Twenty years after the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ Paul wrote 1 Thessalonians (50-51 AD) to a people Paul describes “your work that comes from faith, your
In this series about finding God as you face grief we read from Obadiah for an example of anger as Judah raged against the Edomites for siding with their enemy. Lamentations 1 composed a song of despair at Judah's fall. In Lamentations 3 the writer tried bargaining with God to bring
Elisabeth Kübler-Ross describes bargaining as a common stage in the grieving process. We make promises to God, change a habit or attitude and get more active in church. But what about the inside of your life – a change of heart, a realization that unless
How many people in your congregation would you classify as tithers? The answer likely depends upon the interpretation of the biblical admonition to tithe that church leaders
The key to keeping the spirit of the tithe alive in today’s church may be helping the congregation focus on God.
The English word gentle is the Greek word praotes in Ephesians 4:2. Paul used praotes to communicate that a Christian is a person who is mild in
Do our personal (or corporate) prayers ever include the question, “Lord, how can you use me (or us) to improve or remedy this condition or this situation?
Since I was a youngster, I have watched television coverage of the Olympics, both summer and winter versions. I do not follow many sports competitions regularly, but I enjoy following some of the story lines in various individual and team competitions on this world stage.
The Smith’s handsome young son, who had been our music leader, married and moved away. He and his wife were killed in an automobile accident within the year. I came home from Fort Worth to find a dad struck silent by grief and a mother
Our church’s recent quarterly business meeting seemed routine enough (if there is such a thing as a routine business meeting). But very quietly, something historic occurred that