Imagine a roaring bonfire on a cold winter's night. With no source of warmth or light, those in the distance may say, "it's cold and dark." However, those in closer proximity to the crackling flames will have an entirely different perspective.
So many times our issues seem to become our identity. That’s not who we are and that’s not God’s plan for us. Take a stand and choose what you will be known by.
The church has to become a place for all people or it will become a place of no people.
Modern American churches shout from the rooftops how they are not religious, but rather in relationship with God. They are proud to say everyone is "worth it," that God loves everyone, that everyone has a purpose, and that they welcome all. But take a look at their staff and you'll likely find that they have zero unmarried ministerial employees.
The body of Christ has become divided and often appears to be a monstrously pieced-together group of mismatched, crippled parts that all seem to let the mouth take the starring role, while the ears are on permanent sabbatical.
My dear Christian friend, why would Jesus have spent the majority of his ministry teaching people how to best live this life if his primary preoccupation was with the next life?
He's already here, He's already accessible to you, and He already loves you. All you have to do is realize it, accept it, and reflect it, just as I have reflected it. Shine, my love - it's what you were born to do!
When we dismiss everything that differs from what we were taught without first seeking understanding and enlightenment of the material facts, we are ignorant, blind, and lacking wisdom. If that poignant statement offends you, it probably should.
For some, life is just a monotonous, droning set of routine motions called survival. For others, it's an invigorating journey to greatness. Whether you wake up every day wanting to change the world or barely have the ambition to change your socks, one fact remains; you are going somewhere in life. Where we go in … Continue reading How well do you know yourself?
The sooner we can accept this truth and stop thinking of message of Jesus as the articles of incorporation for a new religious entity, the more quickly we can begin to do as Jesus did and serve.