We all struggle with faith from time to time. Romans 4 offers some thoughts on the root of the struggle and it just might be the opposite of what you think. ...Keep Reading
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We take a look at our church's role in Christian education. It is an area that often has more questions than answers, so rather than looking at the macro, I will leave that to the "experts" while I try to share a non-experts thoughts on an important matter. ...
As we get closer each day to our new church plant, we want to use every means possible to help people be as informed and as prayerful as possible as we embark on this new mission. For many, the idea of planting churches is a new concept. Others have perhaps heard about it but never participated and have questions. Others may question the model, things like: "what do you mean by campus?". or "why plant so close to the existing church", or "why not focus our efforts on growing the church that we already have rather than reproducing so quickly?". This series of blogs, video blogs, teachings from the pulpit and prayer meetings will be aimed at creating a dialog and helping us to embark on this journey as a called, prayerful, prepared and informed people. If all of your questions are not answered in each post, that is kind of by design. Each entry is aimed at taking a look at one discussion point and fleshing it out enough to help answer questions and promote future dialog. ...
Recently on a NPR special, they were taking calls concerning the realization that the “American Dream” isn’t as readily available for my generation (those born in the 1980s to now) as in past generations. It’s too expensive, good paying jobs are harder to come by, and college is becoming essentially unaffordable for the average American. The question posed was this: “How can we fix this, or can we fix it? - Call us with your answers and ideas.”...
I have done my best to take a look at the issue of "chronic pain" through first and third person lenses. I am my no means an expert on the topic. Nor do I claim to always be victorious in the struggle. These thoughts are my own. That being said, I believe they are in line with what I read in God's Inspired and Holy Word. ...
Paul and the Apostles understood this commission of Christ as a call to plant churches. He would travel to major urban cities with regional influences, plant a church, and then move on to the next city. People traveling to and fro from these cities would carry the Christian message to the outer limits and small towns outside the city, and thus more churches were planted. In this way, the Gospel traveled from "Jerusalem, to Samaria, and to the ends of the earth" (Acts 1:8)....
I meet them all the time. In fact, it's increasing regularly. The folks who jumped into the church with both feet, only to leave beat up, scarred and full of resentment. As a result, they cast off the necessity of the church and whether they are willing to admit it or not, they begin to have a diminished faith in God, wondering if He really knew what He was doing when He ...Keep Reading
Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of yo...Keep Reading
After reading Hebrews 11 more times than I can recall and memorizing many of the wonderful verses about faith, I found myself taken back by one little word: "IS" ...Keep Reading
Sometimes its good to slow down our constant planning and looking to the future and focus for a moment on what God HAS DONE and what God IS DOING ...Keep Reading
This is a blog by a brand new Christian writing on his perspective on trying to figure out faith, the bible and basic Christianity through his first year of the his journey. ...Keep Reading
This a a brief and hopefully helpful summery of how we got our bibles today, covering from the initial inspiration of the original manuscripts down through the ages of how the original languages were lost, recovered and the struggle that ensued to get us the bibles that we have today. ...Keep Reading
This Resurrection Sunday gives us many wonderful causes for rejoicing as a church! He is Risen. He is Risen Indeed! ...Keep Reading
In this blog, a brand new Christian, Mike Defalco, tries to describe what Jesus has done in his life as he continues to walk in and learn about the amazing grace of our Savior ...Keep Reading
As we go through our Easter Series thru Romans 5-6, this week we look at the beautiful reality that the Good News of Jesus Christ is greater than the frailty of our weaknesses ...Keep Reading