All Articles 2015 Archives

Unhinderedly!

Unhinderedly!

God will get us where we need to be when we need to be there!

Phil Ware continues his series on Saved at Sea focusing on Paul's promise in Philippians 1:6 and Paul's shipwreck and travel to Rome to fulfill his calling from God.

Almost Destroyed by the Actions of Another

Almost Destroyed by the Actions of Another

Can you come back from near total destruction?

Stacy Voss shares the parallel between a house burned by a nearby car and the destruction in her life because of infidelity and divorce.

What a Rescue Dog Taught Me About God

What a Rescue Dog Taught Me About God

A rescue dog, God, and a love story

I love God because of how much he has done for me. I was reminded of this by watching Lulu, our rescue dog.

But One Thing I Do!

But One Thing I Do!

How do we keep from letting the past dominate our future?

Phil Ware reminds us to let the past stay in the past and gives us Paul's advice for moving beyond our past: forgetting, straining, pressing on.

Ready for Anything That Comes

Ready for Anything That Comes

Here is someone whose faith has stood the test of time and continues to display that faith in the face of great challenges.

Phillip Morrison reminds us of the decency, faith, and goodness of two former presidents, Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford.

When Life Takes You Off Guard

When Life Takes You Off Guard

We need to remember that hardship and family dysfunction and unfairness are not new for God's people and are the backdrop of their courageous lives of faith.

Rubel Shelly reminds us that the heroes of scripture had to endure many of the same kinds of challenges we do, that is what makes their witness so powerful.

The Instructions

The Instructions

Some assembly required…

The Bible, Scripture, holds God's directions for his followers. If you don't read it, you don't know how to put your life together. And what you actually get doesn't resemble anything close to what you envisioned; you have pieces lost or pieces that are

A Forgotten, but Necessary, Grace of Jesus

A Forgotten, but Necessary, Grace of Jesus

Should we be surprised that so many call themselves Christians but never live for Jesus?

Phil Ware shares a passion on his heart about the way we have privatized and personalize conversion and salvation that eliminates the necessary grace of Jesus' community, family, and spiritual community.

YOU Matter to God

YOU Matter to God

Sometimes we just need to be reminded that we matter.

Brian McCutchen reminds us that we are known, loved and valued by God.

An 'Even If' Faith

An 'Even If' Faith

What if God doesn't do what you hoped or wanted?

We need an "even if" faith. We need the kind of faith that says, "Lord, I'll believe in you even if you don't do what I hope. I'll believe in you even if you don't answer this prayer the way I want. I'll believe in you no matter what."

A Charcoal Fire & the Smell of Redemption

A Charcoal Fire & the Smell of Redemption

Why make someone relive his or her sin, why not just ignore it?

Phil Ware continues his Saved at Sea series focusing on Peter's denials, his promises, his arrogance, his failure, and his restoration.

Discovering 'My Truth'

Discovering 'My Truth'

Does it really matter if we simply adjust our definition of truth to fit our own way of living?

Rubel Shelly reminds us that while we can adjust many things to fit our lifestyle and personal reality, truth is still truth despite our protestations and personal journey.

Are You Looking for Love?

Are You Looking for Love?

There is someone who loves you enough to always want the best for you.

Parents will do what is best for their child no matter what. God will do what is best for his children also.

Center

Center

My eyes are on Him!

Phil Ware reminds of the Bible's repeated call to make the LORD the center of our lives and our focus and how Jesus must be that for us if we dare call ourselves Christians.

The Emmaus Option

The Emmaus Option

How an old journey and a brief meal can help us reshape ourselves... and our world.

Ann Voskamp looks at our ravaged world this summer and uses the image of a ravaged countryside to help us remember the power of sharing scars with the one who bears our sin in his scars.

Reason to Smile

Reason to Smile

What such a dour and serious face?

Rubel Shelly reminds us that being dour doesn't help any of us make disciples or friends.

Where does my help come from?

Where does my help come from?

Who do you put your trust in?

What's your hope for the future? Who or what are you putting your trust in? Let me encourage you to fully trust in the Lord and his salvation.

Courage! I AM! Quit Fearing!

Courage! I AM! Quit Fearing!

Can we see the LORD in middle of our storms?

Phil Ware continues his series on Saved at Sea and this week focuses on Jesus walking on the water.

We're Not There Yet!

We're Not There Yet!

Why does time move so much more quickly now that I'm older?

Phillip Morrison shares ideas and input on our perception of aging and birthdays.

How Satan Wants to Separate You from God

How Satan Wants to Separate You from God

Satan has a plan to destroy you. Here it is.

Satan's plan to destroy you is to confuse you about what God said, lie about what God said, and convince you that you can be your own god.

Saved From... Saved For!

Saved From... Saved For!

We don't want to be swimming with Jonah on the shoreline!

Phil Ware continues with his series on Saved at Sea from the great Bible stories of sea rescues and this time examines Jonah and that he was saved from death for God's great purposes.

Delete! Delete! Delete!

Delete! Delete! Delete!

What can you do after the message is sent?

Rubel Shelly reminds us that we have to choose our words carefully because we don't have an unsend button for our mouth or a delete button to use after the words are spoken.

Responsible for Your People

Responsible for Your People

You are responsible

As a leader, whether political, military, or religious, you are responsible for your people. If you do not take care of, feed, heal and attend to their welfare, they will become enslaved to others and you will be held accountable for their capture and con

Through the Keyhole of Grace

Through the Keyhole of Grace

What can we learn about God by looking at Jesus?

Phil Ware compares Jesus to a keyhole through which we look at God and the closer we get to Jesus the more clearly we see God.

Trophies

Trophies

Are you ready to lay down your trophies?

I know that just as my childhood trophies have lost their value to me, I'll one day look at all the things that seem so important to me now and see that they are like trash compared to knowing Christ. On that day, I'll lay my trophies down and receive wha