The Church is a Kingdom within the world. It’s King is Christ, his subjects are Christians. Before any other worldly powers, our allegiance is to Christ, our King. Because this is true, we also submit to our authorities today. The Scripture is clear - these authorities are in place due to God’s doing. To not submit to them would be to be in direct disobedience ...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)....
If everyone wants to find authentic community, why is it often so difficult? Even people that come together around a common belief in Jesus can have a hard time knowing where or how to fit in. In this latest blog, we try to address some of this. ...Keep Reading
Did you know the regular practice of enjoying a big meal once a year vastly precedes 1621? In fact, we can find it being practiced nearly 3,000 years ago in Scripture, and many people think this ancient biblical holiday is what originally influenced the first Thanksgiving meal that took place on our soil in the 1600’s.â€¨ The Feast of Booths (or Feast of Taberna...Keep Reading
"The love of God is better than life at it's best." - Charles Spurgeon In Psalm 63, David writes - "O God, you are my God. Earnestly I seek you. My soul thirsts for you, my flesh faints for you as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.... because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you" (63:1,3)When David wrote t...Keep Reading
Part 3 - Christian growth is proof that God’s our Daddy “… but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, ‘Abba! Father!” Romans 8:15b In part one of this series, we learned that if you are a Christian, it is expected that you are living a life led by the Holy Spirit. Part two taught us that because we are sons of God...Keep Reading
“For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear” - Romans 8:15a The problem with children is that ALL of them have a natural knack for sinning. We as parents have to teach and train them on what is right and how to do right, since they have the doing wrong thing down so well without our instruction. So my son, who is now four, has been di...Keep Reading
For many of my years in Christianity, I had a broken view of God's commandments to be holy. I confused "holy" with "get better", "act right", and "be good". As I begin to talk to others about the awakening that I have been having about what biblical holiness mean, it seems I am not alone. And when people begin to realize that they missed the bus on this one, they experi...Keep Reading
Part 1: Led by the Spirit â€¨â€¨“For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.” Romans 8:14 For Paul, there are certain “impossibilities” for those who are adopted into the Family of God through Christ. For these who are saved by Christ, things like adultery and murder have no place in their redeemed life (1 Corinthians 6:9-11)....Keep Reading
MORE THAN JUST SHARING A NAME. My wife and I have three kids of our own, and currently we have a foster child. To be a part of our family is much more than just sharing a last name. We treat our foster child the same way we treat our own children. He gets no different treatment. And in saying that, we have certain expectations for our children just like any other parent d...Keep Reading
Today we lost a dear friend of the Remedy family. But in celebrating his life, it gives a picture of what church was always supposed to be about ...Keep Reading