Articles Tagged 'Focus'

Learning to Dance with the Spirit

To become more like Christ, we must allow the Lord to lead us in the dance of grace to the music of the Holy Spirit.

Phil Ware shares article three in his four-part series on being transformed to become like Jesus.

Keeping My Eyes on the Prize

We have to follow the Lord, and Jesus promises to empower our becoming like him through the Holy Spirit.

Phil Ware continues his series on Jesus and transformation and focuses today on our walking with Jesus each day in the gospels and learning his words and talking with him and taking on on his character and compassion as the Spirit transforms us.

Jesus at the Center

Without Jesus at the center of our faith, we are left with only an empty form of religion.

Phil Ware talks about what is most important about the Bible and the focus of Scripture and the answer is simple: Jesus must be the center of everything.

Please, Help Me Learn to Pray

I feel like I am launching my prayers upward, as if I was shooting bbs toward heaven, only to have them hit a metal ceiling and fall at my feet, mocking me with their ineffectiveness!

Phil Ware provides a host of resources on prayer and how to grow our prayer lives.

ToGather.church for October 18 Is Ready!

You're invited to use our worship guide for your home worship!

Dr. Demetrius Collins and Phil Ware invite you to join us for our Sunday, Verse of the Day focused, home worship guide and videos, called ToGather.church!

One Defining Note

Do we realize the grace of getting to tune our lives to Jesus?

Phil Ware and James Nored remind us that the core of our faith is Jesus, that Christ is our defining note around whom all of us must tune our lives and recognize the grace of being called and transformed to be like him.

Biblical Foundation for Online Outreach Strategies

Instead of spending all of our time focused on re-gathering, we need to ask ourselves how we are have been doing the essential things that go with being Jesus' church

Phil Ware acknowledges the burnout and frustration in our church leaders from having to do church online and virtually, but at the same time challenges us to go back to the book of Acts and see how using our technologies to share Jesus is essential.

Jesus Came to Be One of Us! (SOR 4.1)

God didn't come to our world as a heavenly tourist with special arrangements to keep him safe and to give him special treatment in his journey through mortality with all its grit and danger.

James Nored and Phil Ware remind us to push past the glittering lights of Christmas and see that God came to be one of us in the gritty and dangerous birth of Jesus of Nazareth to a virgin named Mary and her faithful to Torah husband to be, Joseph the car

In the Power of the Spirit

We live our lives where we place our focus!

Phil Ware reminds us that by focusing on Jesus and our need for Jesus to be the transforming presence in our lives the Holy Spirit transforms and conforms us to Jesus with increasing likeness.

Teach Us to Pray Intro: Don't Just Do Something...

'I wish I had time just to sit around and pray,' my friend said. He walked away in a huff!

Phil Ware begins a series of messages built around the disciples' request to Jesus to teach them to pray with today focusing on our need to pray first.

Hanging on Every Word

The question the Holy Spirit left on my heart after reading this whole chapter was as convicting as it was clear.

Phil Ware discovers a verse in Luke 19 that the Holy Spirit uses to confront him about an important question.

Finish!

As long as there is life, we have a mission and purpose to complete.

Phil Ware reminds us that we are called to accomplish the mission God has called us to do so that when our days on earth are over we can say we have finished the work he has given us to do.

Resolutions or Life-Quest?

Phil Ware challenges us to look beyond the New Year's resolutions on to a life pursuing Jesus.

Phil Ware challenges us to look beyond the New Year's resolutions on to a life pursuing Jesus.

A Baby Changes...

When a child enters the world, that baby changes everything for everyone involved!

Rick Brown challenges us to look at some of the words that surround Jesus' birth and take seriously what they can mean to us.

Wait!

If the apostles needed to wait on the Spirit, shouldn't we?

Max Lucado reminds us that the Holy Spirit is essential to all we do and are as followers of Jesus, so let's wait on the Spirit to lead us and empower us before launching out too hastily into the unknown.

Cruciformed Disciple

If the Lord can transform Peter with his failures, imagine what the Lord can do with you.

Phil Ware finishes his four part series on Peter and following Jesus by focusing on Jesus transforming and cruciforming him into a great servant for the Kingdom of God.

The Question

When's the last time you thought about life's most important question?

Phil Ware begins a four post series on Jesus' question to the disciples about who they thought he was and Jesus comes and asks us this question personally, so what will our answer be?

A New Name

Jesus has the power to change everything about us if we will let him!

Max Lucado reminds us of the importance of Jesus' power to change us and make us new and give us a new name -- he points to the apostle Paul, who was once Saul, the persecutor.

Dancing with the Spirit

To become more like Christ, we must allow the Lord to lead us in the dance of grace to the music of the Holy Spirit.

Phil Ware shares article three in his four part series on being transformed to become like Jesus.

Keeping My Eyes on the Prize

God isn't after change, that happens all the time: God wants transformation!

Phil Ware continues his series on Jesus and transformation and focuses today on our walking with Jesus each day in the gospels and learning his words and talking with him and taking on on his character and compassion as the Spirit transforms us.

Pray

To touch the broken as Jesus did, I must learn to pray as Jesus prayed!

Phil Ware shares his second post on Mark 1:35-45 and learning to touch the broken as Jesus touched them by learning to pray as Jesus prayed.

Getting Our Lives on Track

Life is full of ups and downs, but God goes with us through it all!

Bill Sherrill reminds us that life is full of ups and downs, good things and bad, so we need to find the good and not the bad.

Tweeting Heaven

When's the last time you used your divine Twitter account?

Phil Ware reminds us that drive-by prayers and tweeting heaven and tweet prayers are ways to include God in all of our everyday activities and build upon our life of prayer.

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.

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.