Do you have idolatry in your heart and not know it? – Ezekiel 14, Part 1

What do you long for?  What do you desire?  A relationship?  Debts paid off?  A big enough savings account so you’re not living paycheck to paycheck?  A new car?  New house?  A different personality?  Different looks?  Good health?  Healing?  Success?  Athletic ability?  Artistic ability?  A raise?  What do you long for?  We all have desire. Continue reading “Do you have idolatry in your heart and not know it? – Ezekiel 14, Part 1”

Should we eliminate desire in our lives? – Ezekiel 14, Preview

Years ago, I remember listening to a new song thinking, “I don’t think I should be listening to this.  It doesn’t seem appropriate…but I’m not sure.”  Why was I concerned?  Because the song touched on themes that seemed to be getting really close to a line I knew I shouldn’t cross. I felt uncomfortable.  AtContinue reading “Should we eliminate desire in our lives? – Ezekiel 14, Preview”

Identifying and responding to evil desire – Colossians 3:5-11, Part 3

You’re driving down the road, looking at the vehicles passing by, feeling very dissatisfied by your own vehicle.  You feel within you a strong desire for a particular vehicle you pass by. As I said before, I desire Land Rover Defenders.  Or maybe it is a better house. Maybe you desire someone else’s body, personality,Continue reading “Identifying and responding to evil desire – Colossians 3:5-11, Part 3”

Prince Philip’s Surprising Choice For His Hearse – Colossians 3:5-11, Part 1

Did you watch the funeral of Prince Philip who recently passed? Or maybe you saw highlights or pictures on the news.  Did you notice that his coffin was transported in a plain old green Land Rover Defender pick-up truck?  Defenders are mode of Land Rovers that look kind of like Jeeps.  You rarely see DefendersContinue reading “Prince Philip’s Surprising Choice For His Hearse – Colossians 3:5-11, Part 1”

Christians, has Jesus transformed your life? Here’s how you can tell.

A question for any of you who consider yourselves Christians, followers of Jesus: would you say that Jesus has transformed your life? Yesterday we saw that Jesus transformed Peter’s life. It wouldn’t surprise me if Peter has that memory in mind as he continues his teaching in 1 Peter 4:1-6.  In verse 3 he buildsContinue reading “Christians, has Jesus transformed your life? Here’s how you can tell.”

The one crucial step that must come before doing God’s will

What is the will of God? Yesterday we looked at the surprising weapon Christians are to arm themselves with: the attitude of Jesus, which was an attitude of following the will of God for his life no matter what.  As we continue studying 1 Peter 4:1-6, Peter goes on to say in verse 2 thatContinue reading “The one crucial step that must come before doing God’s will”

Why we’re installing modesty scanners in our church lobby

  What is modesty???  Who gets to make the call?  What centrally recognized authority do women have so that all can go to that authority to answer the question “Is this outfit modest?” There isn’t one!  There is no centrally recognized Christian modesty panel that we can refer to.  Men, we really have little ideaContinue reading “Why we’re installing modesty scanners in our church lobby”

Why I’m preaching 3 different sermons about modesty…at the same time…kinda…

Tomorrow I’m preaching 3 different sermons on modesty…at the same time.  Kinda.  Obviously, I can’t speak three sermon simultaneously, unless I recorded them separately and played them all at the same time.  Or maybe I could record two, playing them at the same time as I preach the third.  Imagine the cacophony. Instead, I’m planningContinue reading “Why I’m preaching 3 different sermons about modesty…at the same time…kinda…”

How to defeat temptation and discontentment – Luke 4:1-14

Is there a certain area of your life where you regularly feel discontent? Consider doing what Jesus did. Create a game plan to attack the temptation of discontent when it arises: Step 1 – Choose a small portion that addresses the temptation. Step 2 – Memorize it. Step 3 – Review it over and over.Continue reading “How to defeat temptation and discontentment – Luke 4:1-14”