Article Library of Christian Thoughts · October 21, 2017
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I recently had lunch with a young pastor who has been leading a church plant for a couple years now. The church is doing well, but it has had its fair share of challenges as well. One thing he shared was how difficult it was to live up to the expectations of the congregation. Shortly thereafter...
Churches have often been portrayed as lighthouses, those places which guide people toward safety and away from the rocks. The analogy works because it makes sense to build a church where there is danger and need. However, the reality of what we do is quite different. We often build our “lighthouses” in...
To Israel’s enemies, God offers a challenge. What could be more precarious than a peanut-sized nation surviving in an Islamic world sworn to swallow the peanut? Yet God says that only if puny men can cancel moon, stars and ocean waves will Israel cease to exist. A God guarantee!
It is often said by dedicated Christians that "we are nothing". And, of course, without Christ we are nothing and can do nothing of eternal value. Yet each soul is of incalculable worth. We would have to be, for...
Before God can wake up the world, He has to shake up His Church. And in these end-of-time days, that is what is happening. I just talked with a Christian who said two more congregations have lost their church buildings to the poor economy. The get rich prosperity teaching is in trouble. So are...
It is often easy to articulate the vision but more difficult to get it done. Here are a few steps to help you implement the vision that God has given you.
Last month, I enjoyed a spur of the moment trip to Nicaragua, where my folks and I hail from. Mi familia has been through a lot since last October. Popping up lifted everyone’s spirits—especially my three younger siblings.
(2 Corinthians 3:4-6) I read an interesting story about this man who was having a conversation with the Lord one day. The man said, “Lord, I would like to know what heaven (and) hell are like.” The story goes on to say, the Lord led the man to 2 different doors....
At times more people are offended by Christians than by Christ. How often have you begun a conversation with someone who is not a Christian and had them bring up either Christians they know who are bad examples or a negative stereotype of Christians and used this as a reason why they are not interested in discussing it any further? In christanity, one bad apple don't spoil the whole bunch!!
The family that thrives is the one that can absorb conflict and failure and still exhibit love and acceptance at the end of the day. The family that fears its conflict and buries its unseemliness under a cloak of good impressions is the one that creates highly dysfunctional people who lug around suitcases of unresolved baggage and never get down to the real thing. Sometimes maintaining a “happy” family can be the worst thing you can do. It can drive a lot of powerful emotions underground, where they will eventually surface in unhealthy ways.
The family that thrives is the one that can absorb conflict and failure and still exhibit love and acceptance at the end of the day. The family that fears its conflict and buries its unseemliness under a cloak of good impressions is the one that creates highly dysfunctional people who lug around suitcases of unresolved baggage and never get down to the real thing. Sometimes maintaining a “happy” family can be the worst thing you can do. It can drive a lot of powerful emotions underground, where they will eventually surface in unhealthy ways.
Joshua 1:1-9 To be a leader you must be a great follower. Exodus 17:24-32, Numbers 13:1-10, 2:12. To lead you must have followers, otherwise you are a man/women taking a walk. You have to know the promise, Be strong and obey God. Be obedient and eat of the fruit of the lamb.
Church was God's idea and it is for your benefit. Read on to find out some of the real benefits of church attendance.
The fact is that we Christians are all tied together and the actions of one member affect all the other members.
There are so many wonderful benefits from church attendance that it would be difficult to list them all.