Articles Tagged 'Character'

I'm Gorgeous Inside!

I'm Gorgeous Inside!

Would it really be nice if we could really see what was on the inside of people — their hearts?

Phil Ware challenges us to pursue the faithful love, righteous character, and gracious compassion of God from our hearts.

How Can I Grow to Be More Like Jesus?

How Can I Grow to Be More Like Jesus?

I want to grow spiritually — to be more like Jesus — but can I really do that?

Phil Ware answers a question he is often asked by those who are new followers of Jesus or people whose spiritual lives have stagnated: "How can I grow spiritually?"

More than the Outskirts of His Ways

More than the Outskirts of His Ways

If there is a God and he's out there, why doesn't he just get it over with and show himself to us? Why this need for faith?

Phil Ware and James Nored share in word and video an idea about how we can truly understand God's greatness, glory, and grace even though we cannot understand everything about him.

The Perfect Tree

The Perfect Tree

The search is on for the perfect Christmas tree!

Max Lucado reminds us that just as we carefully pick out the perfect Christmas tree, God has carefully chosen and placed us.

Bat Turn at the Jordan

Bat Turn at the Jordan

before we can be ready to be fully used by the Lord in the work of the kingdom of God, we must have our bat turn moment.

Phil Ware and James Nored look at what the ministry of John the Baptizer meant for people in his day and call on us to share in this move toward the kingdom of God today.

Our Journey with God

Our Journey with God

How do I know God is really with me on my journey to find a home with him?

Phil Ware and James Nored remind us that we can journey with God like Abraham, knowing that he goes with us until he brings us fully home.

Honesty with God on Our Journey of Faith

Honesty with God on Our Journey of Faith

Thankfully the Bible is honest about the flaws of our heroes so we can know that we can be a person of faith useful to God, too!

James Nored and Phil Ware remind us that Abraham's journey of faith wasn't easy, his life was not perfect, and his questions for God were real.

Lonely Places as Usual

Lonely Places as Usual

Can my life be characterized by my intentional time away from the noise to be with the Father?

Jesus' life was framed by prayer, but do I find my "as usual" and "lonely places" moments in the presence of the Father in prayer?

Tug-of-War over Grace

Tug-of-War over Grace

Is grace a gift or does it come with conditions?

Phil Ware reminds us that people make up their own definitions of what grace means all the time, but Jesus defines grace, exemplifies it, and pours it out upon us and he should be our example and definition of grace.

It's All About People!

It's All About People!

Through the years and all the changes, one thing remains true about the heart of God.

Phillip Morrison reminds us in the shadow of Independence Day about the many inconsistencies when principles are first applied, yet he also urges us to be patient and gracious and open to the needs of all people.

Time to Stop the Whine

Time to Stop the Whine

We can expect God to show up if we will invite future generations to experience his power and presence with us!

Phil Ware shares a redemptive way of looking toward the future and committing to live so generations have faith.

The Journey with Jesus to Transformation

The Journey with Jesus to Transformation

Why does the character we long to have take so long to develop?

Phil Ware's first in a four article series on Jesus' work of transformation in us.

Think You Are a 'Hopeless Case'?

Think You Are a 'Hopeless Case'?

The Father is looking to use you, no matter how unlikely it seems possible!

Rubel Shelley reminds us that God does his best work through the most unlikely of people.

Yogi and Red Trucks

Yogi and Red Trucks

Don't you have any of those red trucks to send?

Rubel Shelly reminds us of the character who was Yogi Berra and reminds us that we need to be certain about our communication.

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.

You Will Get Through This!

You Will Get Through This!

Life is hard, but God is great at helping us get THROUGH life's toughest challenges!

Max Lucado shares the encouragement that we can get through our tough times just like Joseph did his.

The Missing Link

The Missing Link

What's lacking when see all this failure in positions of leadership?

Rubel Shelly reminds us that the real missing link in so many great athletes, politicians, and business leaders is integrity and character.

Building a Culture of Honor: Final Reflections

Building a Culture of Honor: Final Reflections

How in the world do we use Scripture to build a culture of honor?

Phil Ware finishes his series on building a culture of honor by focusing on Jesus and his birth and the awful way Herod misuses Scripture and worship.

Giving Thanks for Work?

Giving Thanks for Work?

Have you ever thought as your job as your primary place of worship?

Ron Rose reminds us that work is sacred and we should not divide our lives into sacred and secular boxes.

Discovering the Character of Your Church: Core Values

Discovering the Character of Your Church: Core Values

What really do we value?

Mark Frost of interimministrypartners.com shares insights into transition times for churches who are looking for a minister or pastor and helps them discover ways to determine their core values.

The Story: Rebuild and Restore

The Story: Rebuild and Restore

How can you tell how we are doing with our spirituality?

Phil Ware takes us back to The Story, God's story and our story and reminds us that while rebuilding infrastructure for a city and country is hard, it is even harder to rebuild the morale, moral, and faith foundation.

What is Core: Worship

What is Core: Worship

Why do we put so much emphasis on worship in the box and not in our everyday lives?

Phil Ware finishes his series on What is Core by talking about worship and the importance of meeting together in big and small groups, but also living out the life God has called us to lead, being a reflection of the righteous character and gracious compa

Tyrannized by Our Feelings

Tyrannized by Our Feelings

Are you enslaved by your emotions?

Rubel Shelly reminds us that we don't have to be ruled, enslaved, and tyrannized by our feelings, but our emotions can be channeled and overcome by the power of commitment, the Holy Spirit, and love.

Faith and Traffic Lights

Faith and Traffic Lights

What does my faith have to do with how I drive?

Rubel Shelly reminds us that our character and our faith are reflected as much by how we drive as how we go to church.

The Ring of Authenticity

The Ring of Authenticity

Can you tell if the imperfections have been cleansed?

Rubel Shelly visits a kiln that fires ceramics and helps us think through the importance of purifying our imperfections.