Paul dives headlong into sin and the repercussions of sin (very specifically, “sexual immorality”). Unfortunately the church is sometimes blind about the seriousness of all sin and its consequences in our lives and how that affects the Gospel message that we are called to live out as Christ’s ambassadors to the world. Paul was concerned … More Pay Attention
We live in a society filled with double-standards…Double-standards are EVERYWHERE. Often we find that, as a people, we are very lenient with ourselves (or those like us/those we like), but very judgmental of others (or those we disagree with). Double-standards seem to be the rule. If we “zoom out” and begin to look where our … More Double-Standard
What does it mean to be a “loyal supporter”? A “true follower”? An Apostle? In his first letter to the church in Corinth, Paul both challenges and encourages the church in their “follower-ship”… By “navigating the gray” in a godly way, we are able to stand boldly, but lovingly, for God’s Truth in all walks … More Follower-ship
We live in a society that is so divided and divisive…Is this how it is supposed to be? This can’t be what life and society are supposed to be about, can it? Unity, wholeness, oneness are written into the character of God. Jesus came, lived, died, and rose again so that we “may all be … More Whose Idea WasThis?
There is too much division in this world. We all have a role to play to heal the division and bring unity. How can we seek unity with “those people” who don’t see things the way we see them? Does fighting/arguing fix anything? What do people see when we fight? What is God’s definition of … More Love 1st. Love in the Middle. Love Last.
What is our best response to division/contention? Within our family, church, society? There is something about society (not just today, but even “back then”) that enjoys division, animosity, and confrontation. We like to focus on our differences. Really it’s easier to see our differences than it is to find and focus on what brings us … More Division or Unity?
Life is lived forward but only understood backwards… To begin to understand how we’ve gotten to where we are in this moment in time, we need to look back and reflect upon the path we’ve traveled to get here. SoF MixTape Sunday is the day we do that. Where have we been? What have we … More MixTape 2020
Join us this Advent 2020 with a message about peace. The Advent season is a season where we prepare for and anticipate the coming of Christ. We wait…not passively, but actively wait, with adventurous expectation of God’s faithfulness and His presence. Last week we talked about hope. When we place our hope in God, we … More Peace – 2nd Week of Advent
As we close out the “Live the Greatest Life Possible” series, we dive into Philippians 4, where Paul lays out a process to perpetuate joy and freedom in Christ. It begins with celebration…our final Spiritual Discipline. Check earlier posts/messages to learn about the many other Spiritual Disciplines that can help you enter into God’s presence … More Celebrate!
Do you find yourself in a cycle of destructive habits of thought? You can replace those old, destructive habits of thought with new, life-giving habits. Our human mind will always take on the shape of that which we concentrate on, focus on, think about. It is not that hard to “Change Your Mind” from destructive … More Change Your Mind