Being A Christian Without Being Religious

Being A Christian Without Being Religious

11-10-19 This week I will finish my series on Spiritual Maturity. So, what does spiritual maturity actually look like? What are we really doing in the church? Why do we do what we do?  It is easy to get caught up in the “religious practices” of church…doing church without really thinking about what we’re doing.… Continue Reading

Living The Word

Living The Word

Do you know the difference between knowledge and wisdom? There are some folks out there who have a brain full of knowledge, but they’re not very smart in how they live. Wisdom means we know how to put all that knowledge into practice in our daily life. The Bible is the Word of God and… Continue Reading

Suit Up For Battle

Suit Up For Battle

With all the other challenges we face as we try to live the Christian life, perhaps the biggest one is the spiritual war that rages all around us. For the most part, we can’t even see it but the more we are tuned into God, the clearer it becomes. And it’s not just “out there.”… Continue Reading

Mature Christians

Mature Christians

The official definition of “Stewardship” is: “the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one’s care.” It can be a touchy issue in the church, and especially for people who don’t own much or have anything to “manage”. Stewardship is often linked to your weekly giving…what you put in the offering basket. And the… Continue Reading

Fruitful Christians

Fruitful Christians

Being a Christian is more that believing in the philosophy of Jesus or having a fish bumper sticker on our car. Are we actively a “follower of Jesus” and plugged in? Jesus said, “I am the vine; you are the branches.” If we are really connected to God through Christ, our lives will bear fruit—… Continue Reading

You Know You’ve Worshiped When…

You Know You’ve Worshiped When…

10/6/19 The hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” (John 4:23-24) What does it mean to really worship God…in… Continue Reading

Don’t Quench The Spirit

Don’t Quench The Spirit

When we hear the word “quench,” we tend to think about being thirsty. To quench our thirst, we have a drink of water. But technically, the word quench means “to extinguish”, or “to put out.” Ok, so I guess I do want to extinguish my thirst, but when it comes to our life in the… Continue Reading

One Foot In The Boat…One Foot On The Dock

One Foot In The Boat…One Foot On The Dock

Who are you and where are you going? Now that’s a good question to ponder every once in a while. A researcher at Columbia University reported that the average person makes 70 conscious decisions every day. 70 conscious decisions EVERY DAY. That adds up to 25,550 decisions a year. And if you live to be… Continue Reading

Becoming Something Else

Becoming Something Else

I grew up pretty fast…height-wise anyway. I passed my dad when I was just 13. He was short and stout, and I was the family “bean pole.” My parents were proud of me and helped me grow, not just physically but also emotionally, intellectually and spiritually. They did their best to provide for me what… Continue Reading

Flammable Christians

Jesus said he came to bring fire on the earth. Now, he didn’t mean a physical fire. Even prehistoric cave men had fire. But Jesus came to bring a spiritual fire to light up the world. Fire is a symbol of spiritual reality. God is often identified with fire and fire is associated with the… Continue Reading