The current heaven & earth have been tainted by sin, so they must be destroyed (2 Peter 3:10). The current heaven (where God is and where saints are) is NOT our final destination. It is a beautiful garden, it is paradise, but it is not where we will live forever. The future heaven isn't really heaven at all ... it's a city (New Jerusalem), 1,500 mi sq. - that's HUGE! It's the distance from Boston to Miami and from Denver to Charlotte. What's more, it's taller than the orbit of most space-craft! In total, it will have 12 separate levels, which God brings down to a new earth.
We're excited to announce the release of a new gospel tract... one that you can totally customize! It's not only attractive (featuring the new iPod touch outside), but it's also powerful (it's got the power of God unto salvation inside). With about 300 million iPods now in the hands of consumers, this tract relates to … Continue reading Slick, New ‘iPod’ Tract
September 26, 2010, will mark a very important day in the short history of our church. It is a "12-stone memorial" type of day (see Joshua 4). Not only are we closing out a series of messages about the church, but we will be putting our faith, hope, and love into action by signing the … Continue reading Church Still Works!
Our society has a serious problem: we are scared of commitment. "Commitmentphobia" (as it has been coined) is not only affecting men with cold feet but also keeping many Christians distant from the core group of the church. The consumerism of our American culture has fed the downward trend of commitment in both marriage and church membership. Church shoppers & hoppers now have more influence in a church's direction than Christ Himself. For instance, most new ministries are not started with the question, "How can we better glorify God?" but rather, "How will this affect church growth?" Tragically, many churches have become seeker-sensitive instead of Savior-sensitive. The cure: a church in covenant, committed to Christ and to each other. (Nehemiah 9:38)
Hebrews 10:25 is one of the most quoted Scriptures about 'church' - yet it is probably one of the most short-changed verses as well. Few know how beautifully the context (v19-39) sets it up as a diamond among rubies. In the next few articles, we will unpack the treasures, unfold the tapestry, unveil the plan of God for His church. This series will be one of the most exciting trips we will take together (100% money-back guarantee)... Church Still Works!
Two hundred years after Christ, China's Han Dynasty began its ruthless conquest of neighboring territories. During a particular battle, an enemy soldier, knowing he was defeated, stripped off part of his shirt and waved it in the air. It was an act of surrender - thus began the tradition of ending a battle by waving the white flag. For the 1st-century Roman soldiers, their 'white flag' was their shield. When surrendering, a centurion would drop his sword and raised his shield above his head - an act of surrender.