I am supposed to give a short message tonight at church and I have NOTHING; NADA; ZIP! When stuck I often try to determine what is in my heart. What topic, situation, or person can I not get out of my head. Like many of you, ever since Monday evening, I have been thinking about Robin Williams. It seemed wrong somehow to write about him, … Continue reading How do we reach the lost?
Yesterday we were talking about how “belief” alone will not make you a follower of Jesus. It is what you do with that belief that determines if you are a fan or follower. “Jesus does not hold back with Nicodemus. Following Jesus would require a commitment that would cost Nicodemus a great deal. As we look at what it means to follow Jesus, this become … Continue reading Beyond the Book Review: Not a Fan: Interference!
Happy Thursday to you all! I pray you all are enjoying our in-depth study of Kyle Idleman’s book Not a Fan. If you are not enjoying it, I pray at least it is making you think and evaluate your relationship with Jesus. Yesterday I asked you: Have you made a decision for Jesus or have you committed to Jesus? Doesn’t seem like there is much … Continue reading Beyond the Book Review: Not a Fan: A Decision or a Commitment?
Holy Week: Day 3: Tuesday (con’t) For some this may seem unnecessary, but I feel it is very important that we look at all of Jesus’ teaching and happenings during his final week. Yes, in this post there is a lot of scripture and not a whole lot of commentary; however, I think the scriptures explain it adequately enough and my comments just distract from … Continue reading Holy Week: Day 3 (Part 3)
Yesterday, we finished with the fourth and final category of this Pharisee study, and today I would just like to add a few parting words. As I said at the beginning of this story, true Pharisees no longer exist today, but their spirits live on. The characteristics of the Pharisees are more prevalent in churches today than I ever imagined. At first, I found this … Continue reading You Might Be a Pharisee-Conclusion
Well, we survived another Monday and we are more than half way to hump day, so I would say this week is looking good. Today we will cover the fourth and final category in our study of the Pharisees. It is the big one; the characteristic probably used the most to describe a Pharisee. Yep, you guessed it; today we will be talking about hypocrisy. … Continue reading Hypocrisy According to God (You Might Be a Pharisee Part 4)
Happy Monday to you all! I am trusting and believing you all had a great weekend and are ready to take on another week. Last week I began my study on the Pharisees and I hope to have it finished by this Wednesday, but you know what happens when I have a plan..hehee.. Last week we learned that the Pharisees were not condemned by God … Continue reading Pride, A Sneaky Little Sin (You Might Be a Pharisee-Part 3)
Two posts in one day is highly unusual for me, but I wanted to make sure I got part 2 of this series out today. The purpose of this study to determine where the Pharisees went wrong and how we can avoid the same mistakes. Yesterday we talked about how the Pharisees were rebuked not for their strict following of the Law, but rather for … Continue reading A Self-Righteous System for Salvation-You Might Be A Pharisee-Part Two
Category 1: Legalism, Traditionalism, and other “isms” that keep us from a genuine relationship with Jesus Christ. If you are one who puts a great deal of emphasis on obedience or holds fast to past traditions of the church, I bet you have been called a Pharisee. If you have ever outwardly disagreed with someone’s behavior or beliefs, chances are you have been called judgmental … Continue reading Legalism, Traditionalism, and Other “Isms”-You Might Be a Pharisee-Part One
The Top Ten Reasons You Might Be A Pharisee: 10. You place great value in traditions, religious ceremonies, etc., and any violations of said practices interferes with your ability to worship or pay attention to the service; 9. You believe your church or denomination leaders have the right to add extra rules and regulations, not found in the Bible, to prevent harm to the church … Continue reading The Top Ten Reasons YOU Might Be A Pharisee