October 31, 2016

Our God is a hospitable God. His covenant with us includes coming to His Communion Table to share bread and drink with Him and with each other. He has established His Community upon hospitality, declaring that people would know we are Jesus’ disciples by the way we love one another. Hospitality is a gift (1 Peter 4:9-11) and a command (Romans 12:13; Hebrews 13:1-2), so even if you’re not gifted, you’re not off the hook because it’s still a command. Yet in so many ways, hospitality has fallen on hard times in Christian communities and Read More

October 24, 2016

Here’s a real doozy of a verse for you – “By now you ought to be teachers…” (Heb 5:12). That means there’s an expectation that at some point in our walk with God we should be able to do the ministry Jesus left us here to do in His name. We should be able to assist in someone else’s spiritual growth. We should be contributing significantly through our spiritual gifts to the advancement of God’s Kingdom in other people’s lives. We should be living under the Lordship of Jesus Christ inRead More

October 18, 2016

Before you know it we’ll be in full blown diet season. You know how it goes. A woman has or sees this great dress that she’d like to wear to some party or event, so she does everything she needs to make sure the dress will fit. She watches her calories, she exercises, she detoxes, she’ll even ingest pills, the names of which she cannot pronounce, if they promise great results. She’s willing to do anything and everything if it’ll help her fit into that dress! But when the party is over and the dress comes off, she’s right back to Read More