A nude prophet teaches mercy and justice – Current Events Q1 2020 – Affordable Housing, Part 2

In the previous post, I told you the story of a boardinghouse in my local area, the tenants of which might be evicted because of a zoning law. I’ve started a series about how Christians can think biblically about current events. What is God’s heart for a boardinghouse that might get shut down because ofContinue reading “A nude prophet teaches mercy and justice – Current Events Q1 2020 – Affordable Housing, Part 2”

How a zoning law could make people homeless – Current Events Q1 2020 – Affordable Housing, Part 1

Last month Penn Live reported on a PA Commonwealth Court appeal ruling that took place January 10th, saying that the ruling said, “Should spell doom for a long-running, but apparently never officially permitted boarding house,” which is located in the far southeastern corner of East Lampeter Township. Perhaps even more importantly, Penn Live said, theContinue reading “How a zoning law could make people homeless – Current Events Q1 2020 – Affordable Housing, Part 1”

How to rip off labels stuck to you – Our Identity: Citizens of God's Kingdom, Part 5

Have you ever been a part of a sports team that wears jerseys with labels on them?  Usually a jersey has a team name, logo, and your player number. Some also include your last name and maybe a sponsor name and logo.  NASCAR driver uniforms have, perhaps, the most labels of all.   We, too, canContinue reading “How to rip off labels stuck to you – Our Identity: Citizens of God's Kingdom, Part 5”

How fantasy football helps us identify as Citizens of God's Kingdom – Our Identity: Citizens of God's Kingdom, Part 4

Did you know that Citizenship in the Kingdom of Heaven is like fantasy football?  When you play fantasy football, you normally draft onto your fantasy team players that are from teams that you don’t root for. All of a sudden, now that they are on your fantasy team, you start being interested in that player. Continue reading “How fantasy football helps us identify as Citizens of God's Kingdom – Our Identity: Citizens of God's Kingdom, Part 4”

How Christian dual citizenship matters to politics – Our Identity: Citizens of God's Kingdom, Part 3

Christians, we have dual citizenship.  We are citizens of the Kingdom of heaven, and we are citizens of an earthly kingdom.  Where I am writing from, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, most Christians are citizens of the Kingdom of Jesus, and we are citizens of the United States of America.  We say, “I am American,” and we are. Continue reading “How Christian dual citizenship matters to politics – Our Identity: Citizens of God's Kingdom, Part 3”

The Already, but Not Yet Kingdom – Our Identity: Citizens of God's Kingdom, Part 2

We are citizens of the Kingdom of God now.  What does that mean?  How does our citizenship in God’s Kingdom matter now? The answer to that question is something called, “the already, but not yet”.  We are a part of the Kingdom of God already, but that Kingdom has not yet come in its fullness. Continue reading “The Already, but Not Yet Kingdom – Our Identity: Citizens of God's Kingdom, Part 2”

Does where you were born matter? – Our Identity: Citizens of God's Kingdom, Part 1

Where were you born? I’ve lived in Lancaster, Pennsylvania for most of my life, but I was born in Alexandria, Virginia. What that means is that I am a citizen of the United States of America. What country are you a citizen of? I’m bringing this up because in our Identity sermon series, we’ve talkedContinue reading “Does where you were born matter? – Our Identity: Citizens of God's Kingdom, Part 1”

How to walk with the Holy Spirit every day – Our Identity: Temples of the Spirit, Part 5

If you are a Christian, you carry the Holy Spirit around with you everywhere you go. So what? What does that matter? How do we live out our identity as temples of the Spirit? It starts with confession and repentance for the sin in our lives.  Admit it, and turn away from it.  One ofContinue reading “How to walk with the Holy Spirit every day – Our Identity: Temples of the Spirit, Part 5”

How to be filled with (and quench) the Holy Spirit – Our Identity: Temples of the Spirit, Part 4

Are you filled with the Holy Spirit? Is it possible that you might have grieved or quenched the Spirit? We learned in the previous post that the Spirit of God is hard at work in lives.  But what if we don’t know it, or realize it, or feel it?  That would be a bummer, right? Continue reading “How to be filled with (and quench) the Holy Spirit – Our Identity: Temples of the Spirit, Part 4”

How the Holy Spirit works in us – Our Identity: Temples of the Spirit, Part 3

Your body is a temple. Have you ever heard that? What does it mean? If you google it, you’ll find lots of images of people exercising. When people say, “your body is a temple,” they are often referring to health and wellness.  So to treat your body right, you should exercise, eat healthy, and sleepContinue reading “How the Holy Spirit works in us – Our Identity: Temples of the Spirit, Part 3”