The Good News principle I learned from selling mattresses – Acts 28, Part 5

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 “The Good News principle I learned from selling mattresses – Acts 28, Part 5”

What to do in the middle of nonstop bad news – Matthew 28, Part 5

I’m wondering if you’ve experienced an inner yearning lately for some good news. As I’m writing this, our world is in the grip of the coronavirus pandemic. Every day the news reports how many people have contracted the virus and how many people have died. This morning I watched the weekly CBS News morning show’sContinue reading “What to do in the middle of nonstop bad news – Matthew 28, Part 5”

One important way Jesus wants you to live in the world – Titus 3:1-8, Part 5

Why are you here on earth? Do you ever wonder if you have a purpose, a role? Sometimes people say that there is one thing you can do better than anyone else on earth. What do you think about that? I tend to think there is a better way to look at our purpose onContinue reading “One important way Jesus wants you to live in the world – Titus 3:1-8, Part 5”

God’s purpose for your life – Titus 3:1-8, Part 4

Stop! Don’t read this post. (I know. That’s not an advisable way to start a blog post.) Before continuing with this post, thought, if you haven’t read the previous post, part 3, please go back and read it here. In this series of posts, we’re studying the amazing teaching of Titus 3:1-8, so actually, IContinue reading “God’s purpose for your life – Titus 3:1-8, Part 4”

How you can know that you are truly a Christian – Titus 2:11-15, Part 5

How do you know if you are truly a Christian? Have you ever doubted? Have you wondered if your faith is real? We’ve heard a lot of good news in this series of posts on Titus 2:11-15 about God’s love for us. Before we get a big head from all this good news that GodContinue reading “How you can know that you are truly a Christian – Titus 2:11-15, Part 5”

How to be adopted into God’s family – Titus 2:11-15, Part 4

Would you say that you are close to God? Or distant? Thinking in family terms, would you say you are part of God’s family? I recently blogged about the phrase that people sometimes use, “We’re all God’s children.” As I reflected on that phrase, I found it needed further explanation. You can read that postContinue reading “How to be adopted into God’s family – Titus 2:11-15, Part 4”

What is sound doctrine? Titus 1:10-16, Part 3

In this series of posts on Titus 1:10-16, Paul has been talking about redemptive church discipline. He has described how to practice faithful confrontation that seeks to encourage people away from divisiveness toward sound doctrine. But what is sound doctrine? What is going on with these people?  In today’s post, we’re going to focus onContinue reading “What is sound doctrine? Titus 1:10-16, Part 3”

False Ideas Christians Believe About…Salvation

What happens when we die? Is there a way to know? In this post we are fact-checking phrases about salvation and the afterlife: We’re all God’s children. We need people to pray the Sinners’ Prayer. Jesus wants to live in your heart. I’m so sorry for your loss. Heaven must have needed another angel. First,Continue reading “False Ideas Christians Believe About…Salvation”

What in the world is Christian “outreach”?

It has been a few years, but for a long time every fall Faith Church held a Harvest Bazaar.  Before that it was called a Christmas Bazaar.  Many people in our congregation would cook up a storm in their kitchens, creating delicacies for the bake shop.  Others would staff the snack shop, making amazing chickenContinue reading “What in the world is Christian “outreach”?”

Is there only bad news and a broken world?

Hearing the bad news coming out of Kenya these past few days has been a sobering reality about our world.  I know that there is tragedy and evil like that pretty much every day of every week, but this one hit home because we have close friends who are missionaries in Kenya, and my sonContinue reading “Is there only bad news and a broken world?”