The important difference between faith and faithfulness – Fruit of the Spirit: Faithfulness, Part 2

In the previous post we studied a couple passages of Scripture that declare God’s faithfulness. You might read those verses and think, “Okay, I see the words of Scripture, but based on what is happening in my life, it doesn’t always seem that God is faithful.”  If we’re honest, we can feel like lamenters inContinue reading “The important difference between faith and faithfulness – Fruit of the Spirit: Faithfulness, Part 2”

We need faith that is more than faith – Fruit of the Spirit: Faithfulness, Preview

What do you think of the name of my church: “Faith Church”?  I checked the historical records we have on file, and they begin in 1968 after the name of the church was already decided.  Wouldn’t it be cool to have a transcript of the discussion that led to our name “Faith”? Why did whoever pickedContinue reading “We need faith that is more than faith – Fruit of the Spirit: Faithfulness, Preview”

Wonder: Remember His Rescue – Psalm 77, Part 3

This week I welcome guest blogger, Clint Watkins, as he shares with us how his personal experience of loss and pain led him to learn how to seize hope through lament. If you want to learn more about Clint, please visit his website. As we continue studying Psalm 77, we have already learned how lamentContinue reading “Wonder: Remember His Rescue – Psalm 77, Part 3”

You can be set free to love – Galatians 1:1-5:15, Part 5

Do you find it hard to love some people? Maybe there are people you really struggle with? Keep reading because there is hope! Because Jesus died and rose again, we can be free!  Look at chapter 4:1-7.  Because of Jesus’ death and resurrection, Paul says, we can receive the full rights as sons and daughtersContinue reading “You can be set free to love – Galatians 1:1-5:15, Part 5”

How to be made right – Galatians 1:1-5:15, Part 3

I told a story in the preview post about how I was not right. I made the stupid decision to smack my head against a beam. Maybe you’ve done very dumb or very bad things as well. My guess is that just about all of have at one time or another. Do you need toContinue reading “How to be made right – Galatians 1:1-5:15, Part 3”

How to be counted as worthy of God’s Kingdom – 2 Thessalonians 1, Part 5

Will you be counted as worthy of the Kingdom of God? Paul writes in 2 Thessalonians 1 verse 5 that the Thessalonian Christians’ growing spiritual maturity in the midst of persecution is evidence that they will be counted as worthy of the Kingdom.  That’s quite a statement.  What if we are Christians who haven’t beenContinue reading “How to be counted as worthy of God’s Kingdom – 2 Thessalonians 1, Part 5”

When God laments, it can change everything – Ezekiel 19, Part 5

In Ezekiel 19 (starting here) we have seen God lamenting, expressing his pain, in the form of an allegorical funeral dirge, that simply says, “My children whom I love, you have betrayed me and become something totally different and oppressive, something I didn’t want for you. I have tried hard to express my love forContinue reading “When God laments, it can change everything – Ezekiel 19, Part 5”

Practical ways to stay connected to God – Ezekiel 15 & 16, Part 5

What do we do to stay connected to God? First of all, we must spend time with him, getting to know him, hearing from him.  Too often Christians have said that to build a relationship with God, “Go to church on Sunday,” as if what happens in that building is what God really wants.  NotContinue reading “Practical ways to stay connected to God – Ezekiel 15 & 16, Part 5”

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”