Articles Tagged 'First'

Something Simple, Something Glorious

Something Simple, Something Glorious

Don't be fooled by the simplicity of this meal, but be reminded that Jesus makes simple things glorious!

Phil Ware reminds us that though the bread and wine of this meal are simple, so were Jesus' words to Jairus' daughter, and those words changed everything.

Touchable Hope

Touchable Hope

What the resurrected Jesus gave to his shocked disciples who disbelieved for joy was tangible proof he had risen from the dead!

Phil Ware begins the new section with a reflection on the Lord's Supper and what it can mean for us.

The Grace of Dropping Stones

The Grace of Dropping Stones

Would I be willing to drop my stone first?

Tom Norvell reminds us of a well known truth we so often forget and even more infrequently apply.

Connecting Those We Know with Jesus

Connecting Those We Know with Jesus

O God, make our hearts ache for them to know Jesus!

Phil Ware continues his series on "The Andrew Effect" by focusing on connecting those we know with Jesus.

Neglected Expeditions

Neglected Expeditions

What are we forgetting before we try our ultimate ascent?

Phil Ware reminds us that in a search for a new minister, especially a preacher or preaching minister, that we need to know our specific mission as a congregation.

Some Mountains Matter More

Some Mountains Matter More

So how do we know our mountains of greatest importance?

Phil Ware continues his series on knowing the mountains on which we are willing to die -- both doctrinal and missional mountains of significance.

Of First Importance

Of First Importance

So what is the most important day in your life?

Phillip Morrison reminds us of the importance of the last week of Jesus' life.

Those First 5 Years

Those First 5 Years

Let's be sure and not let those crucial years slip by us!

Terese Bell Kindred reminds mothers and grandmothers of the importance of a child's and grandchild's first five years of life and the urgency of making a God impression on them while we can.

The Wrong Direction

The Wrong Direction

Which way would you run?

Phil Ware continues his series on The Story and focuses on both the events at the Boston Marathon and West Texas and also on Paul's confident hope in the face of his death in a Roman prison.

Take a Step!

Take a Step!

Come on, you don't have to be stuck on that escalator!

Ron Rose reminds us that we don't have to be stuck on an escalator, we can just take a step and start the process of a new journey and a great escape.

Greater Things: Devotion

Greater Things: Devotion

Aren't you tired of the same ol' things?

Phil Ware begins a series of messages from Acts 2 and 3 on greater things that Jesus does through his followers.

Why Shepherds?

Why Shepherds?

Of all the people to announce the coming of heaven's glory, why did God choose this bunch?

Phil Ware looks at the birth of Jesus and asks the very simple question: why did God reveal the birth of his Son to shepherds first?

Sunday!

Sunday!

What's so special about Sunday, everything!

Phil Ware shares insights on Sunday, the Resurrection Day of the Lord and why the disciples miss it and why we often do as well.

Number 1

Number 1

Who really is the best of all of time?

Phil Ware shares some thoughts on Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, family, commitments, being a winner, and being number 1.

Learn to Put the Big Rocks on Your Calendar First

Learn to Put the Big Rocks on Your Calendar First

What goes down on your calendar first this year?

Rick Brown reminds us of what the big rocks, the big things, are in our lives to ourselves and to God.

Priorities

Priorities

Do you prioritize what you schedule or do you schedule your priorities?

Rubel Shelly reminds us of Stephen Covey and living by priorities rather than just prioritizing the things we schedule.

Beyond Parental Neglect

Beyond Parental Neglect

So where do the kids fit in on your New Year's list?

Paul Faulkner shares the importance of putting our kids up there as a top priority.

A Rose by Any Other Name Might Be ... Jim!

A Rose by Any Other Name Might Be ... Jim!

So what really is your name?

Patrick Odum talks about a humorous situation where his neighbor repeatedly called him Jim even though that was not his name.

It Is Finished

It Is Finished

How can we complete all that we were meant to accomplish?

Jesus accomplished all he was sent to do because he put God's kingdom and his righteousness first.

The Gift of Now

The Gift of Now

So what birthday are you celebrating next?

A grandchild celebrates birthday one and a grandmother celebrates birthday fifty and both rejoice in the gift of now.

What's Your Real Goal?

What's Your Real Goal?

When did the World Cup start mattering to monks, anyway?

World Cup was such a big deal that even the monks in Thailand changed their priorities, but we must work to keep God number one in our hearts at all times.

Which Comes First?

Which Comes First?

We must help the world know what matters most, don't we?

We must realize that rules and deep thought are both necessary if we are to figure out how to live for God in a world like ours.

First Loves

First Loves

Why is the loss of passion for the Lord taken so lightly?

For God, losing our loving passion for His Son and His Kingdom is a major concern and we should repent!

In Whose Image?

In Whose Image?

Into whose image are we trying to make new Christians conform?

So often we force new Christians into the mold of something or someone who isn't really Jesus.

A Mother's Prayer

A Mother's Prayer

Are you praying today for a child on the way to school?

A mother's prayer for a child going to school for the first time.