Salvation is free but rewards are earned. It's the training before the big day that matters most. Teamwork is everything.
Along with the rest of America I'm shocked and saddened at the mass shootings that took place in Aurora, Colorado at this morning's 12:01 am premiere of "Dark Knight Rising" the latest and last of the Batman trilogy.
Sin rips and ravages. Like a sinister and dangerous predator it tricks us and then pounces. From burning lust to to juicy gossip to gloating pride sin draws us in through portals of hormones, bitterness and arrogance before killing us with the consequences.
All too often all too many churches subtly imply that a life well lived is enough. They imply that if you're a good neighbor, co-worker, student or friend then, at some point, others will ask what makes you so different.
The Sinner's Prayer is the Bigfoot of the Bible, talked about a lot, but nowhere to be found. This yakking Yeti doesn't even leave a fake footprint. Saying a prayer is not believing in Christ, believing in Christ is believing in Christ.
"Gospelize"…I love that word! I like it better than the word evangelize. Gospelize's verbal twin has too much baggage and too many misconceptions. Gospelize has the same destination as the word evangelize but it's sporting nicer (not necessarily newer) shoes to cover her beautiful feet.
How do you help your teens have a great summer instead of a boring one? How do you help them turn it from typical to transformational?
Over the years I think I have subconsciously tried to assign fasting to the Old Testament rituals that were (or should have been anyway) nailed to the cross. Nevermind the fact that fasting is mentioned several times in the New Testament.
We should long to see everyone in our circle of influence (and outside of it for that matter) receive the forgiveness, life and hope of Jesus.
Politics change. The gospel doesn't. The gospel will transform our politics, not vice versa.
They are hard to get together but when they do people get saved
I didn't really grow up in a Christian household. I had some things happen to me as a kid that no girl should ever have to go through. I got this idea in my head that I had to pay for being such a screw up.
1. Get a tattoo but make sure it's a Hebrew word for something spiritual.
They are twitchy (just like the early disciples!) Teens are looking for a cause to live for
Is it me or is there a growing number of theologically conservative preachers, teachers and seminary students who just seem ticked off all of the time?
How do we as Christians deal with the whole topic of the "pagan" celebration of Easter verses the Christian holiday of Resurrection Sunday?
Consider the possibility that you could be over-estimating what the Christians you lead really know when it comes to the Gospel.
Every evangelist faces a huge temptation. No, I'm not talking about sexual immorality, nor am I talking about financial impropriety or even pride. I believe that most evangelists, at one time or another, succumb to its evil whisper.
Are you creating total sensory gospel experiences in your youth group? Can teenagers see, feel, taste and, of course, hear the gospel when they attend your weekly meetings? Teens should sense the power of the gospel on at least four levels in your youth ministry
Bad Christian drivers with corny Christian bumper stickers. You rep Jesus, so drive better or scrape it off. TV preachers who wear $3,000 suits, drive Mercedes and beg for more money.
Today the students of Chardon High School in Chardon, Ohio are in shock. Although details are still coming in, we do know that at least four other students were shot and a suspect is in custody.
In the crazy "what if" world of impossible scenarios I am convinced that Jesus would be fired within his first few months of becoming a youth leader at the typical church.
What if? What if the Lake of Fire was just outside of Cleveland? What if people went there before they died and not after? What if we could get in a car and drive to Ohio to witness the suffering of the lost firsthand?
"I'm too busy!" Jesus had a packed ministry schedule but he made time to pray.
Too often, too many of us have negative views of the word evangelism. Sadly, the 2,000 year old practice of evangelism has 2,000 years worth of baggage that comes with it