God’s GPS The Bible is God’s GPS. He tells us when we go off track and how to get back on. Like a GPS, our desired destination is where we want our hearts to be. What kind of heart do we want to have? This is David’s prayer, his desired destination, and it should also be ours: “Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory and the majesty. Everything in the heavens Read More
There are two basic kinds of mentors in the Bible. Most of them, like Abraham, Daniel, and James, are godly mentors. They teach us how to live wisely, how to please the heart of Almighty God. But the Bible also features many mentors who, through their examples of foolish or even evil living, teach us how not to live. God includes the stories of Cain, Esau, Ahab, Jezebel, Herod, and Judas, allowing Read More
I don’t need to write this, because you know it’s true, but I’ll write it again as a reminder: many things in your life are out of your control. We live in a world filled with injustice, oppression, corruption, disaster, disease, and various other kinds of trouble. Many of us have experienced loss, tragedy, and suffering because of the condition of our fallen world. As I’ve traveled around the global Read More
SCRIPTURE You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone. – James 2:24 OBSERVATION As noted in this chapter, Abraham, Rahab and many other mentors in the Bible have walked in faith, but have also acted in action to bring to fruition their requests and God’s will. APPLICATION As I’ve read the Word over time, I’ve read our important faith Read More
Recently, I preached on money, giving and overall stewardship. I am always amazed at the response from pastor’s and people who attend church when it comes to the topic of money. They both have fears about it and often, they are unfounded. I think more pastors should talk about money and what the bible has to say about it. Not only for the health of their church, but for the spiritual health of Read More
SCRIPTURE O God, I beg two favors from you;let me have them before I die. First, help me never to tell a lie. Second, give me neither poverty nor riches! Give me just enough to satisfy my needs. For if I grow rich, I may deny you and say, “Who is the Lord?” And if I am too poor, I may steal and thus insult God’s holy name.- Proverbs 30 Furthermore, because we are united Read More
Babylon was probably the first of the great cities in the ancient world. It was an economic, political, scientific, and cultural center. Think of it as the ancient equivalent of New York, Singapore, or London.
Babylon was impressive in human standards, but we find in Revelation 18 that God was not impressed. The entire chapter – entitled The Fall of Babylon – is a condemnation of this once-magnificent culture.
It culminates with verse 21: “Then a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone and threw it into the sea, saying, ‘So will Babylon the great city be thrown down with violence, and will be found no more.’”
Why did Babylon fall? There’s so much to say, but I want to focus on just one phrase: As she gloried herself… (Revelation 18:7)
I don’t know about you, but I’m sure tired of ministry leaders who assume that their BIG VISION for mobilizing the body of Christ automatically trumps my smaller vision for our local church.
Yet, it happens all the time. A parachurch organization, a denominational leader or local pastor comes up with a plan to mobilize the body of Christ at large in order to do something great for God. It’s always a cause that’s hard to argue with: an evangelistic outreach, church planting, a mission project, a compassion drive, a citywide prayer meeting or even a political agenda that can only be pulled off if we all mobilize to fend off the latest crisis de jour.
Faith Comes by Hearing “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ” (Rom. 10:17). Because faith comes from hearing, if we want faith for something, we have to hear about it. So, if we want to have faith about money and learn to steward it God’s way, we have to hear about it. Seed for Sowing “Now He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply Read More