the various areas of our ministry.  This is always a challenging process. This year, however, is significantly more difficult. Our giving has not met our budget for several months. We are not by any means in a financial emergency. We have ample reserves to cover the shortfall.  What This is Not! This is not an appeal for additional…

Move past merley listening

“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” twin command This direct and unambiguous directive was delivered by James, the half-brother of Jesus. There are twin commands to obey. First, stated negatively, we must not simply “listen to the word.” Second, expressed in the positive, we must “do what it says.” Do you live in obedience to Scripture? Do you strive to obey the instruction and directives of the Bible? It is possible…