You are needed on the team! – Acts 13, Part 2

How do you feel about group projects? Do they excite you, or do they frustrate you? Do you think, “These people energize me, and our connection is producing something creative and innovative,” or do you think, “These people are slowing me down. My work is suffering because of them”? I was assigned a group projectContinue reading “You are needed on the team! – Acts 13, Part 2”

How church families can have harmony – Titus 3:9-15, Part 5

Are you a person of grace? Or is giving grace hard for you? As we conclude this series on Titus 3:9-15, we get a peek into the church family that Paul was a part of.  See verses 12-13.  There he mentions his friends who were members of his ministry network, in which he was sendingContinue reading “How church families can have harmony – Titus 3:9-15, Part 5”

A three-step process for resolving conflict in the church – Titus 3:9-15, Part 4

Has your church family experienced disagreements? Divisions? Has your church had to wrestle with how to respond? It can be really tricky, right? Emotions fly, people get offended, and it can seem that no matter what option you choose, someone will not like it, get hurt, and leave the church. Okay, let’s turn off theContinue reading “A three-step process for resolving conflict in the church – Titus 3:9-15, Part 4”

Are you a Professional Weaker Brother or Sister? Titus 3:9-15, Part 3

Are you a Professional Weaker Brother or Sister? (Are thinking, huh?) I didn’t make up the title, but I’ve talked about it before, and I think it bears repeating in this series on Titus 3:9-15. If you are jumping into the middle of the series, I encourage you to go back and start with partContinue reading “Are you a Professional Weaker Brother or Sister? Titus 3:9-15, Part 3”

Do you have strong or weak faith? – Titus 3:9-15, Part 2

Do people in your church family have differences of opinion about how Christians should behave? In my church there are plenty of different views. Should Christians drink alcohol? Should people view R-rated movies or MA-rated TV shows? Should people purchase luxury items? Should we vote Republican or Democrat, or maybe even a third-party? Should ChristiansContinue reading “Do you have strong or weak faith? – Titus 3:9-15, Part 2”

What that little pocket on jeans can teach us about church family – Titus 3:9-15, Part 1

Family.  Who do you think of when you think of family? Growing up my family was my dad and mom, and my brother and sister.  Five people.  I’m so thankful that they are still my family.  When my wife, Michelle, and I got married, though, we started our new family.  God blessed us with children,Continue reading “What that little pocket on jeans can teach us about church family – Titus 3:9-15, Part 1”

God helps those who help themselves? [False ideas Christians believe about…difficulty. Part 3]

“If you are unemployed and need a job, and you pray for a job, don’t expect God to give you a job if all you do is collect unemployment while you sit on the couch all day watching Netflix and eating chips. Stop making excuses and get to the unemployment office!” What do you thinkContinue reading “God helps those who help themselves? [False ideas Christians believe about…difficulty. Part 3]”

How to be a peacemaker (shocking lessons from an “insane” person!)

All week long, we’ve been looking at 1 Peter 3:8-12 where Peter teaches a very difficult thing to do: when people insult you, ask God to bless them. Is Peter saying you can never defend yourself?  I would submit that Peter would answer, “No. You can defend yourself. But there is a right way andContinue reading “How to be a peacemaker (shocking lessons from an “insane” person!)”

How to handle difficult people: When they insult you, eulogize ’em!

I learned a shocking thing about eulogies, and in this post I’m going to reveal what I learned. This week we are studying 1 Peter 3:8-12, and so far we have learned the Top 5 adjectives that Peter says should describe a church family.  Now he gets to some verbs, some actions that members ofContinue reading “How to handle difficult people: When they insult you, eulogize ’em!”

The Top 5 adjectives that should describe a church family (do you know them?)

Get out a pen and paper, or open up a note-taking app.  What are the first five adjectives that come to mind if you were trying to answer the question: “What are the five top adjectives that should describe a church family?” This week we are studying 1 Peter 3:8-12 where Peter teaches how aContinue reading “The Top 5 adjectives that should describe a church family (do you know them?)”