No one wants to be called a hypocrite. It bites at our humanity and devalues our esteem. Yet, we are all hypocritical at some point in our lives. Jesus had this rebuke against the people who thought they were alright with God because they were religious Continue reading “Does Your Life Match Your Lips?”
Preparation (one minute)
- focusing your mind
- removing distractions
- giving the Lord your attention
- inviting Him to speak to you
Bible Reading (four minutes)
- Some places to start:
- 1 John
- Don’t try to read too much. Short passages are fine.
Reflection (one minute)
- Think about how what you read applies to you.
- Try to identify specific things you can do to obey what you’ve heard
Prayer (four minutes)
- Praise God for who He is
- Thank Him for what He’s done
- Confess to Him where you’ve failed
- Ask Him for what you need
- Pray for others’ needs
I read the passage below from Romans 6 today:
The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but Continue reading “God’s Life in You”
The Apostle Paul had a lot to say about avoiding, abstaining, and overcoming sin. In fact, there are at least 8 instances when he lists sins to avoid. It should be noted that these lists are not all the sins that are possible to commit. It is likely that he has specific reasons for mentioning the sins that he did to the people to whom he is writing.
I have tried (to the best of my ability) color code corresponding words from each of the eight verses. I plan to do blog posts on some of these in a “Paul’s Serious Sins” series. But for today, it’s just the list of words (with greek next to them).
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Yesterday, we celebrated The Lord’s Supper at the church I attend. It was a beautiful and simple service, that holds so much meaning for followers of Jesus. I thought that I would share some thoughts on this Christ instituted ordinance of the Church. Continue reading “5 Thoughts on The Lord’s Supper”
I was thinking today, that we often have more opportunities to share the Gospel during the week that we think. The gospel is simply the “Good News” about what Jesus has done for humanity and in your own life.
There are several gospel presentations that require a short testimony (the story about Jesus and what he has done for you). I was encouraged recently to share my story with the people I care about the most, so I wrote down my “three-minute” testimony.
I know that I’ve heard it and maybe you have too. You ask someone to do something or make a decision and they say, “let me pray on that.”
I want to genuinely believe that people really will pray and seek the face of God about the decision that they need to make, but if the stats are right they don’t.
Pew Research says that just over half (55%) of Americans say they pray every day, with 21% saying they pray weekly or monthly and 23% say they seldom or never pray. Women (64%) are more likely than men (46%) to pray every day. And Americans ages 65 and older are far more likely than adults under 30 to say they pray daily (65% vs. 41%).
A single 30-minute sermon is more time in the Word than 3 billion+ people in the world have had engaging the Word in their entire lifetime.