Posted by admin on August 18, 2017
There are those who do not believe that John Newton, who wrote Amazing Grace, actually wrote the portion stated above in the title of this month's blog, but what an impactful statement. The older I get, the more I realize the truth of this stanza. So, it is not important who wrote it; it's important what it implies.
The Christian journey is filled with downs and disappointments. But it's the last part of the verse that ensures us of God's wonderful grace. Because we have "already come" through many toils and snares, we can be confident that God's grace will carry us through the ones we are currently facing. In spite of the challenging events of last week, I know that it's only for a season. It's been rough, but My God is Greater in me.
Posted by admin on July 3, 2017
July 4th is traditionally the day that the United States of America celebrates the freedom of our country. And we should celebrate. As Americans, we have privileges that are denied to others in many other countries.
But there is a freedom that many of us as Christians often take for granted; our freedom from the penalty of sin. When we celebrate the LORD's Supper, it is a celebration of that freedom. But many will take off from church on Communion Sunday for the 4th of July, to prepare for the affairs of that day.
When we put more emphasis on celebrating our national freedom than we do our spiritual freedom, then we are not free "indeed" or truly free.
Posted by admin on June 10, 2017
Social media has afforded many people the opportunity to say things in written form that they probably would not say in public. This is a change in our culture that can be good, or it may not be. Personally, I would rather you say it to my face. I mean even people who speak highly of the LORD on Facebook, but will not open their mouths in praise service at church.
On the other end, some will voice a negative opinion about a person, their church or a controversial issue on twitter, but will not say a word when they are confronted with the same thing in person. Of course, not all social media is bad. But for some, it has become a "city of refuge" where they can throw their rocks while hiding their hands.
Posted by admin on May 18, 2017
Pastor and author Rick Warren, became famous (and rich) when he wrote his best seller "Purpose Driven Life." He came back and wrote another book that was even more successful "The Purpose Driven Church."
The reason for the popularity is two-fold. First, deep down within, everyone wants to know their purpose. Second, most people don't know how to discover their purpose. While I am grateful for the gift God gave to Pastor Warren (I enjoyed and taught from both books), the truth is, that the only way to know our purpose is studying the Word of God. Attendance in Sunday school and Bible study, combined with personal, daily devotion and prayer will not only help us to discover our purpose, but also develop our purpose.
It's sad to say that people wonder through life aimlessly because they do not know their purpose. Do You?