December 1, 2013
“Christmas Carol” is a four part series in which we look at popular Christmas songs, exploring why these songs are so popular and whether they agree with the Biblical teaching about Christmas. Add to that some fun with the music itself and we have a series designed to help us not only celebrate Christmas, but celebrate the Christ himself! The series opens with a look at one of the most popular Christmas songs of all time, “Away in a Manger”.
November 24, 2013
As he closes his letter of encouragement Paul slips in last minute instructions. In essence he says, “You got this–and here are ways to keep getting it”. Those of us who are following the Lord know we have the main thing down–our relationship with him! But can we live better? Can we be more faithful?
November 17, 2013
The return of the Lord has fascinated people since the first time he told his followers he was coming back. Many people invest a lot of their time “studying” his return. But what do we really need to know and understand in order to live faithfully now?
November 10, 2013
When someone tell you you’re doing well, it doesn’t mean you’re perfect! We can always be strengthened and improve–especially when it comes to how we live before God. Paul gives us some reminders of ways we can be even stronger, and invites us to practice these with him!
November 3, 2013
What we pray about not only tells us how we see our relationship with God, it demonstrates what we think is important. Paul’s description of his prayer looks very different from the average Christian’s prayer. Why is that, and what should we do about it?
October 27, 2013
We know there is a spiritual world, but do we understand it? And do we have to understand it to know that it is real and to respond to it? Paul talked about the reality that what he wanted to do was actually prevented by Satan. He wasn’t speaking figuratively. So how does this work? Does is happen to us? And how can we deal with it if we want to be faithful to the Lord?
October 20, 2013
Out of sight, out of mind is a reality for most of us. Sometimes this is true even with people we care about. Sometimes it strengthens us to look back at those who have made an impact on our lives and remember how they did it!
October 13, 2013
There are usually a lot of people willing to tell us what we’re doing wrong. Most of us don’t have to go look for someone to illuminate us! But sometimes we need someone to point out what’s going right—to remind us of what we’re doing well. Many of us can identify with the Greeks Paul was addressing when, in essence, he said “You’re doing good!”.
October 6, 2013
For some people, writing something over and over is simply filler—meaningless repetition put into a letter or note to fill space. For others, taking such space means that which is repeated is important. Paul was known to begin his letters with a basic formula. So what’s so important about these five words?
September 29, 2013
Worship, like most things we do, must be practiced before we are really good at it. But that feels awkward—strange–to most of us. How do we “practice” worship? In this final installment in “The Art Of Worship” Randy Christian and Stephen Ulangca will join together to lead just such a practice session!