Articles Tagged 'Holiness'

Teach us to Pray 04: Abba Father

Teach us to Pray 04: Abba Father

How do we combine both reverence and familiarity, respect and intimacy?

Phil Ware and Doug Peters remind us what it means to pray to God as our Abba Father and then give us some pratical ways that we can experience God as Abba in our prayer life.

Because of Love

Because of Love

Why did Jesus have to go to the cross and die?

James Nored and Phil Ware remind us that Jesus gave his life for us because of his love for us and his unwillingness to leave us in sin.

Teach Us to Pray #3: Together Experience

Teach Us to Pray #3: Together Experience

When Jesus taught on prayer in the Sermon on the Mount, he shifted from individual prayer in private to prayer shared with others

Phil Ware, with the help of Grady King, reminds us that prayer is a together experience in much of experience and God calls us to share this experience together, then Grady King gives us some added insight and an exercise to help us through the next week.

Decision Time: Who Do I Say That Jesus Is?

Decision Time: Who Do I Say That Jesus Is?

Jesus' trials focused on his true identity.

James Nored and Phil Ware share in word and video the meaning of Jesus' trials before Pilate, Herod, and the Jewish Ruling Council.

Teach Us to Pray #2: Prayer School

Teach Us to Pray #2: Prayer School

Growing in prayer, feeling a connection with the Father, and being formed to be a useful vessel for Jesus to use to bless others is a journey.

Phil Ware, with the help of Chad Higgins, continues his series on Lord Teach Us to Pray focusing on learning from Jesus.

Unless a Seed

Unless a Seed

Jesus had many opportunities to walk away from the shame and pain of the cross, but he chose the Father's will and our need over his comfort.

James Nored and Phil Ware remind us of the dark night that began the long, painful, and lonely journey of Jesus through his Passion to bring us to God.

Teach Us to Pray #1: Devotion

Teach Us to Pray #1: Devotion

When Luke summarized the heart of the early church, he chose to highlight one particular word —

Phil Ware continues his series on prayer this week, focused on the early church's devotion to prayer that they learned from Jesus.

Beyond Religious Places, Practices, and Rituals

Beyond Religious Places, Practices, and Rituals

We must always remember that God's love for broken people and our call to his mission must matter most.

James Nored and Phil Ware remind us of the deadly consequences of a religion that forgets the love of God for broken people and mission Jesus has for us to the lost world.

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

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.

Truly See the Coming King

Truly See the Coming King

A King headed to a cross, the foal of a donkey, and a formerly blind man who followed along the way.

James Nored and Phil Ware remind us that many were blind to Jesus as the Messiah because he refused to be the kind of Messiah they expected; he was the upside down Messiah.

Jesus Smiled

Jesus Smiled

Our God is the God of surprising opportunities, fresh hope, and new life.

Phil Ware reminds us of John Mark's failure when he deserted the mission field and the mission team and describes how God used this mess and the grace, mercy, and love of godly men to bring great good out of potential disaster.

Upside Down Messiah

Upside Down Messiah

As much as we don't want to admit it, we often miss the way of the upside down Messiah as badly as his first disciples.

James Nored and Phil Ware remind us in word and video how upside down Jesus' values are to the way we often do things in our world and in our churches.

Three Fires

Three Fires

Jesus doesn't abandon us in our fire failure.

Phil Ware reminds of three fires in the life of the apostle Peter and what they can mean for us.

Who Do YOU Say I Am?

Who Do YOU Say I Am?

At a place with great spiritual and physical significance, Jesus challenged his followers to decide about his identity.

James Nored and Phil Ware challenge us to answer the same question Jesus asked his first followers at Caesarea Philippi: 'Who do you say I am?'

Skipping Communion?

Skipping Communion?

Jesus didn't pray for unity just so Christians could sit in a happy circle, hold hands, and sing Kum Ba Yah around the campfire at church camp.

Phil Ware reflects on the words of Jesus, the actions of the apostle Paul, and the example of a couple of men in his life, all focused on the theme of reconciliation.

To the Least, Like Jesus

To the Least, Like Jesus

Largely, in the days when Jesus came, children were only valued if they were wanted.

James Nored and Phil Ware remind us that we not only must become like children, but as Jesus' followers, we must value children.

Shape Your Worries into Prayer

Shape Your Worries into Prayer

In those times of restlessness and anxiety, where do we turn for relief?

Tom Norvell reminds us to take our worries, our concerns, our troubles, and turn them into prayers and praises.

Whatever Happened to the Gift of Affirmation?

Whatever Happened to the Gift of Affirmation?

What I had missed was the human element of this event in Jesus' life. The heavenly Father was affirming his Son!

Phil Ware shares insight into affirmation of God's leaders from the life of Jesus and the ministry of Paul.

Through Every Storm

Through Every Storm

Jesus wants us to invite him into our storms so he can speak peace to our panic and hope to our dread.

James Nored and Phil Ware remind us that the storms of life can engulf us, surround us, buffet us, and even terrify us, but Jesus will not abandon us in our storms and will eventually bring us to safety, peace, and calm.

Free to Become

Free to Become

Thoughts of freedom permeate the thoughts of the people of our world right now.

Phil Ware reminds us on the eve of Independence Day in the U.S. and movements all around the world striving for freedom, that the Holy Spirit gives us the greatest freedom of all!

A New Heart

A New Heart

Jesus wasn't calling us to keep a list of do's and don'ts; he was challenging us to obey the Father from our hearts, in love.

James Nored and Phil Ware remind us of Jesus' Sermon on the Mount and that he was not giving us a list of do's and don't do's, but was calling us to put into practice the way of God from the heart.

Resurrection 2.8: With Christ

Resurrection 2.8: With Christ

Maybe you're like me and have imagined these kinds of things as you've read the story of Jesus.

Phil Ware continues his series on Resurrection 2.0 and focuses this week on a way we can share with Jesus in his saving work even if we were not present when it happened years ago.

In His Steps to Share His Light

In His Steps to Share His Light

Jesus went up on the mountain and taught his followers to live the good life — to live as Jesus did!

Phil Ware and James Nored, through word and video, remind us of our need to return to the Jesus-styled kind of life.

Resurrection 2.7: Let the Clouds Remind You!

Resurrection 2.7: Let the Clouds Remind You!

As followers of Jesus, the clouds hold a message of hope for us, not just a warning.

Phil Ware continues his series on Resurrection 2.0 and focuses this week on Jesus' return in the clouds which is guaranteed by his resurrection from the dead.

Our One Defining Note

Our 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.