Acts 1:1-11 (ESV) The Promise of the Holy Spirit 1 In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach, 2 until the day when he was taken up, after he had given commands through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. 3 He presented himself alive … More Hurry Up and Wait!
Did God Really Say Part 2 Creating God in my Own Image Is it true that we all have to give up something to follow Jesus? I think it is. When I think about what Jesus did for me, the cross and the resurrection, I ponder a Jesus who is a finisher. He said, … More Did God Really Say Part 2 Creating God in My Own Image
In the Year of …… (Luke 3) Chapter three starts by identifying the exact timing of these events. Those receiving this gospel letter would have recognized Luke’s list of people as important people of the time. There was a certain Caesar named Tiberius, a governor named Pontius Pilate. He mentions the religious leaders Annas and … More To Be Consumed with a Larger Reality!
No one would believe you if you told them in the year 2016, the way to keep in touch with people is by U.S. Mail. Type your contracts on a typewriter and fax them. You don’t need email or smartphones. You don’t need to be on social media. Life is going to get simpler. People … More WWW (Ephesus Today!)
I realize there are similar book titles and sayings that have been used to talk about this topic. It is vital that pastors and church leaders understand the people they are trying to reach. We are asked to go to conferences, listen to podcasts, read blogs and books to understand people. We go out into … More Who Moved My Church?
I find it tragic when I read a Christian post blaming the latest natural disasters on specific sins and how it is a sign from Jesus that these certain people need to repent to prevent certain disasters. I hate it because they look unintelligent and people who are looking for a reason to not believe gently paint … More Seeking God When Hell Breaks Loose (5 Reasons Why Christians Need to Stop Declaring Judgment Over Natural Disasters)
My wife asked me several months ago, why I don’t write about marriage. I shocked myself with the answer I gave. I said, “I guess I don’t feel like I am very good at it.” She didn’t affirm that idea or anything, so maybe this didn’t reflect the truth as much as it tapped into … More 7 Meditations to a Better Marriage!