The Church is a Family

The church is more than a club.  It is more than a group of people who agree on a certain political issue.  It goes beyond a shared interest in same style of music.  The church is a group of people who have been brought together through the reconciling work of Jesus.  They are a [...]

By |2017-11-20T12:56:17+00:00May 1st, 2018|Blog Posts, New Testament, Romans|0 Comments

Three Ways to Know if you are Double-Minded

Every Christian I know has at least a couple of areas where they struggle.  We are all double-minded in one way or another.  In my life there have always been a few places where the pull of this fallen world is very strong.  Sometimes I find that my affections are divided.   The struggle with [...]

By |2017-01-25T20:14:26+00:00January 28th, 2017|Blog Posts, James, New Testament, Romans|0 Comments

Jesus. Nothing Added.

Some people think that Jesus paid for most of our sins on the cross, but He still left something up to us.  They will say, “Well, of course you need God’s grace to be saved.  No one can save themselves, but you still have to DO something to win God’s approval.” Some claim that this [...]

By |2017-01-11T07:29:50+00:00January 15th, 2017|Blog Posts, New Testament, Romans|0 Comments

How to Start a New Life with Christ

HOW TO START A NEW LIFE WITH CHRIST You can have real, lasting peace today through a relationship with Jesus Christ. There are four things you need to know about receiving the free gift of eternal life and starting a new life, devoted to Jesus: 1 – God loves you and has a plan [...]

By |2016-12-30T11:45:43+00:00December 30th, 2016|Blog Posts, I Corinthians, John, New Testament, Romans|0 Comments

What Shall I do to Inherit Eternal Life?

The greatest question is, “What shall I do to inherit eternal life?” God’s standard for earning our way to heaven involves perfect love for God and perfect love for other people.  If we did those things perfectly, we would not need any other rules.  In fact, all the other commandments in the scripture are simply [...]

By |2016-11-07T20:10:35+00:00October 26th, 2016|Blog Posts, New Testament, Romans|2 Comments

I’m Waiting on God and I Need Encouragement

CJ  Mahaney says in his book Humility, “Waiting is not resignation: waiting is an active trust in God to provide fulfillment in his perfect timing.”[1] People who are waiting on the Lord aren't lazy, but they are free from frenzy.  They don’t think they have to make everything happen themselves.  They trust that God hears their prayers and [...]

By |2016-11-07T20:10:36+00:00October 3rd, 2016|Blog Posts, New Testament, Prayer, Romans|0 Comments

9/11: Hope in Vulnerability

Fifteen years ago today, I was living in Phoenix and I had just shown up to LA Fitness for my daily workout.  Most people don’t talk much when they work out in a big city gym.  They all have their headphones in and are transfixed by the television monitors in front of them.   That [...]

By |2016-11-07T20:10:36+00:00September 11th, 2016|Blog Posts, New Testament, Romans|0 Comments

Kingdom Life in a Fallen World

A paradox lies at the heart of the new Kingdom that we are a part of.  On one hand, the day that a person submits their life to Jesus, they are forever a part of a new Kingdom.  Paul says “you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God…”[1]  That new Kingdom [...]

By |2016-11-07T20:10:36+00:00September 9th, 2016|Blog Posts, John, New Testament, Romans|0 Comments

Five Encouraging Truths About God’s Omnipresence

The presence of God is a great comfort to godly people.  Here are five implications of God’s omnipresence for His people. #1 When we are greatly tempted, God does not leave us – Romans 8:31-34, Psalm 14:5 Ephesians 6 mentions Satan’s fiery darts.  The assurance we have is that not only does God give us the shield [...]

Kept by the Love of God | Romans 8:38-39, Acts 16:16-25

  Introduction Our text today is well illustrated by a narrative found in Acts 16. Please turn in your Bibles with me to Acts 16 and keep your place in Romans 8. In Acts 16, we find Paul and Silas setting off on what’s often referred to as the Second Missionary Journey. Paul [...]