The next sermon in our series Encountering Jesus through John’s Gospel from chapter 17 seeing the example of Jesus being immersed in the Word and led by the Spirit and our call to do likewise as we follow him.
The next sermon in our series Encountering Jesus through John’s Gospel focusing again on the beginning of chapter 17 examining what eternal life really is and how it heals us and brings us all the way home.
Dear Friends, I presume you are spending some time over the next several hours thinking about gratitude and giving thanks. Gratitude is an impulse we should seek to develop and cultivate. But it’s just an impulse until we act on it. It’s not thanksgiving until you actually give thanks to someone for something. And that’s what we’re called too. Clearly. “In everything, give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18) I’ll note here that…
Dear Friends, Earlier today, Mary Ann forwarded this to me. It’s from Shane Pruitt, a pastor, author and speaker who lives in Rockwall, Texas. Want to change your worship experience at church? Pray before you get there. Ask God to speak to you. Listen to worship music on the way. Take a Bible with you instead of relying on the screens. Don’t run late. Sing loudly, like you mean it. Take notes. Expect God to move. I shared with you last week about Greg Atkinson, the man who has made…
Dear Friends, Greg Atkinson has an interesting ministry. He’s a secret shopper for churches. Your church can hire him, and either he or one of his trained associates will show up on a random Sunday morning as a visitor and provide you with feedback and a report card on how you can up your game with visitors. When asked about where churches need the most help, Greg cites four things. He says most churches need to do a better job with their…
Jesus talked more about money than almost any other subject in the Bible. He said, “Where your treasure is, your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21). That means we declare something to be truly important when we invest our money in it.
Everything we have belongs to God. He has entrusted us to be good stewards and to invest our resources – our time, our talents and our treasure – wisely. It is a privilege to be God’s instruments on earth and take the good news of Jesus to a broken, hurting world.
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