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…

Tolerance or Cowardice?

Let me preface this by saying that it is written with as much love as I could possibly muster: Love for the Body of Christ, Love for Pastors, Love for Jesus.  There are some harsh statements, but Jesus made harsh statements.  There is some anguish – not anger – broken-hearted anguish for the Church that…

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….

The Modern Tweeter and the Ancient Farmer

Lately, I have been considering the specific words God chose to use in particular areas of the Bible.  I believe, not only the meaning of the scripture, but, the particular words the Holy Spirit chose are very important.  What has been sticking out most recently are the scriptures referring to sowing and reaping.  I’d say…

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…

Prostitution and the Bride of Christ

Imagine, that you are engaged to be married to the love of your life.  You buy your fiancé every great thing they desire.  Rings, jewels, expensive dinners and cars.  Every whim is granted to them.  You love them with every fiber of your being.  However, it turns out that this isn’t enough.  You learn that…

The Worst Billboard EVER

My wife and I went on an excursion today.  It was a beautiful mid 70s day here in Texas, and we figured we’d take advantage of it.  We went to a town called Grapevine, TX and had a blast checking out the area.  Their historic downtown was beautiful and a ton of fun.  We also…

What does God think about you?

I received an email from I girl (now woman) I went to high school with today.  She always meant a lot to me, whether she knew it or not.  Now we are all grown up with husbands, wives, kids, jobs, and pets but it’s amazing how God can bring you right back to a moment….

The Prodigal, me

It’s 4:30am, I went to bed 5 hours ago and sleep refused to come.  After hours of watching the clock I finally decided maybe the answer was to give time to God.  Tonight is the beginning of something awesome.  The men at our church who have recently begun a course that will end in a…

When Will We Learn About Love?

What an amazing contrast the God of our Bible is to any other religious figure.  I’ve been reading a phenomenal book by Mosab Hassan Yousef entitled “The Son of Hamas” (www.sonofhamas.wordpress.com) and although I’ve read the Qua’ran in the past it’s amazing to hear from the mouth of a former Muslim concerning it’s falsities.  Their…

Fused With Jesus

Here it is!  Finally!  Among the greatest Scriptures ever penned!  Romans 10:9-11 is about the righteousness and sovereignty of Christ. If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and…

AXIS ::rewind – Consider The Raven

Why are we here?  Why do we read our Bible?   We don’t come to the Bible to learn principles so that we can do better and try hard.  We come to the Bible to get closer to Jesus. What do we know about Jesus? This is God in the flesh.  Everything we experienced, He…