God’s Grace in my Testimony

When I was about ten years of age, to my primarily Catholic family’s chagrin, my father decided that we would try another church. He, my mother and brother and I piled into the car and went to a Baptist church for the first time since I’d been born. We went early and I recall attending Sunday…

God is a Rescuer, Not a Punisher

With superheroes as big as they are right now, nearly everyone can relate to the vast difference between the styles of the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen, Matt Murdock… protector of the city and rescuer of those who find themselves in dire places… and The Punisher, Frank Castle, vigilante killer and dealer of swift and merciless…

The Cross of Christ

Spring is the time of year for regeneration and restoration.  Growth and regrowth flood the season almost as much as the rains that come to bring life to the ground.  This week, Holy Week, is often a time for candy and easter egg dying.  Cute bunnies and fluffy chickens cover our social media feeds.  Much…

New Testament Giving: To Tithe or Not to Tithe?

Before we dig into the scriptures or laws and rules let’s start with one simple truth: THAT WHICH YOU LOVE, YOU WILL SUPPORT. This is true in every area of your life but today we are specifically talking about your home church. Whether or not we believe that the New Testament teaches tithing doesn’t change the…

Empowered

Acts 2:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Who receives the power of the Holy Spirit?  How do they receive it?  “Repent and be baptized every one…

Who’s Your Daddy?

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship,created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. EPH 2:8-10 (ESV) You’ve heard it said that He is your Father….

Are You A Christian?

In America we teach a lot of wrong doctrine and false teaching.  I’m not here to call anyone out or even bring up the specifics, but I will quote a short verse to let you know Jesus’ thoughts on the subject.  When speaking of the final days on earth, which few would argue are close,…

Short and Sweet: Unfaithful to the End

One of my favorite songs over the last few years has been from a guy named Andrew Peterson.  The song is called Hosea, and I’ve always thought it was disturbing subject matter for a Christian song, but the truth is exposed as we dig into the book of Hosea in the Bible. The book (and…

Grace and Mercy: Is Grace Conditional?

Alright, I admit it: I am not the most grace-filled person on earth.  I have struggled with this for so many years that it has caused me to question my beliefs over and over again.  What is grace?  How much should we have toward people?  How much does God have toward us?  Is His grace…

Grace and Mercy: Your Past is Part of Your Call

We all have a past.  Some of us were practically born into the Kingdom of God, being raised by Christian parents who brought us up in God’s care and admonition.  Others… were not.  I have met so many young adults over the years who place themselves in a category above others in the area of…

Grace and Mercy: Mercy Triumphs Over Judgement

JAMES 2:13 There will be no mercy for those who have not shown mercy to others. But if you have been merciful, God will be merciful when he judges you. (mercy triumphs over judgement) I have been studying the book of James yet again.  There’s something about this book that I can’t get away from….

Grace and Mercy: Defined

In the Christian life I truly believe many of us just repeat words that we have heard growing up and really don’t know the meaning of them. I remember when I was in the 6th grade, my teacher, Mrs. Lipko, asked me to pray. I led the class in a prayer and ended it in…