What It Means to Be the Church: Churches Filling Needs as Lock-Down Continues

https://churchleaders.com/news/372794-be-the-church-filling-needs-lock-down.html

This is what the body of Christ should be doing…

Not closing our doors for public safety, but engaging the sick, hurting, and afraid with the love of Christ and meeting needs, just as our Lord and his disciples have always done!

You Cannot Serve Both God and Theology

Excellent and balanced article. Knowing God better and loving him more. So often, knowledge gets stuck in our heads but never travels to our hearts.

I have known people that could quote chapter and verse, talk about relationship, prayer, and grace; and yet miss the heart of God… Then, others who couldn’t even quote John 3:16, yet had a more profound faith and understanding of mercy, grace, forgiveness and love, than one with a PhD in Theology.

God promised to write his Word on our hearts, not just on the pages we can read.

https://churchleaders.com/pastors/pastor-articles/247944-cannot-serve-god-theology.html

Rhett & Link, YouTubers Popular With Youth, Deconstruct Their Faith

Extremely sad, these men had such a shallow idea of faith and worse, that they could drag so many down with them…

https://churchleaders.com/youth/youth-leaders-articles/371115-rhett-link-youtubers-ear-biscuits-popular-with-youth-deconstruct-their-faith.html

The 10 Stubborn People Nobody Can Help

Unless they have a true and transformative spiritual shift that helps them overcome this ingrained tendency…

https://churchleaders.com/outreach-missions/outreach-missions-articles/174489-people-nobody-can-help.html

Quick Update

First, an apology, I have not been posting much for the last couple months nor writing much, for those who are following God’s Word Is Life, I’m sorry. Just really busy with work and family.
Second, I promise to get back on the ball sharing encouragement, perspective, and biblical truth regarding life and recovery.
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Let’s get the message of renewal, hope, joy, and contentment to the world through the mercy and grace offered to us ALL through a relationship with our Creator Father through the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus the Christ, and the indwelling Holy Spirit.
Thank you all for your support!

God’s Glory May Be in the Scars

Some scars are more easily hidden than others…

https://churchleaders.com/outreach-missions/outreach-missions-articles/346944-gods-glory-may-be-in-the-scars.html

7 Easy Ways to Put a ‘Not Welcome’ Sign on Your Church

I have been to many churches like these… It’s sad, because they see what a ‘family’ they have become, but outsiders feel extremely uncomfortable.

https://churchleaders.com/smallgroups/small-group-articles/306209-7-easy-ways-put-not-welcome-sign-church-ron-edmondson.html

Trifecta of Temptation

This message, given at Christian Baptist Church in Decatur, IL, focuses on the three biggest areas of temptation in the lives of Christians.

Eve was enticed, Jesus suffered temptation, and John the apostle warned his readers in 1 John 2:16 about the same three things.

The Trifecta of Temptation. The lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life.

How can we fight temptation? The same way Jesus did! With TRUTH!!!

 

Deeply Saddened

This morning, I finished reading (actually listening while commuting) through the Old Testament.

I find it deeply saddening. Over and over God has kept his promises to Abraham’s descendants. Over and over he promised, if you will only keep me first, keep my commandments and decrees, I will bless and protect you. If you don’t, then I will remove my hand of protection and I will send other nations to discipline you and drive you back to me. He promised blessings for obedience and curses for disobedience. He kept ALL his promises!

The nation of Israel faced hardship time and again because of their disobedience. The nation was scattered and exiled because of their disobedience. The nation was also blessed and restored when they would repent. However, even within the same generation, they would then turn from God again.

I find it heartbreaking!

In this age, God has sent his one and only Son, who died as an atoning sacrifice so that we don’t have to live under condemnation, but can live under mercy, grace, and forgiveness.

However, we still live in disobedience. We still rebel against God. God still keeps his promises and the world still suffers from it’s own disobedience.

Therefore, the answer is abundantly clear. Agree with God that sin is still sin (confess), turn from disobedience (repent), have faith, ask forgiveness, accept grace, and obey.

Have a blessed week!