A few years ago, I stumbled across a list of 25 real reasons churches had conflict. This one is a favorite. "Two different churches reported fights over the type of coffee. In one of the churches, they moved from Folgers to a stronger Starbucks brand. In the other church, they simply moved to a stronger blend. Members left the church in the latter example (Perhaps they started a new church: The Right Blend Fellowship.)."
How we deal with conflict is of supreme importance. Our text this week in Acts teaches us how Christians within the church plan for and deal with conflict. Join us this week to find out how.
While we were on vacation, I noticed something about the way the boys drove their go-karts. If I came up along side of them, attempting to pass them, they would turn their heads and their karts would follow. I had to make sure that they would not get distracted and put me in the wall. Distractions can really cause problems on the go-kart track!
Likewise, distractions can prove to be dangerous in the life of a church as well. It's easy to get off of our mission and forget why we are here. Paul and Barnabas faced many distractions in their missionary trip. We'll find out how they handled them this week and how we can follow their example.
Is it worth it? Whenever I sit down to purchase something, I look at all the options and determine if the cost is worth the money I'll need to spend. In business this is called a return on investment. The question we need to look at this week is if the effort of sharing our faith is worth the difficulties we encounter.
This week, we are excited to have Mark Doss from our District Office join us to share God's Word. He is equally excited to come and share with us what genuine faith looks like from James 2:14-17.
After the recent earthquakes in California, the governor of California urged everyone to have their earthquake preparedness kit. What amazed me is that Californians needed to be reminded to have an earthquake preparedness kit. What does a Christian need to be prepared to share the gospel?
We often say that we are to live as people sent by God. We all have a job to do for the glory of God and he sends us out to accomplish that task. How do we do that? Join us this week as we look at "Living As Sent Ones".
This week, we wrap up our time in Ephesians with a reminder that when you are part of God's Kingdom, you are part of battle. Because of this, we need to prepare ourselves to engage in the battle. Hope you can join us this week as we explore "This Means War".
One of my favorite stories about submission reminds us that it’s possible to obey without submitting. Obedience is an outward action, while submission is an inward attitude. God calls us not just to obey, but also to submit. A mother ordered her disobedient son to sit in a corner. After a couple of minutes of sitting, he told his mother, “I’m sitting down on the outside, but I’m standing up on the inside!” He obeyed, but he didn’t submit! I hope to see you this week as we learn how to put "Them Before Me" and learn the value of Godly Submission.
There is an old gag where someone leads another person to a particular place by saying, "Walk this way." Then, the person leading walks in an unusual fashion and the person following mimics their every move. When confronted, they say, "You said to walk this way!" All kidding aside, our passage this week tells us to walk a certain way for the good of our relationship with Christ and with others. I hope to see you this week as we learn how to "Walk This Way".
As the father of two boys, one of my favorite passages in the Bible is Ephesians 4:32. "Be kind to one another ..." is often heard as I am pulling one off of the other. This verse is part of our text for this week and it helps us to understand how we are to live and act differently in light of the Gospel. Hope you'll join us this week as we see how to "Fight the Good Fight".