Recently, I went into Little Caesar’s needing 5-6 pizzas and saw a sign reading: “Free Crazy Bread!” The thought consumed my attention (thoughts) & captivated my affection (desires). I wanted free Crazy Bread – that’s all I could think about. I pray that this message is to you what that sign was to me…
John 20:20-23 records when Salome (mother of James and John) approached Jesus on behalf of her two sons. She is often the brunt of preachers' scorn, but she was not rebuked by Christ. In fact, we see Salome as a godly example of what a mother should be throughout the gospels. She was a worshiper. She interceeded for her children. She took her dreams and expectations to the Lord. She hoped in the Lord. She was desirous to plant her sons into the kingdom. In Mark 15, you find her at Calvary, when most other followers had fled, as a faithful disciple. And in Mark 16:1, she was counted worthy to be a witness to God's power.
REAL JOY #2 - Study of Philippians 1[b] -- This lesson includes 2 of the 3 secrets to a Overcoming Unhappiness. View Part 1 here. ** Download the Student Guide HERE. The Furtherance of the Gospel (1:12–26) Notice how Paul describes all the suffering he had been through; he calls these trying events “the things that … Continue reading Overcoming Unhappiness
Certainly Paul’s circumstances were anything but joyful! He had been arrested illegally, taken to Rome, and was now awaiting trial. How was he able to have such joy in the midst of uncomfortable circumstances? Because happiness is based on our happenings while joy is based in Jesus! He had the “single mind”—his concern was not for Paul, but for Christ and the Gospel.
I stopped in to get a chicken sandwich the other day and was overwhelmed with the Biblical principles in action that have made this restaurant very successful in a relatively short amount of time. It's funny (and tragic too) that a fast food chain is doing a better job of applying the Word of God … Continue reading What the Church Could Learn from Chick-Fil-A
When the Partners for the Gospel was started, it was meant to be a helpful and encouraging tool for us and others in the ministry. As I read the articles posted each week by my Christian brothers, I would call this a great success for which I am grateful to be a part. Since we are all believers, our sharing of the Gospel especially to each other often goes without saying. But in the last few weeks, I have felt under conviction because of exactly that…it has gone without saying.