Articles Tagged 'Lost'

Upside-Down Kingdom

Upside-Down Kingdom

Our groups and our churches must be the arenas where Jesus' upside-down kingdom comes to life.

Phil Ware shares Jesus' teaching that is upside-down to the world around us in terms of status, wealth, power, position, achievement, and importance.

Dinner at Levi's House

Dinner at Levi's House

They're unsettling. They're uncomfortable. They're troubling. So, we don't ask, at least not out loud!

Phil Ware asks a bunch of troubling questions as he looks at the story of Jesus and his call of Levi and the party Levi had at his house afterwords.

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.

I Doubt It: The Fields are White

I Doubt It: The Fields are White

Can we trust Jesus' words are as true today as they were when he said them?

Phil Ware continues his 'I doubt it!' series and looks at Jesus' promise that the fields are ready for harvest.

How Big Is Our Aquarium?

How Big Is Our Aquarium?

Why do we have to be the big fish in our small puddle?

Phil Ware looks through The Jesus Window and is led to ask a question of all of us: just how big is our aquarium, just how big is our Jesus?

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The "Lost" Chapter

Which are you: coin, sheep, or son?

The 15th chapter of Luke’s gospel consists of three parables of Jesus. I call it the “Lost” chapter because the coin, the sheep, and the son are lost. The irony is that the three didn’t know they were lost.

Loose Lug Nuts and the RagTag Band

Loose Lug Nuts and the RagTag Band

Will we make the Lord's Table like Levi's table?

Phil Ware reminds us that we want to not only share in the Lord's Supper, but we also want our table to be like Levi's table of grace and friendship.

Don't Settle for a Small Destiny

Don't Settle for a Small Destiny

What do we let define us, call or catastrophe?

Max Lucado from his book "You'll Get Through This" encourages us to not let our disappointments define us but instead let God's destiny for us define us.

Finding Jesus: Experiencing Jesus as Immanuel

Finding Jesus: Experiencing Jesus as Immanuel

Are we wiling to open up the door and invite him in?

Phil Ware brings to close his series on experiencing the presence of Jesus in our lives.

Christmas is about...

Christmas is about...

So what is supposed to be going on here, anyway?

Rubel Shelly reminds us of the real reason for the season and that we must not forget Jesus in all the holiday trappings and mess and reindeer and Santa.

Sometimes There Are No Answers

Sometimes There Are No Answers

What do you do when you can't figure out the answer?

Tom Norvell reminds us that there are a lot of questions in life that we cannot get answers to; but more than answers, we need God's presence.

Lost and Found

Lost and Found

If I lose a $20 bill, it doesn't matter if I still have two other ones. I want to find the lost one. God feels that way about us.

Just like we rejoice over finding lost money, God rejoices when lost people are found.

Ordinary or Not?

Ordinary or Not?

Are you making it up as you go?

Ron Rose is back to challenging us to treat our spiritual life like and adventure and let God lead us by faith and not hide the monotony of our same old routines.

And God Saw that It Was Good

And God Saw that It Was Good

Perspective gained from a view of earth from space.

Phillip Morrison writes about the Apollo 8 moon orbit and the famous earthrise photo taken by the astronauts orbiting the moon in what otherwise would have been a disastrous year for America.

Building a Culture of Honor: Accountability

Building a Culture of Honor: Accountability

Holding each other and ourselves accountable for our growth toward Jesus it often the forget piece in building a culture of honor.

Phil Ware continues his series on building a culture of honor with a focus on accountability -- both holding others accountable and holding ourselves accountable for our growth in the Lord.

Real People, Real Family

Real People, Real Family

So how do we get real about the church?

Phil Ware continues his series from Matthew on God's presence in Jesus and this week talks about church as family, not community.

Where Is Your Olive Oil?

Where Is Your Olive Oil?

Where do you go when you don't think you have enough?

Robyn F. Johnson shares the story of the widow and Elisha in 2 Kings 4, and she reminds us that God cares for us and provides for us, we just need to look for our little vial of olive oil and offer it to him.

It is Well

It is Well

When all seems lost what sustains you?

Phillip Morrison reminds us where the beautiful and moving song, "When Peace Like a River" came from -- the tragedy of Horatio Spafford and a shipwreck.

What Kind of Church?

What Kind of Church?

There are two kinds of faithful leaders, groups, and churches. Which are you?

Phil Ware shares with us two kinds of early leaders and churches and groups, Paul and Barnabas become examples of those kinds of churches; each is faithful, takes risks, and faces opposition from the evil one.

The Secret Reason for Thanksgiving

The Secret Reason for Thanksgiving

The surprise of finding joy in tough places!

Ron Rose reminds us of the power and importance of giving thanks at Thanksgiving and talks about Anabel Reid's death in the Abilene Christian University bus accident.

He Didn't Save it for Us

He Didn't Save it for Us

Integrity can be costly in the long run while paying huge dividends in those we teach!

Rubel Shelly talks about a family who found money in the attic of their newly purchased house and returned it to the heirs of the previous owners because they were honest and wanted their kids to know the truth of character.

The Hardest Lesson Lost

The Hardest Lesson Lost

Are we the older brothers?

Phil Ware continues his series on the prodigal son called The Journey Home focusing this week on the older brother and the hardest lesson to lose: that it is better in the Father's house!

Compass Point

Compass Point

Which direction is right?

Phil Ware continues to share his thoughts on helping kids find Jesus, Sagrada Familia, the Community, in Lima, Peru, and what matters most in our lives.

C2K - Mission Minded

C2K - Mission Minded

You ready to reach out?

Phil Ware talks about being mission-minded and outreach oriented and not letting other cultures, languages, ethnicities, races, or differences block us from sharing Jesus.

Celebration in Heaven

Celebration in Heaven

Lost ring, found joy!

Patrick Odum writes about a lost class ring and compares it to Jesus' parable about the lost coin and reminds us that the joy of someone coming to Christ should thrill us, too.