Church Blog (Page 12)
Realize that God’s call to be a minister is not a certain set of activities, but a call to a lifestyle of ambassadorship. Read the whole article at Don’t Limit Your Ministry.
“Ultimately I believe we flock to gauzy, feel-good depictions of heaven and tiptoe around the biblical passages mentioned above because we’ve lost sight of God’s holiness.”
“Our communities are filled with people who have been ‘raised right’ but are headed for hell.”
It’s the cumulative effect of our practices that matters, not the spectacular experience of the moment. Sometimes, it’s not one sermon that changes a life, but 1000 sermons.
“We have a responsibility to do everything we can to make wise choices and obey God’s commands. However, our obedience will not guarantee immediate success. We are guaranteed that when we obey, a day will come in which we will never regret it.”
In the battle over the definition of marriage, many people want to base their arguments for traditional marriage on social reasons.
“Fasting is always motivated by deep desire. Fasting is not the suppression of desire but the intense pursuit of it. We fast because we want something more than food. . . . ” A great article on biblical fasting. Read the whole article: Sam Storms: Oklahoma City, OK > Matthew 6:16-18.
“The fundamental problem in the evangelical world today is that God rests too inconsequentially upon the church. His truth is too distant, his grace is too ordinary, his judgment is too benign, his gospel is too easy, and his Christ is too common.” ~ David F. Wells via Community…
O God, My Exceeding Joy, Singing thy praises uplifts my heart, for thou art a fountain of delight, and dost bless the soul that joys in thee. But because of my heart’s rebellion I cannot always praise thee as I ought; Yet I will at all times rest myself in thy excellences, goodness, and…
“We can take the Olympic games, engaging and entertaining as they are, and see through them, and beyond them, to the ultimate realities to which they point in God’s created world, spring-loaded at every turn to teach us about redemption.”