Out of Many, One

3 For by the grace given to me, I tell everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he should think. Instead, think sensibly, as God has distributed a measure of faith to each one. 4 Now as we have many parts in one body, and all the parts do not have the same function, 5 in the same way weContinue reading “Out of Many, One”

PRAY-Teach-Learn

12 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s willContinue reading “PRAY-Teach-Learn”

What Difference Could those Possibly Make?

I am a fairly regular leader of Carey Nieuwof’s blog on Christian Leadership for a while now. I have found many of the things he has to say, particularly during the pandemic to be rather insightful. Recently Nieuwof wrote a post he titled, “Five Rather Startling Reasons People Leave Your Church.” I thought I wouldContinue reading “What Difference Could those Possibly Make?”

The Declaration: Who Do They Say You Are? (Manuscript)

Today’s Scripture – Matthew 16:13-20 13 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” 14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” 16 SimonContinue reading “The Declaration: Who Do They Say You Are? (Manuscript)”

It’s Only a Month

For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. (2 Timothy 1:7, English Standard Version.) TED Talk Thursday is one of my favorite days of this new format. OK, its definitely in the top seven (hehehe). Like anything else, there are those things you enjoy more than others.Continue reading “It’s Only a Month”

It’s New

Don’t remember the prior things;    don’t ponder ancient history.Look! I’m doing a new thing;    now it sprouts up; don’t you recognize it?I’m making a way in the desert,    paths in the wilderness. (Isaiah 43:18-19, Common English Bible) Welcome to the debut of “5 for Friday.” Fridays I plan to bring five things that have crossed my path during weekContinue reading “It’s New”

God is Love

I will exalt you, Lord,    for you lifted me out of the depths    and did not let my enemies gloat over me.2 Lord my God, I called to you for help,    and you healed me.3 You, Lord, brought me up from the realm of the dead;    you spared me from going down to the pit. 4 Sing the praises of the Lord, you his faithful people;    praise his holyContinue reading “God is Love”

Silence

Silence isn’t empty, it’s full of answers. Author Unknown 11 He said, “Go out and stand on the mountain before the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Now there was a great wind, so strong that it was splitting mountains and breaking rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after theContinue reading “Silence”

Separated No More

Song Styles Saturday 31 What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? 32 He who did not withhold his own Son, but gave him up for all of us, will he not with him also give us everything else? 33 Who will bring any charge against God’s elect? It isContinue reading “Separated No More”

Reliability

When God made his promise to Abraham, he backed it to the hilt, putting his own reputation on the line. He said, “I promise that I’ll bless you with everything I have—bless and bless and bless!” Abraham stuck it out and got everything that had been promised to him. When people make promises, they guaranteeContinue reading “Reliability”