We're a curious species. And as the saying goes, "Curiosity killed the cat." I'm not saying that it's bad to learn. God gave us these wonderful minds and we commit sacrilege when we discourage honest inquiry into reality. God also gave us boundaries such as the inability to see the future or to know for … Continue reading False Prophets, Figs and Faithfulness
Growth Groups Questionnaire This tool, based on Neil Cole's Life Transformation Groups, is designed to facilitate a one on one/one on two discipleship process. As with LTG's, participants gather for one hour per week to ask and answer the accountability questions. At the meeting they agree upon a passage of Scripture to read on their own … Continue reading Growth Groups Questionnaire
I believe many who would identify themselves as non-Christians have not rejected Jesus at all. They've rejected someone I'm calling "Geezus" - the parody of Christ co-authored by misguided church people and cynics. Open to Matthew and start reading.
Jesus prayed. He got up early to do it. He stayed up all night in it. His first disciples followed his example devoting days on end to prayer. Every saint throughout history who has ever done anything worth remembering has been devoted to prayer. So why do modern Christians devote so little time to this … Continue reading Boots On the Ground, Part 1
I'm reading Luke this week with my LTG. In chapter 24 vs 28 Luke tells of how Jesus nearly walked on by his disciples once they reached their destination. He had to be urged strongly before he would join them for a meal. At the meal, they came to realize his identity. This is how … Continue reading Polite Revolution
I've had several conversations with atheists and agnostics regarding the existence of the God of the Bible. After all is said and very little done, their objections almost always come down to disbelief in a character who would create moral beings knowing they would sin and then cause them to suffer eternally for sinning. They … Continue reading Hell? No!
I just reblogged a post on Islamophobia. I agree with the facts related in the post and with the contention that many people fail to call out the misdeeds of Muslims out of fear of backlash or worse. However, I would not say that Islam is ultimately to blame for the evils committed by some … Continue reading Strategic Planning
For anyone who's tired of spinning plates, Jesus will give you effortless productivity - AKA rest. Time Management
In Bill Hybels' book, Just Walk Across the Room, he challenges his readers to write out their faith story in 100 words or less. Here is my 105-word attempt: As a young person I dreamed of growing up to become a doctor. Then, I saw a "20/20" special on successful people who had attempted suicide. … Continue reading Testimony
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