PSA to Church-going Folks

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So, I’m on vacation today. We are out and about and I overhear a conversation between some folks who had just come from church. I won’t bore you with all the details, but they were complaining about the things they didn’t like about the service this morning. I did not hear one kind thing said. It reminded me of a few things:

  1. Church is not for you—it is for God. We go there to worship Him, not our preferences. 
  2. If you openly complain about your church in public, don’t expect new people to show up. Why would someone go with you to a church that even you don’t like?
  3. Instead if complaining about how you don’t like the church, spend that energy volunteering to make it better. Chances are your church could use your help!
  4. If you must complain, tell it to someone who can actually help make a change. Anything else is potentially gossip.
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How Your Sin is like a Dandelion

I heard this on the radio the other day:
Sin cannot be satisfied, it needs to be crucified.
It reminded me of the verse from Galatians 2:20 which says:
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Many times we believe that if we do this or that, our sin will simply go away. That is not the case. Our sin will crop back up in our lives if it is not rooted out.
Maybe you have been in a situation similar to mine at my previous home. I was fighting a losing battle, in my yard, with dandelions. I had mowed them over, sprayed them with chemicals, destroyed the tops with a weed-eater, and nothing has kept them away. It turns out that if you don’t get to the root they grow back…
The same is true of our sins. We can try a lot of things to rid them from our lives, but the reality is that if we don’t crucify them–they will return.

God, Miracles

Miracles

It’s a miracle!

I have heard this exclamation from exasperated parents who find their children actually doing what they were told to do. I have heard it from someone who won a prize in a drawing. One time I heard my coach say it when I won an event in track (clearly he wasn’t too confident in my ability). While these illustrations are certainly fantastic, are they really miracles? What is a miracle and how can we spot one? and have I seen one?

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Shine Bright

Series: Finding Joy in Philippi
Title: Shine Bright
Text: Philippians 2:14-18
Date: July 8, 2018