While the fullness of that plan will not be experienced until Jesus returns and establishes the fullness of his Kingdom, God in his grace often allows some of the blessings of our promised future to splash over the rim of the present so that we get a glimpse of what is to come.
I had loved God. I had served God. I had preached about God. I had studied God. But I had never enjoyed Him.
If the gospel is an ocean, then a trip to the beach does not suffice.
"I am but an unprofitable servant. I gladly go to the foot of the cross and own myself the least of Thy people."
I feel her scratch my itching ears with her words, saying just what I wish I heard from the people around me. And here’s what she sounds like . . .
Responsive readings not only assist in the reading and praying of Scripture, but also are of value in that they are biblical, historical, participatory, and instructional for the life of the church.
So the great irony of prosperity gospelism is that it actually cultivates its own need for itself. It is built on discontentment and greed and desire and accumulating (whether stuff or "spirituality"), and therefore it turns in on itself, self perpetuating, continuing to create the needs it promises to fill.
A weak hand may lay hold of a strong Christ.
The study of church history has fallen on hard times. But here are 10 reasons why the average believer’s walk with Christ would be enriched by learning a bit from our hallowed past.
Many of us were never trained in our formal education, internships, or perhaps even our associate roles how to lead a great ministry team meeting. This was something that became apparent to me as I stepped into lead a burgeoning team of strong leaders at my church. What follows here are hard knocks and necessary considerations, I believe, for a great ministry meeting.