The problem and solution of God’s invisibility – John 1:1-18, Part 5

How many of you wish that God were visible?  How many of you wish that you could just have a little miracle of Jesus showing up at your doorstep to give you some reassurance that he is right there?  How many of you look back at some of the miracles recorded in the Bible andContinue reading “The problem and solution of God’s invisibility – John 1:1-18, Part 5”

Christian, what aroma does your manner, method and message give off? – Relationships: In the community, Part 5

My wife, Michelle, works at a local café.  She and the other servers say that the Sunday, after-church crowd are some of their least favorite to serve.  Why?  Their manner, message and method stink.  They can be demanding. They can treat their servers coldly or disrespectfully. They can lack polite manners. They can barely tip,Continue reading “Christian, what aroma does your manner, method and message give off? – Relationships: In the community, Part 5”

Do you give off the aroma of life or the aroma of death? – Relationships: In the community, Part 4

When I go running with my dogs, one of the most amazing things is the smell of breakfast cooking emanating from the houses we pass by.  Or maybe you are more familiar with the smell of someone cooking burgers.  Or a chicken barbeque.  The wind can carry that smell really far.  I grew up inContinue reading “Do you give off the aroma of life or the aroma of death? – Relationships: In the community, Part 4”

Are you a quality friend? A good member of your community? – Relationships: In your community, Preview

Who are your neighbors?  Do you know their names?  Their story?  Their beliefs?  Evaluate your relationships with them.  Are you close?  Distant?  Would they say you care about them?  What about your co-workers?  Your friends?  Your classmates?  What does it mean to have godly relationships with the various people in your life?  Are we justContinue reading “Are you a quality friend? A good member of your community? – Relationships: In your community, Preview”

How not to leave a church – Relationships: In the Church, Part 5

Did you know that when a pastor leaves a church, anecdotal evidence suggests that 25% of the congregation will also leave the church as a result?  Not a guaranteed stat.  It could be way less.  Could be more.  But it should be zero, of course depending on the situation.  What I am referring to isContinue reading “How not to leave a church – Relationships: In the Church, Part 5”

Why dying to self and rising again are the way to have healthy… – Relationships: In the Church, Part 4

We continue the story of Jesus to see how his birth, life, death and resurrection is instructive for church family relationships.  We celebrate Jesus coming in the flesh at Christmas.  We must also consider Good Friday, as Paul reminds us in Philippians 2 that God, who was willing to take on human flesh, also tookContinue reading “Why dying to self and rising again are the way to have healthy… – Relationships: In the Church, Part 4”

The surprising beginning of the first church family – Relationships: In a church, Part 1

Calling the people in a local church congregation a “family” is pretty normal in Christian circles.  In fact one of the most common ways that the New Testament writers refer to the people in a church congregation is by using the terms “brothers” and “sisters”.   We are siblings in Christ. I wonder if that soundsContinue reading “The surprising beginning of the first church family – Relationships: In a church, Part 1”

Sometimes healthy relationships need boundaries – Relationships: Family, Part 5

Sometimes family relationships need boundaries.  As a family grows, we simply cannot care for everyone deeply, and frankly some people don’t want to be cared for.  Worse, some people are toxic.  Some are abusive.  When people behave badly, it is okay to impose boundaries on theme.  We place boundaries on relationships to stop the hurt,Continue reading “Sometimes healthy relationships need boundaries – Relationships: Family, Part 5”

Sibling rivalry and the Fruit of the Spirit – Relationships: Family, Part 4

We’re talking about relationships, and this is part 4 in our five-part series on family relationships. We’ve looked at husbands and wives, singles and then parents and children. In this post, we’ll discover what the Bible has to say about siblings.  We parents earnestly desire that our kids will be close friends. Sibling rivalry, however,Continue reading “Sibling rivalry and the Fruit of the Spirit – Relationships: Family, Part 4”

How the Fruit of the Spirit helps us be healthy parents – Relationships: Family, Part 3

One of the unique ways that married people can serve the Lord is by choosing to grow their family by adding children.  Not all married couples will have children, and we would do well to pay attention to the couples who want to have children but wrestle with infertility.  We reach out to them withContinue reading “How the Fruit of the Spirit helps us be healthy parents – Relationships: Family, Part 3”