Over the last few years I have had several friends who have chosen to no longer go to church, yet, remain a believer. The reasons are varied. Some because of being hurt by those in the church, others because of the way the church looks and acts.
Jerrad Lopes, founder of the national organization, Dad Tired, does a weekly podcast talking about different issues men may have in their lives. Jerrad encourages men to be dads who follow after God and put Him first in their families. In this podcast he addresses the issue of whether a family really needs to go to church or not. He does not say it is wrong to not go to church, but does suggest that anyone considering not going to church should ask themselves some very good questions.
Please take the time to listen to this podcast, whether you go to church or not, and whether you are considering not going to church or not. It was a real eye-opener to the issue.
Does our family really need to go to church?
My 20 year old son, Kyle, made this short 2 minute motivational video about traffic cones, the Christian and God. May you be blessed, motivated and challenged by this short video.
My wonderful wife, Cammie, wrote this little article on the day we had to say goodbye to a very dear man of God.
Ponderings from my heart today as we said goodbye to a dear friend today…
What does Sufficient mean to you? The Bible says that God’s grace is sufficient for us. But do we really know what that means? Webster defines sufficient like this, Sufficient: enough to meet the needs of a situation or a proposed end. That doesn’t sound like a permanent solution to me. To me is sounds like a day by day situation, like in The Lord’s Prayer. Give us this day our daily bread. Sounds like a walk by faith to me. That is so counter-culture though. Aren’t we supposed to have a 5, 10 or 15 year plan? Goals are fine but to be so wrapped up in the plan, that isn’t freedom in Christ. God has it all under control. Trust Him.
I think instead of sufficiency we crave security in tangible things. Things will fade though.
Webster defines security as, : the quality or state of being secure: such as the freedom from fear in any situation. However, if you’re a Christian your security rests in Christ not man. Also counter-culture. God didn’t create us so we could walk securely through life without a thought because then we would not need faith. He created us to love and obey him out of our own free will. To seek His plan. The End. That is our job.
So BE ENCOURAGED whatever you are going through because God’s grace IS sufficient and there in lies your security.
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
2 Corinthians 12:9
Here is a small part of a post from Michael Young that I follow. I encourage you to follow the link at the end and read the rest of this great post. Check out his site and see some other great posts that he has written.
How the Truth Sets Us Free
“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:32 NIV)
This is a common saying among many believers and non-believers alike. I’ve used it many times. Though, to be honest, I just thought it sounded good…and spiritual. You know, Jesus said it, so it must mean something. But I really never put much thought into it. That is, until I was doing some journaling Sunday afternoon.
I recently started a writing project that I hope will turn into a book. In it, I’m exploring how we can each see Christ working in our very own lives–right there on paper, in black and white–by going through our own lives and looking for Him there. (More on this to come some time later.) Anyway, so I was looking back through my last few months, looking for the ‘fingerprints of God’, and boom! I hit paydirt!
Here is the link to read the rest of the post: How The Truth Sets Us Free
Here is a blog by Glenn Kaiser, who I follow. He puts out some very good points on homelessness and believers. Please check out his blog.
Homeless: Sheep Vs. Goats
With permission, I snuck in and sat in the back (next to my wife!) of a kind friend’s seminar on homelessness today. “Snuck in” because it was Deeply Rooted, a women’s fellowship, worship and teaching gathering.
I had no idea Beth was going to discuss The Bonus Army [see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bonus_Army ] or key issues of African-Americans immediately after the American Civil War as elements of history to help us understand homelessness.
Indeed, today, Veteran’s Day in the U.S., far too many vets are in deep trouble!
Jesus in Matthew chapter 25 lists 6 things we need to be concerned with if we profess to love God and neighbor; indeed if our attitudes and choices reflect being one of His or not:
To read the rest of the article please go to: Homeless: Sheep VS. Goats