How to introduce people to Jesus – Acts 5-6:1-7, Part 4

Do you ever struggle to talk about Jesus? Religion can be a very difficult thing to discuss. You might want to talk about Jesus, but it can feel awkward, especially when you’re not sure what the people you’re talking to think about faith. This week we’ve been studying Acts 5 through 6:1-7, a passage ofContinue reading “How to introduce people to Jesus – Acts 5-6:1-7, Part 4”

Are you hiding who you truly are? – Our Identity: In Christ, Part 4

So often we struggle with our identity.  Do you struggle with who you are? Have you ever hidden your identity? What is your true identity? I want to bring up a story of a man who hid his identity. You can read about it in a Bible in Luke 22, starting in verse 54. ThisContinue reading “Are you hiding who you truly are? – Our Identity: In Christ, Part 4”

When you start to change and your friends don’t like it

Have you ever gone through a life change, and that change affected your friendships? You know who your real friends are when you start changing. Perhaps you believe new things, or maybe you have shed a long-held belief, and your friends are pushing back.  It could be that you have stopped doing something that youContinue reading “When you start to change and your friends don’t like it”

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”

A story about what happens after people die

What happens after a person dies?  My uncle recently sent me this story, author unknown, that tries to answer that question. On the outskirts of a small town, there was a big old pecan tree just inside the cemetery fence. One day, two boys filled up a bucketful of nuts and sat down by theContinue reading “A story about what happens after people die”

Why I am not a fan of eulogies (but why they are surprising important for church families)

I am not a fan of eulogies.  I’ve told you before that one of the aspects of being a pastor that I was definitely not prepared for was death.  It affects me.  Some pastors tell me they love funerals, and can’t stand weddings.  I’m the exact opposite. I love weddings.  Funerals, though?  No.  I’m justContinue reading “Why I am not a fan of eulogies (but why they are surprising important for church families)”

The Christian teaching about marriage that was radical (and will certainly enhance your marriage)

Remember your wedding day?  (Or maybe you are looking forward to it?)  It is an amazing day, filled with crazy, happy, anxiety and joy as you publicly vow to love your spouse for life.  The road before you seems clear and straight and free from any surprises or trouble. But before you know it, fiveContinue reading “The Christian teaching about marriage that was radical (and will certainly enhance your marriage)”

Why trajectory is vital to understanding the marital submission passage in 1 Peter 3:1-7

Rocket launches have been all the rage recently, with private companies getting in the new space race.  I have always been fascinated with space shuttles and astronauts, and thus love watching the blast-offs!  A nighttime launch with is fire trail is especially amazing.  See the trajectory? All week long we have been studying a controversialContinue reading “Why trajectory is vital to understanding the marital submission passage in 1 Peter 3:1-7”

How to submit to God when life is hard

There was Jesus on the worst night of his life, knowing that horror was just hours away.  He is kneeling, praying to God, experiencing human pain and anxiety, wishing like we all do that there might be another way, some escape from suffering.  What do you when you don’t want to do what God wantsContinue reading “How to submit to God when life is hard”