Why believing is just the beginning – Becoming Disciplemakers: Preview

How do we help people who are not currently followers of Jesus become followers of Jesus?  I ask that question admittedly making the assumption that being a follower of Jesus is the best possible way of life, holding hope for both abundant life now and eternal life in the future. I recognize that many peopleContinue reading “Why believing is just the beginning – Becoming Disciplemakers: Preview”

How you live shows what you believe – John 3:1-21, Part 5

I recently read a book about Robert Hanssen, an FBI agent who betrayed his oath and sold top secret info to Russia.  The author researched and described the in-depth, many years long process FBI agents went through to identify and catch Hanssen.  Does reading that book make me a spy-catcher now?  No.  In the sameContinue reading “How you live shows what you believe – John 3:1-21, Part 5”

Who is Jesus? – Gospel of John Intro: Preview

Can you prove that Jesus is God, that he was born, lived, died and rose again?  Can you prove that he is who he said he is, and that he is who his followers said he is?  I have often wished that there was video evidence to help us prove it, but there is not. Continue reading “Who is Jesus? – Gospel of John Intro: Preview”

You can have a relationship with Jesus – Relationships: God, Part 4

In the New Testament we meet God the Son, Jesus.  Jesus is unique in the persons of the Trinity because of something called incarnation.  Incarnation refers to the idea that Jesus came in the flesh.  Jesus took on a human body.  For 33 years he lived as a human.  When you think about your relationshipContinue reading “You can have a relationship with Jesus – Relationships: God, Part 4”

God’s promise of hope and strength for those who are suffering – 2 Thessalonians 2:13-17, Part 5

In the previous post we learned that suffering is the way to glory. I have to admit that I don’t like the sound of that. I would rather glory come by way of ease, comfort and fun. This is precisely why Paul says what he says next in our ongoing study of 2 Thessalonians 2:13-17. Continue reading “God’s promise of hope and strength for those who are suffering – 2 Thessalonians 2:13-17, Part 5”

Do you feel disconnected from God? – Ezekiel 15 & 16, Part 4

How close do you feel to God? Do you feel distant? Maybe you participate in your church’s worship, and you feel closer, but the rest of the week is so darn busy you can go for days without giving God a thought. The result feels like a growing distance between you and God. As weContinue reading “Do you feel disconnected from God? – Ezekiel 15 & 16, Part 4”

Who is the authority in a world where we don’t know who to trust? – Ezekiel 13, Part 2

Do you watch the news or read articles online and wonder, “Who is right? Who can I trust?” If you’re like me, you’ve probably had conversations about Covid and treatment options, and your conversation partners were adamant about their views. But as you listened to them promoting one view or the other, you thought toContinue reading “Who is the authority in a world where we don’t know who to trust? – Ezekiel 13, Part 2”

When it seems like God isn’t keeping his promises – Ezekiel 12, Part 4

In the previous post, we talked about how frustrating it can feel waiting on God. Maybe you know the feeling. You want to be faithful to God, but you are waiting and waiting, and it doesn’t seem like God is keeping his promises. God has been telling the people in Ezekiel’s day that destruction isContinue reading “When it seems like God isn’t keeping his promises – Ezekiel 12, Part 4”

What people need to know about Christmas – Honest Advent Bonus Post

For Christmas Eve, Faith Church included as part of our worship service, the excellent depiction of the Christmas Story as told by the TV show The Chosen. Before continuing with this post, I urge you to watch the episode below: As I watched the first part of the video, the introduction felt very familiar.  RememberContinue reading “What people need to know about Christmas – Honest Advent Bonus Post”

God loves you anyway – Acts 28, Part 3

Editor’s Note: This week we welcome Paul Mannino to the blog, and he will be discussing Acts 28. If you want to watch the sermon, it’s posted on Paul’s YouTube Channel here. My wife, Michelle, and I met Paul and his wife, Mary Kate, at the Evangelical Congregational Church’s Pastoral Assessment Center this past January.Continue reading “God loves you anyway – Acts 28, Part 3”