A Purple Church does not have class or gender preferences – Current Events Q3 2021, Part 3

Churches should be purple! What is a purple church? In the previous post, we learned that a purple church is not colorblind. We have been studying the purple church, as Paul describes it in Galatians 3:26-28. The next phrase Paul uses to describe the purple church is that it is neither slave nor free.  SlaveryContinue reading “A Purple Church does not have class or gender preferences – Current Events Q3 2021, Part 3”

School…Work…Retirement…Does God care about the places we spend so much time? – Colossians 3:22-4:1, Part 1

School.  Work.  And retirement.  Three phases of life. Which are you in?  Maybe a mixture of more than one.  Which are you looking forward to?  Think about how much time we spend in these three phases of life.  At least 13 years in school, maybe more if you go to college and grad school.  ThenContinue reading “School…Work…Retirement…Does God care about the places we spend so much time? – Colossians 3:22-4:1, Part 1”

Evidence that heretical philosophy might have taken American Christians captive – Colossians 2:8-15, Part 2

How could one man like Adolf Hitler have such sway and influence in German society in the 1930s, to the point where millions of Jews ended up being slaughtered by Germans?  To the point where there was major world war, and nearly the entire German populace supported it, including Christians!  How?  It boggles the mind.Continue reading “Evidence that heretical philosophy might have taken American Christians captive – Colossians 2:8-15, Part 2”

Do Americans need to repent? – Current Events 2020 Q1 – Affordable Housing, Part 4

Are Americans like the Israelites in Amos’ day?  Are we wealthy?  Are we a religious people?  And yet are we oppressing others? First, let’s consider our wealth. The Israelites in Amos day were riding a wave of wealth. When you compare Americans with so many places around the world, we are wealthy.  For the mostContinue reading “Do Americans need to repent? – Current Events 2020 Q1 – Affordable Housing, Part 4”

Does God hate your church’s worship (and how to find out) – Current Events Q1 2020 – Affordable Housing, Part 3

Has your church ever evaluated your worship services? How do you know what is good worship and what is not? What metrics do you use? Quality? Excellence? Professionalism? Attendance? Growth? Better yet, what metrics would God want you to use? As we continue our study this week on affordable housing, surprisingly perhaps, one Old TestamentContinue reading “Does God hate your church’s worship (and how to find out) – Current Events Q1 2020 – Affordable Housing, Part 3”

Finding God in our mess – Characters: Joseph, Part 3

Life can feel so messy. Have you ever been in one those the seasons of life where it seems like things keep going wrong? Just when you think you are getting past one hurdle, here comes another one. You jump one, then two, and you barely make it over the third, and you’re so tired,Continue reading “Finding God in our mess – Characters: Joseph, Part 3”

When God is nowhere to be found – Characters: Joseph, Part 2

Have you ever felt utterly alone and abandoned by your family, friends, and even by God? If so, you’re not alone. Maybe people hurt you. Maybe you made a bad choice. Maybe life turned out different from your hopes and dreams. There are many ways we can find ourselves in despair. Keep reading as ourContinue reading “When God is nowhere to be found – Characters: Joseph, Part 2”

The world-changing power of forgiveness – Philemon 8-25, Part 4.

Have you ever been in a situation where you needed to forgive someone who hurt you? Did you find it difficult to do so? It can be scary to forgive, especially when the pain runs deep. Will that person respect your forgiveness? What if they hurt you again? Are they really sorry? How do youContinue reading “The world-changing power of forgiveness – Philemon 8-25, Part 4.”

How to transform your life from useless to useful – Philemon 8-25, Part 2

Have you ever felt useless in life? Maybe you watch others around you, friends and family, and it seems they are successful, advancing, making a difference in the world, enjoying life. Then you think about your life, and maybe you see a past littered with failure, broken relationships, and poor choices. Even if that describesContinue reading “How to transform your life from useless to useful – Philemon 8-25, Part 2”

Learning how to be a good employee from an unexpected source – Titus 2:1-10, Part 5

Are you a good employee? How do you know? Do you receive good evaluations? What would your bosses say about you? In this post we’re going to learn how to be a good employee from an most unexpected source. In this series of posts on Titus 2:1-10, Paul has been talking to various groups inContinue reading “Learning how to be a good employee from an unexpected source – Titus 2:1-10, Part 5”